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An Evening with The Baseball Project

An Evening with The Baseball Project

Aug 08, 2023 - Aug 08, 2023

An Evening with The Baseball Project

Time Tue Aug 08 2023 at 07:00 pm

200 41st Street South Birmingham AL 35222, Birmingham, United States

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An Evening with The Baseball Project, 8 August | Event in Birmingham | An Evening with The Baseball Project
* Age Restriction: 18+
* Door Time: 6:00 pm
* Event Time: 7:00 pm

The Baseball Project featuring: Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Mike
Mills, Linda Pitmon, and Steve Wynn

In 2008 they busted out of the box
and easily reached first with their Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails. The
Baseball Project was on base and immediately posed a threat to go further.

In 2011, they moved on to second with
some wildness aptly called High and Inside. They were
halfway home.

Three years later in 2014, the
quintet of Big Stars moved on down the line to the aptly titled 3rd,
an epic double-dip delight of craftsmanship and savvy.

And there they stayed. For
9 long years at the hot corner, but we’re happy to say that The Baseball
Project is finally coming home, scoring big and touching ‘em all with their
fourth album Grand Salami Time. The scoreboard is lighting up and
the fireworks are illuminating the sky

Speaking of reaching home, this album
is a homecoming of sorts, as the band recorded and produced the album with none
other than the legendary Mitch Easter. BBP members Peter Buck and Mike
Mills’ made their first albums with Mitch back in the early 80s with a swingin'
little combo called R.E.M.

Scott McCaughey and Steve Wynn kept
busy themselves, busting out new tunes with the Minus 5/Young Fresh Fellows
(Scott) and The Dream Syndicate (Steve), while stockpiling a passel of penned
poetics about the national pastime, many co-written with Peter. Mike adds
a new classic of his own about doctored baseballs called “Stuff.”

Linda Pitmon, who along with Peter
and Scott has been part of a steady rhythmic nucleus, bashing out epic rock
platters with Filthy Friends, Alejandro Escovedo, Luke Haines & Peter Buck,
is back driving the ship from behind her mighty drum machine.

All in all, a fancy pedigree but, as
Wynn points out, “this is our only band that plays stadiums” -- a true story as
The Baseball Project has performed full sets along with the National Anthem and
“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at major league parks in Boston, Chicago,
Milwaukee, Denver, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and more minor league and spring
training fields, as well as having thrown out some exceptional first pitches
(nothing but strikes!) as well.

It's all part of an unusual arc and
fun story of a band whose first gig was an appearance on Late Night with David
Letterman followed by a festival in a medieval Spanish city. For a
quintet that has seemingly done everything over the years with their other
bands, The Baseball Project always offers new and uncharted experiences.

The album was recorded at Mitch
Easter’s fabled Fidelitorium Studios in Kernersville, North Carolina, with the
entire band performing live together in the same room, a joyous experience that
seemed impossible to imagine only one year before. Mitch adds guitar
on a few tracks and the record also features appearances by Stephen McCarthy
(Long Ryders) and Steve Berlin (Los Lobos).

In the meantime, the band will be out on the road
throughout—when else? —the upcoming baseball season. And we all know
they’ll find their way home. Get out the rye bread and mustard,
Grandma, it’s Grand Salami Time!

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Tue Aug 08 2023 at 07:00 pm


200 41st Street South Birmingham AL 35222, Birmingham, United States

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