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Dwight Yoakam: Kentucky born, Ohio raised; Tennessee jilted, California praised. That's the way the story goes, at least. In 1977 when Dwight moved to Nashville to pursue his honky-tonk dreams, Nashville was moving away from the traditional and Countrypolitan sound it had spent the better part of a century developing, and more towards the pop-country that still inhabits its airwaves. Dwight found that his musical aspirations were better suited on the leading edge of the post-Bakersfield, Los Angeles “Cowpunk” scene where his music was better received by the West coast punks and drunks than the then-current Music City establishment. The Nashville industry eventually embraced the LA-based outsider in the late 80’s and Dwight Yoakam turned out to be one of the best damn artists country music has ever known. Today, the massive influence of Yoakam’s unique style of country music on Nashville is clearly demonstrated by the sheer number of times "Guitars, Cadillacs" is picked on lower Broadway each day. It never gets old. It's practically the city anthem.
Third Man Records, as you know, is thrilled to call Nashville home to its label headquarters, and calling Nashville home means putting out some real country music records. We did it earlier this year from one Margo Price, and we're doing it again now, just in time for the CMA Music Festival. Dwight Yoakam recently took to the studio with our fearless leader Jack White III to record two of the swingin'est tunes we've ever had covered in our Blue Series: "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" (Boyce/Venet, popularized by The Monkees) b/w "High On The Mountain of Love" (Dorman, popularized by Kenny Lynch, then Johnny Rivers, then the Beach Boys, and recorded by many others along the way). Produced by White and backed by the Third Man band of all-stars — Lillie Mae Rische, Daru Jones, Cory Younts, Dominic Davis, Fats Kaplin — these two renditions, into which Dwight's delivery breathes new life, proves that with the right artist behind the microphone, any song'll make an even better country song. Now, have you ever heard anything more Nashville than that?
Listen to a clip of each song below:
“Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day” is available now and officially in-stores!
This particular week in June is always one of the best of the year, because Music City becomes even MORE musically inclined than usual, with thousands of music fans coming to town for CMA Fest, and thousands more passing through town on their way to Bonnaroo. To celebrate Summer festival season AND to equip the fans, we've got festivities and new merchandise out this week in both storefronts AND online!
If you are passing through Nashville, we have a patio sale today, meaning many of your most coveted products will be discounted to a nice price, but ANYONE who passes through town now through Monday with a Bonnaroo wristband will receive 10% off their entire order in the store! How about that!
Since in the 37203 zip code this week, country music is the name of the game, we will celebrate the release of Dwight Yoakam's Jack White-produced Blue Series AND the recent successes of Margo Price with super collectible TRI-COLOR 7's of " "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" and "Hurtin' on the Bottle." That's right... TRI-COLORS! Nashville only. Starting Friday and available ONLY while supplies last.
If you don't get to swing by the shop this week, have no fear. We welcome the festival-weary as much as the festival ready, and on Monday at 11am, we will service the needs of the hungry-for-more (good music that is) and just plain hungry. Join us for our Bonnaroo Hangover Grill-Out on the back patio. Burgers, hot dogs, veggie dogs, and beer on the back patio, the sale continues in the Blue Room, plus limited records for sale in the shop... what could they be? You'll have to stop by to find out.
Margo Price has confirmed a Fall headline tour in support of her debut LP Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, which came out this March. A limited amount of pre-sale tickets will be available to VAULT members beginning Thursday, June 2 at 10am local time. Tickets to the general public go on sale to the public Friday, June 3 at 10am local time. Full list of dates below.
Margo is also fresh off a UK tour where she performed on Later With Jools Holland, and stopped by Rough Trade East for an in-store performance. Watch her perform“Tennessee Song” from that set:
Margo Price 2016 Tour (New Dates in white):
All ticket links available via margoprice.net/tour
Third Man Records is excited to announce that Third Man recording artist Jack White has written and produced the theme song to the new variety show “Maya and Marty” starring comedy legends Martin Short and Maya Rudolph. The show premieres tonight, Tuesday, May 31st on NBC at 10/9 central. This marks the first time Jack White has written music for a television program. Check out the list of Third Man heavyweights who contributed to the track and listen to a clip below...
"The Maya and Marty Theme Song”
written by Jack White (Third String Tunes BMI)
Drums: Jack White
organ: Dean Fertita
bass: Dominic Davis
Wah Wah Guitar: Lillie Mae Rische
Pedal Steel Guitar: Fats Kaplin
Our Summer schedule is starting to fill up in both Nashville & Detroit, and these four events are just the beginning of many announcements to follow in the coming weeks. Join us on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of the month for our ongoing film series, Peripheral Visions and Light + Sound Machine, respectively, with the Belcourt Theatre. This month's Peripheral Visions (our cult and genre film night) washes us up on the shores of a mysterious Spanish island for Who Can Kill A Child?. Who Can Kill A Child? is an atmosphere rich nightmare of a film that boldly asks the question, 'What if the children had enough and took matters into their own hands and then the adults have enough and take matters into their own hands against the children... WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?"
Not nearly as hokey or quasi-religious bent as Children of the Corn (and in fact Who Can Kill A Child? predates that book by a year), this is a sinister film that can be shocking and disturbing and is genuinely, actually SCARY. When was the last time you were scared in a film? I mean, come on... every horror film these days is soft soaped bump and scare style rated PG-13 snooze fest. Does a movie that goes alternately by the titles "Island Of The Damned", "The Killer's Playground", "The Hex Massacre", or "Death is Child's Play" sound PG13 to you? NO? Of course it isn't, and you wouldn't have it any other way, would you weirdo film fans?! Third Man and The Belcourt Theatre are very excited to bring this rarely-exhibited 1970's psychotronic blood-soaked horror classic to Nashville on 16mm film on June 7th. Join us won't you?
In Detroit on June 5th, straight from its world premiere at the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Third Man Records Cass Corridor presents the second-ever screening of Tyler Hubby's radical new documentary, Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present. This unusual, non-fiction film examines the pioneering life and works of artist, musician, and educator Tony Conrad, one of the great American artists of our time, yet to the world at large he remains criminally underappreciated. Since the early 1960s, his films and compositions have been the stuff of legend for artists and musicians everywhere. His vast, inter-disciplinary repertoire has single-handedly created and influenced major film and compositional movements. Learn more and get tickets here.
On June23 th. Captwolf joins comes to Cass Corridor's Blue Stage on June 23rd. Captwolf’s 2015 mixtape,"Liquor Store Pizza Party At My Crib” sent vibrations throughout the Detroit local music scene and was probably the best mixtape title of last year. Their music is a mixture of boom-bap and psychedelic originality and this next wave, slacker, hip-hop boy genius collective live show should not be missed! Tickets here.
Shabazz Palaces is Ishmael Butler (Digible Planets) and Tendai Maraire, and their Lese Majesty was easily the most spun record on the Third Man office turntable in 2014. Our admiration reached new heights when we had the honor of hosting the Seattle-based duo for a live performance and direct-to-acetate recording in our Nashville Blue Room last year. In Third Man consigliere Ben Swank's own words, "Shabazz Palaces' obstinately original oeuvre emanates from a fully formed higher conscious, they plant their flag in the outermost realms of the hip hop global soundscape where vibrations throb into beat-heavy explorations, chrome covered constellations of higher reveries each offering its own sonic boom."
Ishmael and Tendai announced recently that they will be supporting Radiohead on their upcoming LA dates, and the group released a new video featuring footage from the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA's Johnson Space Center, and the Hubble and Cassini space missions for their track "Dawn In Luxor" just last week. We agree... you'd better go ahead and watch...
We've all waited too long to relive this superlative performance, so it is sincerely our pleasure to announce that this live LP will be available to spin on your turntable (and on ours) next Friday, June 3rd. Pre-order your copy now.
Listen to "Youlogy" below...