• Rory Scovel Live at Third Man Records

    The comedy cat is officially out of the bag that Rory Scovel, one of our favorite stand-up and improv comics around, will be stopping by Third Man Records on June the 22nd to grace us all with his quick wit and and absurdist perspective. Tickets are available now, so mark your calendars and prepare yourselves, mind, body, and soul for the hilarity that will soon ensue… We're on a roll here at Third Man with our live events in the Blue Room lately, and this one promises to be no exception. JOIN US, be a part of the live album we will be recording of his set that night, and RSVP on our Facebook event.

    Tickets $15 in advance on our website or in our store / $20 at the door before the show, if available.

  • Pokey LaFarge "Central Time" Video Premiere




    Lyrical storyteller and "international Dust Bowl-blues playboy" (RIVERFRONT TIMES) Pokey LaFarge has teamed with RollingStone.com to unveil the video "Central Time," the first single from his self-titled album out June 4 on Third Man Records. Directed by frequent Third Man collaborator Jo McCaughey, with set design and Lomokino photography by Rachel Briggs, the video features whimsical scenes of Pokey and the band playing at St. Louis venue Off Broadway, as well as footage of Pokey and his band members in and around the city. Incorporating digital and Lomokino footage, the "Central Time" video as playful and charming as the song itself.

    Pokey's self-titled album was produced by Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor. Pre-order the LP or CD NOW.

    Pokey and the band will be on tour throughout the summer, stopping at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on the album's release date. Be sure not to miss the live show that has critics raving:

    "Pokey LaFarge is making your new favorite songs"-- THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST INLANDER

    "freewheeling and fancy-free…the sort of feel-good Americana you can’t help but warm to."-- SEATTLE WEEKLY

    "sounds as though he gunned the Delorean to 1931, pounding shots of whiskey with Jimmie Rodgers and Milton Brown upon his arrival. "-- WILLAMETTE WEEK

    "If you’re looking for a roaring tour through the history of American music, there’s no better guide than Pokey LaFarge."---MXDWN

    6/4/13 - New York, NY. Bowery Ballroom
    6/5/13 - Alexandria, VA. Birchmere
    6/7/13 - Cincinnati, OH. Taft Theatre
    6/8/13 - Bloomington, IL. Downtown Bloomington
    6/12/13 - Davenport, IA. Redstone Room @ River Music
    6/13/13 - Omaha, NE. The Waiting Room Lounge
    6/14/13 - Lyons, CO. Oskar Blues Grill & Brews
    6/15/13 - Denver, CO. Daniels Hall @ Swallow Hill Music
    6/16/13 - Palisade, CO. Palisade Bluegrass Festival
    6/22/13 - Fayetteville, AR. George’s Majestic Lounge
    6/28/13 - Paducah, KY. Maiden Alley Cinema
    7/9/13 - Decatur, GA. Eddie's Attic
    7/10/13 - Knoxville, TN. WDVX Blue Plate Special
    7/11/13  -  Abingdon, VA. Farmer’s Market Pavillion
    7/12/13   - Asheville, NC. The Grey Eagle
    7/14/13 - Mount Solon, VA. Natural Chimneys Park
    7/15/13 - Glenville, PA. Snail Pie Lounge
    7/16/13 - Harrisburg, PA. The Abbey Bar @ Appalachian Brewing Co.
    7/17/13 - Philadelphia, PA. World Café Live
    7/19/13 - Northampton, MA. Iron Horse Music Hall
    7/20/13 - Boston, MA. Great Scott
    7/23/13 - Burlington, VT. Signal Kitchen
    7/24/13 - Montreal, QC. Petit Campus
    7/25/13 - Ottawa, ON. Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern
    7/26/13 - Toronto, ON. Horsehoe Tavern
    7/27-28/13 - Guelph, ON. Hillside Music Festival
    7/30/13 - Ann Arbor, MI. The Ark
    8/3/13 - Madison, WI. Memorial Union Terrace
    8/9/13  - Henderson, KY. Audubon Mill Park
    8/10/13 -  Louisville, KY. Headliners Music Hall
    8/16/13 -  Biddinghuize, Netherlands. Lowlands
    8/17/13 - Kiewit, Belgium. Pukkelpop
    8/19/13 - Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland. Musikfestwochen
    8/21/13 - Gronigen, Netherlands. Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival
    8/22/13 - Tonder, Denmark. Tonder Festival
    8/23/13 - Tonder, Denmark. Tonder Festival
    8/24/13 - Tonder, Denmark. Tonder Festival
    8/25/13 - Tonder, Denmark. Tonder Festival
    8/31/13 - Dorset, UK. End Of The Road Festival
    9/12/13 - Charleston, IL. Dvorak Concert Hall @ Doudna Fine Arts Festival
    9/21-22/13 - Bristol, VA. Bristol Rhythm & Roots

  • Mr. LaFarge's Record Release Show Details

    Tonight, June 1st with Paul Burch in the Blue Room. Doors 7pm, Show 8pm. Will call tickets purchased online can be picked up at the door beginning at 7pm.

    To celebrate Pokey LaFarge's record release we will be selling 100 copies of the limited edition version of Pokey LaFarge's Third Man LP before his live show tomorrow at our shop from 5pm. We will also be selling the standard black vinyl LP version and CDs of the record as well. So Pokey fans and supporters can get this release a few days early. Pretty cool!

    Also, ticket holders are all eligible for a free screenprint poster for the show. When exiting the performance there will be a table set up on our patio, show them your punched ticket from entry and they will hand you your free poster. Will be available AFTER the show only (this save you all from having to hold a poster throughout a whole live performance).

    What else? Well.. Time allowing, Pokey and I will conduct a Q&A via Vault chat. Again this is time allowing, as show days can be a bit hectic for artists... so we will do our best to make it happen. If it goes forward (and we hope it does!) then it will most likely be between 5 and 6pm CT. Subscribe to the Vault Twitter account if you would like to be notified when we enter the chat.

  • Pokey LaFarge Pre-Order

    The day we've all been waiting for has finally arrived… we are pleased to invite you all to pre-order Pokey LaFarge's new self-titled album (official release date, June 4th) on our site today. The three different formats of the record have slightly varying covers, the LP in silver, the CD in red, and the MP3 download (available on iTunes on Tuesday) in blue. Pokey will be performing here at Third Man Records, recording his set live and direct-to-acetate this Saturday night, June 1st, and we still have a handful of tickets available at our storefront. So, if you thought you were too late to attend, think again, and head downtown to snag one of the remaining tickets. 

    If you haven't yet checked out the first single off the album, which was produced by Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor, have a listen to the "Central Time" below.

    Pokey's tour-dates continue beyond this weekend's show in Nashville… head to his site to view the full list.

  • Detroit Double Down: RockFire Funk Express and The Underwear Heads

    Always eager to share with the public unsung and unheralded music from Detroit, Third Man Records is ecstatic to announce the release of works by two seminal bands from the area.

    While ROCKFIRE FUNK EXPRESS never released any music while they were officially a band, in 1973 they recorded a two-song single at United Sound Systems, a legendary Detroit studio that recorded everyone from John Coltrane, John Lee Hooker, the MC5 and countless others. The a-side "People Save the World" is a propulsive, socially-conscious, exercise in primitive funk rock. The b-side shares its title with the band's name and is a breezy, easy-going instrumental, weirdly at odds with its name. These songs have sat in the can for over 40 years and were all-but-forgotten until the band that RockFire later morphed into, Death, became a cause-celebre in the punk community as early progenitors of the style with the 2009 release (comprised of recordings made in 1974) ...For the Whole World to See. In conjunction with the release of the stellar A Band Called Death documentary film Third Man is finally unleashing these songs on the funk-thirsty public. The Hackney Brothers David, Dannis and Bobby are finally getting their due.

    Watch the trailer for A Band Called Death below:

    THE UNDERWEAR HEADS were long-rumored to have been a made-up band. Evidence of their existence over the past 30 plus years had been reliant upon a picture sleeve for a single that never came with a record. Due to the copycat nature of punk collectors' want lists, the legend of the U-Heads extended far-and-wide as "the sleeve without a record." Truth of the matter is that vinyl was pressed for the release, but due to a manufacturing error all copies were defective and were unceremoniously sent to the garbage dump while some sleeves managed to slip out into the wild. Third Man was able to track down band member John Crenshaw (brother of esteemed Michigan-born songwriter Marshall Crenshaw) who instantly claimed he'd not heard someone utter the band's name since 1983. Bandmates Nick Canterucci, Gary Lyshak and Bruno Borroni were conferenced in, an early-generation master was located in Australia and the world is finally privileged to hear the Tangmania EP. The six-songs on this self-recorded 7" run the gamut from silly drum machine punk, outre experimental tape manipulation and art rock spaciousness.

    Tri-colors for RockFire will be available at UHF Records in Royal Oak, Michigan on June 8th at 1pm. The sale will coincide with an autograph session with Death leading up to their performance at the Orion Music Festival the following day.

    Tri-colors for the Underwear Heads will be available at Third Man Records' Nashville storefront on Wednesday May 29th at 10am.

    Regular black vinyl versions are available for pre-order as a bundle (or separately) on our online store.

  • Rollin' to the Sun and Beyond

    The Rolling Record Store is hitting the road and heading West to Memphis on Tuesday, 5/28 to begin a five-day run, the first three of which it will be stocked with SUN RAY™ editions of our first three Sun Records Reissue series releases.

    5.28 Memphis, TN @ Sun Records 1-7pm - 100 Johnny Cash SUN RAY™ vinyl

    5.29 Louisville, KY @ Please and Thank You 1-6pm - 100 Rufus Thomas SUN RAY™ vinyl

    5.30 Indianapolis, IN @ LUNA 11-5pm - 100 The Prisonaires SUN RAYvinyl

    The following two days, find the Rolling Record Store in St. Louis and Kansas City in support of Pokey LaFarge's record release. We will be stocked with a batch of Pokey's limited edition records for each of these stops. Feast your eyes on the CRYSTAL CLEAR VINYL WITH BLUE STREAKS...

    5.31 St. Louis, MO @ Vintage Vinyl 2-7pm - 50 Pokey LaFarge Exclusives

    6.1 Kansas City, MO @ Mills Record Co. 1-4pm - 25 Pokey LaFarge Exclusives / Zebedee's Records 5-8pm — 25 Pokey LaFarge Exclusives

    See you on the road, and don't forget to follow the Rolling Record Store on Twitter for last-minute updates and additional stops.