Wednesday, June 01, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Baseball Project

Artist:The Baseball Project
Song:Box Scores

The Baseball Project is sort of a side project supergroup that came out of the love of baseball. All the songs are about baseball. The two guys behind this group are lead singer Scott McCaughey and guitarist Steve Wynn. McCaughey is from Seattle. He was leader of The Minus 5 and a member of R.E.M. Wynn was leader of The Dream Syndicate and he recorded solo after they split up. McCaughey and Wynn are big baseball fans and they had discussed recording an album of baseball songs. They got together at R.E.M.'s 2007 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony and decided to go ahead with it. Peter Buck of R.E.M. agreed to play bass along with Golden Smog drummer Linda Pitmon (Wynn's wife). They signed with Yep Roc and the album Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails was released in 2008. All the songs are about baseball written by either McCaughey or Wynn. In 2010, they recorded a series of live songs for ESPN called The Broadside Ballads. These are available online. By the time of the 2014 album 3rd, Mike Mills of R.E.M. joined the band. Box Scores is about reading box scores while eating breakfast. 3rd is their best selling album to date. Baseball fans should love it. The Baseball Project is touring with plans to play at a July 31 Minnesota Twins game at Target Field. Steve Wynn continues to record solo and McCaughey works on other projects. But The Baseball Project seems like a lot of fun. Here's The Baseball Project performing Box Scores at KEXP in Seattle Sept. 11, 2014.

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