Nashville’s ambitious The 1861 Project has unveiled its second phase, a companion concert and documentary called The 1861 Project Live. The downloadable in-concert presentation of the album also features documentary footage and interviews about the project’s creation. The 1861 Project, a musical concept about the American Civil War, debuted in 2011.
“The 1861 Project Live is a natural extension and a direct result of the success we’ve had with the CD,” says Project producer/songwriter Thomm Jutz. “In the live setting, people have been connecting with these songs and these stories in a way that is immediate and really gratifying.”
Joining Jutz for performances of these songs are some of Nashville’s finest including bassist Mark Fain (Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton) and multi-instrumentalist Justin Moses (Ricky Skaggs, Dan Tyminski Band), along with drummer Lynn Williams (Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell, John Hiatt). Singers performing songs from the CD include Irene Kelley (“Horse Without A Rider”), Stan Webb (“That’s Me”), J.T. Brown (“Freedom Train”), and The Melby Sisters (“The South’s On Fire”).