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Warstic has teamed up with three creative agencies, OneFastBuffalo, Farm League, and Firethief, for a remarkable new promotional film showcasing their designer Pro Grade wood and high performance metal baseball bats, including the trendsetting Warhawk one-piece wood-balanced aluminum bat. WAR CRY: THE BATTLE OF THE HAWK AND THE RAVEN co-stars Detroit Tigers four-time MLB All-Star second baseman and Warstic co-owner Ian Kinsler alongside Warstic co-owner Jack White and Anthony “Thosh” Collins of The Native Wellness Institute, as well as narration by Ian Kinsler’s father, Howard Kinsler.
SOUNDTRACK HIGHLIGHTED BY THE OFFICIAL WARSTIC ANTHEM, “BATTLE CRY,” WRITTEN, PRODUCED, AND PERFORMED BY JACK WHITE
WAR CRY: THE BATTLE OF THE HAWK AND THE RAVEN is soundtracked by the Official Warstic Anthem, “Battle Cry,” written, produced, and performed by Jack White. The song is available digitally worldwide today to stream and download. Third Man Records will also release a limited edition, one-sided, gold colored vinyl 7” of the powerful anthem available exclusively at Third Man’s Nashville and Detroit storefronts and select independent record stores as part of their contributions to Record Store Day 2017 on Saturday, April 22nd.
In addition to Warstic’s ongoing efforts to support the Well for Culture Program within The Native Wellness Institute, Third Man Records will donate a portion of all proceeds generated by the “Battle Cry” record to this Native American charity. The Well for Culture Program promotes the well-being of Native Americans through youth and adult programs and training that embraces the teachings and traditions of Native ancestors.
Third Man and Warstic would encourage people to also donate to this wonderful institution, if they are so inclined.
WAR CRY: THE BATTLE OF THE HAWK AND THE RAVEN will have its exclusive world premiere Saturday, April 8th, at Detroit’s Comerica Park as part of the Detroit Tigers’ home opening weekend series against the Boston Red Sox. “Battle Cry” will also be featured as Ian Kinsler’s walk-up music.
WAR CRY: THE BATTLE OF THE HAWK AND THE RAVEN was created by Warstic founder Ben Jenkins, a designer, entrepreneur, former professional baseball player, and founder/creative director of the Dallas-based Brand Strategy and Design firm, ONEFASTBUFFALO. The film is co-directed by award-winning filmmaker Sterlin Harjo and Tim Lynch, co-founder of the Venice, CA-based film company FARM LEAGUE.
WAR CRY: THE BATTLE OF THE HAWK AND THE RAVEN stars Ian Kinsler as “The Hitter,” a professional ball player who battles to get his mind right in the locker room before a big game. The crowd noise awaiting him builds. We see inside the psyche of The Hitter where “The Raven,” a shadowy trickster spirit portrayed by Jack White, taunts him. The Raven instills thoughts of fear and doubt in The Hitter, clouding his mind. The Hitter focuses on past struggles in a training session where he can’t get his mechanics synced up. The Raven escalates the magnitude and intensity of the upcoming fight through fear and the use of fire, further obscuring the warriors’ fate. Meanwhile, “The Hawk,” a Southeast Woodlands Native Hunter played by Native American artist/activist Anthony “Thosh” Collins, sets out from his camp in search of The Hitter’s belief, bringing him perspective and clarity as he readies himself for battle. The Hitter chooses his weapon and begins the long journey through a dark tunnel into the stadium. There, he and his Hunter spirit guide calmly draw their weapons, bat and bow, and fully focus on their mark. His mission to transform The Hitter from hunted to hunter now accomplished; The Raven departs as The Hitter unleashes a furious battle cry.
"We wanted to take a very human, albeit epic and almost mythical look at the real inner struggle hitters go though in a game where failure is so prevalent,” says Jenkins. “The goal with Warstic players is to be fully mentally engaged and calm in order to let their training come through naturally. We want to express the idea that a real warrior with a hunter’s mindset doesn’t concern himself with the results as much as he makes sure he is doing all he can to be present, ready, and focused. He attacks. And, oh yeah, the bat looks badass as well.”
Anthony “Thosh” Collins is a photographer and board member with the Native Wellness Institute (NWI). He is co-founder of NWI’s Well For Culture health initiative, an alliance of like-minded Indigenous people from many Nations who strive to lead healthy lifestyles and encourage wellness among the Native American community. Collins’ remarkable work with NWI and Well For Culture drew the attention of Warstic founder Jenkins, who credits time spent on Indian reservations with Collins and other native artists early in his career as partial seed inspiration for the idea behind Warstic’s mentality. Supporting the Native Wellness Institute and Thosh is an effort to give back to a greater cause for that inspiration.
Third Man Records founder and Warstic co-owner Jack White is a 12-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and 35-time nominee. White’s love of design and baseball brings him to the Warstic creative world. His myriad of accomplishments and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music were honored earlier this year at The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® 10th Annual GRAMMY® Week celebration, placing him amongst a truly impressive list of past P&E honorees.
Lillie Mae is ready to hit the road hard for her new album, Forever and Then Some, with the official release date just around the corner on April 14th. We couldn’t be more excited to share her collection of songs she’s been writing in the back of tour buses and in between stage breaks at honky tonks and taverns.
In hot anticipation of the release, Lillie Mae will be taking her show to California to make her solo late night television debut on CONAN Thursday, April 13th at 11pm ET/10pm CT on TBS.
For our friends in the Los Angeles area, we’ve got a special invitation for you. Following her taping at Conan, Lillie Mae will be playing an intimate show for friends and fans at The Monty in LA at 9pm that night. When you pre-order** a copy of Lillie Mae’s new album, Forever and Then Some, e-mail your confirmation number to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an RSVP for FREE entry into The Monty (while supplies last).
Between Lillie Mae’s Record Release Show here at HQ, her Conan performance, and this exclusive event, we’re thrilled to celebrate her and this album all week long! Keep an eye on Lillie Mae’s website for tour dates in a city near you.
**If you have already pre-ordered your copy of the album and live in the LA area, you are still eligible to RSVP**
Lillie Mae is ready to hit the road hard for her new album, Forever and Then Some, with the official release date just around the corner on April 14th.
Lillie Mae's Third Man Records full length LP Forever And Then Some is out on April 14th. We'll be celebrating the release with a special live show in the TMR Blue Room in Nashville on Monday, April 10th.
In addition to a live performance from Lillie Mae, her first in Nashville for this album and band lineup, we'll also have Nashville country scene mainstays Martha Spencer and Luke Bell & Matt Kinman on opening duty.
To make this night just a bit more special, attendees will be able to purchase Forever And Then Some at the show, 4 days before it is nationally available. All attendees will also receive a FREE Lillie Mae Forever And Then Some linocut. Last but not least, show attendees can hold on to their ticket and bring it to Third Man Records Nashville on April 22nd for Record Store Day to exchange for a FREE limited edition version of Lillie Mae's 7" single of "Over The Hills and Through The Woods" on yellow vinyl (while supplies last, first come, first served).
Lillie Mae Forever And Then Some Record Release Show
With Martha Spencer, Luke Bell & Matt Kinman
Free Lillie Mae Linocut w/ purchase (purchasers will receive at the show)
April is national poetry month (!), so to start the month off right, Third Man Books is very happy to release erica lewis' new book of poems mary wants to be a superwoman. The notes are letters, the sounds are words, the rhythm in the breaks, the book is playing music on the page, it's right next to our turntable, Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder shaking the room. Wonder plays a part in every poem, but he sits in the background, providing the groove with his keys, the lead is taken by lewis's mother, mary, lewis' family, her friends, fellow poets, the world around her, all the struggles and triumphs, all in the key of life. lewis will be reading at the legendary city lights bookstore in San Francisco, April 23, 7pm.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Being of black, Native American, and white descent, poet erica lewis’ mary wants to be a superwoman recounts her family’s history, their voices within that history — especially the women on her mother’s side — and her friends’ complex history with race, gender, and class in America — what it means to live with your own history, dealing with a history that has been passed down, and how to move on from that history and its implications.
It is lewis’ take on revising the confessional while taking inspiration from her family’s own oral history. Each poem is also framed by phrases from the lyrics of Stevie Wonder’s Motown records, but the poems are not “about” the actual songs, but what is triggered when listening to or thinking about the music. What happens when you take something like a pop song and turn it in on itself, give it a different frame of reference, juxtapose the work against itself, against other pop music, and bring it into the present. mary wants to be a superwoman is the second book of the box-set trilogy; daryl hall is my boyfriend (Barrelhouse, 2015) is the first.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
erica lewis lives in San Francisco where she is a fine arts publicist. In addition to mary wants to be a superwoman, her books include the precipice of jupiter, camera obscura (both collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein), murmur in the inventory, and daryl hall is my boyfriend. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
"People still sing goddamn it. Praise be to erica lewis." — Sampson Starkweather, author of PAIN: The Board Game
"erica lewis' poems map the relationships among music, memory, place, and the passage of time . . . . By intertwining the public and the personal, lewis's poems become a membrane through which pop culture permeates the most intimate experiences of selfhood" — Publisher's Weekly
"This book made me suck my teeth and say goddamn, and yes, and thank you. This book hit me right in the ancestors, spoke to me like a sister." — Morgan Parker, author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night
April is National Poetry Month (!), so to start the month off right, Third Man Books is very happy to release erica lewis' new book of poems mary wants to be a superwoman.
“…re-juiced '70s outlaw country… hangovers are a requirement for Brown’s brand of lady bemoaning and swagger slinging.” - Playboy
"Meet Detroit’s New Country Star, Craig Brown” - Pitchfork
We are excited to announce the official release of Craig Brown Band’s The Lucky Ones Forget. Detroit Native, Craig Brown delivers the combo of bartender-wisdom and a long love for rock n’ roll to your ears with his debut album recorded by Warren Defever (Thurston Moore, Yoko Ono, Iggy and the Stooges). Craig Brown Band’s debut LP is one part unstoppable fun, one part dolor profundo and one part deceptive cleverness.
Brown has been on a long musical journey, from his roots in idolizing early Alice Cooper to shredding in a slew of punk, garage and indie rock bands and now finally to a beerbar-tested, road-ready country rock album. Craig Brown Band finds a sweet spot conceptually between a silly but heartfelt Paul Westerberg number and the freedom and looseness of Bob Seger’s best. Color us impressed.
The Lucky Ones Forget is available today for purchase here or at your local record store. The Lucky Ones Forget is also available digitally for streaming and download.
For those in Detroit, come celebrate Craig's release, at your favorite neighborhood haunt, the UFO Factory. From 12-1pm get a Detroit Coney dog and a can of Hamms for only 5 bucks. At 12:30 Craig Brown will be playing a short stripped-down set that will also be live-streamed on Facebook @ThirdManRecords! Exclusive copies of the LP will be available for purchase.
“…re-juiced '70s outlaw country… hangovers are a requirement for Brown’s brand of lady bemoaning and swagger slinging.” - Playboy
We're excited for the release of Lillie Mae’s third track, "Wash Me Clean," from her Jack White-produced album FOREVER AND THEN SOME -- listen HERE. The song premiered via Elle, who noted that "Forever and Then Some is filled with songs that showcase Lillie Mae's songwriting talent, blending pop heartbreak with country joy -- kind of like if Robyn spent some quality time with Willie Nelson." FOREVER AND THEN SOME will see a release on April 14 via Third Man Records.
Pre-orders for FOREVER AND THEN SOME are available HERE, with all digital pre-orders receiving instant downloads of the album's wistful first single "Over The Hill and Through The Woods," "Honky Tonks and Taverns," and the latest track "Wash Me Clean." "Over The Hill and Through The Woods" is also available as a 7" vinyl single -- backed with non-album track "The Last Time" -- HERE. A limited edition 7" will be released for Record Store Day 2017 on April 22. "Over The Hill and Through The Woods" was praised by Rolling Stone Country for "melding unique old-time vocal breaks, a rich sonic chug that evokes some Seventies rock psychedelia and evocative storytelling." Watch the beautifully stark music video directed by Elise Tyler on YouTube.
Lillie Mae will start a run of shows supporting Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals on April 28 in New Orleans, followed by festival dates this Summer and additional shows to be announced soon. For tickets, more information, and updates, please visit www.lilliemaemusic.com.
LILLIE MAE - LIVE 2017
28 - New Orleans, LA - Orpheum Theatre *
29 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen *
1 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live Orlando *
2 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live *
4 - West Palm Beach, FL - SunFest
5 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre *
6 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle *
10 - Nashville, TN - CMA Music Festival (Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Live)
15/16 - Birmingham, AL - Sloss Music & Arts Festival
15/16/17 - Bristol, TN - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
* w/ Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Third Man recording artist Lillie Mae is proud to share "Wash Me Clean," the third track from her Jack White-produced album FOREVER AND THEN SOME -- listen HERE.