Jack White Offers Live Recordings of Willie Nelson 80th Birthday Concert to Third Man Records Vault Series Subscribers
Here's a big reason to become a member of Jack White’s Third Man Records subscription series, The Vault. The 17th installment of the series will include an album of live tracks recorded during country legend Willie Nelson’s star-studded 80th birthday concert, which took place on April 18 at Third Man Records in Nashville, TN.
Titled Willie Nelson & Friends Live at Third Man Records, the 12-song set includes performances of Nelson singing a number of his classic hits with White, Neil Young,Sheryl Crow, Leon Russell, Jamey Johnson, Ashley Monroe and Norah Jones.
Vault subscribers will also receive a six-inch vinyl record featuring Nelson and White performing “Red Headed Stranger” together in Third Man's Voice-O-Graph Recording Booth. A double-sided poster sporting pictures of Nelson and the Third Man Records logo will also be included in the package, along with a Third Man Records branded sticker, lapel pin and record topper.
Vault package #17 will be available to all subscribing members until July 31. Here's the track list for Willie Nelson & Friends Live at Third Man Records:
“Roll Me Up”
“Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” (with Ashley Monroe)
“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” (with Ashley Monroe)
“Funny How Time Slips Away” (with Norah Jones)
“I Gotta Get Drunk” (with Norah Jones)
“Sail Away” (with Neil Young)
“Long May You Run” (with Neil Young)
“Far Away Places” (with Sheryl Crow)
“Whiskey River” (with Neil Young, Ashley Monroe, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jamey Johnson)
“A Song for You” (with Leon Russell)
“Heartbreak Hotel” (with Leon Russell)
“Red Headed Stranger” (with Jack White)
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Former Nirvana & Soundgarden Member Becomes Decorated Army Special Forces Soldier
Pete Best is forever known as the guy who was fired from The Beatles just before they broke big. But how about Jason Everman? The former musician is the subject of a fascinating New York Times feature that describes how he was right in the thick of Seattle's grunge scene just as it was exploding in the late '80s and early '90s, only to get fired back-to-back from arguably the scene's most successful bands, Nirvana andSoundgarden, and then go on to become a decorated U.S. Army Special Forces member.
Everman joined Nirvana in 1989, just as the band completed their first album, Bleach, and is credited as guitarist in the liner notes. Bassist Krist Novoselic tells The New York Timesthat Everman was an immediate asset to the group: he paid off the album’s producer who was owed $606.17. “Jason was very generous. And he'd had a job. So he had, like, bucks, OK?" Novoselic recalls. "You know how it said it was recorded for like six hundred and something bucks on the back of the record? Jason paid for that.”
Novoselic adds that while they some “great shows” with Everman, he didn’t fit in with the group and that things “went south really fast.” Everman left Nirvana in 1989 following their summer tour to support Bleach.
The next year, however, Everman got the job as bassist for Soundgarden. Guitarist Kim Thayil remembers being unconcerned that Everman didn’t get along with his former band. “He didn’t fit with Nirvana? Big deal," Thayil recalls. "That’s them. We’re Soundgarden. We’re a different animal.” Even so, after touring with Soundgarden for a year, Everman was dismissed from the group in 1990.
After a short stint playing with Mindfunk, Everman took a drastic career change, cutting his hair and joining the Army in 1993. Ultimately, Everman found success in the military that rivaled the success he nearly tasted in rock, becoming a Ranger and then a decorated elite Special Forces member, serving tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. After receiving an honorable discharge in 2006, Everman attended Columbia University, where he recently earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
When asked if he’ll use his degree and life experiences to become a college professor, Everman replies, “I don’t have the patience. I’ll probably just be a bartender somewhere.”
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Skillet’s Rise Debuts at #4 on Billboard 200; August Burns Red in at #9
As expected, Skillet and August Burns Red both secured positions in the top 10 on theBillboard 200 albums chart this week.
Skillet’s ninth studio album, Rise, scored the #4 spot on the tally, racking up 60,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The successful sales week makes Rise the band’s second top-10 album on the list, following 2009’s Awake. That release debuted and peaked at #2 on the chart, with 68,000 copies sold its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Meanwhile, August Burns Red scored their first top-10 album on the chart with their latest album, Rescue & Restore. That album nabbed the #9 slot on the Billboard 200 album chart this week, with 26,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Before Rise, the group’s 2011 album Leveler came the closest to the top 10 when it debuted and peaked at #11 on the list, racking up 29,000 copies its first week out.
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Seether Previews New Song Snippet in Video Teaser
Just in case you may have forgotten that Seether has a new album headed our way, they've just released a brief video teaser which features a snippet of a song from it. The15-second clip focuses on a speaker while one of the new songs plays.
While a title and firm release date for the band's sixth studio album has yet to be revealed, Seether recently announced via Twitter that the record is “scheduled for release later this year.”
Seether’s previous album, 2011’s Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 61,000 copies its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan.