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One day from out of the blue, Innisfree Poetry Bookstore (Boulder, Colorado) contacted Third Man Books about having a party for Third Man Books' anthology Language Lessons. Of course we said “yes." We like to par-tay. The original idea was to display the anthology and play the included double album in the store. One thing led to another and the event grew into a full blown reading. Language Lessons contributors Brian Barker, Nicky Beer, Sommer Browning, Noah Eli Gordon, Andrew McFadyen Ketchum, and Wayne Miller answered the call and joined forces to make for one heck of an event. The venue filled to standing room only. November 19, 2014 hailed as a great night for the music of language. Thanks, Innisfree, all the poets, and everyone who came out!
We are an indie label with a small staff and a big heart, which is why we are surprised and elated to have received 6 (6!) Grammy Nominations today. We have worked so hard this year to bring you some of the best music — whether it be reissues of the songs that shaped the American musical landscape, the voice of a legend uniquely recorded in a musical relic brought back to life, or the aural manifestation of the journals of a 19-year old aspiring upholsterer — and we couldn't be happier that our passions have aligned with what YOU want to hear. THANK YOU.
Jack White has been nominated for 4 Grammys, including “Best Alternative Music Album," “Best Rock Song,” and “Best Rock Performance” for his Lazaretto, which, incidentally, has sold 80,000 VINYL RECORDS in the US since its release in June of this year, and over 150,000 VINYL RECORDS worldwide. We are so proud of this record, so proud of the Ultra LP we pressed it on, and so proud to have Jack White at our creative helm.
Third Man Records and Jack White, along with Revenant Records, have also been nominated for our efforts in releasing The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27) in the categories of "Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package" and “Best Album Notes” (written by Scott Blackwood). This project, the second edition of which is also available now, has been a labour of love for its collaborators for years, and we are so grateful to have the opportunity to tell the true story of American Music through such a gorgeous medium. This box set includes 800 tracks from 172 artists, 6 180 gram LPs, 2 books, a first-of-its-kind music and image player app, 200+ original ads and images from the 1920's, and a sturdy quarter-sawn oak cabinet with lush velvet upholstery, demonstrating Paramount's original calling as a furniture company in Wisconsin. To add this amazing anthology to your collection, purchase here.
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume 2 ups the ante — a feat we weren't even sure was possible — spanning the years 1928-1932, and following Paramount on its furious run for the ages, birthing an entire genre of Mississippi Delta blues and issuing some of the most coveted records in the history of wax. We're talking Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Willie Brown, King Solomon Hill, Tampa Red, Lottie Kimbrough, Rube Lacy, Meade Lux Lewis, Buddy Boy Hawkins, Jaydee Short, George "Bullet" Williams, Cow Cow Davenport, Clifford Gibson, Ishman Bracey, Louise Johnson, Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas, The Mississippi Sheiks, and hundreds of other artists. All this, and in an even sexier package than the 1st - a polished aluminum and stainless steel "Machine Age" cabinet containing another 800 tracks, books, ads, USB drive with app and 6 180 gram LP's pressed on alabaster vinyl with hand etched numerals and holographic images. It is a sight to behold and an object that can make its owner an expert and a connoisseur of American music. Purchase The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2 here.
We are also so pleased to have received a Grammy Nomination for "Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package” for Neil Young’s A Letter Home, "an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology." This record was so personal to Neil, and we are honored that it was recorded in our Record Booth — the very one YOU can record in if you visit our shop in Nashville. Congratulations to our dear friend Neil!
Winners will be announced at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards which will be broadcast live on CBS at 8pm ET/PT on February 8th, 2015. Be sure to tune in!
RELEASE DATE: January 27th, 2015 on LP/CD/MP3
"I was very reluctant to put this stuff out because there's a ton of rootsy cornballs out there doing this kind of stuff and all of them play guitar way better than me. But I think I have something here that doesn't really sound like anything else. The numbers that bounce really bounce. The numbers that drone really drone. I'm excited about this." - Danny Kroha
We are too! The founding member of THE GORIES tried his hand at the banjo, dulcimer, diddley bow, washtub bass, jug, and mouth organ for his first release under his own name, Angels Watching Over Me, and the result is a distinct step forward for gospel and folk as genres. Kroha has consistently pushed himself to reinvention, and has influenced countless imitators and poseurs along the way. His guitar work with Rocket 455 is the most quintessentially "Detroit" rock and roll this side of the MC5. Angels Watcing Over Me was recorded in a 100-year-old, vacant house in Detroit, and features songs popularized by the likes of Son House, I.D. Stamper, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Brother Will Hairston. This is a decidedly different Danny Kroha than we've seen in his past projects with Demolition Doll Rods and Danny and the Darleans, and we have to say... we like him. With Angels Watching Over Me, he firmly establishes himself as one of the pre-eminent practitioners of a genre we hold so dear.
The record will be available for pre-order mid-January with an official release date of January 27th. Check out a sneak peak of the song "Run Little Children," the only Kroha original on the record, below.
"I was sitting by a pond in a park in Rochester, New York, playing my diddley bow, and this one came to me. Son House lived in that town for some years; I like to think he was smiling on me." - Danny Kroha
Olivia Jean has been pounding the pavement on multiple tours over the past few months and making serious waves with debut release Bathtub Love Killings. WBEZ's Jim DeRogatis called her, "incredibly versatile and virtuosic musician able to play any instrument she picks up, further strengthened by an encyclopedic knowledge of music," while saying he "wasn’t quite prepared for the joys of Bathtub Love Killings."
Stephen Thomas Erlewine pointed out Olivia's "coquettish wink... that's beguiling" in his All Music Review, and Uncut's Peter Watts appreciated her "deadpan delivery that neatly undercut her catchy, garage-blues riffs."
Of course, we realize that you all already know Olivia Jean is one talented lady, but sometimes we just want to brag a little...
Also, to get a closer look at the Scion AV Pop-Up dedicated to Bathtub Love Killings last month in Los Angeles, check out this video below:
Closing out an exceptional year at Third Man Records is a release that's pretty near and dear to us. It should come as no surprise to the TMR faithful that Lillie Mae Rische is a complete bad-ass and an all-around powerhouse of melody. She first joined the TMR family a little over two years ago and ever since--whether onstage w/ Jack White and his band or in the studio--she's been, how you say, delivering us from evil with fiddle playing so stupefying as to propel listeners into the jaws of heavenly awe. Feel me on this, y'all?
Here we have Lillie Mae Rische center stage. Her contribution to our Blue Series showcases two original songs, charming and plaintive, with the B-side hitting us with a story of hearts on the road, having to reconcile distance and desire. Meanwhile, the A-side is a gentle yet stern anthem about the sweet and sour circumstances of being alone. All in a voice that's sweeter than peach brandy.
Joining her are some longtime Third Man contributors Carl Broemel, Dominic Davis, Jack Lawrence, and local drum god, Whip Triplet.