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  • Vault Platinum Package #17

    Posted by Third Man on 3 July 2013

    V A U L T  P L A T I N U M  P A C K A G E  # 1 7

    And now to the announcement of the latest Vault Platinum Package… lucky number 17. With all of the blood, sweat and tears that has gone on behind the scenes here to build the new Vault service it quickly became apparent to us there could only be one package that would be worthy of our inaugural offering under the new Vault banner.

    One of the highlights of our year (so far) has been the esteemed honor of hosting country music legend Willie Nelson here at Third Man to celebrate his 80th birthday. On April 18th of this year Willie played a concert with some guest musicians, among them real life legacy artists, but also importantly, some handpicked sidemen from the house of Third Man. This special performance for CMTs prestigious Crossroads TV show was all caught and camera and broadcast. Behind the scenes, we were rolling tape on that historic show (as is Third Man's way) and every song (even those non-broadcast) was captured on beautiful, warm-sounding analog tape by our crack team of engineers. It was in many respects a perfect evening.

    We are very proud to present one of the most heartwarming, intimate, and downright legendary shows we've ever had the pleasure of hosting within our walls. Ladies and Gentleman a big thank you to Mr. Willie Nelson and all of the amazing artists involved for the opportunity for us to present to you… The Vault Platinum Package #17.

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    This is a beautifully-packaged, 3-sided double LP with a gatefold sleeve of the Willie Nelson & Friends concert, with performances as of yet unreleased and unheard! Featuring Willie Nelson, Jack White, Neil Young, Leon Russell, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow and Ashley Monroe pressed on Smokey Grey and Bio-Diesel Green Vinyl with an etched graphic of Willie's guitar "Trigger" on the D-Side this is an outstanding LP visually and audibly for casual fans and collectors alike!

    "Roll Me Up" 
    "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground" - with Ashley Monroe (Unreleased)
    "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" - with Ashley Monroe
    "Funny How Time Slips Away" - with Norah Jones
    "I Gotta Get Drunk" - with Norah Jones (Unreleased)
    "Sail Away" - with Neil Young (Unreleased)
    "Long May You Run" - with Neil Young 
    "Far Away Places" - with Sheryl Crow
    "Whiskey River" - with Neil Young, Ashley Monroe, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jamey Johnson
    "A Song For You" - with Leon Russell
    "Heartbreak Hotel" - with Leon Russell (Unreleased)
    "Red Headed Stranger" (Broadcast Version) - with Jack White

    The second item in this stellar package is Third Man's first-ever 6" record, pressed on transparent yellow vinyl, with an etched b-side and housed in a 6" die-cut sleeve. The A-side captures one of those near mythological musical moments , something that could only happen here at Third Man, of Jack White and Willie Nelson dueting together on "Red Headed Stranger" in Third Man's Voice-O-Graph Recording Booth. This is a version not shown on television and was recorded live in the TMR Recording Booth.

    Behold the double sided, foldout, metallic printed poster on special heavy stock paper… One side features Willie Nelson in the TMR Recording Booth and the flip is an all new Metallic Platinum Vault Design. Double the bang for your buck!

     Lastly, we will be doing something special to thank our returning Vault members and welcome our new ones. With this Vault Package 17 only, members will receive a membership kit at no additional charge to their Platinum service!

    New Vault Wardenclyffe Tower design sticker in metallic print.

    This is a super stylish enamel lapel pin, it's 2 colored, key shaped and it rules the school.

    A really cool double sided silver print die cut DIY paper model kit that when assembled sits on top of your turntable and spins with your record. Looks great in action or sitting on your shelf!

    And now to the announcement of the latest Vault Platinum Package… lucky number 17.

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    Posted by Third Man on 1 July 2013

    This week we're doing something really special in our Blue Room at Third Man. We'll be presenting the first of what we hope to be many visual arts shows. Our inaugural presentation will feature works from a real hero and lifetime doer in the punk rock / rock n roll underground / overground world of everything that is positive and cool.. Mr Tim Kerr. Tim's works celebrate unity, self expression, progressive ideals and revolution of the spirit. His subject matter ranges from blues soul and jazz musicians, counter culture icons, civil rights activists and much more. We find his artwork very inspiring and are really looking forward to sharing Tim's world with you.

    The show opens this Wed the 3rd and will run through July 10th. On Sunday July 7th we'll host a reception matinee event for Tim with local purveyors of the written word and visual & aural arts a go-go, Poetry Sucks! featuring Tim, Holly Golightly & Lawyer Dave performing their first ever show as The 3 Way Tie (which we'll of course be recording for a live album), The Glory Fires playing an acoustic set, and poets Sampson Starkweather, Larry O. Dean, and Paige Taggart. Hours and lots more information below… Looking forward to seeing y'all down here this week.

    July 3rd - July 10th w/ reception and Poetry Sucks! live event July 7th

    July 3-6th 12pm to 4pm
    July 7th - Reception & Poetry Sucks 5pm - 7pm (patio opens at 4pm for bbq & beer) show is FREE
    July 8th - 10th 12pm to 4pm


    Tim Kerr will exhibit his paintings at TMR July 3rd-10th, climaxing with a reception on July 7 featuring poetry by Sampson Starkweather, Larry O. Dean, and Paige Taggart. All three poets come to Nashville in support of new books. The reception will also feature sets of music by both Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires and Tim Kerr with Holly Golighty and Lawyer Dave under the all new moniker The 3 Way Tie. The TMR patio will be open from 4pm for drinks and dogs and doors open for Poetry Sucks! at 5pm. Here's some details on the performers for July 7th:

    TIM KERR was a founding member of  The Big Boys, Poison 13, Bad Mutha Goose, Lord High Fixers, and Monkey Wrench;  all groups who have played an important role in what is known as the US indie scene today. Not only has he been inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame, but Tim also earned a degree in painting and photography at the University of Texas in Austin and studied the latter with Garry Winogrand. His artwork has shown in the US and abroad in galleries such as PS1 in New York, 96 Gillespie in London, Slowboy Gallery in Germany, and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. Tim may even join in the music making on the 7th!

    SAMPSON STARKWEATHER was born in Pittsboro, NC. He is the author of the First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather and 5 chapbooks from dangerous small presses. He is a founding editor of Birds, LLC and works for The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

    PAIGE TAGGART lives in Brooklyn and is the author of 3 chapbooks. Trembling Pillow Press will publish her first full-length collection Want For Lion in late 2013/early 2014. She's an avid jeweler ( and co-founded the tumblr Poets Touching Trees.

    LARRY O. DEAN was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. His most recent books include Brief Nudity (Salmon Poetry, 2013), and Basic Cable Couplets (Silkworms Ink, 2012).  Also a critically-acclaimed songwriter, Dean has numerous CD releases, including Fun with a Purpose (2009) with The Injured Parties. He was a 2004 recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Award.

    LEE BAINS III and the Glory Fires’ debut album There is a Bomb in Gilead was released on Alive Records. Now, LBIII and The Glory Fires re-unite with Tim Kerr to record their next album in Nashville, TN with the legendary Jeremy Ferguson at Battle Tapes Recording Studio. Could there be a bigger bang?

    HOLLY GOLIGHTLY kicked off her musical career in Thee Headcoatees, the legendary all-girl garage band, closely affiliated with U.K. cult legend Billy Childish. She released her first solo record, The Good Things, in 1995. Holly has also recorded with Rocket from the Crypt, White Stripes, Mudhoney, and on the title track for the Jim Jarmusch movie “Broken Flowers” with The Greenhornes. Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs  music is a lo-fi stew of blues, country and rockabilly, at once avant-garde and old-timey.

    This week we're doing something really special in our Blue Room at Third Man. We'll be presenting the first of what we hope to be many visual arts shows.

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  • Pokey LaFarge sings with JD McPherson for Tornado Relief

    Posted by Third Man on 28 June 2013

    Oklahoma native JD McPherson and our favorite American music torchbearer Pokey LaFarge have teamed up to record a rendition of country swing legend Bob Wills' "Good Old Oklahoma," which they released today. You can take an exclusive first listen to their charming duet at ROLLINGSTONE.COM. 100% of the proceeds from the track will be donated to the Oklahoma City Community Fund's Tornado Relief endowment, which contributes to dozens of charities assisting relief efforts for those directly affected by the recent tornadoes.

    McPherson explains how the recording came about: “Pokey and I had been speaking in the days following the May 19th tornadoes about the possibility of recording a benefit song. He came up with the brilliant idea to record Bob Wills' ‘Good Old Oklahoma’ as a duet.  Pokey is from Missouri, but each time he plays in my home state, his band performs that tune and brings the house down. It was a perfect fit.”

    "It's with great pleasure that I get to work with one of Oklahoma's finest, JD McPherson," adds LaFarge. "To be able to record this Bob Wills tune is all too fitting for a good cause. We hope this helps. We love Oklahoma!"


    Oklahoma native JD McPherson and our favorite American music torchbearer Pokey LaFarge have teamed up to record a rendition of country swing legend Bob Wills' "Good Old Oklahoma"

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  • The Dough Rollers Blue Series

    Posted by Third Man on 27 June 2013

    Our Blue Series of 7"s continues it's stampede over the music industry on July 9th with a staggering entry from Los Angeles' angels with dirty faces, The Dough Rollers. Featuring an expanded and electrified line-up, Malcolm Ford (vox, guitar) and Jack Byrne (guitar) are now joined by Josh Barocas and Kyle Olson on bass and drums, respectively. Their Third Man Blue Series is the inaugural voyage for the new line up, and what a debutante party it is...

    The invigorated power quatro blasted by Third Man a couple months back and dropped two perfectly formed slabs of American blues rock on us… "Little Lily" is an inner ear explosion with the energy and tension of a train rolling off the rails and the rails are Malcolm's pleading whiskey damaged vocals. Continuing with this brilliant outmoded forms of transportation as music metaphor, "The Sailing Song" rolls along with high seas majesty, The Dough Rollers as drunken shipmates and Jack Bryne's solo is a bottle of rum smashed on the rocks. The boat never sinks though, cause this shit isn't a boat after all but a fucking life raft. So get on board and let the Dough Rollers pillage your village!

    The A side premiered on Noisey today, Pre-sales are available now, and the release will officially be available in stores and on iTunes July 9th. Stay tuned to this Bat Channel for more news and information on The Dough Rollers, pictured below...

    Our Blue Series of 7"s continues it's stampede over the music industry on July 9th with a staggering entry from Los Angeles' angels with dirty faces, The Dough Rollers.

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  • Willie Nelson & Friends Photos

    Posted by Third Man on 26 June 2013

    If you missed it this past Sunday night, CMT has now posted the full Crossroads episode celebrating Willie Nelson's 80's Birthday, "Willie Nelson & Friends from Third Man Records." Watch it here.

    If you missed it this past Sunday night, CMT has now posted the full Crossroads episode celebrating Willie Nelson's 80's Birthday

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  • Live-to-Acetate at Third Man Records

    Posted by Third Man on 20 June 2013

    We are so pleased that the day has come that we can announce the June 25th release of three very special live records — The ShinsThe Kills, and Seasick Steve — all recorded in the Third Man Blue Room last October, and our first three releases recorded live using our one-of-a-kind direct-to-acetate recording process. Without overdubs or editing, these three records were mixed in real time on a Rupert Neve 5008 console by Grammy Award winning engineer Vance Powell, and instantly cut to vinyl by master cutter George Ingram using a 1953 Scully Lathe that previously churned out masters for Cincinnati’s legendary King Records (the story goes that James Brown's It's A Man's World was cut on this lathe among many more great sides...) Third Man's BLUE ROOM is the ONLY LIVE VENUE IN THE WORLD where artists can record their performance direct-to-acetate, and after these first three releases, we have many more of their kind coming down the pipeline.

    Check out the Lathe room in all its groove-carving beauty in this behind-the-scenes video featuring Seasick Steve: 

    We believe that this new/old method of recording is as honest as it gets, bringing listeners as close to the experience of the performance as possible (of course, that is until our team of talented engineers and tinkerers manage to gather all the necessary parts to get our time machine and teletransporter back up and running.)

    The ShinsThe Kills and Seasick Steve Live at Third Man 12” records will be available June 25th individually or as a bundle (North America-only) on ourwebsite and at Third Man Records in Nashville, TN, with online pre-orders starting now. Black & blue split-color records, available only to those who attended the corresponding show and pre-ordered at the time will be available for pick-up at our Nashville store beginning on release date.

    Pre-Order the Rocktober Direct-to-Acetate Bundle / Pre-Order The Shins / Pre-Order The Kills / Pre-Order Seasick Steve

    Third Man's BLUE ROOM is the ONLY LIVE VENUE IN THE WORLD where artists can record their performance direct-to-acetate

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