In Salina, along the railroad tracks, in the shadow of grain elevators, next to a gravel lot filled with industrial propane tanks, is the headquarters of Acoustic Sounds.
It’s run by Chad Kassem. He’s originally from Louisiana.
“Back in the mid-’70s every teenage boy had a stereo, or most of the boys in my neighborhood had a stereo, and maybe a hundred albums,” Kassem says. “So I wasn’t any more of a collector than most of my friends.”
By the time he was 21, though, Kassem’s drinking and drug abuse was causing him trouble with the law.
“I came to Kansas to get sober in 1984. That’s where the judge picked.”
As we know, Kansas has alcohol, but in general, there were fewer distractions for a man who needed to dry out.