Rosanne Cash, Richard Thompson Featured On The 78 Project Soundtrack

11/13/2013
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(OPA) The 78 Project: Volume 1 Soundtrack will be released digitally and as a special edition vinyl on January 28th and will feature 13 one-of-a-kind recordings from the acclaimed web series.

This first soundtrack to the 78 project contains songs recorded in one take on a vintage 1930s presto by Rosanne Cash, Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright Iii, Marshall Crenshaw, Valerie June, Joe Henry & Lisa Hannigan, The Wandering, Dawn Landes and more.

Since September of 2011, The 78 Project has been field recording a diverse group of musicians in locations all around New York City on a vintage Presto 1930s direct-to-disc acetate recorder. The Presto machine The 78 Project uses is the same model of device on which American folklorist and ethnomusicologist, Alan Lomax recorded his legendary field recordings between 1933 and 1942. Artists who participate in The 78 Project choose a song from the public domain that holds meaning for them and a unique location for their recording. They then perform their song in one take, recording directly onto acetate disc. Each recording is filmed and edited into a short webisode, released via The 78 Project's website.

The songs of The 78 Project: Volume 1 are beautiful pieces of the American musical tradition, many of which folks will already know, from classic ballads ("Red River Valley") to early 20th century pop ("A Little Love, A Little Kiss") cowboy songs ("Old Paint") to gospel and spirituals ("Glory, Glory", "The Wayfaring Stranger") to murder ballads ("Omie Wise", "The Railroad Boy (Cut Her Down)", "Banks of the Ohio") and more. The history of the songs is as deep and rich as the warm, complex sound of the grooves they were cut into, and the versions contained in this collection are part of a time-honored tradition, but also exciting and new.

The tracks were recorded in locations all around New York City, including hotel rooms, private residences, public spaces and even one alleyway. Because each track was recorded in its own unique location in one take onto a 78rpm lacquer disc using a very vintage 1930s recorder, they often contain sonic treasures and a magical, antique quality. The album is as much of an adventure to listen to as it was to make.

The 78 Project: Volume 1 is the soundtrack to The 78 Project web series, so fans can watch each recording from the collection being made in the beautiful, cinematic corresponding documentary video episodes here.

Side A
1. The Coo Coo Bird - Richard Thompson
Recorded at the Roger Smith Hotel in NYC on February 15, 2012
2. Old Paint – Loudon Wainwright III
Recorded at Brooklyn Rod & Gun on April 2, 2012
3. Glory, Glory – The Wandering
Luther Dickinson, Shardι Thomas, Shannon McNally, Amy LaVere, Valerie June
Recorded behind Joe's Pub in NYC on May 18, 2012
4. The Wayfaring Stranger - Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal
Recorded onstage at City Winery in NYC on May 20, 2012
5. More Pretty Girls Than One – Marshall Crenshaw
Recorded onstage at City Winery in NYC on May 20, 2012
6. Wildwood Flower - Valerie June
Recorded at Pete's Candy Store in Brooklyn on February 13, 2012
7. A Little Love, A Little Kiss - Leah Siegel
Recorded at the Windmill Factory in Brooklyn on April 23, 2012

Side B
8. How Can I Keep From Singing - Adam Arcuragi
Recorded in Harlem on April 30, 2012
9. Omie Wise - Reverend John DeLore & Kara Suzanne
Recorded at the High Horse Saloon in Brooklyn on September 2, 2011
10. Railroad Boy (Died of Love) - Amy LaVere
Amy LaVere, David Cousar, Shawn Zorn, Krista Wroten
Recorded on 141st St. in Harlem on December 3, 2011
11. Red River Valley - Joe Henry & Lisa Hannigan
Recorded in SoHo, NYC on June 15, 2012
12. Banks of the Ohio – Vandaveer
Mark Charles Heidinger, Rose Guerin, J. Tom Hnatow
Recorded at Ye Olde Carlton Arms Hotel in NYC on December 16, 2011
13. The Brown Girl - Dawn Landes
Recorded at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on September 1, 2011

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