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Those of you who have already pre-ordered and received our latest Blue Series release from Frank Fairfield have no doubt figured that Fairfield is a man born out of time with a haunting warble in his voice and countless stories to tell. We too are mesmerized by the man, equal parts singer, songwriter (though he doesn’t care to admit it), fiddle/guitar/banjo player, and collector (see his two curated compilations on Tompkins Square pulled from his library of rare 78 rpm records: Turn Me Loose and Unheard Ofs and Forgotten Abouts).
Fairfield’s blue series “Duncan & Brady” features a broken take on an oft interpreted murder ballad that puts you right in the middle of the saloon where death came-a-knocking as well as a double-fiddled “Devil’s Dream.” The 7” is officially released today (also available now on iTunes), and we do not recommend missing this one…
Learn more about the fascinating Mister Fairfield via Nashville’s own Music City Roots site, and purchase the 7" here.
On October 27th, 2013 Third Man was proud to host the St. Pius X High School Marching Band from Atlanta as part of our School Choirs and Bands at Third Man program. We were duly impressed by their "Battery's Included" drum cadence and the fact that their "Fight Song" and "Alma Mater" were both written by an honest-to-goodness nun. An out-of-work upholsterer who was on-hand even took the opportunity to brush up on his baritone skills for the band's portrait.
As a symbol of thanks for the fun experience, the folks at St. Pius sent along a gift of thanks. Said nine time Grammy-winner Jack White, "This is the coolest award I've ever received."
For more information about our Choirs and Bands at Third Man program, visit http://thirdmanrecords.com/school-choirs-and-bands
Today, we are pleased to announce the fourth set of Document Records reissues and the final installments of The Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order from Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell and the Mississippi Sheiks, with pre-orders starting today and an official release on January 28th. We hope you have enjoyed getting acquainted with these early blues recordings over the past year as much as we have. It is worth noting that the Mississippi Sheiks required a Volume 5 to include the full catalog in this series, so we are simultaneously release Volume 4 and 5 of their collection in this batch. Purchase all 4 records in a bundle for $54. For those new to the Document Records Reissue Series, we are offering an even larger bundle of all 13 records for $160. This final installment features gorgeous new covers from Rob Jones, extensive liner notes, and, of course, amazing music morsels of blues history on vinyl for the first time in decades.
For those who pre-order this 4th installment bundle or the complete set before the official January 28th release date, we will be randomly including test pressings from one of the 13 LP’s into a handful of packages. One very lucky person will receive their bundle with a complete set of test pressings from ALL 13 LP’s.
Here’s hoping these reissues are just the beginning of your exploration into the building blocks of American music… Pre-Order Here.
Jack White is excited to announce that he'll be performing at the Governors Ball Music Festival on June 6 – 8 at Randall's Island in New York, NY. Tickets go on sale on at 12pm PT/3pm ET today. For more information visit the festival's site.
Today is the digital release of The Dead Weather's two brand new studio recordings, "Open Up (That's Enough)" and "Rough Detective." Previously available exclusively through Third Man Records' subscription-only Vault series as a limited edition yellow jacket colored vinyl 7" in a custom glue-pocket picture sleeve, these roaring new tracks are now available to the general public digitally via iTunes and all other digital retailers.
In a unique long-term strategy, "Open Up (That's Enough)" and "Rough Detective" are the first of a series of two-song sets The Dead Weather will be releasing up until 2015, at which time the singles--plus numerous other album-only tracks--will be collected into a full album. The songs will be released digitally, but not until TMR Vault packages containing the physical singles have been dispatched to subscribers.
More importantly, the "Open Up (That's Enough)" / "Rough Detective" single is unlike anything else The Dead Weather has ever done before, while both songs serve as ample reminders of the ferocity of this motley collection of low-lifes, grifters and ne'er-do-wells.
We are inching closer towards the debut release from the Haden Triplets, daughters of jazz bass legend Charlie Haden. The record will be available at a record store near you or through your preferred digital retailer February 4th, but you can pre-order the LP or CD beginning today at thirdmanstore.com. If you’re hungry for more information about the sisters and the release, head to RollingStone.com. This morning, they premiered the video below which previews the record and takes a closer look at the triplets. Stay tuned for more Haden Triplets content in the coming weeks, and pre-order the CD or LP here.