This week we're doing something really special in our Blue Room at Third Man. We'll be presenting the first of what we hope to be many visual arts shows. Our inaugural presentation will feature works from a real hero and lifetime doer in the punk rock / rock n roll underground / overground world of everything that is positive and cool.. Mr Tim Kerr. Tim's works celebrate unity, self expression, progressive ideals and revolution of the spirit. His subject matter ranges from blues soul and jazz musicians, counter culture icons, civil rights activists and much more. We find his artwork very inspiring and are really looking forward to sharing Tim's world with you.

    The show opens this Wed the 3rd and will run through July 10th. On Sunday July 7th we'll host a reception matinee event for Tim with local purveyors of the written word and visual & aural arts a go-go, Poetry Sucks! featuring Tim, Holly Golightly & Lawyer Dave performing their first ever show as The 3 Way Tie (which we'll of course be recording for a live album), The Glory Fires playing an acoustic set, and poets Sampson Starkweather, Larry O. Dean, and Paige Taggart. Hours and lots more information below… Looking forward to seeing y'all down here this week.

    July 3rd - July 10th w/ reception and Poetry Sucks! live event July 7th

    July 3-6th 12pm to 4pm
    July 7th - Reception & Poetry Sucks 5pm - 7pm (patio opens at 4pm for bbq & beer) show is FREE
    July 8th - 10th 12pm to 4pm


    Tim Kerr will exhibit his paintings at TMR July 3rd-10th, climaxing with a reception on July 7 featuring poetry by Sampson Starkweather, Larry O. Dean, and Paige Taggart. All three poets come to Nashville in support of new books. The reception will also feature sets of music by both Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires and Tim Kerr with Holly Golighty and Lawyer Dave under the all new moniker The 3 Way Tie. The TMR patio will be open from 4pm for drinks and dogs and doors open for Poetry Sucks! at 5pm. Here's some details on the performers for July 7th:

    TIM KERR was a founding member of  The Big Boys, Poison 13, Bad Mutha Goose, Lord High Fixers, and Monkey Wrench;  all groups who have played an important role in what is known as the US indie scene today. Not only has he been inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame, but Tim also earned a degree in painting and photography at the University of Texas in Austin and studied the latter with Garry Winogrand. His artwork has shown in the US and abroad in galleries such as PS1 in New York, 96 Gillespie in London, Slowboy Gallery in Germany, and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. Tim may even join in the music making on the 7th!

    SAMPSON STARKWEATHER was born in Pittsboro, NC. He is the author of the First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather and 5 chapbooks from dangerous small presses. He is a founding editor of Birds, LLC and works for The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

    PAIGE TAGGART lives in Brooklyn and is the author of 3 chapbooks. Trembling Pillow Press will publish her first full-length collection Want For Lion in late 2013/early 2014. She's an avid jeweler (mactaggartjewelry.com) and co-founded the tumblr Poets Touching Trees.

    LARRY O. DEAN was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. His most recent books include Brief Nudity (Salmon Poetry, 2013), and Basic Cable Couplets (Silkworms Ink, 2012).  Also a critically-acclaimed songwriter, Dean has numerous CD releases, including Fun with a Purpose (2009) with The Injured Parties. He was a 2004 recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Award.

    LEE BAINS III and the Glory Fires’ debut album There is a Bomb in Gilead was released on Alive Records. Now, LBIII and The Glory Fires re-unite with Tim Kerr to record their next album in Nashville, TN with the legendary Jeremy Ferguson at Battle Tapes Recording Studio. Could there be a bigger bang?

    HOLLY GOLIGHTLY kicked off her musical career in Thee Headcoatees, the legendary all-girl garage band, closely affiliated with U.K. cult legend Billy Childish. She released her first solo record, The Good Things, in 1995. Holly has also recorded with Rocket from the Crypt, White Stripes, Mudhoney, and on the title track for the Jim Jarmusch movie “Broken Flowers” with The Greenhornes. Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs  music is a lo-fi stew of blues, country and rockabilly, at once avant-garde and old-timey.

  • Pokey LaFarge sings with JD McPherson for Tornado Relief

    Oklahoma native JD McPherson and our favorite American music torchbearer Pokey LaFarge have teamed up to record a rendition of country swing legend Bob Wills' "Good Old Oklahoma," which they released today. You can take an exclusive first listen to their charming duet at ROLLINGSTONE.COM. 100% of the proceeds from the track will be donated to the Oklahoma City Community Fund's Tornado Relief endowment, which contributes to dozens of charities assisting relief efforts for those directly affected by the recent tornadoes.

    McPherson explains how the recording came about: “Pokey and I had been speaking in the days following the May 19th tornadoes about the possibility of recording a benefit song. He came up with the brilliant idea to record Bob Wills' ‘Good Old Oklahoma’ as a duet.  Pokey is from Missouri, but each time he plays in my home state, his band performs that tune and brings the house down. It was a perfect fit.”

    "It's with great pleasure that I get to work with one of Oklahoma's finest, JD McPherson," adds LaFarge. "To be able to record this Bob Wills tune is all too fitting for a good cause. We hope this helps. We love Oklahoma!"


  • The Dough Rollers Blue Series

    Our Blue Series of 7"s continues it's stampede over the music industry on July 9th with a staggering entry from Los Angeles' angels with dirty faces, The Dough Rollers. Featuring an expanded and electrified line-up, Malcolm Ford (vox, guitar) and Jack Byrne (guitar) are now joined by Josh Barocas and Kyle Olson on bass and drums, respectively. Their Third Man Blue Series is the inaugural voyage for the new line up, and what a debutante party it is...

    The invigorated power quatro blasted by Third Man a couple months back and dropped two perfectly formed slabs of American blues rock on us… "Little Lily" is an inner ear explosion with the energy and tension of a train rolling off the rails and the rails are Malcolm's pleading whiskey damaged vocals. Continuing with this brilliant outmoded forms of transportation as music metaphor, "The Sailing Song" rolls along with high seas majesty, The Dough Rollers as drunken shipmates and Jack Bryne's solo is a bottle of rum smashed on the rocks. The boat never sinks though, cause this shit isn't a boat after all but a fucking life raft. So get on board and let the Dough Rollers pillage your village!

    The A side premiered on Noisey today, Pre-sales are available now, and the release will officially be available in stores and on iTunes July 9th. Stay tuned to this Bat Channel for more news and information on The Dough Rollers, pictured below...

  • You can now sign up for the Vault using Paypal

    Good news, Vault Members & future Vault Members! You are now able to use Paypal to sign up for the NEW VAULT. Have at it! Please remember that the payment deadline for Package #17 (the contents of which will be revealed in the very near future) is July 31st. If you have any trouble signing up for your new account, please feel free to reach out to vault@thirdmanrecords.com.


  • Willie Nelson & Friends Photos

    If you missed it this past Sunday night, CMT has now posted the full Crossroads episode celebrating Willie Nelson's 80's Birthday, "Willie Nelson & Friends from Third Man Records." Watch it here.

    We've also posted a selection of photos in our Past Events photo gallery, as well as the full photoset on our new Vault, which is open for everyone to view for just a little while longer. See them while you can!

    • Willie Nelson
    • Willie Nelson
    • Willie Nelson

    click on thumbnails to view full photos or proceed to our Past Events page to see more!

  • Photos from Rory Scovel Live at TMR

    Photos from Rory Scovel's sold-out, absolutely hilarious show here at Third Man last weekend are now posted for your viewing pleasure on our Past Events page, and on the New Vault. Rory exceeded our comedic expectations and succeeded in making the Blue Room, well... not so blue. If you missed it, save your tears... the live recording will be released in the coming months.

    • Third Man Records lathe
    • Third Man Records llathe

    click on thumbnails to view full photos or proceed to our Past Events page to see more!