• Record Store Day x 2

    Third Man Records is celebrating this year’s high holiday of tangible music with twice as many record stores (and therefore, twice as many records to sell) as usual. We will host festivities at our headquarters in Nashville, TN as well as at our poolside pop-up shop, a part of the Ace Hotel’s Desert Gold festivities in Palm Springs, CA, for Coachella.

    As you will see below, there are plenty of special happenings at both locations, and we don’t want anyone to feel like they’re missing out on either, so we will have reciprocal opportunities to peep into the alternate universe through iPads set up in each shop. Tell us about your RSD plans in Palm Springs OR Nashville using the  hashtag #TMRSD, and check out details on both locations below:



    Blue Room:

    - A limited number of Elephant Reissues on colored vinyl will be available beginning at 11am, and lasting until 2pm or the last copy is sold in the Blue Room. Each purchase of Elephant will include a free White Stripes poster while supplies last.

    - 12:15 Mark Watrous acoustic set

    - 1:15 Karen Elson & Fats Kaplin acoustic set

    - DJ Baby Mama (Jemina Pearl) to DJ in between sets

    Back Patio:

    Local vendors to include…
    - Hot Diggity Dog (serving up an off-menu “Detroit Dog.”)
    - Fat Bottom Brewing Company
    - Bang Candy Company (with a specially concocted treat just for RSD)
    - Las Paletas

    Store & Novelties Lounge:

    - From 11-2, the store will be selling loads of new merch, including new T-Shirts, iPhone 5 cases, RSD Ambassador patches, a new aluminum 45 adapter, buttons and the lenticular poster made for the Coachella pop-up shop.

    - Beginning at 2pm, the store will be selling 100 of each of the exclusive, colored Volume 2 Document Reissues (1 per customer).

    - The Monkey Band will be loaded with a brand new secret track from a mystery artist for you to take a stab at recognizing… (we’re looking at you, out of towners!)

    We have one more surprise that we’re keeping close to our chest for now, because believe us when we tell you… it won’t disappoint.



    Record Store Day lasts all weekend at the Ace Hotel. The poolside pop-up will have a limited number of exclusive, colored vinyl Elephant reissues for purchase (with a free White Stripes poster, while supplies last), as well as 100 of each of the exclusive, colored vinyl Volume 2 Document Reissues for sale on Saturday, the 20th. The Pop-up will also offer tons of brand new Coachella-themed merch available only to the folks who make it to our oasis during Desert Gold.

    Free poolside and indoor performances for the weekend of the 20th/21st include Eagles of Death Metal, Redd Kross, White Fence, Dirty Ghosts, White Mystery, Gap Dream, The Dough Rollers, Carly Ritter, and more, with mind bending DJ nights in the Ace Hotel’s Amigo Lounge Friday and Saturday late night... Details and times TBA.  Come on out and lose your mind in the desert!

    We encourage you to consider booking a room at the Ace Hotel for the RSD events.  You can learn more about the schedule and Desert Gold in general here.


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  • Pokey LaFarge Album Coming This June

    Third Man Records is happy to announce a new partnership with one of our favorite musicians out there working today, Pokey LaFarge. Pokey and his band bring a focus and energy to the American Roots genre with infectious original material that sits at the crossroads of early jazz, country blues and western swing. With his effortless charisma and distinctive charm, Pokey has crafted a genre all his own--and one that extends well beyond the music alone.

    Summertime is the right time for Pokey's sun-blessed riverboat style, and this June will mark our release of his next full length LP / CD titled simply Pokey LaFarge (produced by Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor). Look out for a single from the album, "Central Time", which will be released ahead of the full length in May.

    To celebrate (we love to celebrate), we'll be hosting Pokey and his band here at Third Man in our Blue Room live venue for a record release party / direct to acetate recording session on June 1st.

    Pokey LaFarge and his band will be hitting the highways and byways this spring and summer, check all the dates here and be sure to see them when they come through your town!

    4/22 — Tupelo, MS — Blue Canoe
    4/25 — Atlanta, GA — Smith's Olde Bar
    4/26 — Wilmington, NC — Soapbox Laundro Lounge
    4/28 — Wilkesboro, NC — MerleFest
    4/30 — Mobile, AL — Callaghan's Irish SocialClub
    5/2 — New Orleans, LA — Fair Grounds Race Course
    5/4 — Tulsa, OK — All Soul Acoustic Coffee House
    5/8 — Long Beach, CA — Carpenter Performing Arts Center
    5/9 — Long Beach, CA — Carpenter Performing Arts Center
    5/10 — San Francisco, CA — Rickshaw Stop
    5/11 — Modesto, CA — Fat Cat Music House
    5/14 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge
    5/16 — E. Vancouver, BC — The Rio Theatre
    5/17 — Seattle, WA — Tractor Tavern
    5/22 — Minneapolis, MN — The Cedar Cultural Center
    5/23 — Chicago, IL — Lincoln Hall
    5/25 — Booneville, MO — Kemper Park
    5/31 — St Louis, MO — Casa Loma Ballroom
    6/1 — Nashville, TN — Third Man Records
    6/4 — New York, NY — TBD
    6/5 — Washington DC —TBD
    6/7 — Cincinnati, OH — Taft Theatre
    6/8 — Bloomington, IL — Downtown Bloomington
    6/13 — Omaha, NE — The Waiting Room Lounge
    6/15 — Denver, CO — L2 Arts and Culture Center
    6/16 — Palisade, CO — Palisade Bluegrass Festival
    6/29 — Memphis, TN — Hi Tone
    7/14 — Mount Solon, VA — Natural Chimneys Park
    7/19 — Northampton, MA — Iron Horse Music Hall
    7/20 — Allston, MA — Great Scott
    8/8 — Henderson, KY — Audubon Mill Park
    8/16 — Biddinghuize, Netherlands — Lowlands
    8/17 — Kiewit, Belgium — Pukkelpop
    8/19 — Winterthur, Zurich Switzerland — Musikfestwochen
    8/22-25 — Tonder, Denmark — Tonder Festival

  • Document Records Reissues Volume 2

    Pre-orders are available today for the second installment of our highly anticipated Document Records reissue series, featuring Volume 2 of the Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order of Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell and The Mississippi Sheiks. These three records, officially available April 9th and featuring artwork by Rob Jones, can be purchased together as a bundle here.


    Due to the incredible demand this series garnered when we announced the project earlier this year, we are temporarily out of stock of the Volume 1 records. We hope to have these first three records back on shelves within a few weeks.

  • New Blue Series Single: Shovels & Rope

    The pleasure is all ours in announcing a new Blue Series single from Charleston, SC's own Shovels & Rope. Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent are definitely our favorite inter-gender rock n roll two piece since... well, you know (somewhere Alison Mosshart yells "WTF?!")... and we're certainly excited to present this Blue Series single featuring two covers of real life titans of the biz. Side A gives us Shovels & Rope's piano heavy take on Bruce Springsteen's "Johnny 99" while the flip is a slinky hip shaking version of Tom Waits' "Bad As Me." This is the perfect soundtrack for two doomed souls dancing in the glow of a jukebox in a greasy spoon diner... We reckon Messrs Springsteen and Waits should be mighty proud.

    Pre Sales are available now, and the single will be available on 7" vinyl in finer record stores everywhere and iTunes from April 2nd.

  • Brittany Howard & Ruby Amanfu in Rolling Stone

    Some great press from Rolling Stone for the Brittany Howard & Ruby Amanfu Blue Series ahead of the single that's out tomorrow. Click through this link to read the article, and see the player below to listen to the A Side "I Wonder", their cover of the Rodriguez classic.

  • Karen Elson, Ruby Amanfu in the Nashville Scene's People Issue

    3 of our favorite gals are featured in this week's Nashville Scene, The People Issue. Karen Elson graces the cover with photography by Jo McCaughey, and explains the moment when she knew Nashville was home. There is also a page dedicated to Ruby Amanfu, whose Blue Series single with Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard was released last week, and who we know and love from The Peacocks.