We would like to officially announce to all Jack White fans information on what we feel to be is one of the most beautiful and unique limited edition pieces of vinyl we've yet produced here at Third Man ... The Jack White Blunderbuss Lightning Bolt Vinyl. Perfect in it's simplicity, a regular black LP with a brilliant flash of blue vinyl running throughout, these LPs are some of the most striking and interesting records we have made due to the variations produced in each individual record. Every single record is, in its way, one of a kind.
So (as you can see in the image above) these lightning-hot LPs are like snowflakes or fingerprints ... or Zildjian cymbals, if you fancy a more musically inclined analogy. While copies of the record will certainly be easier to acquire than a single attached to a helium balloon and set to the skies, the Jack/Third Man faithful will still need to put in a healthy bit of effort and have luck on their side to get theirs. “While supplies last," Third Man will distribute the Lightning Bolt LPs via the label’s Rolling Record Store, which will follow Jack White on tour (here’s his itinerary) and ride the lightning to gigs throughout the summer like Wavy Gravy’s bus to Woodstock. But note that the RSS will make only a mere 20 copies available at each stop. So you might have to, like, camp out overnight to secure your place in line to get that hot, hot wax. ... But not in Nashville.
Here in Music City, Third Man will host a tailgate party (i.e., pre-show fire sale) at its downtown headquarters to precede J-Dub’s upcoming Ryman shows on May 15 and 16. Festivities will feature food trucks, the Rolling Record Store (natch), assorted Stripes, Racs and D-Weather merch items at discounted prices in The Blue Room, plus other shenanigans.
Shit kicks off and 3 p.m. and winds down at 7 p.m. Could this be a ruse to divert Third Man superfans away from The Ryman where they might attempt to corner Jack on his way into the venue and/or try and sneak a listen in sound check? I doubt it. But I think that would be some brilliant stratifying.