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Today is a special day, for it marks the official release of 2 records that we are particularly proud to put out into the world. Danny Kroha, one of Detroit's many kings of the garage, has reinvented himself yet again, taking an unapologetic and refreshingly raw stab at gospel and folk, and solidifying yet another place in the canon of American music with Angels Watching Over Me. All hail Kroha! Learn more about the record and what Danny has to say about it, and pick up your copy, on CD or vinyl here, or if you're an MP3 person, head on over to iTunes to get your fix.
Benjamin Booker performed in our Blue Room last Fall, and the set was memorable, if not only for Benjamin's outfit, but also because it was one of the more transcendent shows we've seen here from a young band. Clearly, every chord and chorus had been committed to muscle memory after a year of hard living on the road, and the band playing wasn't playing with their fingertips or their guitar picks, but with their guts and their stories. It was magic. You can own it by clicking here.
Please note: Unfortunately, though we were very hopeful to have Benjamin Booker Black & Blue exclusive records for those that ordered them at the show, we are experiencing a slight delay in manufacturing. We will let you know the moment we have them in house, and we appreciate your patience!
With so many folks coming into Nashville from out of town to check out Jack White's show with Loretta Lynn and William Tyler at Bridgestone Arena this Wednesday, we figured it would be fun to sell a few exclusive merch items from Third Man Records' Nashville storefront.
Stop in to get your hands on this gorgeous, Rob Jones-designed baseball card print.
While you're at it, pick up this one-time-only enamel lapel pin... just the first of many more to come. If you don't get this one, how will you possibly COLLECT THEM ALL?!
We also have a brand new "Would You Fight For My Love?" lyric sticker, which will eventually be available online, but for now, we're giving store patrons first shot at them.
See you all down the hall and in the stands to watch the band on Wednesday night! Speaking of which, there ARE a handful of tickets left for this show, so if you think you're too late, think again!
To celebrate the release of Danny Kroha’s solo debut album on Third Man (out tomorrow!) we’ve invited him down from the icy environs of Detroit to Nashville for a FREE show at our favorite night spot, The Basement on Monday February 2nd. Oh we’ll have it all... Third Man DJs (‘The BENS' will be in the house on the ones and twos), ridiculously great local acts we love, Dean Jackson and Sun Seeker and the man himself Danny Kroha playing tunes from his fresh-off-the-presses Third Man debut, Angels Watching Over Me. Of course we’ll also have limited edition versions of Danny’s LP for sale as well. This is the only time and place you’ll be able to pick these green vinyl beauties up in Nashville…
Danny has been a mainstay in the Detroit music scene for over thirty years. A man consistently pushing himself to reinvent. As a founding member of garage legends The Gories, he’s influenced countless imitators and poseurs. From The Demolition Doll Rods, to Rocket 455 to Danny & The Darleans every project he’s involved with has been heavily dosed with Detroit rock n roll n soul. So with his first full-length under his own name, it MAY come as an unexpected turn that he’s dealing in classic gospel and folk. Playing every instrument himself, spanning guitar, banjo, baritone dulcimer, diddley bow, washtub bass, jug and mouth organ, the end result is a collection of compelling and timeless traditional songs. Angels Watching Over Me is the real deal, seeming that it could’ve been recorded at any time over the past 70 years. With this album, Kroha firmly establishes himself as one of the pre-eminent practitioners of a genre in desperate need of someone with his creativity and vision in moving forward the classic American art form.
And here’s a fresh taste off the album, the title track "Angels Watching Over Me."
Regarding this track, Danny has this to say:
"I learned this traditional song from a recording made in the early sixties by a Detroit preacher named Brother Will Hairston. In making his version, he gathered verses from a couple of other old gospel songs “A Charge To Keep I Have” and “ On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand.” I got the, “and now I lay me down to sleep” part when I looked up the lyrics. In a world where we’re constantly bombarded with messages of fear, I find the chorus of this song to be a powerful and soothing affirmation."
Danny Kroha FREE Nashville Record Release
February 2nd at The Basement
Danny Kroha, Sun Seeker, Dean Jackson
Third Man recording artists and traveling stars of the American country and folk scene, John Reilly & Friends are hitting the road and coming to a town near you! Don't delay, shilly shally nor dilly dally on this folks because tickets are moving fast and you do not want to miss this show! Check the links for tix and we'll see ya there!
Washington DC Jan. 27th--Sixth and I
Sellersville PA Jan. 28th--Sellersville Theatre
Philadelphia PA Jan. 29th--World Cafe
New York NY Jan. 30th--Lincoln Center Appel Room
Norfolk CT Jan. 31th--Infinity Hall
Pittsburgh PA Feb. 2nd--Club Cafe
Anapolis MD Feb.3rd--Ram's Head Onstage
Wilmington DE Feb. 4th--Baby Grand
Somerville MA Feb. 6th--Somerville Armory
Providence RI Feb. 7th--Columbus Theater
The Belcourt Theatre and Third Man Records is proud to present February's Light + Sound Machine screening: Josephine Decker's THOU WAST MILD & LOVELY preceded by Decker's short film ME THE TERRIBLE. The films will be shown Thursday February 19th at 8pm with doors at 7pm. Purchase tickets here.
Director Josephine Decker’s highly-acclaimed second feature unfolds with the lyricism and inexorable sense of tragedy of an ancient Appalachian murder ballad. Indie icon Joe Swanberg (director of HAPPY CHRISTMAS and DRINKING BUDDIES) delivers a beautifully understated performance as Akin, a soft-spoken farmworker who takes a summer job working for the belligerent, domineering Jeremiah (Robert Longstreet), who lives in incestuous isolation with his daughter. Sophie Traub’s performance as the daughter, Sarah, has the sun-dappled quality of one of Andrew Wyeth’s Helga paintings: hers is a completely innocent and destructive sexuality, overripe to the point of bursting. Decker’s vision of Paradise Lost – dew clinging to a spider’s web, the insistent hum of insects, a young girl writhing on the grass – is unforgettably poetic and erotic, and seems to echo down from ages past.
photo by Angelina Castillo
Visit Rolling Stone this morning to hear Benjamin Booker and his band let loose on "Chippewa" during his Live at Third Man Records set last September, then head on over to thirdmanstore.com and pre-order the LP, because you just can't get enough.
Here's what Booker has to say about the record...
"This record is the result of a year on the road. Its the best nights of my life and nights I would give anything to take back. It's sleeping in parking lots and sleeping with people for beds. It's eating bad food with good folks. It's makeups and breakups. It's missing home and never wanting to go back.
Somehow I'm still here. Somehow the boys and I managed to keep things going. We learned from each other. We grew tighter as a band. The songs changed and on the night of September 24th we stepped into that building in Nashville to capture that.
Thank you Mr. White and everyone at Third Man Records for welcoming me into your home and giving me a chance to share something I'm proud of, the live show." — Benjamin Booker
We're proud too.