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This time of year it's always important to remember those in less fortunate situations than ourselves, and Third Man is no exception. For many reasons we absolutely love our neighborhood. From day one, everyone in our corner of Nashville has been extremely welcoming and hospitable to us, as well as tolerant of our many crazy schemes, long lines, late night shows, weekend block orientated functions, etcetera etcetera…
At the top of this list is the Nashville Rescue Mission, and we'd like to give a little something back to our friends over there and the many hungry, homeless and hurting people they help every day. Every year they do a massive banquet for Thanksgiving and a drive for a 1,000 turkeys food and other desperately needed materials for the folks they help. This year at Third Man we're going to help them reach this goal through our Great Third Man Turkey Drive.
Starting today and lasting through Tuesday November 26th, every person who brings a turkey or needed items equal to the cost of a turkey to Third Man will receive a free 7" of their choice (sorry, no limited edition or specialty discs are eligible) and we'll post a picture taken with the donator, their turkey and their chosen 7" on our wall of fame. Of course there has to be a Grand Prize, so the person who brings the MOST turkeys (or other eligible items equal in cost to turkeys) will win a very rare Dead Weather Triple Decker record. Yes! We all thought they were gone and done, but Third Man Big Shot Ben Blackwell found one under his couch recently and is kindly donating it to the cause!
So, bring your turkeys and your giving spirit to Third Man over the next few weeks and help do something good for some folks who really need and appreciate it.
Here's the low down in handy bullet point form!
Mon. Nov. 11th - Tues. Nov. 26th
Bring a turkey, other non perishable food stuffs (BIG CANS PLEASE), winter hats, socks or gloves equal to the cost of a turkey ($25), and get a free 7" of your choice and your pic on our Wall Of Fame!
Please bring a turkey or a receipt for your items tallying a minimum $25. Non-reciepted donations will be tallied thus:
Hat = $5
Gloves = $5
Socks = $5
Large canned food = $5
Small canned food = $2.50
Third Man family member Ruby Amanfu released two gorgeous new singles last month ("Bluff" / "Love Out Loud") and is making a habit out of winning over every crowd she sings in front of, whether backing up Jack White in his all-female band The Peacocks, or torching the bayou all by herself at Voodoo Fest and beyond. On this Blue Series 7", Ruby is joined by Alabama Shakes front woman Brittany Howard for reinterpretations of Sixto "Sugar Man" Rodriguez's "I Wonder" and Memphis Minnie's "When My Man Comes Home." Ruby is featured on more Third Man releases than you likely realize, and we are so proud to call her (as well as Dominic Davis, Daru Jones, Cory Younts, Ikey Owens and Fats Kaplin, all also heard tearing it up on this record) members of the family. If you don't have this Blue Series in your collection yet, you're missing out on one of our favorites. Purchase for a NICE PRICE here.
Jack White is excited to announce that he will be participating in a special LIVE from the NPYL event celebrating and exploring the first volume of The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932 at the New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in New York City on Tuesday, November 19th at 6pm ET. The program includes a discussion with Jack, Revenant's Dean Blackwood, and Princeton professor and author Daphne A. Brooks, and close examinations of recordings from Paramount's catalogue by authors Greil Marcus and Scott Blackwood. A special exhibition of artifacts from The New York Public Library's Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound curated specifically for this occasion will also be on display before and after the event. Tickets go on-sale today at 12pm ET.
Additionally, attendees will receive a free 78 RPM record specially pressed for the event from Third Man and Revenant Records featuring two fiery sermons from the Paramount catalog, as well as automatically be entered into a raffle to win the first volume of The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932.
Purchase the Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932, Volume 1 here.
Learn more about the project and preservation from the 2 NPR segments that ran over the weekend: Holding Music History In Your Hands: Why Archives Matter / Paramount Records: The Label Inadvertently Crucial To The Blues
Also, check out the video below detailing the amazing wonder-cabinet that is The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1...
800 newly-remastered digital tracks
200+ fully-restored original ads and images
6 x 180g LPs w/ hand-engraved metal leaf center labels
Deluxe large-format hardcover art book: 250 pages, narrative w. full-color plates
Encyclopedia-style reference manual: 360 pages, field guide to artists & repertoire
Handcrafted elements: rich woods, lush upholstery, and custom-forged metal hardware
Track & Image App: First-of-its-kind music and image player app, allows user management of 800 tracks and 200+ original ads; housed on custom-designed USB drive
The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27), part one of a two-volume omnibus of art, words and music in a limited-edition cabinet-of-wonder format, is a joint release from John Fahey's Revenant and Jack White's Third Man Records, co-produced by the leading researcher/writer on Paramount, Alex van der Tuuk. The set is available today from Third Man Records with a full release slated for November 19th.
The Rise & Fall cabinet chronicles in words, images and sound the curious tale of Paramount, an early American record label which, despite being run out of a Wisconsin chair factory, with bargain-basement recording and production methods, by men with few connections to and little idea of what black (or rural white) audiences were interested in, nevertheless managed to create a repository of American art that can stand with any this country has produced.
Volume One focuses on the label’s improbable rise from also-ran (known for its “tin pan tone”) to Race Records powerhouse, exploring how its fortunes were tied to the Great Migration as well as to its unconventional strategies, “open door” recording policy, opportunism, sleight-of-hand, and incredible luck. Learm more about the set and purchase yours here.
Third Man is also offering fans the opportunity to win this incomparable set by entering The Paramount Records Wonder-Cabinet Giveaway.
We're rollin' and chooglin' West to Memphis tomorrow and then North to the Windy City with goodies and vinyl treats in stock!
Catch us Saturday, 10/26 outside the Stax Museum in Memphis from 11:30-4, and Tuesday, 10/29 outside the Green Mill Jazz club from 6-9pm.
See you on the road!
With a platinum and four gold records in the UK under his belt, today Seasick Steve releases his newest record HUBCAP MUSIC across the pond. The album, produced by the dog himself, features long-time drummer and frying pan virtuoso Dan Magnusson as well as John Paul Jones, Jack White III, Luther Dickinson, Elizabeth Cook and Fats Kaplin. The record marks Seasick Steve's second full-length on Third Man Records, and joins a blue series 7" ("Write Me a Few Lines") and a live, direct-to-acetate recording (Seasick Steve Live at Third Man Records) to make up his Third Man catalog.
Hubcap Music derives its title from Seasick's 4-stringed Morris Minor guitar, fashioned from two Minor 1000 hubcaps and a garden hoe, and his second similarly made instrument using Hudson Terraplane hubcaps, given to him by Jack White. The Morris Minor guitar made its first appearance on the TV show "Top Gear," and rivals Seasick's Didley Bo for the title of baddest junk'strument ever to grace (and sell out) such stages as Royal Albert Hall, Manchester Theatre and Hammersmith Apollo Theaters.
Listen to "Home" featuring Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars fame on slide guitar below:
The album is available on CD/LP/MP3 via Third Man Records, at thirdmanstore.com and wherever records are sold.