She is a self-proclaimed “1970s chick.” He believes that 1959 was the height of American design. Together, recording artists Eric and Lindsey Heatherly hope to share their love of all things vintage with the opening of a new store in downtown Gallatin later this month.
Every Era will feature vintage and vintage-inspired items from the 1940s through the 1990s that the Gallatin couple has found throughout the years while traveling and performing shows across the country.
“We go everywhere and anywhere to try to find treasures,” said Eric Heatherly, whose cover of “Flowers on the Wall” was a Top 10 hit on the country charts in 2000. “We have a little bit of everything. It’s all hand-selected and picked by us.”
Located on Prince Street near the intersection of North Water Avenue, the store will feature a variety of vintage clothing and furniture including Mid-Century Modern lamps, kitchenware, suitcases, cowboy hats, cowboy boots, purses, telephones, posters, CDs, vinyl records and turntable consoles.
The couple, who perform together as The Record Store Troubadours, say much of their free time is spent frequenting antique malls, vintage stores, estate sales, and even the occasional roadside junk pile as part of their search for unique and rare finds.
“We try to get something that we want for ourselves,” Lindsey Heatherly said. “We like to keep everything pretty much original. If we don’t like it then it probably won’t be in here in the store.”
While most everything on display inside Every Era can be purchased, there are a few things that are not for sale. One of those items is a life-size Elvis Presley statue with detached arms that Eric Heatherly found discarded on a sidewalk years ago while traveling to Memphis.
“There are some things that we’re attached to, but we still want to share them with other people and tell the stories behind them too,” he said. “There are other things that we’ve picked that we really don’t want to sell, but if somebody walks up and wants it as bad as we want it, then we’ll look at all offers.”
In addition to in-store purchases, Every Era will also allow customers to buy items online at www.shopeveryera.com. The website currently allows individuals to sign up to receive emails regarding the store’s opening.
The couple are also in the process of pitching a reality television show to production companies that would be based on their lives traveling the country, picking items and performing.
Weekly variety show coming to the Palace Theatre
In addition to the new store, Eric and Lindsey Heatherly also plan to host a new weekly variety show called The Nashville Bandwagon every Thursday night at the Palace Theatre.
Programs will feature unique lineups each week and highlight various musical genres like blues, jazz, bluegrass and traditional country. The first show had been scheduled to take place April 2 but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“What we really want to do is encompass all of the local flavor that Nashville, East Nashville and Gallatin have to offer as far as musicians supporting other musicians,” Eric Heatherly said. “We also want it to be something that Nashville is not doing, and we don’t want it to be just music. We want comedians, we want magicians – cool things like that.”
The Nashville Bandwagon’s first show is expected to be held as soon as state restrictions on public gatherings are lifted. Tickets will cost $10 per person each night.
The program, which was inspired by the “Louisiana Hayride” show of the 1940s and 1950s, will help bring more visitors to downtown Gallatin who may be unfamiliar with what local businesses in the area have to offer, according to Donna Belote, executive director of Historic Downtown Gallatin.
“There are a lot of very good entertainers that would love to come play at something like this,” Belote added. “We’ve never had anything consistent like this that is weekly before and it’s going to be a really good thing for downtown.”
Last month, The Record Store Troubadours released a new single the duo co-wrote called “Good Dirt.” Another new song and music video are also expected to be released this summer.
With many artists moving to the area more and more, Eric Heatherly said the couple feel like Gallatin is the “next frontier as far as creativity.”
“We like Gallatin because it’s still got some grit left,” he added. “It reminds me of how Memphis and East Nashville used to be. It’s got some of that grunge still left on it that money hasn’t tarnished.”