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1861 Project

Making Musical History With The 1861 Project

The ongoing sesquicentennial celebration of the American Civil War has resulted in celebrations and commemorations of every kind, none more compelling or moving than The 1861 Project, a multi-artist collection of new, original songs celebrating the lives of the real people who fought and lived through that historic conflict.

Recorded in Nashville and produced by A-list guitarist Thomm Jutz (Mary Gauthier, Nanci Griffith), the project features songs from a collective of Music City’s top tunesmiths, including SESAC’s own Jutz, Dana Cooper, Peter Cronin, Charley Stefl, John Brannen, Mark Fain and SESAC Legacy Award winner Stan Webb. Anchored by a musical crew that includes members of Ricky Skaggs’ Kentucky Thunder and the bands of Willie Nelson and Delbert McClinton, The 1861 Project features performances from a stellar group of singers including country stars John Anderson and Marty Stuart, along with leading lights from the bluegrass and Americana communities.

From start to finish,The 1861 Project has been a labor of love,” says the German-born Jutz, who earned his American citizenship as he was putting the finishing touches on the CD. “Studying this epic war has given me a deeper understaing of this fantastic country and made me love it even more.”

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