Southern Folk Artist

Songwriters Share Stories About The American Civil War With The 1861 Project

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.


  1. Esther Polatty Esther Polatty
    June 20, 2012    

    I met a woman today while I was playing banjo at a Farm Market. As she handed me a tip, she told me that her son plays country music and to check out his page. Here I am, and WOW I am impressed!! I absolutely LOVE this music! Country music today isn’t what it used to be. These songs bring back the sound that has been missing. I am a new fan! :)

    • Jefferson Jefferson
      February 14, 2013    

      Hi Esther! First of all, I am so sorry that I haven’t responded to your very nice comment. Just saw it! You can see that I’m just learning about the website stuff. But, thank you for your very kind remarks and I look forward to hearing you play banjo! We are moving to the Atlanta area this summer so, hopefully, we can cross paths. Take care and I hope to see you before long. Cheers-Jefferson

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