Music Store Celebrates 25 Years in Hickory; owner says the pace is not slowing down | Local News

By Sanford Teague Special for Recording

Nothing is more refreshing to the ears when attending a church service or concert than hearing the voices clearly through the microphone.

It requires a good sound system and an experienced engineer. Hickory’s Larry Gragg can make music clear. He says a good sound system depends on the quality of speakers, microphones, monitors, amplifiers and mixers. Gragg said experienced and knowledgeable people are needed to set up and operate a system.

Gragg operates Larry’s Music and Sound in downtown Hickory. The store is stocked with drums, guitars, speakers and accessories. He plays drums and says famous guitarist Eric Clapton is his favorite musician.

Gragg started out in the furniture industry but soon realized that music was his calling. In November, he celebrated his 25th birthday in Hickory. He said the long term would not have been possible without the support of his customers.

He added: “It makes me feel good when we put in a good sound system and people like it.”

Gragg’s wife and son Scott help run the business. The store also has three instructors offering guitar, piano, and drum lessons.

Ted Brown of Hickory says Larry is a good businessman. He said after Gragg installed a public address system at Morning Star Baptist Church, he called to check in and make sure the equipment met the needs of the congregation.

Alice P. Darby