Father John Misty Live at Third Man Records!

The Week Leading Up To The Show

As soon as I saw the announcement and saw that this would be one of Joshua Tillman’s free, solo acoustic, first come first served shows, I knew there was a slim chance of getting in. Not only was he going to be playing, but Third Man Records would be recording the show direct to acetate and offering a pre-order of a limited edition, black & blue version, to attendees only. I figured that people would be camping out for this one. I entered the contests and asked friends in the Nashville area to pick up merch for me, but I had conceded that I would not be attending.

The Night Before The Show

At this point, I hadn’t thought about the show in several days. Then, all of a sudden, I got an email from Lightning 100! in Nashville. They were notifying me that I had won 2 guaranteed tickets to the show! This was about 6:30PM, and the show was scheduled for the next day at 12:30PM. Not a whole lot of time to get to Nashville. I frantically looked at flights and before you know it, I had a seat on a plane and was heading to Nashville!

The Day of The Show

I’m pretty excited at this point. A friend of mine in Nashville agreed to pick me up from the airport and take me to the Blue Room at Third Man Records. In return, he got to be my +1. We got to Third Man and there was quite the line of people hoping to attend the show. However, there was a second line for contest winners. At this point, not only was I guaranteed to get in, but it was looking like I might even be one of the first 5 or 10 people to enter the venue.

Doors were scheduled to be opened at 12PM. That didn’t happen. At around 12:30PM a Third Man employee announced on a megaphone that they were having technical difficulties and that it would be another 10 minutes. It was more than 10 minutes. We were finally let into the Blue Room at about 1PM, and sure enough I was one of the first 5 people to walk through the door! After checking my name off of the guest list, I ran to the front of the stage.

At around 1:30PM or so, Ben Blackwell came out and introduced Father John Misty. The show started off quite comedically, with Josh starting the set with the wrong song and claiming, “It doesn’t help that all my songs have the same chords”.

While the lathe engineer was resetting the lathe to start over, Josh said, “I guess this is as good a time as any to announce…” and was cut off by the 5 second warning to record. He cracked several more jokes throughout the afternoon. While we were told that this would be a short set, he played a total of 10 songs, including 1 warm up song at the beginning, a song being recorded to a 10″ acetate for one lucky attendee, and then the A-side and B-side for the live album.

The set list included fan favorites such as, “I Love You, Honeybear”, “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” and “Chateau Lobby #4”. It was an incredible experience to get to see him play solo in such an intimate venue as Third Man Records’ Blue Room.After the show, Josh hung out and shook hands and signed records that fans had brought. I didn’t have any records on me, but Josh graciously signed my ticket for the show! Eventually we were told to get in line to pre-order our limited edition record, and then that was that. The afternoon was over and I had just seen Father John Misty for the first time.


Since the show, Josh has uploaded a video of the beginning of the performance, titled, “How NOT to Make a Record”. Check it out below!