About Us

About Us

Mom’s has 40 years of experience in the music business. That is good news for you! Mom’s has been installing sound systems in churches, schools, businesses, and just about anywhere else you could imagine over those 40 years, along with fixing seemingly unfixable instruments, teaching and mentoring the young, the old, and the not so old, and providing the gear that aspiring artists know will allow them to perform at their peak. Make no mistake about it, Mom’s has been nurturing Louisville’s beautiful musical cultural for quite some time. Broken gear? Let Mom’s take care of it for you. Creative block? Let Mom’s teachers provide you with insight. Let the Word be HEARD! Let Mom’s customize a sound system that fits your audience’s needs. Mom’s takes care of you. Mom’s wants you to succeed. Mom’s will be there when you need it the most. Mom’s Music – Because it’s where Louisville does music.

Our History

In 1979, Marvin and Beverly Maxwell opened Mom’s Music on Frankfort Avenue. Marvin knew that music was an important and untapped market in this area. Mom’s started as a small retail store and sound contracting business with an emphasis on helping musicians and churches with their musical needs.

In the mid 80’s Mom’s began teaching private music lessons and soon added group lessons with it’s popular and now famous Rock School. Rock School has grown into a multi-level group class that provides kids from 8 to 18 the opportunity to learn to play in a band, schedule their own performances and even record their own music.

In the early 90’s Mom’s added an adult group class, Weekend Warriors, (similar to Rock School) giving the moms and dads a way of showing the kids how to rock.

In the 2000’s Mom’s moved from its Frankfort Ave. location to the old Tumbleweed restaurant on Mellwood Ave. giving the business more convenient parking, more retail space and the room for its ever growing music education department.

Still a family owned business, Mom’s continues to be involved with many community organizations and events from feeding kids to MERF (Musicians Emergency Resource Foundation) to animal rights, cancer awareness and many others. Mom’s has also been involved in the creation of other benefits to the community from “Louisville Live” TV show, “Live at Mom’s” “Louisville’s Lost and Found” radio shows, as well as “B Real Music Program” and “Takin’ It to the Street” religious programs. Mom’s Music truly is “Where Louisville Does Music”.

1979 Mom’s Music opens on Frankfort Ave: Retail, Contracting Affiliation with Yamaha & exclusive dealer
1980 Mom’s becomes a member of NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants Mom’s opens recording studio producing some of the best bands in Louisville – Releasing many local CD’s
1981 Mom’s develops MERF (Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund) a non-profit organization that helps take care of musicians in need
1983 “Live At Mom’s” radio show begins with WQMF featuring the best of Louisville music live
1984 Mom’s helps Yamaha America create Rock School – (the first of it’s kind)
1987 Mom’s wins national award “Best Community Music Service” award from NAMM
1995 #1 Parker Guitar Dealer in the world!
1996 #1 Line 6 Amp Dealer in the world!
1997 Meeting place & beginning of the platinum selling artists “Days of the New” & “Tantric” Mom’s opens 12,500 sq ft Indiana store with a major commitment to education – 150 seat theater, Jazzercise & more
2001 Mom’s develops Rockschool performance program, booking kid bands throughout the region & forms alliances with 4th Street Live, 6 Flags Ky Kingdom & more
2002 Begins Backline Rental Company, providing equipment for Caesars Indiana, The Kentucky Derby, Rick Springfield, Morris Day & the Time & many more
2004 One of the Top Multi Location music stores in the world
2005 Mom’s launches new music TV show “Louisville Live” shot at 4th Street Live & seen on CW Louisville network Begins Weekend Warrior National music program for adults
2006 Mom’s opens new 12,000 sq ft Louisville store in the original Tumbleweed building on Mellwood Ave, featuring a “state of the art” recording facility
Mom’s produces with WFPK Radio “Louisville Lost & Found” radio show featuring found tapes recorded in the 60’s & 70’s
2007 Mom’s creates “Takin’ It To The Streets” Christian concert series & TV show on the CW Network, featuring the best Churches in our area.
2008 Helps create “B Real Music Program” through Presbyterian Community Center, that focuses on the inner city youth Our teachers have been seen on the “Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno”, “The Grand Ole Opry”, “David Letterman” & many more The Future: Our focus on the national spotlight with our Kid Bands – with interest from Disney & Nickelodeon


Hard Rock Café
4th Street Live
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Mayor’s Hike & Bike
Mayor’s New Years Eve Bash
Barnstable Brown Party
Louisville Free Public Library
Music In The Metro
Light Up Louisville
Joe Huber’s Farms
Relay for Life
American Heart Association
Derby Festival Great Stage
Derby Marathon
Crusade for Children
Dare to Care
Kentucky/USA Harvest
Save The Music
All Public & Private Schools