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    Posted by on 2 March 2017

    Join us at Third Man Records on April 4th for a very special record release show from our dear friend, Karen Elson. Her new album Double Roses is out April 7th on H.O.T. Records and to celebrate we'll be hosting
    a dynamite headline show here in Third Man Records Nashville Blue Room live space with opener, Odessa. We're very proud of Karen, love this album and looking forward to celebrating with you all!

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm.
    This show is 18+
    Tickets available HERE!

    Join us at Third Man Records on April 4th for a very special record release show from our dear friend, Karen Elson.

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  • Todd Albright EP Detroit Twelve String Blues & Rags Available Now for Pre-order!

    Posted by on 28 February 2017

    Todd Albright is a Country Blues, finger-style twelve-string guitar player and singer living in Detroit, Michigan. Todd brings to life an era of Delta greats such as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sylvester Weaver, and Skip James.

    He first heard Country Blues at the age of twelve, and he immediately became a self-taught student of the genre aiming solely to interpret the sounds of the masters. Todd has performed across the U.S solo, alongside his former country blues string band The Staving Chain, and on stage with notable musicians and friends such as Dakota Dave Hull, Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, and Paul Geremia.

    Third Man Records is proud to announce his latest EP, “Detroit Twelve String Blues & Rags” featuring his take on songs by Blind Willie McTell, George Carter, and Leadbelly. Pre-order available HERE. The release will be available next Friday, March 10th online, in the Nashville and Detroit Third Man Records locations and at your local record store. Stay tuned for details for a special release day event at Cass Corridor and tour dates throughout the U.S. this Spring and Summer.


    Track List:
    Savannah Mama
    Kill It Kit Rag
    Rising River Blues
    Sweet Mary Blues
    Cherry Ball Blues
    My Money Never Runs Out
    Train That Carried My Girl From Town

    Todd Albright is a Country Blues, finger-style twelve-string guitar player and singer living in Detroit, Michigan.

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    Posted by on 27 February 2017

    On Saturday, February 25th, 2017, Third Man Pressing opened it's doors in the Cass Corridor in Detroit to the public for the very first time. We celebrated with limited edition releases by The White Stripes, The Stooges, The MC5, Destroy All Monsters and Xanadu. The Mummies, The Oblivians, and Craig Brown Band taught us that the best live music is not specific to nighttime alone.

    Thanks to all the fans, friends and family far and wide that joined us this past weekend. Third Man Pressing is now officially open for business!

    On Saturday, Feb. 25th 2017 Third Man Pressing opened it's doors in the Cass Corridor in Detroit to the public for the very first time. 

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    Posted by on 24 February 2017

    Third Man Records is proud to announce the official opening of its state-of-the-art vinyl production facility in the heart of Detroit's historic Cass Corridor neighborhood. The past year has been spent investing creative energy and passion into crafting a meticulously designed boutique vinyl record production facility with a unique customer experience, providing visual evidence to visitors of vinyl's beauty and importance. Third Man Pressing is an investment in Third Man Records' hometown, a neighborhood within a city both rich with musical history, creating a space that is as inspiring as it is prolific.

    As the first label to operate a fleet of brand new, environmentally efficient pressing machinery within a purpose-built manufacturing infrastructure, Third Man Pressing minimizes water waste by using recycled water from the record curing process in the air conditioning system, thus creating the only fully climate-controlled pressing plant work environment in the world. Each pressing station is outfitted with a digital touch screen control for temperature, hydraulic compression, and extruder speed, equaling increased control for the highly trained staff as well as a superior product. The plant was engineered to not only be environmentally sustainable, but also community sensitive with its innovative noise reduction construction techniques.

    Third Man Pressing Features:

    - Operating eight of the first newly built presses built in 35 years, plus four extruders, and four hydraulic generators - all brand new
    - Presses can accommodate 12" LP's or 7" singles according to demand
    - Only fully climate-controlled pressing plant work environment in the world
    - All new, state-of-the-art pressing machinery and purpose-built manufacturing infrastructure
    - Closed-loop, chilled-water system that maximizes water sustainability
    - Environment design that inspires passion in record making, resulting in superior products
    - Four high-efficiency hydraulic systems isolated in a dedicated, contained room
    - Digital touch screen controls for temperature, hydraulic compression, and extrusion speed
    - Engineered sound containment for minimal external noise pollution
    - Built by audio and studio fabrication experts responsible for some of the most-lauded recording studios in the world
    - Capacity estimated at 5000 records per 8 hour shift, with a current cycle time of approximately 45 seconds per record
    - Competitive turnaround times
    - Mural by Cass Corridor artist Robert Sestok

    Third Man Pressing brings upwards of 50 new living wage jobs with benefits into Detroit (on top of the 20 jobs already created by the Willy's building Third Man Records location at large), and, in complement with Shinola's recent start of production of high-end turntables, marks the triumphant return of the once-thought-lost record industry to one of the country's great industrial AND musical cities.

    The manufacturing facility will not only press vinyl records for Third Man Records' label releases (which will also continue to be produced at Nashville's United Record Pressing), but will also fulfill orders from outside labels. The resurgence in popularity of vinyl records has left many small imprints, "bedroom" labels, and independent artists without the ability to press small runs of records in reasonable amounts of time. Third Man Pressing aims to dedicate a percentage of its capacity each month to pressing records for clients of this ilk, alleviating the bottlenecking of the production caused by major label orders, and bringing more niche, regionally-interesting pressings from inspired individuals onto record shelves worldwide.

    The inner workings of Third Man Pressing will be on display during Third Man Records Cass Corridor business hours from the storefront's open-to-the-public viewing platform 7 days a week, with employees always happy to answer questions about the process, and more in-depth tours available in the coming months for those interested. Third Man Records' mission has always centered around bringing the tangible, the unexpected, and the beautiful back into the business, and the team is beyond thrilled to share the facility, its exceptional product, and its significance with the city it calls home.

    Third Man Records is proud to announce the official opening of its state-of-the-art vinyl production facility in the heart of Detroit's historic Cass Corridor neighborhood.

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    Posted by on 23 February 2017


    Third Man Records has announced the extraordinary new album from Nashville-based singer-songwriter-musician Lillie Mae. FOREVER AND THEN SOME arrives worldwide on Friday, April 14th and is available for pre-order now, with all digital pre-orders receiving an instant download of the album's wistful first single, "Over The Hill and Through The Woods," which was also released today.

    "Over The Hill and Through The Woods" is accompanied by a companion video, directed by acclaimed filmmaker, photographer, and producer Elise Tyler (Damien Jurado, William Tyler, Kevin Morby). The clip premieres today on YouTube. "Over The Hill and Through The Woods" will also be available as a vinyl 7", beginning tomorrow, February 24th, at A limited edition 7" will then be released exclusively at Third Man's Nashville and Detroit retail stores for Record Store Day 2017 on April 22nd.

    Lillie Mae will celebrate the release of FOREVER AND THEN SOME with a wide-ranging run of North American live dates, starting with a March 9th headline show at The Syndicate Lounge in Birmingham, AL on the way to Austin, TX for South by Southwest (SXSW), and then hitting the road with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals. For tickets, updates, and additional dates, please visit

    Lillie Mae has been singing and playing on stages across the country since she could stand on her own two feet. FOREVER AND THEN SOME sees the Nashville-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist weaving her own extraordinary experiences with the myriad strains of Americana to create a breathtaking song cycle of romance and struggle, solitude and adventure. Songs like "Wash Me Clean" and "Honky Tonks and Taverns" stand out as snapshots of intimacies, encounters, and moments that matter, reverberating with earnest emotion and restless creative energy. Produced by 12-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Jack White III at Third Man Studio in Nashville, FOREVER AND THEN SOME affirms Lillie Mae as a remarkably gifted musical storyteller, a bright new star that's been here all along.

    FOREVER AND THEN SOME features backing throughout by the core combo of Frank Carter Rische on electric and acoustic guitars, Scarlett Rische on mandolin, and the veteran rhythm section of bassist Brian Zonn and drummer Tanner Jacobson. Other notables appearing include keyboardist Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather, Queens of the Stone Age), banjo player Ian Craft (The Howlin' Brothers), and Old Crow Medicine Show pianist Cory Younts, with harmony vocals from McKenna Grace Rische and singer-songwriter Carey Kotsonis.

    Full Track List: 

    1. Over The Hill And Through The Woods
    2. Honky Tonks And Taverns
    3. Wash Me Clean
    4. Loaner
    5. Honest And True
    6. These Daze
    7. Forever And Then Some
    8. Nearing Home
    9. To Go Wrong
    10. Some Fine Day
    11. Dance To The Beat Of My Own Drum

    Third Man Records has announced the extraordinary new album from Nashville-based singer-songwriter-musician Lillie Mae. 

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    Posted by on 16 February 2017

    Third Man Records is set to open their highly anticipated pressing plant, Third Man Pressing to the public on Saturday, February 25th. Located in the heart of the Cass Corridor, Third Man Pressing brings a day filled with live music, freshly pressed all Detroit-centric limited edition vinyl, and tours. The event will be free and open to the public.

    Let's stage-dive straight into the live entertainment... Headlining will be none other than The Kings of Budget Rock... The Mummies! Writhe, thrive, twist and jive with the only band worthy to wear the tattered toilet paper they wrap themselves in... yes folks, Third Man is damn proud to host The Mummies in their first-ever Detroit appearance. But that is not all by a long shot -- they'll also have Memphis punk rock n roll bass-less legends The Oblivians preceded by the Mid-West Country stylings of Detroit and Third Man's one and own, Craig Brown Band. Third Man Pressing will open at 10am, with live music starting at 2:30pm.

    One of the most interesting aspects of the Third Man Pressing plant will be fans ability to watch records being pressed from the viewing platform within the TMR's Cass Corridor record shop. Opening day will offer not only the chance to see records being pressed, but also the ability to purchase those records being pressed right in front of their eyes. Third Man has lined up a great assortment of freshly pressed Detroit-centric LPs and 7"s that will be pressed in limited numbers / colors / packaging available for purchase ONLY at the pressing plant Grand Opening on Feb. 25th. 

    The White Stripes - The White Stripes LP
    The Detroit duo's first album (originally recorded in the Cass Corridor in 1999), pressed on opaque red vinyl with on-site screen printed jackets. The shot heard 'round the neighborhood.

    The White Stripes - De Stijl LP
    The second album from The White Stripes, named after the modernist Dutch art movement of the 1920's, pressed on opaque red vinyl with on-site screen printed jackets. 'Nuff said.

    The Stooges - The Stooges DELUXE 2 x LP
    An undeniable pre-punk masterpiece, the Stooges' debut album is expanded here to include an extra disc of alternate versions, extended jams and unused mixes spanning each track on the album. Pressed on yellow vinyl with on-site screen-printed jackets EXCLUSIVELY available in the Third Man Cass Corridor location via special arrangement with Elektra Records.

    MC5 - Kick Out the Jams LP
    Be part of the solution with the incendiary first album by the MC5, recorded live at the Grande Ballroom in 1968 and pressed on yellow vinyl with on-site screen-printed jackets. EXCLUSIVELY available in the Third Man Cass Corridor location via special arrangement with Elektra Records.

    Destroy All Monsters / Xanadu - The Black Hole LP
    A split release between legendary art rockers Destroy All Monsters and one-off punks Xanadu. Both records were originally released as limited edition 7-inch singles on Black Hole Records in 1979, and this is the first ever reissue for any of the material.

    The Johnson Family Singers - Don't Let the Devil Ride LP
    Our first third-party pressing (for the Detroit Gospel Reissue Project record label) and the first of a seven-record series featuring incredibly vital and largely forgotten music from dozens of Detroit artists. Reissued proudly by noted archivist Mike McGonigal, THE JOHNSON FAMILY SINGERS' Don't Let the Devil Ride will exist as a subscriber version (with handmade silkscreened jackets) and a standard version.

    Derrick May 7"
    Featuring "The Innovator" in his first-ever 7" release, this single from one of the architects of Detroit techno is under May's moniker Rythim is Rythim and was recorded analog over twenty-five years ago. The flipside features his Transmat label-mate Rennie Foster, pressed on clear vinyl. One-time only pressing!

    Carl Craig 7"
    Arguably the most important of Detroit's second wave of techno producers, Craig has long been considered "the most artful and the most willing to engage the rapidly growing shape of techno outside Detroit." Two new compositions from Craig are his first ever dedicated 7" release, pressed on clear vinyl. Never to be repressed!

    Other items that will be available on opening day will be Limited Edition copies of Third Man Books' Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges / As Told By Iggy Pop. Rob Jones has designed a limited-edition opening day poster. Third Man will also have a variety of other exclusive merchandise, available for purchase only at Third Man Records Cass Corridor.

    Tours of Third Man Pressing will be available from 12pm to 3pm (EST) on opening day. Our trained guides will be educating those touring about the state-of-the-art pressing facility and the intricacies of creating vinyl records! Goodie bags are included with the cost of the tour. Tickets and more information are available here (SOLD OUT) .

    ird Man Records is set to open their highly anticipated pressing plant, Third Man Pressing to the public on Saturday, February 25th.

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