I'm a huge fan of Jack White and his work, so every time I go to Nashville I make sure to stop by his very own Third Man Records. The place is amazing, and I can spend hours in there just looking around. There are gold & platinum records, old flyers, one off prints, awards, photographs, rare vinyl, and so much other history that you could also call it a museum. The staff is friendly, and they wear proper outfits that match the visual aesthetics of Third Man Records. It's obvious how much hard work is put into this operation, so I do whatever I can to support it.
The most recent addition to the Third Man Records store is an actual record booth that's open to the public. This isn't just any record booth though, it's a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph machine that records up to two minutes of audio, and then dispenses a one-of-a-kind 6" record to the user. Yes, this means that you can walk into the booth, press record, and then walk out a few minutes later with your very own record. When I first saw this recording booth being debuted earlier this year I could not believe it, so I jumped at the opportunity to get in there as soon as we landed in Nashville. I decided to record one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs; Don't Think Twice it's Alright. Above are some photos of the booth and the actual record that I came home with.
There's only one copy of this record in existence, so I unfortunately will not be selling it. I will however do my best to convert the song into a digital format so I can post it online, keep ya posted on that. Serious props to Jack White and his crew, I am yet to be disappointed by anything that Third Man Records is involved with. I left feeling inspired, with my own record that only cost me a total of $15. It's companies like Third Man Records and artists like Jack White that make me want to continue writing music for as long as I can. Thank you.. and long live vinyl!
- Jake Loban