A late-Friday news bit is rolling our way courtesy of Jack White's Third Man Records and "student travel" organization Brightspark: High school choirs and bands are now being granted the opportunity to tour Third Man Records and record a 7-inch — pressed on the students' school colors — in the TMR studio. The details:
While normally closed to the public, Third Man has partnered exclusively with Brightspark to bring in high school bands and choirs to show them the inner workings of a modern record label. Groups will receive an informative tour of the colorful building and enjoy an in-depth Q&A with Third Man’s head of production [Ben Blackwell].
On top of that, your group will record two songs for a vinyl record pressed in your school colors! Using the same room that’s featured the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, the Raconteurs, Conan O’Brien, Feist and many others, your group will experience firsthand the methods and workings of a real recording session. Each student will receive a copy of the 7” 45rpm vinyl record and the group will receive a plaque of one of the records for display in their band room or trophy case.
See a video from one such tour above, in which TMR's head of production Ben Blackwell grants a tour to a lucky busload of kids — but not before a boot-scootin' stopoff at The Stage. Blackwell's looking super-natch on camera these days — ahem, not that he wasn't looking natural in this video or anything. Also, Cream contributor Lance Conzett just stopped by the office, and he presented this hypothetical: Will the TMR super-fan vinyl collectors go out of their way to secure 7-inch pressings from these high schoolers' outings? Remains to be seen, but I wouldn't put it past them.