A Buckingham/Nicks level bad-idea romance. A chance meeting with a bona fide rock and roll legend. A little murder, with a carny-barker legal disclaimer of dubious sincerity. That's just for starters. Perhaps even more than 2016's long-gestating Debutante, Cait Brennan's Third was a record born out of passion and fire. After a series of promising but ultimately frustrating demo recording sessions for a major label, Cait Brennan and co-producer Fernando Perdomo encountered Big Star's Jody Stephens at an event honoring the 50th anniversary of Memphis' fabled Ardent Studios. Stephens invited the duo to record at the studio, birthplace of records by everyone from the Raconteurs to Zeppelin to the Gin Blossoms to Rick Dees' Disco Duck. Ably assisted by Ardent engineer Adam Hill, Brennan and Perdomo cranked out the entire album in a frenetic 30 hours start to finish, playing all the instruments themselves--with the exception of two very special guests. New Orleans-turned-Memphis musician Robert Mache (Continental Drifters, Klaus Nomi) played a haunting solo on "Collapse", while Memphis legend Van Duren co-wrote and played guitar on the soul stomper "Shake Away". Performed on instruments and gear used by Big Star on their classic albums (including the band's Mellotron, Alex Chilton's amp and Chris Bell's Gibson 330), Cait Brennan's Third combines retro soul with apocalyptic 21st century pop. Acclaimed label Omnivore Recordings, longtime friends of Ardent, Big Star and Cait herself, heard the results and brought Third to the world in April of 2017.