Alan “Phred” Rainey, Owner of Earshot Music Store in Winston-Salem, Has Died | Local news

Prior to owning the store, Rainey was the manager for over 10 years. The store was originally known as Plan 9 / Record Exchange, its LinkedIn page said.

Phred Rainey also worked as a Director, Regional Advisor and Director of Used Products for the Record Exchange for 19 years in Blacksburg, Virginia, and oversaw store openings in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Chapel Hill.

“As the store owner he met tons and tons of people and other musicians,” Mark Rainey said of his brother.

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Mark Rainey believes his brother developed his love for music after teaching Phred to play guitar in the early 1980s, Mark Rainey said.

“The next thing I knew was he started playing guitar,” Mark Rainey said. “Phred stayed with. He’s had a lot of musical experience over the years and he’s always played original compositions.”

A native of Martinsville, Va., Phred Rainey graduated from Martinsville High School in 1982, his brother said.

Phred Rainey graduated in 1987 with a BA in Communication and Media Studies from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech, according to Phred Rainey’s LinkedIn page.

During his career, Phred Rainey has helped form and perform in many bands with names such as “Industrial Soldier” and “Joe The Fireman,” his brother said.

Alice P. Darby