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Hot off the presses at United, our next trio of Sun Records reissues is ready to make its way onto your turntable. This is the second installment of our ongoing partnership with Sun, (the first including The Prisonaires, Johnny Cash, and Rufus Thomas), with each release remaining faithful to its original issue. We've replicated the classic logo and label design and coupled it with a custom sleeve that employs the rooster that Sun founder Sam Phillips regretted losing when the label stopped pressing 78's and moved exclusively to 45's. One of the first releases to be pressed as a 45 by Sun during this transition is the first 7" included in this set, D.A. Hunt's "Lonesome Old Jail" b/w "Greyhound Blues."
Daniel Augusta Hunt, better known as Junior Hunt, was born in Munford, AL in 1929. On or around March 11th, 1953, Hunt recorded these two songs at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis and they were released in June of that year. For over 50 years, these songs were believed to only exist in 78 rpm form, until a copy pressed as a 45 rpm 7” single turned up in Minnesota. This only known copy was sold on eBay in 2010 for $10,323. This marks the first legitimate release of Hunt's material on a 7" record, and both songs are outstanding examples of the heartbreaking, desolate nature of the solo bluesman accompanying himself on guitar and borrow heavily from the template set by Lightnin' Hopkins. Hunt was arrested in Memphis in 1958 for stealing a saxophone and died in May 1962 in Phoenix, AZ.
Most likely recorded in June of 1956, "Rockhouse" is a prime example of quintessential, undiluted rockabilly. While Roy and the Teen Kings' stint with Sun would be brief, the sheer power unleashed on these tracks is palpable. Most folks are only familiar with Orbison's perfected pop orchestrations recorded for Monument Records in the '60s, but his roots were firmly planted in the dusty West Texas sound, were influenced heavily by Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley, and remain equally important as the work of both.
Like the Golden Gate Bridge, hot dogs, Wrigley Field, Converse All-Stars, and Jack Daniels, "Great Balls of Fire" is of the uppermost echelon of cultural exports America has ever produced. If you don't already know this, it's okay…you can buy this single now and no one will be the wiser. The Killer at his finest.
Available today. Purchase all three as a bundle, or individually on our Sun Records Reissue page. The limited edition SUN RAY™ versions of these singles will be available at a future date with location TBA.
Learn more about this series here.
Allow us to take a quick break from the usual new release and events news for a moment of retrospection this afternoon.
A good friend and charter member of the Third Man family, Larry "Cowboy" Morrison, passed away unexpectedly this past weekend. Cowboy has been with us from the beginning here in Nashville. He was our master carpenter, and together with the Sound Construction crew helped build Third Man. He's been an integral part of our lives. He helped build and sculpt our buildings with his bare hands. Fans have witnessed him all over the things we do from his extraordinary appearance in the Dead Weather "Cut Like a Buffalo" video to his distinctive Texas drawl as the outgoing message on our telephone. His large and friendly smile was omnipresent in our office, and we are so much going to miss his stories and laughter as a part of our daily routine.
He was a Stetson-wearing storyteller and a true Texan with a heart of gold. He loved and respected Third Man, and we loved him and respected him right back. His hard work and craftsmanship at the Third Man headquarters will be with us always as a daily reminder. We're going to miss the man himself as well as his large, gracious smile and hearty laugh. He was an absolutely unforgettable gentleman, full of character, and today we raise a glass to his memory and those who he has sadly left behind. We Love ya, Cowboy!
ARE WE THE FIRST RECORD LABEL TO RELEASE AN EFFECTS PEDAL?…..PROBABLY
Perhaps the most exciting thing the musician in your life could find in his or her stocking this year is the Bumble Buzz Guitar Pedal, a buzz pedal made by Union Tube and Transistor and modeled after the pedal they made for Jack White to use while recording "I'm Shakin'." Hand-produced with painstaking attention to detail, this pedal will arrive to its lucky recipient housed in a gorgeous wooden box (which includes custom bandana) and ready to crank out some stinging sounds.
Our Vault members have the opportunity to purchase a Vault-exclusive Bumble Buzz guitar pedal in Third Man's signature yellow hue and designed by Rob Jones, which also includes a pretty fly lapel pin. Limited quantities here too, folks. Bee there or bee square.
As you know, Jack Johnson Live at Third Man Records will be available in your local Record Store Day-celebrating indie shop and at Third Man headquarters in Nashville. Additionally, The Gories’ The Shaw Tapes will be available for purchase online and in stores. We will have 100 limited edition blue vinyl exclusive versions of the Gories release for sale in our store as well as the latest three Sun Records 7" reissues on black vinyl, available here, in-person first.
We also have a whole slew of brand new merchandise to debut as well as many other items that will be reduced to a very NICE PRICE! Here’s a sneak peek of the goods … we have a feeling you might want to draft a new letter to the North Pole once you’ve taken a gander…
First and foremost, young Third Man fans will be excited to flaunt their fandom in the coziest of sweatshirts and the sportiest of baseball shirts specially sized for them. For those too young to have fully explored their taste in music, have no fear – you can impose your own excellent musical tastes upon them with the new White Stripes "I Think I Smell A Mouse" onesie.
Look out for a new White Stripes t-shirt, a Third Man lapel pin, a new 45 box, and the Third Man Stereoptic-Eye with a viewing reel showing you the ins and outs of TMR's HQ … in the third dimension! We're also pleased to offer you a solution to your iPhone's meager sonic output with a custom silicone amplifier that increases your phone's volume by 13 dB and your aural happiness tenfold.
Black Friday will begin in our Nashville storefront and online at 10am CST Friday, November 29th. You will find all the Black Friday specials and new merchandise at thirdmanstore.com/black-friday. Sale prices online will last through Monday, December 2nd. And don’t forget to pick up some of our tasty new Bang Candy creations in our Nashville store!
"The best garage band in America since the '60s. Very primitive…they made people with Les Pauls and Marshall amps look like idiots." - Jack White
The Gories began in the cultural vacuum of Detroit in 1986. With humble beginnings at a community concert series through a tumultuous end on their 1992 European tour, this is a band whose influence has far outstretched the ground they covered. Rooted in the primal, primitive underpinnings of 50's rhythm and blues and unhinged 60s garage punk, the sound they came to was wholly their own. Over two years in the making, Third Man collectively feels like a bunch of teenage fanboys with the release of The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88. Recorded at a house party in a converted store front, the band captured here is at the height of its powers. Featuring covers of classics by the likes of John Lee Hooker, the Stooges and Willie Dixon, as well as a bevy of their oft-imitated originals, Live in Detroit 5/27/88 is the Gories' first live album, their fourth full-length and their first widespread release since 1992. While band members Mick Collins and Dan Kroha would go on to wider recognition in the Dirtbombs and Demolition Dolls Rods respectively, the Gories should be viewed in the same influential context as the Velvet Underground and the Cramps. While they may have barely sold any records, the folks that saw and heard these bands were inspired to create. It's high time the Gories get their due and there's no better evidence than this explosive live recording from 25 years ago. We are so pleased to share this record with you today.
Third Man Records is proud to present the debut album from The Haden Triplets. These are songs steeped in history and sung in a close harmony that could only be achieved from sharing a lifetime of sisterly togetherness and a near psychic vocal interplay that can only come from being born mere seconds apart from each other. It's been rendered and produced beautifully by American music legend Ry Cooder.
This is an album expanding on an American musical tradition. It is not pastiche or a tribute, but rather a direct antecedent and extension of the original folk legacy that is being exhibited within these songs. Here's a little more about it in the Hadens' own words.
During our early life, we were surrounded by music on both sides of our family. We visited our dad's family in Springfield, Missouri, where they taught us old country songs they used to perform on the radio as The Haden Family. Our grandparents on our mother's side used to sing us to sleep with old Yiddish songs. Growing up, we often had music playing in the house, whether it be our mom playing Billie Holiday and Nina Simone records, or our dad playing Keith Jarrett and Ornette Coleman in the living room.
We met Ry when we played with his son Joachim, and Joachim asked him if he'd sit in for our show. Once Ry heard we were singing "Voice From On
High" by Bill Monroe, he was in right away. The next day we got a call from Ry suggesting we record an album. We wrote down a collection of songs we all liked, then narrowed it down to the music that became the Haden Triplets album. These songs are rich in history, and by recording them we hope to help keep them alive. - Tanya, Rachel & Petra Haden
The Haden Triplets' debut album is out February 4th. For further information as it becomes available, stay tuned to www.thirdmanrecords.com, as well as the Triplets' Facebook and Twitter pages.
Third Man Records and Bang Candy Co. are pleased to announce a gustatory meeting of the minds this holiday season. BCC’s Sarah Souther has been a favorite Nashvillian of Third Man Records since she appeared at our doorstep on Record Store Day 2010 with her Cocovan filled with sweets to offer our weary vinyl warriors. Since then, Souther’s marshmallows have become the preferred treat of Third Man staff and fans. Neither party could pass on the opportunity to partner up for a confectionary collaboration…
Introducing Holiday Libations Marshmallows featuring the following flavors: Jack & Ginger, Blackcurrant Absinthe, Bacon Maple Bourbon, and Malt Chocolate & Whiskey.
Other treats will include Electrified Peppermint Bark, a Bang Candy Co. invention featuring “shock rocks” that sizzle and fizz on your tongue, and Smoked Spiced Orange Syrup, the perfect wintery, cardamom-y, peppery, hickory-y concoction to complement your dark liquor of choice.
The exclusive holiday offerings will make their debut beginning Friday, November 29th, and will be available only at Third Man Records headquarters while supplies last.
Stay tuned for additional announcements regarding Third Man's plans for Black Friday over the next week and a half…