Acoustic in Alaska Sneak Peek

20 April 2016

We are VERY excited about Vault Package #28, and we know you are too, which is why we feel compelled to remind you that the deadline is FAST APPROACHING! If you don't sign up by April 30th, we're afraid you might never feast your ears on Acoustic in Idaho or your eyes on Acoustic in Alaska! So, here's a recap of what Vault Package #28 has in store for you. Once your memory has been refreshed, head on over to the Third Man Records online store and sign up to be a Platinum Subscriber NOW or forever hold your peace...

About 1 year ago, Jack White embarked on an unusual, acoustic tour. Hitting the only five states in the US in which he had yet to perform — the wild environs of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Alaska — White and his acoustic ensemble of Dominic Davis, Fats Kaplin and Lillie Mae Rische delivered jaw-dropping performances to the previously JW deprived terrritories. Each show was announced only hours before curtains lifted and tickets were only available in the venue box office, 1 per person, for $3. "No tradesies." Rampant online speculation, guesstimation and divining ensued, and those who were lucky and/or cunning enough to secure a seat were admired by all. The shows had several standards and rules set ahead of time by White: no amplifiers, only ribbon microphones used, and no monitors on stage.

Vault Package #28 is a celebration of these unprecedented performances and the end of the era that they signified. Beyond the double LP component, Acoustic in Idaho, the package also includes a DVD of Jack's performance from the Wendy Williamson Auditorium in Anchorage, Alaska. With the ethereal setting adding to the mystique of the circumstance, the show was one of the most thrilling in White’s twenty-plus-year career, and those who were there to enjoy it (who had waited all day in the snow), bore witness to a once-in-a-lifetime performance. We present that memorable show here, in its entirety, on DVD, with expertly engineered sound and editing by TMR’s in-house film guru Brad Holland. Acoustic in Alaska is truly spectacular. View a clip from the performance below:

The package also features Pictures From Unknown States, an intimate collection of shots from photographer, close Third Man ally David James Swanson. This pictorial travelogue of the tour and the places and people it encountered on its route is a packed-to-the-brim 52 pages of sheer wonder. Also borrowed from Swanson’s stunning photo archives and are two elegant Risograph prints, both suitable for framing and evocative of the gilded settings of each one of these performances.

The sign-up deadline for Vault Package #28 is next Saturday, April 30th, at 7pm CST. There's only one way to see the performance if you weren't in the audience, and that is to become a Platinum Vault Subscriber today.