Since the times of the well-known duo ‘White Stripes’, Jack taught us to aim high when it comes to his projects. If you are getting lost in an unknown borough in the Nashville-Downtown area, a black building with red and yellow blinders will direct you to the label-shop ‘Third Man Records”.
Apparently Jack is obsessed with colours an numbers, like the number 3, which also influenced the colours of the Nashville shop.
Black is JW’s favourite dress-code…and how can we forget about the ‘red and white’ mints loved by Jack and Meg? As we enter in TMR the predominant colour is yellow, reminding us of the artwork for ‘7’ (the vinyl of the phenomenon “The Dead Weather”) produced by the same independent label. Originally the record label was based in Detroit (Jack’s hometown), to be then relocated in Nashville, home of country music. The building is also a captivating and peculiar record shop: despite vinyls being the main attraction, you can also buy CDs, gadgets…and let’s not forget TMR is also a recording studio!
The building also features a room with 150 seats (which unfortunately we cannot check out ourselves!) in which Dead Weather held their first show. We recommend you to visit it during the ‘Record Store Day’, when you can enjoy some live music – in the presence of Jack White himself!
The inside of the shop, named after the movie ‘The Third Man’ (with Orson Welles), looks like a small circus: there is a little theatre with musical puppets (you can action with tokens, stuffed animals that are looking at you from a old phone box, paper miniatures of the artists produced by the label: a real funfair for music lovers! People serving you in the shop are polite, knowledgable, funny and dressed in the impeccable White-way.
T-shirts, limited edition vinyls, badges, stickers and odd musical toys are showcased through the glass window. On the right there is a shelf full of CDs on offer. The shop is relatively small, cosy and engaging.
It’s also possible to choose the vinyls you’d like to listen to through a vinyl player that constantly plays music. Among the selection you can also find recent productions by the owner, including also some special picks from the Third Man catalog. The label truly introduced great and breakthrough artist to the world: Public Nuisance, The Underwear Heads, Karen Elson, Conan O’Brian, Jon Wayne, Laura Marling, The Raconteurs…
Have a look at the TMR website and you’ll definitely agree with me: everything is carefully picked the same way, and the colours are essential when filtering artists, who are all extremely polished in their look – not just when it comes to the production of their music. His passion for blues music brought Jack to start a new venture, which involves producing SUN RECORDS old singles.
The TMR is open for you to visit every day (with that glass door that reminds me of SUN in Memphis) and you can check opening hours and upcoming events on the website. If you are lucky, you may even happen to meet Jack, that has now decided to move to Nashville, a city that has now also a very special place into our hearts.
THIRD MAN RECORDS
623 7th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, Stati Uniti