Jack White‘s Third Man Records has relaunched it’s public access channel and reworked it as the ‘at-home concert series’ due to criticism regarding social distancing measures.
The Nashville based record label started Third Man Public Access just last month to broadcast live performances by artists and bands from their headquarters. However, as the situation regarding the global health pandemic worsens, it has meant that the project was near-on impossible for full-band performances to take place.
The first two episodes of Third Man Public Access were streamed in late March and featured performances from Teddy and the Rough Riders as well as Luke Schneider. Third Man Records made it abundantly clear that now social distancing guidelines were flouted, saying in the description for each video: “Please be assured that we have fewer than 10 people in the Blue Room (and at TMR HQ in general), and everyone is staying more than 6 ft apart.”
However, it is now not even possible to still operate from TMR HQ so, for now, the original idea for the series has had to be put on hold. Third Man co-founder Ben Swank has said in a press statement: “We’re attempting to capture the lunacy and creativity of this incredibly unique time and present it through an early MTV meets late-night UHF psychedelic experience. Join us, while we laugh through the tears in the rain… Fuck Trump.”
The first episode of the newly relaunched series is available now and includes live-streamed home performances from J Mascis and Olivia Jean, exclusives from Mike Watt, Kelley Stoltz, Redd Kross, Dale Crover and Luke Schneider, and a reading from Third Man Books author Ben Myers.
Check it out, below.