By Jaeki Cho (@JaekiCho)
Right off the bat, Jenkins Boyd, 23, knew he wasn't meant for college. So after high school, instead of putting himself through another four years of rigorous schooling, Boyd decided to pursue a lifelong goal shared both by him and his father: owning a record shop. The result was as simple as the epiphany that sparked it. Within months after graduating, the record enthusiast and his father, who had schooled Boyd about records from adolescence on, gathered up their vinyl, acumen, and enthusiam to open up their venture, Doc's Records & Vintage.
Opened in 2006, the shop is one of the few music sellers in Fort Worth, Texas. Its 40,000+ selection of vinyl, mainly focused on rock, country, blues, metal, and oldies, is the key selling point, but clothing, posters, stereo equipment, and wacky action figures are also available. Jenkins happily answered our Wax Nostalgic 7 Question Survey.
What’s the first record you ever bought?
Jenkins Boyd: I think it was In the Court of the Crimson King by King Crimson. I think I bought this record when I was around 14? I bought it at a record convention for about $15. I used to go to [record conventions] with my dad all the time. I had heard the record before, I just wanted a copy on vinyl; I think that’s why I bought it.
What’s your favorite record this week?
Jenkins Boyd: This week…I’m trying to think. Oh, I’ve been playing this record by a band named Brown Recluse. I think the record is self-titled. It just came out about a month ago. It’s a pop record, a weird pop record. We have it at our store.
What’s the most valuable/expensive record that you own?
Jenkins Boyd: Honestly, I don’t know what that would be. I don’t really have thousand dollar records or anything. I just collect stuff. But I value a record called Morgan. It’s a self-titled record. It’s one of my first favorite records. It’s a psychedelic record that put me on the path to go look for more crap that sounded like that. I bought it at a flea market, or a garage sale, and it took me two weeks to finally listen to it.
If you didn’t own a record shop, what would you do?
Jenkins Boyd: I don’t know. I guess bumming around. [Laughs.] I don’t really have many thoughts on that. Maybe working at another record store?
Why should people buy records?
Jenkins Boyd: Why? I don’t know. I guess, because it’s awesome. [Laughs.] That’s the best reason I can give you. Just in case your computer crashes or something, you’ll have physical music to listen to. Or just in case a zombie apocalypse comes, and all the power gets knocked out, you can still use your portable record player and run it on battery.
Vinyl will never die because…
Jenkins Boyd: I don’t know, maybe if the comet hits the earth? But besides that people should always collect records. People collect crap, you know? So there’s always going to be record collectors.
Have you ever played a certain record and gotten laid?
Jenkins Boyd: [Laughs.] That’s a great question. Not that I can think of. It was mostly just dropping drawers.
Doc's Records & Vintage (Fort Worth)
2111 Montgomery St, Fort Worth, Texas