One of the most interesting things that I’ve been a part of lately is a CD called ‘The 1861 Project‘. It’s a collection of new, original songs by various songwriters offering different perspectives about The American Civil War. With artists like Marty Stuart and John Anderson contributing, I know it’s going to be fantastic.
My friend, Thomm Jutz, called me about writing a song with him and he had a title called ‘Children Of Pride’. I loved the title so we wrote the song in under an hour. The lyric is told from the perspective of the land as a witness of a battle in the war. I’m really proud of it. As a child growing up in the South, I’ve always had a keen interest in the war. I remember the first time I saw ‘Gone With The Wind’ in a theater in downtown Atlanta when I was 7 years old and I haven’t quite been the same since.
With this year being the 150th anniversary of Fort Sumpter and the beginning of The War Between The States, the CD will be marketed both traditionally and to specialty markets like Civil War reenactments and museums. I think a new concept album is in the works as well. Cool stuff.
For more information about The 1861 Project or to pick up the album, please check out the blog.