Billie Eilish hits Jack White’s Third Man Records for secret live album
Billie Eilish played a secret show at Jack White’s famous Blue Room in Nashville, recording it live (endearing lyrics mix-up and all) for an upcoming LP.November 7, 2019
The alt-pop sensation headed to White’s label studio in Nashville Wednesday with brother and collaborator FINNEAS. Known for her elaborate stage setup, the artist stripped back her performance for the secret show in the 250-capacity Blue Room.
White was in attendance for the sold-out event, introducing Eilish as “someone we really love who we think is really innovative and inspiring,” according to Rolling Stone.
According to the outlet, she performed a 40-minute set, which included “idontwannabeyouanymore” off her 2017 don’t smile at me EP and 2018 single “come out and play.” She also highlighted several tracks off her debut WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO such as “all the good girls go to hell” and “bury a friend.”
The singer also played through “bad guy,” botching the first chorus lyrics, which will be pressed into the live album given the recording process.
As her set came to a close, Eilish thanked White directly. “Thank you so much to Jack White for having us here and inspiring a whole generation of people to do what they want,” she said.
Following the performance, Third Man Records revealed the pressing will be available at their two retail locations in Nashville and Detroit only next month.
Thank you @billieeilish and @finneas for the amazing intimate show in the Blue Room tonight. Fans, this was recorded direct-to-acetate and will be available on LP via #ThirdManRecords retail locations only (Nashville and Detroit) next month. Stay tuned… pic.twitter.com/4e1HxeHTc3
— Third Man Records (@thirdmanrecords) November 7, 2019
The Blue Room has housed many familiar faces including Wallows, (Sandy) Alex G, Jack Johnson and Father John Misty and Peark Jam. Like those before her, Eilish captured the live album using Third Man Records’ unique direct-to-acetate recording process.
First launched in 2013, The Shins, The Kills, and Seasick Steve marked the inaugural releases using this technique. The process omits overdubbing or editing, mixing in realtime on a Rupert Neve 5008 console.
You can see some footage of “wish you were gay,” “i love you,” “Ocean Eyes” and more from those who were in attendance below.