22 Songs, 1 Hour, 12 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s not often mentioned, but a sizable amount of rock ’n’ roll musicians—and critics—are also baseball fanatics who can rattle off bizarre statistics and retell unbelievable stories about the national pastime that might not be fully sanctioned by the folks in Cooperstown. So witness The Baseball Project: a fearsome quintet with Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), and Linda Pitmon (Zuzu’s Petals, Steve Wynn). These music-industry pros know how to bring their chops and apply them to songs about the rise and fall of Mets star Lenny Dykstra (“From Nails to Thumbtacks”), the ego-powered antics of Alex Rodriquez (“13”), the time Dock Ellis looked to bean every member of the Cincinnati Reds (“The Day Dock Went Hunting Heads”), the poor children named after Cy Young (“A Boy Named Cy”), and the simple fact that not all baseball players are award-winning, civic-minded members of society (“They Played Baseball”). You needn't know a thing about the sport to enjoy this music, though it may raise questions you can’t answer.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s not often mentioned, but a sizable amount of rock ’n’ roll musicians—and critics—are also baseball fanatics who can rattle off bizarre statistics and retell unbelievable stories about the national pastime that might not be fully sanctioned by the folks in Cooperstown. So witness The Baseball Project: a fearsome quintet with Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), and Linda Pitmon (Zuzu’s Petals, Steve Wynn). These music-industry pros know how to bring their chops and apply them to songs about the rise and fall of Mets star Lenny Dykstra (“From Nails to Thumbtacks”), the ego-powered antics of Alex Rodriquez (“13”), the time Dock Ellis looked to bean every member of the Cincinnati Reds (“The Day Dock Went Hunting Heads”), the poor children named after Cy Young (“A Boy Named Cy”), and the simple fact that not all baseball players are award-winning, civic-minded members of society (“They Played Baseball”). You needn't know a thing about the sport to enjoy this music, though it may raise questions you can’t answer.

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Ratings and Reviews

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djstein

I have all of BP’s cd’s and this is continues to show their love for baseball, with great lyrics and rollicking good tunes.

Baseball + Rock n Roll = Great Music

Tek II

Saw BP in concert twice in the past few months. The music is even better when played live by this talented group of musicians!

About The Baseball Project

The Baseball Project had its origins way back in 1992 when musicians Scott McCaughey (the Minus 5, the Young Fresh Fellows) and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate, Gutterball) met and discovered they shared a passionate interest in baseball. The plan to make an album of original modern rock songs about the fascinating stories and stars of America's pastime sat on the back burner, though, until 2007, when the pair sat down in earnest to write and record the project. Drafting in drummer Linda Pitmon (Miracle Three, Golden Smog) and longtime friend and guitarist Peter Buck (R.E.M.), McCaughey and Wynn recorded The Baseball Project, Vol. 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails at Jackpot! Studios with engineer and producer Adam Selzer, and the result was an often tongue-in-cheek set of narrative songs about baseball legends Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Satchel Paige, and others. The album was finally released on Yep Roc in 2008. A second album, The Baseball Project, Vol. 2: High and Inside, appeared in 2011 and included more baseball-centric tunes done up in an alternative rock and roots fashion. In 2013, the Baseball Project expanded to a five-piece when former R.E.M. bassist and noted Atlanta Braves fan Mike Mills joined the lineup, and they rolled into the studio to record their third album, simply called 3rd. The album also featured guest performances from Josh Kantor, the official organist with the Boston Red Sox (and also a member of the Split Squad), and trumpeter Alex Gonzalez (no, not the shortstop with the Baltimore Orioles). ~ Steve Leggett

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