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  • THIRD MAN RECORDS SET TO RELEASE AMERICAN EPIC RECORDINGS ON VINYL

    Posted by on 28 April 2017

     The AMERICAN EPIC historical documentaries are a journey back in time to the "Big Bang" of modern popular music.

    In the 1920s, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets. Ranging the mountains, prairies, rural villages, and urban ghettos of America, they discovered a wealth of unexpected talent. The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. Country singers in the Appalachians, Blues guitarists in the Mississippi Delta, Gospel preachers across the south, Cajun fiddlers in Louisiana, Tejano groups from the Texas Mexico border, Native American drummers in Arizona, and Hawaiian musicians were all recorded. For the first time, a woman picking cotton in Mississippi, a coalminer in Virginia or a tobacco farmer in Tennessee could have their thoughts and feelings heard on records played in living rooms across the country. It was the first time America heard itself.

    On June 16th, Third Man Records will release AMERICAN EPIC: The Sessions on 180 gram vinyl, which you can pre-order here, this is the soundtrack to “THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS” directed by Bernard MacMahon. In “THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS,” the team has reassembled the very first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s, and invited Jack White and T Bone Burnett to produce an album of recordings by twenty of today’s greatest artists. In this beautifully filmed musical feature, these artists are given the chance to pass through the portal that brought the world into the modern era.

    Engineer Nicholas Bergh has reassembled this recording system from original parts and it is now the only one left in the world. The system consists of a single microphone, a towering six-foot amplifier rack, and a live record-cutting lathe, powered by a weight-driven pulley system of clockwork gears. The musicians have roughly three minutes to record their song direct to disc before the weight hits the floor. In the 1920s, they called this “catching lightning in a bottle.” All the musical performances in this film are live. The audio you hear on the soundtrack is taken directly from the discs they were recorded to, with no editing or enhancements.

    AMERICAN EPIC: The Sessions, soundtrack features: Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

    “THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS” airs in the U.S. on PBS Tuesday, June 6 at 8 p.m. (check local listings) and in the U.K. on BBC in June.

    In addition to The Sessions, on June 16, Third Man Records is also slated to release 180 gram 12" audiophile vinyl versions of AMERICAN EPIC: The Carter Family, AMERICAN EPIC: Memphis Jug Band, AMERICAN EPIC: Mississippi John Hurt, AMERICAN EPIC: Blind Willie Johnson and AMERICAN EPIC: Lead Belly, as well as thematic collections including AMERICAN EPIC: Blues and AMERICAN EPIC: Country.

    PRE-ORDERS ARE AVAILABLE NOW

    The AMERICAN EPIC historical documentaries are a journey back in time to the "Big Bang" of modern popular music.

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  • MAN OR ASTROMAN RECORD RELEASE

    Posted by on 28 April 2017

    On Record Store Day 2016 the aliens returned to earth after years of deep space hibernation and touched down with a perfect landing in the quiet parking lot of the Nashville Mission. Following Federation protocol, a scouting party was dispatched who bravely traversed a long cement tunnel with strange markings way back into the deepest reaches of Third Man Records, where they were to discover a martian landscape of sloping blue walls crafted of an unknown material, great beasts heads adorned the walls of this cave as though they were trophies, the entire cavern was bathed in a blue glow... the aliens, Man or Astroman?, climbed the steps of the platform in the south end of the cave AND PROCEEDED TO MELT EVERY FACE IN THE ROOM, culminating in an electrical display the likes unseen since the days of whispered about goings on at Shoreham NY way back in 1901.

    photo by Jamie Goodsell

    Man or Astroman? was recorded direct-to-acetate in Third Man Blue Room. This literally ELECTRIC performance is now available for you and future generations to enjoy on your home audio hi systems and turntables. Buy one for yourself. Buy one for your children. Buy one and dig a deep time capsule and bury it for future civilizations to discover and corrupt THEIR youth.

    If you were lucky enough to be at this performance and purchased a limited edition Black n Blue, they are ready and available in our Nashville storefront for collection.

    On Record Store Day 2016 the aliens returned to earth after years of deep space hibernation and touched down with a perfect landing in the quiet parking lot of the Nashville Mission. Following Federation protocol, a scouting party was dispatched who bravely traversed a long cement tunnel with strange markings way back into the deepest reaches of Third Man Records, where they were to discover a martian landscape of sloping blue walls crafted of an unknown material, great beasts heads adorned the walls of this cave as though trophies, the entire cavern was bathed in a blue glow... the aliens, were the Man or Astroman?, climbed the steps of the platform in the south end of the cave AND PROCEEDED TO MELT EVERY FACE IN THE ROOM, culminating in an electrical display the likes unseen since the days of whispered about goings on Shoreham NY way back in 1901.

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  • Record Store Day 2017 Part II

    Posted by on 19 April 2017

    Take a sneak peek at our new book trailer for our Record Store Day release The Blue Series: The Story Behind the Color, Volume I, Special Edition available only on RSD, April 22nd, 2017.

    Third Man Books is excited to announce the The Blue Series: The Story Behind The Color, Volume One, a 282 page book detailing the story behind the Jack White-produced Blue Series 7" singles recorded in The Blue Room at Third Man Records. The special edition of the book, which is signed by the book's editor (and Third Man executive) Ben Blackwell, and includes a 7" (pressed on exclusive blue vinyl at Third Man Pressing in Detroit) with unreleased Blue Session tracks from First Aid Kit and Gibby Haynes, will be available on Record Store Day (Saturday, April 22) at Third Man Records storefronts and select record stores. The special edition has been limited to 500 copies. The standard edition of the book will be in bookstores on June 6, and will include the 7"on black vinyl. Both editions will include a foreword by award-winning Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke and a ten-song Blue Series sampler curated by the book's editor Ben Blackwell.

    The book includes an extensive interview with Jack White covering the span of the series, the musicians involved, recording techniques, and the direct influence of the series over his own career, as well as exclusive interviews from Blue Series artists like Stephen Colbert, Dwight Yoakam, Courtney Barnett, Wanda Jackson, Insane Clown Posse, First Aid Kit, Dex Romweber, Lillie Mae, Ruby Amanfu and more. In these interviews, the artists describe their Blue Series recording experiences in a behind-the-scenes look at their own creative processes, as well as that of producer Jack White. The book also features unseen photos of the artists, including Jack White.

    The Blue Series: The Story Behind The Color, Volume One documents the Series' behind-the-scenes stories, personalities, recording processes and inner workings, real-world promotion, and commercial reaction. Such in-depth and tell-all accounts are quite rare, both from White and Third Man, and should help contextualize what a truly unique and unparalleled collection of song and performance these singles comprise. Not to mention most were recorded with only 24 hours' notice.

    Last week we geared you up for all the goods up for grabs on Record Store Day, and now we are pleased to share more details of the intangible enjoyment you have to look forward to this Saturday. 

    We are very proud to host three astounding Nashville-based acts (one of whom was featured on our recent Luck Sessions partnership release) who have been busy embarking on nationwide tours and recording significant albums but are swinging by The Blue Room for afternoon sets.

    Lilly Hiatt 12:00 

    Rootsy singer/songwriter Lilly Hiatt had a lot to live up to when she chose to make music her career -- her father is John Hiatt, one of America’s leading songwriters since the ’70s. She made her recording debut in 2008, singing backing vocals on her father’s album Same Old Man, and she began playing out with her own band. In 2011, Lilly Hiatt & the Dropped Ponies struck a deal with Normaltown Records, a subsidiary of New West Records, and the following year they released their debut album, Let Down. After plenty of touring (including several dates opening for her father), Lilly returned in 2015 with her second album, Royal Blue.

    Royal Blue, the second album by East Nashville firebrand Lilly Hiatt, is about the majesty of melancholy-or, as she explains it, “accepting the sadder aspects of life and finding some peace in them.” A dance between pedal steel and synths, the album examines the vagaries of love and commitment but steadfastly refuses to romanticize any notion of romance. 

    This is, in other words, not a well-behaved singer-songwriter album. Instead, it’s feisty and rough-around-the-edges, full of humor and bite and attitude from a woman who proclaims, “I’d rather throw a punch than bat my eye.” Royal Blue hints at autobiography without sounding self-absorbed, as Lilly transforms a rough patch of life into smart, sturdy, sometimes even hilarious songs that don’t sit squarely in any one genre. Instead, Royal Blue reaches out boldly and playfully into many different sounds and styles: Austin folk rock, Pacific Northwest indie, pre-Oasis Britpop, New York punk ca. 1977. There are ’90s alt guitars and ’00 indie synths, some twang and some Neko Case and Kim Deal.

    Steelism 12:45

    Comprising guitarist Jeremy Fetzer, pedal steel player Spencer Cullum and backed by some of Nashville’s finest young musicians, Steelism blends an eclectic array of vintage and modern influences to create instrumental music that truly sounds like nothing else. Though Steelism is relatively new to the music scene, Cullum and Fetzer are not, having backed artists like Wanda Jackson, Johnny Fritz, Rayland Baxter and Andrew Combs. The two met while touring the U.K. with Nashville songstress Caitlin Rose, quickly bonding over their shared love for classic movie soundtrack composers like Ennio Morricone and ‘60s instrumental acts like Booker T. and the M.G.s, The Ventures and Pete Drake. Writing together between sound checks, the duo realized it was time for the sidemen to become frontmen, and Steelism was born.

    Though the two grew up on different continents (Cullum hails from Essex, England; Fetzer from Canton, OH), Cullum and Fetzer were cut from the same musical cloth, as becomes immediately evident whenever they take the stage. Their debut EP The Intoxicating Sounds of Pedal Steel and Guitar was met with critical acclaim, with American Songwriter’s Sean Maloney calling Steelism “instantly recognizable – surf, country, blues, all steeped in soul and heavy on the grooves – but astoundingly outside the contemporary vernacular.”

    The duo’s full-length debut 615 to FAME was released in North America via Single Lock Records (founded by Ben Tanner of the Alabama Shakes, John Paul White of The Civil Wars and Will Trapp) in Setember 2014 and in the UK / Europe by Names Records in February 2015. Half recorded at Muscle Shoals’ historic FAME Studios, where Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding all tracked hits, 615 to FAME was produced by Fetzer and Cullum with co-production from Ben Tanner, and contributions from longtime Nashville-based collaborators Jon Radford (drums) and Michael Rinne (bass). Featuring 10 original instrumentals and one cover, 615 to FAME announced Steelism as one of Nashville’s most exciting new acts and the album received a great deal of press love, most notably from NPR.

    Their follow up to 615 to FAME is expected to be released later this year.

    Adia Victoria 1:30

    Adia Victoria is establishing a fresh reference point on the musical landscape. From blood-born howls to idiosyncratic phrasing, she is the big red dot saying You Are Here. The Nashville-based artist travels the lands of rock, afro punk, and country, squarely situated in the continent of the Blues.

    Victoria spent the last few years writing, recording, touring and performing, while entrenched in the infamous artist R&R world - restaurants and retail work. Day jobs at a laundry list of Nashville "it" and not so "it" spots gave the musician lots of people watching time as well as the mental and emotional space to marinate in her art.

    Produced by Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Sleater Kinney) and the artist herself, recorded at Nashville, Tennessee's Haptown Studios, Beyond the Bloodhounds features the indelible lyrics, voice, and guitar solos of Adia Victoria along with a band of talented musicians including Tiffany Minton (Drums), Alex Caress (keys), Mason Hickman (guitar), and Jason Harris (bass). She recalls, "the studio is a Music City treasure. It used to be a car repair shop. You walk in and there are no windows. It's dark and moody. It feels like walking into the mind."

    Rolling Stone Magazine featured Adia Victoria as one of "10 New Artists You Need to Know." The Village Voice called her an "eerie, intriguing songwriter," with "bone chilling guitar riffs and lyrics topped with candid scorn. Vogue highlighted the recording artist as one of "5 Beauties Who Answer to Afropunk's Rebellious Call."

    Also in Nashville...

    Matchless Coffee Co. will be out front bright 'n' early to fix you up with your caffeinated buzz before doors open at 10am. Their addicting coffee sodas and delicious icy beverages are just what the doctored ordered to get you prepped for a full day of treasure seeking. 

    Las Paletas will venture over with their frozen treats just in time to deliver your afternoon refresher between 12-4pm. 

    We will be keeping the grill hot on our back patio all day long starting with breakfast sandwiches in the morning and switching to hot dogs for lunch. In addition, we'll be tending the bar with Bloody Marys, mimosas, and our tiki-inspired cocktail, "The Blue Series Swizzle," a nod to our new Third Man Books release!

    Meanwhile in Detroit...

    Eliza Godfrey 2:30

    From a distant land on the weird side of the Hamtramcky skate park, Eliza, Detroit's best kept secret and next rising star will be playing a rare daytime show. Beautiful, psych/post-Ye-Ye/On The Beach Era Neil Young singing accompanied by electric guitar and vice versa.

     

    Prude Boys 3:30

    Quennton Thornbury and Caroline Myrick began singing together in the summer of 2013. What started as an aimless writing project, however, quickly evolved into Prude Boys. The duo worked with a rotating cast of drummers as they began to cut their teeth playing the local circuit. During the next two years, the pair continued to grind, self-releasing two eps (Lost Boys 2013, and Family Style Glamour 2015) as well as a three-part serial of singles on cassette. In addition to their recordings and local gigs the band began to play out across the state and began more ambitious touring through the South and East Coast of America.

    The trio is currently gearing up to release their latest work “The Outlaw” b/w “Plague My Dreams” on Cass Records with Detroitʼs own Ben Blackwell. The trio also plans to get back into the studio with Derek Stanton of Molten Sound to keep cutting the new work. Prude Boys will continue to expand upon their touring routes, constantly adding more dates in new towns. Most importantly Thornbury and Myrick continue to write, and the trio works tirelessly to arrange the new material, always working behind the songs.

    Mexican Knives 4:30

    Mexican Knives sounds like if Mazzy Star was watching Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees make-out with Echo and The Bunnymen in John Dwyer’s living room.

     

    Take a sneak peek at our new book trailer for our Record Store Day release The Blue Series: The Story Behind the Color, Volume I.

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  • AMERICAN EPIC Premieres May 16 on PBS in the US and May 21 on BBC in the UK

    Posted by on 19 April 2017

    AMERICAN EPIC, a film series by Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson and Director Bernard MacMahon, explores the pivotal recording journeys at the height of the Roaring Twenties, when music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology captured the breadth of American music and discovered the artists that would shape our world.

    THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS is a feature-length film showcasing an all-star roster of contemporary artists, led by Jack White and T Bone Burnett, replicating this early recording process on an original 1920s electrical recording system and paying tribute to those great artists of the past.

     

    PBS and BBC Arena announced today that the AMERICAN EPIC three-part historical documentary will air in the U.S. on PBS on Tuesdays May 16, 23 and 30 at 9 p.m. (check local listings). In the U.K. the episodes will air on BBC on Sundays May 21, 28 and June 4.

    THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS will air in the U.S. on PBS on Tuesday, June 6 at 8 p.m. (check local listings) and in the U.K. on BBC on Sunday, June 4. On May 12th Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings will release a companion soundtrack, 100-song box set, and additional archival recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. Columbia Records will release new studio performances from THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONSThird Man Records, the independent record label founded by Jack White, will release THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS soundtrack and a selection of AMERICAN EPIC archival recordings from the series on vinyl.

    On May 2nd Touchstone will release AMERICAN EPIC, a companion book to the series featuring behind the scenes stories and exclusive and unpublished photos.

     

    The AMERICAN EPIC historical documentaries are a journey back in time to the "Big Bang" of modern popular music.

    In the 1920s, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets. Ranging the mountains, prairies, rural villages, and urban ghettos of America, they discovered a wealth of unexpected talent. The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. Country singers in the Appalachians, Blues guitarists in the Mississippi Delta, Gospel preachers across the south, Cajun fiddlers in Louisiana, Tejano groups from the Texas Mexico border, Native American drummers in Arizona, and Hawaiian musicians were all recorded. For the first time, a woman picking cotton in Mississippi, a coalminer in Virginia or a tobacco farmer in Tennessee could have their thoughts and feelings heard on records played in living rooms across the country. It was the first time America heard itself.

    Virtually no documentation of these extraordinary events survives and nearly ninety percent of the recording masters have been destroyed. A vital part of American cultural history has been lost.

    Over three episodes, narrated by Robert Redford, AMERICAN EPIC rescues this history. The remarkable lives of these seminal musicians are revealed through previously unseen film footage and photographs, and exclusive interviews with music pioneers, their families and eyewitnesses to the era.

    AMERICAN EPIC represents a ten-year odyssey undertaken by director Bernard MacMahon and producers Allison McGourty and Duke Erikson, and audio engineer Nicholas Bergh that involved tracking down countless long forgotten musicians, restoring the music that they recorded and reassembling the technology that created it. Along the way they brought some of the most important figures in contemporary culture to help them on their quest. Executive Producers Jack White, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford have lent their support to what Redford calls "America's greatest untold story”.

     

    Starring: The Carter Family, Memphis Jug Band, Elder Burch, The Williamson Bros. & Curry, Dick Justice, Charley Patton, Hopi Indian Chanters, Joseph Kekuku, Lydia Mendoza, the Breaux Family, Mississippi John Hurt, and Blind Willie Johnson.

    In THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS, the team has reassembled the very first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s, and invited Jack White and T Bone Burnett to produce an album of recordings by twenty of today’s greatest artists. In this beautifully filmed musical feature, these artists are given the chance to pass through the portal that brought the world into the modern era.

    Engineer Nicholas Bergh has reassembled this recording system from original parts and it is now the only one left in the world. The system consists of a single microphone, a towering six-foot amplifier rack, and a live record-cutting lathe, powered by a weight-driven pulley system of clockwork gears. The musicians have roughly three minutes to record their song direct to disc before the weight hits the floor. In the 1920s, they called this “catching lightning in a bottle.” All the musical performances in this film are live. The audio you hear is taken directly from the discs they were recorded to, with no editing or enhancements.

    Starring: Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

    Director Bernard MacMahon explained, “AMERICAN EPIC is a love letter to the United States. It’s the story of one of the great moments in American history – when the voices of working people, minorities, and rural people throughout the country were first heard. It celebrates all I admire about the country – its rich culture, technological innovation, entrepreneurism and its freedom of speech.”

     

    “In AMERICAN EPIC we can examine how important the fact is that when phonograph records were invented, for the first time ever, women, minorities, poor rural men and even children were given the opportunity to say whatever they wanted in song, for the whole world to hear, shockingly without much censorship,” said Jack White.  “What they were allowed to say on phonograph recordings, they were not allowed to speak in public or in person. That is an astounding thought."

    Nas, who records the Memphis Jug Band’s 1928 song “On the Road Again” said “When you hear me saying it, you might think I wrote it, because it sounds like something today. These guys are talking about carrying guns, shooting something, protecting their honor, chasing after some woman who’s done them dirty…it’s the same as rap music today, so it just tells you something about American culture, American music…It didn’t start with hip hop, it started a long time ago. It started with America.”

    “This is the story of a profound act of democracy - when the poorest people in our country were recorded and their stories, their songs, and their voices broadcast around the world,” said T Bone Burnett. “These early pioneers set a course that led to the extraordinary library of Jazz, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Rock and Roll, and Hip Hop that is Our Music. This is the story of the United States - a kid leaves home with nothing but a song and conquers the world.”

    “This is America’s greatest untold story,” said Robert Redford. “It’s an account of the cultural revolution that ultimately united a nation.”

    Producer Allison McGourty said, “We traveled the length and breadth of America, from Cleveland, Ohio to the Gulf of Mexico, and from New York to Hawaii, in our quest to discover the identities and stories of America’s earliest recorded musicians. We captured testimonials from the last living witnesses and direct descendants of America’s musical pioneers. This is the last time their story can be told before everyone who was there is gone.”

    “Our mission was to capture the true spirit of the artists and to bring the atmosphere of their surroundings to life through archive,” said Supervising Editor Dan Gitlin. “We wanted to visually celebrate the raw power of their music.”

    Producer Duke Erikson said, “The more we found out about these recordings, the more we realized how little was known about how they were recorded.  We became obsessed with figuring it out, with actually finding the machine that was used to record this amazing music.”

    “Early electric recording is very interesting to me” said engineer Nicholas Bergh, “because it literally transformed the way the whole world communicated and it essentially enabled the record companies to set up recording sessions all over the country, where everyday people could record their songs and then have those songs distributed across America.”

    Taj Mahal said about recording for THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS “To be back at the front of the recording industry is incredible. The same machines my heroes and mentors have played on, and that this industry got jump-started from? I'd certainly like to be a part of that. As far as I'm concerned it's the sound, and I don't think you can get any better than vinyl. You can get clean, pristine, but you can't get that juice.”

    Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS, said, “We wanted to share this uniquely American story with our audience because of its exploration and celebration of original forms of music and early technologies. PBS has broadcast concerts and documentaries about a diverse variety of music genres over the years, and AMERICAN EPIC captures the foundation of American music history through the lens of some incredible untold stories.”

    Anthony Wall, executive producer for BBC ARENA, said, “When Bernard and Allison took me through their ideas and research, I didn't hesitate to say yes. Arena has always been committed to this music but AMERICAN EPIC is the most comprehensive account of how and why it came to be recorded in the first place that I've encountered. The combination of the multi-ethnic context and acutely researched individual stories make it irresistible. The accompanying SESSIONS film is a delight. It’s a joy to see the respect and excitement so many of today's best musicians bring to the discipline of recording in the same way as their heroes of decades ago.”

    Stephen Segaller, executive in charge for WNET, said, “It’s not often that you’re pitched a project that is entirely fresh, immediately visual, and seems likely to change your whole understanding of cultural history. AMERICAN EPIC is that project – a documentary series that gives us an amazing narrative of cultural enterprise and creative energy, touching on deep American history – and a recording sessions vérité film that keeps on outdoing itself as artist after artist revels in the old-time music and brings it to new levels.”

    Adam Block, President of Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings, said, “Simply put, Legacy exists in no small part to preserve and perpetuate our country’s musical heritage.  For us, AMERICAN EPIC is a celebration of the men and women who established the foundation of virtually everything that we as an industry do today.  It is one of the most remarkable cultural, technological and of course musical journeys of all time.”

    Mark Williams, President of A&R for Columbia Records, said, “Listening to the incredible artists that contributed to THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS, we see a direct link with the musicians of the past. As if time hasn’t existed and the same spirit, truth and soul of the earlier performers are as much part of the present as it is the past.  This record isn’t a tribute record as much as it is a continuation of the same story and messages that have been passed along to great artist of today.”

    AMERICAN EPIC is a production of BBC Arena, Lo-Max Films Ltd., Wildwood Enterprises, and THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Director: Bernard MacMahon. Producers: Allison McGourty, Bernard MacMahon, Duke Erikson, Adam Block, and Bill Holderman. Executive producers: T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford, Jack White, Anthony Wall for the BBC, and Julie Anderson for WNET. Stephen Segaller is executive in charge for WNET. Bill Gardner, VP of Programming & Development, oversees the project for PBS. The series is written by Bernard MacMahon & Allison McGourty & Duke Erikson and William Morgan.

    Funding for AMERICAN EPIC is provided by the Anne Ray Foundation, The Family of Mackinley Sillerman, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee, Pacific Islanders in Communications with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Jody and John Arnhold, The V & L Marx Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, and public television viewers.

    AMERICAN EPIC will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on June 13 from PBS Distribution; visit shopPBS.org or call 800-PLAY-PBS, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The series will also be available for digital download.

    AMERICAN EPIC companion soundtrack, 100-song box set and other music products will be released by Legacy Recordings, Columbia Records, and Third Man Records on May 12th. For these releases, Nicholas Bergh refined a transfer process using a mix of both modern and vintage equipment in order to extract the remarkable resolution from the records that is often missed. This ‘reverse engineering’ approach to the transfer process enabled the restoration team of Grammy Award winning engineer Peter Henderson, Duke Erikson and Joel Tefteller to get the resulting audio closer to the original performance than ever before. This is not “remastering,” in the normal sense, but something closer to fine art restoration. The intent is not for people to marvel at the antiquity of these discs, but rather to experience them as vital, immediate performances that speak to us as directly as they did on the day they were recorded—not simply great art for their time, but great art for all times.

    The companion book, AMERICAN EPIC, will be available May 2 from Touchstone. Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty’s fascinating account, written with the assistance of prize-winning author Elijah Wald, continues the journey of the series with a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible journey across America searching for these recordings and eyewitness accounts. It features additional stories, exclusive never-before-seen photographs, and unearthed artwork. It also contains contributions from many of the musicians who participated, including Taj Mahal, Nas, Willie Nelson, and Steve Martin all of which will reveal a new understanding of America to the world and future generations.

    PBS International, the co-production and distribution arm of PBS Distribution, is distributing AMERICAN EPIC to broadcasters and media companies worldwide. Several international broadcasters including BBC (United Kingdom), ARTE/ZDF (France and Germany), Canal Plus (Spain), and Channel 8 (Israel) have already signed on to air the film in their territories.

    For more information on the overall initiative visit www.americanepic.com. For information specifically about the documentary series and recording studio film visit www.pbs.org/americanepic. The official social media hashtag is #AmericanEpic.

    AMERICAN EPIC, a film series by Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson and Director Bernard MacMahon, explores the pivotal recording journeys at the height of the Roaring Twenties, when music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology captured the breadth of American music and discovered the artists that would shape our world.

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  • LILLIE MAE'S JACK WHITE-PRODUCED ALBUM FOREVER AND THEN SOME OUT TODAY ON THIRD MAN RECORDS

    Posted by on 14 April 2017


    "An album that uses the richness of the American musical catalog
    to pave new ground." - Rolling Stone

    "Mae's warm, self-assured vocal twang is rivaled by her vivid storytelling." - People Magazine

    "...it's Mae's distinctiveness as a vocalist and strength as a songwriter, spinning a tale of love gone wrong, that really stands out." - Paste Magazine

    Third Man recording artist Lillie Mae is proud to release her new Jack White-produced album Forever and Then Some today. The release comes just a day after she performed on Conan -- watch "Over The Hill and Through The Woods" HERE, and the web-only performance of "To Go Wrong" HERE. In addition to the digital release, a limited edition 7" will be released for Record Store Day 2017 on April 22, as well as a limited edition smoke-colored (clear with white wisps) 12" LP.

    The album received a great deal of advance praise leading up to its release. Rolling Stone praised "Over The Hill And Through The Woods" for "melding unique old-time vocal breaks, a rich sonic chug that evokes some Seventies rock psychedelia and evocative storytelling;" Stereogum lauded "Honky Tonks And Taverns" as "an expertly polished, delightfully upbeat track;" and Elle noted that the album is "filled with songs that showcase her songwriting talent, blending pop heartbreak with country joy -- kind of like if Robyn spent some quality time with Willie Nelson."

    Lillie Mae was also included in NPR's esteemed "Austin 100" in advance of SXSW 2017, and was named one of "10 Country Artists You Need To Know" by Rolling Stone. Entertainment Weekly included Lillie Mae in their "Breaking Big" column, praising "Over The Hill and Through The Woods" as "a stomping lament for a restless heart." People Magazine did the same in their "People's Pick" column, noting that "Mae's warm, self-assured vocal twang is rivaled by her vivid storytelling."

    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
    APRIL
    28 - New Orleans, LA - Orpheum Theatre *
    29 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen *
     
    MAY
    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 *
     
    JUNE
    10 - Nashville, TN - CMA Music Festival (Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Live)
    JULY
    15/16 - Birmingham, AL - Sloss Music & Arts Festival
    SEPTEMBER
    15/16/17 - Bristol, TN - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
     
    * w/ Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

    Third Man recording artist Lillie Mae is proud to release her new Jack White-produced album Forever and Then Some today. 

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  • Record Store Day 2017

    Posted by on 12 April 2017

    The annual holiday we’ve been waiting all year for is upon us yet again, dear vinyl-loving friends, and after the wonderful year we’ve had we are ecstatic to celebrate with you, the enthusiastic music lovers who support every crazy endeavor we embark on. Record Store Day is Saturday, April 22nd, and we’re ready to share a few of our favorite things we have in store for our 9th year in the game.

    First off, Third Man Records is ecstatic to partner with the Seger camp in the first vinyl reissue of Bob Seger System's "2+2=?" in nearly four decades. Remastered directly from the analog tapes by Robert Vosgien and cut by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering, Third Man will release a limited edition yellow-colored vinyl version for Record Store Day, April 22nd, with a standard black vinyl version to follow.  Fittingly, both versions are being manufactured at Third Man's new pressing plant in Detroit.
     
    As the debut release under the Bob Seger System moniker, "2+2=?" is a landmark moment in the evolution and career of Bob Seger. The January 1968 release of "2+2=?", Seger's first single on Capitol Records, is an emotional, spirited anti-war protest delivered at the height of escalating tensions in Vietnam. Stylistically, the hypnotic, repetitive bass line is accented by a stinging fuzz guitar accompaniment, all paired with Seger's signature vocal rasp. 
     
    Backed with the classic track "Ivory", this 7-inch single will feature artwork originally used on European picture sleeves for both songs. 

    Next, we’ve combined our love of music and books yet again and are eager to debut the result. Third Man Books is proud to present the special edition of The Blue Series: The Story Behind the Color. The book is comprised of exclusive interviews with Jack White and Blue Series artists conducted by TMR’s own Psychedelic Stooge, Ben Blackwell, who will be on site to sign copies of the book in our Nashville storefront. The special edition of the book will include a limited edition blue vinyl 7” which features previously unreleased Blue Series session songs by artists First Aid Kit and Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers.

    For those who attended Lillie Mae’s Record Release show in Nashville’s Blue Room this past Monday evening, hold onto your ticket to redeem a limited edition yellow version of Lillie Mae’s 7” single “Over the Hill and Through the Woods” featuring exclusive, non-album B-side “The Last Time” in either the Nashville or Detroit storefronts, while supplies last.

    And that’s not all from Lillie Mae! The songwriting fiddle player will be on location at the Nashville storefront signing copies of her new album, Forever and Then Some, which will be available on smoke-colored vinyl (clear with white wisps), first come first serve, at both locations.

    As we announced last week, the Official Warstic Anthem, “Battle Cry,” written, produced, and performed by Jack White will be available on a limited edition, one-sided, gold-colored vinyl 7” exclusively at Third Man’s Nashville and Detroit storefronts and select independent stores. This song also features the talents of longtime friends and bandmates Daru Jones on drums and Jack Lawrence on bass.

    As previously stated in our partnership with Warstic, Third Man Records will be donating a portion of all proceeds of the “Battle Cry” record to The Native Wellness Institute’s Well For Culture Program. This invaluable program promotes the well-being of Native Americans through youth and adult programs and training that embraces the teachings and traditions of Native ancestors. If you already feel so inclined, you can contribute your donation here.

    And of course it’s not really Record Store Day without some fresh new merch, right? For our 9th Record Store Day, we’ll be throwing it back to feature some retro-style gear to jive with our groovy RSD 2017 poster, sticker, and lapel pin designed by TMR designer Jessi Yohn.

    In true Third Man Record Store Day tradition, our friend Rob Jones has done it again and created three new killer t-shirt designs for The Dead Weather [co-created with Silent Giants], The Raconteurs and The White Stripes.

    In honor of our beautiful mural by Bob Sestok in the Cass Corridor’s Pressing Plant we have new black, white, and yellow record enamel pins.

    More women’s cut t-shirts you say? You got it! Two brand new vintage-inspired shirts from our favorite California-made summer camp nostalgia brand, Shop Camp, and one unisex ringer-tee with a slight v-neck and a “hidden message” on the back.

    If you’ve been envious of the Ebbets Cass jacket Jack’s been sporting, we’ve finally got one to show Nashville a little love too. The "Grounds Crew" custom embroidery jacket is back, and this time representing our label headquarters: Nashville, Tennessee.

    The TMR staff’s love, nay obsession for YETI coolers and tumblers has been no secret. Thankfully, our friends at YETI have answered our call and created personalized three-stripe aluminum water bottles to keep your drinks cold as ice all summer long in two “Rambler” sizes: 20oz Tumbler and Colster.

    Nashville:

    Grill ‘n’ Chill: We’ll have three bands—to be announced, so stay tuned— keeping the party going out in the street and will be firing up the grill for the first time this season to satiate your appetite along with cold drinks to keep you chill all day long.

    Detroit:

    In addition to the same delights of the vinyl and book kind available at the Nashville storefront, Cass Corridor will be hosting the first round of Pressing Plant tours since it’s debut in February for those who haven’t yet gotten a peek into the behind-the-scenes action of making vinyl records. Get tickets HERE!

    Carnival games will be set up with some exclusive prizes (and we’re not talking oversized stuffed animals folks) as well as three kickass Detroit-based bands: Eliza Godfrey, Prude Boys, and Mexican Knives.

    It's sure to be an amazing day chock full of music, books, food, and maybe a little mayhem. Thankfully, that's just the way we like it around here. See you there!

    The annual holiday we’ve been waiting all year for is upon us yet again, dear vinyl-loving friends, and after the wonderful year we’ve had we are ecstatic to celebrate with you, the enthusiastic music lovers who support every crazy endeavor we embark on. 

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