Herb David Retires
Michael Smith, of the Cadillac Cowboys--the band that began the Friday night happy-hour country music tradition at Mr. Flood's Party and still plays on at LIVE (see Nightspots), is another ex-Herb David employee from the seventies: "I worked the front of the store and taught guitar. Back in those days, there were several music stores in town, but Herb didn't handle electric music. Every acoustical musician in town had some sort of connection to Herb."
But enough history. In mid-March, the action was on the first floor, and guitars and accessories were flying off the shelves. "I got a text last night from Brian Delaney," said musician David Menefee. "It said 'Sold your M-36 for $1600.'" (It was "his" in the sense that he'd been hanging around playing it for months and wishing he could afford the then-$2400 guitar--Delaney was notifying him that he could give up the dream.) Manager Sean Rogers said he had no time to talk--he was trying to clear a path to the cash register, gently rearranging the crowd that had formed around Laith Al-Saadi, who was giving an impromptu concert in the little glass booth.
Breakstone says some of the guitar teachers may rent the second floor and keep the lessons going, but talks are still preliminary. What's definite is that as of March 31, the retail shop on the ground floor will be gone.