Jack White has always given respect and called attention to some of the forgotten pillars that his music, and many others’, is built on. From Wanda Jackson to Loretta Lynn, one of White’s interests has been both a preservation and a rejuvenation of music from past generations. Now, he will take that even further as his Third Man Records partners with Sun Records for a special project.
The two labels are teaming to reissue Sun Records singles from the ‘50s, with three initial offerings announced: Rufus Thomas’ “Bear Cat” (1953), the Prisonaires’ 1953 “Just Walking in the Rain” (1953) and Johnny Cash’s “Get Rhythm” (1956). More releases seem likely but have not been confirmed, with these all hitting shelves on May 21.
Of course, it is vinyl collectors who will most affected. And White aims to please, using 45 rpm 7” vinyl for the records and adding 150 copies that will be released on “yellow and black splatter configuration” that is being called “sun-ray vinyl.”
So, better cancel that Daft Punk purchase if you are a Johnny Cash completist. You can shop online here.