Birmingham’s Seasick Records named best record store in Alabama by Vinyl Me Please

Seasick Records. Photo courtesy of Seasick Records Facebook page.

One of our favorite places in Birmingham, Seasick Records, just got some national recognition.

Vinyl Me Please, the popular record of the month club with a digital magazine platform declared the Crestwood Boulevard store (5508 Crestwood Blvd) the “Best Record Store Alabama.”

37 states and record stores have been featured monthly by Vinyl Me Please since August of 2017.

The publication states upfront – they look for stores that foster a sense of community and mean something to their customers.

“The 50 Best Record Stores In America is an essay series where we attempt to find the best record store in every state. These aren’t necessarily the record stores with the best prices or the deepest selection; you can use Yelp for that. Each record store featured has a story that goes beyond what’s on its shelves; these stores have history, foster a sense of community and mean something to the people who frequent them. ~ Vinyl Me Please”

Seasick Records. Photo via @bhamrx Instagram

Bham Now Feature in 2018

At Bham Now, we saw firsthand Seasick Record’s community building spirit back in February 2018, when we featured the store in our Small Business Monday series.

In the interview conducted by Bham Now’s  Kristina O’Quinn,  Seasick Records owner Dan Drinkard, described his passion for music and his customers.

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Dan Drinkard, owner of Seasick Records. Photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now.

“The great part about a business owner is that I make the decisions, which is good and bad sometimes. I like being able to create a place that not only I would like to spend time in but that I think other people would like to spend time in. So, being able to curate that, getting to listen to music all day and talk to people about that music, that’s all I’ve ever wanted in life. It’s awesome!”

That community spirit and love of music was also on display last month when Seasick Records hosted NPR 2016 Tiny Desk Contest winner Gaelynn Lea for a memorable concert on their store stage.

One of a Kind

The records, the stage and the barber shop inside make Seasick Records truly one of a kind. If you have been to Seasick Records, you are missing out on a music lovers… especially vinyl paradise.

A well deserved honor.  Congrats Seasick Records on being named the best record store in Alabama.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.