Bone-up your record collection: Hollow Bone Records opens in Fairlawn

words and photos by Megan Combs

Pop quiz:

Q: If you were sent to a deserted island, what five albums would you take with you?

A: Jerrod Woll, owner of Hollow Bone Records in Fairlawn, shared his top five in less than a minute.

IMG_1425“Akron has always been my home. I’m an Akron man,” Woll smiled. “You can’t stay away from Swensons for too long, right?”

So why Hollow Bone? For the better part of 30 years, Woll’s nickname has been Birdman. When he decided he was going to open the shop, he wanted a name that was something bird-related. After researching birds, he learned they have hollow bones. When a friend suggested Hollow Bone Records, Woll knew he struck gold.

“The name just really rang to me,” Woll said. “It had that right edge that I was looking for.”

At the back of Hollow Bone, customers can listen to a record on one of Woll’s two record players, or even check out a pop-up acoustic show from a local band on his little stage.

“I’ve visited a lot of record shops, and some spaces had intimate spaces for bands to play,” Woll said. “I didn’t want to regret not having a stage for something like that.”IMG_1427

His first performance was local band Run Thomas Run on Labor Day weekend.

“It’s all about building relationships,” Woll said. “How, as locals, can we help each other out? It’s all about the community.”

So back to the top five albums. Woll’s would be Elvis Costello’s “King of America,” Wilco’s “Being There,” Prince’s “Sign O’ the Times,” Frank Turner’s “Tape Deck Heart,” and the Replacements’ “All Shook Down.”

What albums are on your top five?

Megan Combs, who can dance to pretty much any song, would bring Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Lord Huron’s “Lonesome Dreams,” Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers,” The Weekend’s “Beauty Behind the Madness,” and Beck’s “Morning Phase.”

Hollow Bone Records’ hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, and Sundays noon to 6 pm, but times are subject to change. If you’re interested in getting your band on Hollow Bone’s stage, email