9:00 An Evening with The 1861 Project with Irene Kelley, Jefferson Ross, Verlon Thompson, Stephen Maguire, John Moloney & Peter Cooper, $8.00
The 1861 Project is a series of groundbreaking releases featuring a compelling mix of music and history -- a rich collection original songs that bring to life the stories of the real people who fought and lived through the American Civil War.
Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and released through creative artists collective Cohesion Arts, the albums – Volume 1, From Farmers To Foot Soldiers (released in July, 2011) and Volume 2, From The Famine To The Front (released in September, 2012) – were produced by A-list guitarist/singer/songwriter Thomm Jutz (Nanci Griffith, Mary Gauthier).
The acoustic, roots-based, Americana sound of The 1861 Project comes alive with songs by some of Nashville’s top songwriters, and performances from a carefully blended selection of marquee recording artists (Grand Ole Opry stars Marty Stuart and John Anderson and Country Music Hall of Fame member Connie Smith) and veteran troubadours (Dana Cooper, Irene Kelley, David Olney, John Brannen, Richard Dobson). The series also highlights some rising new talents, including bluegrass up-and-comers Hannah & Caroline Melby and Sierra Hull, along with singer/songwriter Peter Cooper, famed Irish songstress Maura O'Connell, and folk music icon Jim Rooney.
Under Jutz’ direction, these wide-ranging and distinctive artists have collaborated to create a 2-Volume series that not only explores this historically rich era, but also seeks out the wisdom and warnings latent in countless Civil War stories. Anchored by a musical crew that includes members of Ricky Skaggs' and Delbert McClinton’s bands, as well as dobro master Jerry Douglas and Willie Nelson’s longtime harmonica sidekick Mickey Raphael, the songs on The 1861 Project bring the stories of the war back from the mythic to the human.
With the 2011 release of The 1861 Project, Volume 1, critics, historians, educators and lovers of great songwriting aligned in unanimous praise of a new kind of recording endeavor, which Music News Nashville dubbed one of the year's "most potent musical projects." For producer Jutz, Volume 2's focus on the wartime struggles of Irish immigrants in the American Civil War was a natural next step in the evolution of The 1861 Project.
"The Irish tradition is woven tightly into so much great American culture and music," he says. "It continues to be a huge influence on me."
The veteran musicians Jutz gathered around him to record the 21 songs on Volume 2 revel in that tradition, injecting Nashville heart and soul into a remarkable group of Celtic-inspired songs, and bringing some real-life heroes vividly into the present.
"Irish immigrants played such an integral role in the Civil War, from generals to foot soldiers," Jutz says. "Some fought for the north, some for the south; the American conflict of brother against brother was also Irish against Irish."
With Volume 2 already getting rave reviews and airplay at home, in Ireland and across Europe, plans are in the works for the next two volumes in this exciting, one-of-a-kind series. The founding principles of America, and the great fight over those ideals between the Union and the Confederacy, are especially relevant and poignant to German-born Jutz, who recently became an American citizen.
“The making of the first two volumes of The 1861 Project has been an incredible journey,” Jutz says. “Studying this epic war has given me a deeper understanding of this fantastic country.”
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