Premiere Night at 78rpm: Listen to Kevin Russell’s “Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral” 78, recorded live at SXSW Film

Three weeks and 1,836 miles ago, The 78 Project Movie played for the first time on the big screen. It was the night we would have dreamed of, if we’d dared to, when we first began to edit together the hundreds of hours of footage we shot over the course of that life-changing year. The programmers and staff of SXSW were inspiring, and the hundreds of friends, family and festivalgoers who came to our four screenings showed us, our artists and our film incredible support. We’re so grateful to them.

Today we wanted to bring a piece of the evening to you, in the form of an acetate we cut right there on the SXSW stage at our movie premiere. Kevin Russell is a favorite son of Austin, TX, and we were honored to record him singing the lullaby that he has made a tradition in his family by singing it to each of his three children right after they were born.

Recorded live at the Vimeo Theater during SXSW Film Festival

We’re honored to be invited to show the film at more great festivals, starting in April in a city that has been integral to the film’s very existence, at the Nashville Film Festival. The 78 Project Movie will be showing in the Music Films / Music City Competition. Also in April, The 78 Project Movie will screen at Independent Film Fest Boston. Keep an eye on the festival websites for tickets, and let us know if you’ll be there!

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Happy Trails…

Two summers back we left our own hot city and drove south. We visited one home, then another, traveled far over months that turned into a year. What is it? The answer comes from the adventure, comes within reach only after the needle lifts.

Today we’re leaving, driving south and west to Austin, TX. It feels so familiar now, hitting the road and heading south, filled with anticipation. This time, it is with something new to share that has been a long time and a lot of miles in the making.

 

The 78 Project: Volume 1 is Out Today in Stores and Online

We’re happy to announce that The 78 Project: Volume 1, the very first soundtrack to The 78 Project, is out in stores and online today. Now you can own 13 one-of-a-kind recordings from The 78 Project’s first web series on limited edition vinyl or digital, or both!

The thirteen tracks on this album were all recorded in and around New York City between August 2011 and May 2012. They are one-of-a-kind musical moments in time performed by Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, The Wandering, Rosanne Cash, Marshall Crenshaw, Valerie June, Leah Siegel, Adam Arcuragi, The Reverend John DeLore & Kara Suzanne, Amy LaVere, Joe Henry & Lisa Hannigan, Vandaveer and Dawn Landes.

The 78 Project: Volume 1 is available in independent record stores nationwide through our distributor, Revolver/Midheaven, so ask (or dig) for it at your neighborhood vinyl shop and support local business!

Buy The 78 Project: Volume 1 now on iTunes.

Buy The 78 Project: Volume 1 now on Amazon.

Buy The 78 Project: Volume 1 vinyl in The 78 Project Shop.

Complete Tracklisting:

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, Shardé 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


Episode #15: International Blues Express – “Pa’ Janvier” (Part 2)

In the comforts of early Fall, with the windows thrown open and nothing coming through but the sun, winter seems not to exist. It is just a story you’ve told and been told but never really believed; the cold a memory you can’t quite access from a distance.

On this particular warm fall day, months before the polar vortex and the snowiest winter in years, Cedric Watson, Sidi Toure, Abdoulaye Kone dit Kandjafa and Desiree Champagne – collectively known as International Blues Express – perform the story of “Pa’ Janvier.” At the end of a day spent drifting out to the porch and back into the kitchen, once the sun and the garden has charmed us all into a pleasant stillness, the song sends a chill into the room. The violin, ngoni and guitar harmonize in a mournful breath, like a high-pitched moan of cold wind through a crack in the door. And Cedric recounts an old Cajun tale of the icy hand of old man winter come to steal his love. Donne moi Pauline.

Now as we haunt our own houses through a forbidding winter, listening to the performance it could seem a prediction of what was to come. A fable that foretold our chilly fate.


See International Blues Express – “Hanna” (Part 1), a traditional Malian song sung by Sidi Toure.

Pause in Life’s Pleasures: Watch and hear Jubal’s Kin’s “Hard Times” – Recorded Live for One Million Square Feet of Culture in Miami

It was exciting to find Miami pulsing with one big musical heartbeat. It was rapid and strong and kept you moving through the long, warm days and nights of Art Week.The world was in town for Art Basel, and we were invited by IFP to cut a record as part of One Million Square Feet of Culture.

Having driven down from the snowy December of New York, we had a slower, more wintery feeling still pulling at us. And Jubal’s Kin, though they came from only as far north as Orlando, seemed to be feeling that pull, too. Three siblings, singing together, brought the tempo of the air outside down to a gentle, breathless thrum.

We left the Presto on to capture the audience’s applause at the end, the first sound they had dared to make in almost four minutes. They weren’t the only ones, all of Wynwood seemed enraptured for that moment. The planes that had been flying overhead constantly, the car horns that had blared all day, the hard drive of the dozen nearby DJ’s, were quiet for a spell.


Thank you to the tireless, amazing folks at IFP for curating such a beautiful event.