Third Man Records Unveils Willie Nelson Vault Package

Jack Willie

Limited edition, natch.


By Blurt Staff


Jack White has noted that one of the highlights of 2013 (so far) has been the esteemed honor of hosting country music legend Willie Nelson at Third Man Records to celebrate his 80th birthday. On April 18th of this year Willie played a concert with some guest musicians, among them real life legacy artists, but also importantly, some handpicked sidemen from the house of Third Man. All of this was documented for the public on a very special episode of the CMT Network’s esteemed Crossroads series. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, tape was rolling on that historic show (as is Third Man’s way) and every song (even those not broadcast) was captured on beautiful, warm-sounding analog tape by the crack Third Man team of engineers. It was in many respects a perfect evening.


Third Man Records says it “is very proud to present one of the most heartwarming, intimate, and downright legendary shows” they’ve ever had the pleasure of hosting. Now it presents The Vault Platinum Package #17.


WILLIE NELSON & FRIENDS LIVE AT THIRD MAN RECORDS: This is a beautifully-packaged, 3-sided double LP with a gatefold sleeve of the Willie Nelson & Friends concert, with performances as of yet unreleased and unheard!


Featuring Willie Nelson, Jack White, Neil Young, Leon Russell, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow and Ashley Monroe pressed on Smokey Grey and Bio-Diesel Green Vinyl with an etched graphic of Willie’s guitar “Trigger” on the D-Side.



Roll Me Up 

Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground – with Ashley Monroe (Unreleased)

Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – with Ashley Monroe

Funny How Time Slips Away – with Norah Jones

I Gotta Get Drunk – with Norah Jones (Unreleased)

Sail Away – with Neil Young (Unreleased)

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 (Unreleased)

Red Headed Stranger (Broadcast Version) – with Jack White



The second item in this stellar package is Third Man’s first-ever 6″ record, pressed on transparent yellow vinyl, with an etched b-side and housed in a 6″ die-cut sleeve. The A-side captures one of those near mythological musical moments , something that could only happen here at Third Man, of Jack White and Willie Nelson dueting together on “Red Headed Stranger” in Third Man’s Voice-O-Graph Recording Booth. This is a version not shown on television and was recorded live in the TMR Recording Booth.