BY NICOLAS GRIZZLE
Fork’s Drum Closet, a mainstay of the Nashville music scene since 1982, has been sold and will be moving to a new location later this year.
New owner Steve Maxwell, known in the drumming community for his eponymous vintage drum shops in Chicago and New York, is also president of Craviotto Drum Company. The new shop will keep the Fork’s name, employees and inventory, says Fork’s founder and namesake Gary Forkum.
“Steve’s a smart guy,” says Forkum. “He’s got some layers that he does at his vintage shops that I think he can bring down here and add to what we already do. I think it’ll be in good hands.”
Fork’s was founded as an offshoot of Corner Music in 1982, and both stores moved to their current location in Nashville’s 12South neighborhood in 1984. The rhythmic pulse of jackhammers two buildings over could be heard throughout the store when I visited in late June, a loud example of the rapid change taking place throughout the city as it becomes a trendy destination for the Millennial demographic.
“We moved over here to 12th Avenue in ’84, and it was a really rough part of town, a really scary part of town,” says Forkum. “We hung in here until it became a little more popular and eventually it became a hip, trendy part of town, and we got some offers on the property that we couldn’t turn down.”
The one he didn’t turn down was $7 million. “I could have worked another 25-30 years and not made that much,” says Forkum.
“Some of that money we invested in another building, and the new Fork’s will be on Chestnut Street, not too far from here. It’s not as big as this building but it’s more open,” says Forkum. Right now, it’s looking like the move will happen later this year around August or September, he says.
Forkum will stay on during the transition as a consultant before retiring to his 100-acre Nashville farm. He says he’s looking forward to farm life, spending more time with his grandkids, and continuing to gig with The Midnight Riders, his Allman Brothers tribute band, as well as other groups.