Record Store Day (April 20) just got way more interesting to musicians and fans living around Nashville. As part of his duties as official Record Store Day ambassador in 2013, Jack White plans to open his Third Man Records location for people looking to create their own six-inch phonograph record.
The Third Man Record Booth is a restored 1947 Voice-o-Graph, the only public one remaining of its kind. Visitors will have the opportunity to pay for up to two minutes of recording time in the booth, as shown in a video posted by Third Man that features singer-songwriter/Raconteur Brendan Benson showing how one’s Record Store Day could potentially go if they chose to cut their own song. Watch the clip below.
In a statement, White explained the reasoning for the booth: “Actively venturing to your local record shop is one of those honors and privileges in this life that we just shouldn’t take for granted. Certain beautiful experiences can only happen in the environment of a record store and I just thought that nothing could drive that point home more than a one-of-a-kind machine that lets you not only record your own vinyl record, but send it to anyone, anywhere in the world to share a song, poem, or private message with. I know those warm, scratchy tones send tingles up (and sometimes down) my spine. Even if you aren’t instrumentally inclined, you could hold up an iPhone playing a song and sing along with the music and combine the best of all worlds tangible, digital and romantic.”
The recording booth recalls the concept of photo booths, leading one to wonder whether Third Man’s idea could become a similar novelty item, perhaps used on special occasions such as weddings.
Third Man later noted that the booth would be available past Record Store Day, nixing any concerns from folks interested in recording with a piece of history but without the means of getting to Nashville on April 20. The label also noted that while the video showed the booth costing a mere 35 cents, the actual cost would be greater. Instruments will be on hand for free for those who might travel to Third Man’s Novelties Lounge unequipped.
For more on Record Store Day, check out our round-up of the best releases exclusive to the holiday, held this Saturday (April 20).
-Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com