Fort Worth’s Dreamy Life Records hub for local, out of town music

Mean Motor Scooter from Fort Worth, TX Performing at Dreamy Life Records
Photo Credit: Benjamin Oliver Hicks

By: Juan “Johnny” Govea

If you’re ever in the Historic Fairmount neighborhood South of Fort Worth’s Main Street keep an eye open for a growing crowd and ears perched for heavy and mellow tunes, because the Dreamy Life crew at the neighborhood Fairmount Library’s Dreamy Life Records might be hosting a touring band.

With a Friday happy hour of music hosted by Cameron Smith and pop-up shows during the week, Smith and his dreamy crew are gaining more attention, while the Record store supplies the newest releases from the many local bands from Fort Worth and most of DFW.

Smith, partnered with Robby Rux, Britt Robisheaux of Cloudland Recording in Fort Worth and Jim Vallee spawned somewhat of a local music scene for Fort Worth and surrounding cities.

Smith says the stores location at Fairmount opened about 2 years ago and since then the league of young entrepreneurs received recognition in the media spotlight from Fort Worth Weekly, Dallas Observer and local Broadcast Media channels such as NBC 5.

Before the spotlight, the Dreamy Life crew first opened in 2014 near the current location, off 8th Avenue, which is now Music Junky, then set up shop at an office building at Landers Warehouse in somewhat of a foreman’s office, Smith Said.

Dreamy Life caters to every music lover’s favorite genre and is one of the few places in the area to get an introduction to some of For Worth’s local music.

“Prices of records very depending on what it is, some old records in good condition and the rarity could cost more. $15-30. For a regular one-sleeve record and double albums and used records could go from a dollar and then a signed album etc. would cost more or less,” Smith says

With the growing music and art scene in the Fort Worth community, Smith and Dreamy life are trying to grow along side of the machine, Smith Says. “It’s the same garden you know, and it’s giving a platform to other artists or a scene to gravitate to by supplying resources for the scene.”

20180824_BigHuge_2XPR3406Big Huge from New York Performing at Dreamy Life Records
Photo Credit: Benjamin Oliver Hicks

Big attention getters at Dreamy Life have been during the weekend shows. Past performer Kira Jari from Denton, as well, Mind Spiders, LITIGATORS and Mean Girls from Austin have preformed drawing large crowds at the small library, Smith says.

“It’s great to have the library being so supportive,” he says.

Dreamy has also supported the local art enthusiasts with a few Art Shows at Shipping and Receiving along with visual arts and collaborating with the community such as Art Tooth.

Smith says an October release Party for a new local compilation album, Group Therapy Vol. 4, will be at Fort Worth Bar Shipping & Receiving on Calhoun St. The Album will feature 29 different area artist’s original tracks in cassette tape, vinyl and as well available on Dreamy Life Records’ Bandcamp page.



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