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ICONIC JAZZ-BLUES MUSICIAN'S PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED EARLY RECORDINGS
COLLECTED ON 18-TRACK CD, DIGITAL, AND LP RELEASE
NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN LIVE FOOTAGE FROM 1973 BUFFALO FOLK FESTIVAL STREAMING NOW
LONG WAY FROM HOME AND ON THE TRACK BOTH OUT NOW
"He's probably the best combination of singer-guitarist I've ever heard." — Bonnie Raitt
It's official! We're pleased to announce the release of LONG WAY FROM HOME, the previously unreleased earliest recordings of legendary jazz-blues musician Leon Redbone. LONG WAY FROM HOME out on CD, digital, and LP on Friday, December 2nd and available TODAY. In addition and on the same day we will release an exclusive vinyl-only reissue of Redbone's classic debut album, ON THE TRACK, first released by Warner Bros in 1975.
LONG WAY FROM HOME collects 18 tracks, the first eight of which are from a live performance at the end of 1972 at the University of Buffalo's coffee house. Dave Benders recorded the remaining 10 songs for a 1972 radio session for the University's WBFO. The compilation - comprising typically distinctive Redbone renditions of Tin Pan Alley and ragtime favorites - marks the first ever official release of these important early recordings, a milestone in the enigmatic singer-guitarist's idiosyncratic creative development.
Have a look at this unseen footage of Redbone performing the album's "My Walking Stick" live at the 1973 Buffalo Folk Festival:
ON THE TRACK is among the most remarkable debut albums of 1975 or any other year, a reverent and remarkably authentic revival of late 19th century and early 20th century popular music, spanning Roaring Twenties radio ditties, Depression-era ragtime, the folk-jazz of World War II, and still-sung favorites by songwriters like Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael & Johnny Mercer, Fats Waller, Al Dubin & Harry Warren, Lonnie Johnson, and Jimmie Rodgers. The album - which sees Redbone accompanied by such studio luminaries as drummer Steve Gadd, percussionist Ralph MacDonald, and the great double bassist Milt Hinton - was an across-the-board success, reaching #83 on Billboard's overall "Top LPs & Tape" chart amidst widespread critical acclaim. TMR's exclusive vinyl reissue of ON THE TRACK comes in a 12" single pocket, direct-to-board replica of the original Warner Bros. Records release, with classic cover art featuring a Chuck Jones illustration of Merrie Melodies star Michigan J. Frog.
Leon Redbone - who only recently retired from active recording and live performance - is a true original, a one of a kind singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose imitable interpretations of turn of the 20th century music have affirmed him as both Invaluable curator and resounding pop pioneer. Redbone began performing in Toronto more than four decades ago, earning the approval of such notables as Bob Dylan, The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian, and famed producer John Hammond. Immediately iconic in his trademark Panama hat and dark sunglasses, Redbone proved an exceptional star, known far and wide via laconic performances on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and A Prairie Home Companion. His remarkable work in the years since encompass a stunning range of creative output - 13 studio albums, sold out live performances around the globe, multiple TV themes, countless commercials, voiceovers, and a memorable duet with Zooey Deschanel of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" featured in the 2003 holiday blockbuster, Elf. Throughout, Redbone's greatest contribution has been his undying championship of America's musical heritage, his singular talent introducing generation after generation to a still potent folk tradition.
Third Man Books and Third Man Records are grateful and excited to announce a new collaborative project in support of The Defenders of the Water School at Standing Rock (Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa), with plans to publish the activist students' work in the public forum and to help the school raise much needed funds.
Under the guidance of Director of Development, April Rain, of Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa, thirdmanbooks.com will feature a page dedicated to exhibiting work, across various media, created by students and volunteers from The Defenders of the Water School. This public forum will allow the students’ voices to be heard the world over. Third Man Books is humbled to have the opportunity to display their inspiring work and assist in spreading public awareness of the ongoing struggle at Standing Rock. This is a situation that should not be viewed in isolation — this is a situation that affects us all. Water is life.
In order to help the school fund its program in the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Camp community, we would like to give you an opportunity to donate and show solidarity with the students and their families by wearing and representing the school on your heart, over your chest. Proceeds from sales of this original Third Man t-shirt design — done in collaboration with and approved by the school — will be donated directly to aid the school. The t-shirt can be purchased here.
Wear your shirt with pride, and stay tuned for writing, art, journals, and more. We'll be posting everything.
For the past two Decembers we have collected record units of blood, helping HUNDREDS of patients at the time of year when it matters most. We've consistently exceeded our goal, and our donors (that's you) were so reliable, we had to TURN PEOPLE AWAY! This level of turnout is quite literally unheard of at the American Red Cross, and it's because OF YOU. This year, we're back at it, hosting not one, but TWO Blood Drives — one on Friday, December 16th at our Nashville headquarters, one on Wednesday December 21st at our Detroit headquarters — and in doing so, we will SAVE LIVES this Holiday season.
Like our previous blood drives, space is limited, and we won't let you leave a pound lighter with nothing to show for it. Donors will be granted the choice of one gift from beneath the Third Man Family Christmas Trees, and trust us, there are no ugly sweaters, socks, or vacuum cleaners in there... every wrapped mystery gift will delight and excite! If you are eligible to give blood (i.e. 17+, weighing at least 110 lbs, generally healthy, and weren't turned away for another reason in previous drives), please register with the Red Cross and sign up for a time slot now.
If you are trying to sign up, but all slots are already filled, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, and which location you would like to donate at. We will put you on our waitlist, and let you know if a time slot becomes available.
Appointments will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis, and we cannot accommodate any walk-ins.
THANK YOU in advance for your generosity. It won't go unrewarded...
Follow @thirdmanrecords on twitter and wait for clues to guess where the tin man is in 6 US cities to help reveal a new Jack White video and enter for a chance to win a signed JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS 1998 – 2016 vinyl LP + a trip to a special event at Third Man Records Cass Corridor (Detroit) for you and a guest. Find out more information about the contest here.
There are certain bands in this supersaturated, hyper-fragmented, temperamental internet era that rise above ephemeral popularity because they deserve it. Woods is one of those bands, and their wheelhouse is a decidedly mellow blend of "campfire folk," psych, soul, and funk that's wise beyond its years in timbre and lyric and takes influence from many a surprising source. Woods brings songs into the world that are at once comforting and challenging, and the band's members take their job as music makers seriously, pumping out nine full-length studio records in the past 10 years and running their own label Woodsist out of Brooklyn.
With over ten years and nine studio records under their belt, Woods joined us for a meditative masterclass of a live taping in our Nashville Blue Room this past May, performing to a packed house of loyal fans, happy to go on whatever journey the band had planned for them. (View photos from the show here.) Frontman Jeremy Earl's soul-quieting falsetto stylings are the center of Woods' sound, in the studio and on this live record. But, the shamanic folk vibes of their earlier records gain an urgency and anxiety here, as they have on their newest release City Sun Eater In The River of Light, thanks to a horn section, African jazz influence, and the clear inspiration of the increasingly chaotic world in which we find ourselves living.
The journey we all took with Woods at the helm on May 2nd, 2016 has been immortalized now as part of Third Man Records' Live LP series, and it's a journey we highly recommend taking in the comfort of your own home — with a glass of your favorite beverage in hand, fire roaring, and mind malleable. Check out "Suffering Season," an updated version of an older tune that happens to be our favorite from the 9-song set (as well as particularly poignant to the here and now) below, and pre-order the record (officially available December 9th) now.
Woods Upcoming Tour Dates w/ Kurt Vile and the Violators and Nathan Bowles:
Wed-Dec-28 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Thu-Dec-29 Boston, MA @ Royale
Fri-Dec-30 Boston, MA @ Royale
Sat-Dec-31 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
While we could take or leave the November "tradition" of speeding to your nearest big box retailer in the middle of the night, belly full of turkey and thanks forgotten, we have a very special place in our hearts for record stores, so any chance to turn selling records into a party is a opportunity we wouldn't dare miss. This Black Friday, Third Man Records is pleased to bring into existence not only a long overdue colorful Record Store Day Black Friday Exclusive, but also two new standard vinyl releases. Check with your local independent retailer for availability details.
RECORD STORE DAY BLACK FRIDAY EXCLUSIVE:
THE RACONTEURS – “Steady As She Goes” 7” Single on Emerald Green Vinyl
For our official Black Friday Record Store Day offering, Third Man Records is pleased to finally fulfill the destiny of the mysteriously unused catalog number TMR120. We are equally pleased to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of one of the most popular tunes on the Third Man imprint, loved by all and pressed only briefly as a single by V2 in 2006. The time has come for The Raconteurs “Steady As She Goes” b/w “Store Bought Bones” to be given the Third Man Records treatment. So, without further ado, we present this apple of our eye, this still-fresh-finer-with-time-never-gets-old exception of a song — the record your shelf has long longed for.
“Steady As She Goes” b/w “Store Bought Bones” for Black Friday will only be available at participating Record Store Day retailers on “Hermitage Hotel Men’s Restroom Emerald Green” vinyl to match the oft-since-selfied location of its cover photo. Each 7” also contains one of two reproduction backstage credential stickers from past Raconteurs tours and the clout to go with them.
The black vinyl will follow shortly after this November 25th release, never to go out of print again… Rejoice!
BLACK FRIDAY NEW RELEASES:
THE WHITE STRIPES GET BEHIND ME SATAN ON BLACK VINYL
Black Friday also marks a new era of availability for The White Stripes pivotal double LP Get Behind Me Satan. Previously released for the first time commercially on Record Store Day 2015 on red and white vinyl in celebration of its 10-year anniversary, the record has never (yes, that’s right — NEVER) been available commercially on black wax.
This new era we’re ushering in means you can listen to “Blue Orchid” and “My Doorbell” on repeat without worrying about wearing out your precious colored grooves… this record will remain in print in perpetuity and will always, always, always be available from November 25th on into the great unknown. This double LP includes an MP3 download code as well as the same newly-created inner artwork featured on the 2015 limited edition.
YUSUF / CAT STEVENS "I Love My Dog" / "Matthew and Son" Double A-Side 7" on BLACK VINYL
On September 27th of this year, Yusuf / Cat Stevens, took to the most sacred stage in Nashville to awe the sold-out Ryman Auditorium crowd with his persistent musical transcendence. The day prior, Yusuf took to another Nashville stage entirely and performed to no one in particular - a set for himself, of two songs from his earliest days. That stage was the Third Man Records Blue Room, and that set, consisting of the A-sides from Stevens' first two singles, was recorded direct-to-acetate on our 1955 Scully lathe and is now set for release as the second offering in Third Man's Blue Room Sessions series.
With artwork by world renowned illustrator Jess Rotter, this double A-side 7" features "I Love My Dog" and "Matthew and Son" performed by Yusuf and his pared-down touring band with palpable intimacy and a rare calm in the midst of a busy world tour.
The 7" single will be available worldwide on black vinyl on November 25th.
The Third Man online store will offer Get Behind Me Satan and the Yusuf / Cat Stevens' 7", as well as 30% off EVERYTHING (gift cards, vault subscriptions, new & limited releases, and tickets excluded) beginning Black Friday and lasting through "Cyber Monday." No coupon code necessary. Both Third Man Records physical locations will also offer 30% off orders (same exclusions apply) as well as the limited Black Friday "Steady As She Goes" 7", while supplies last.