THE BASEBALL PROJECT
“That’s the true harbinger of spring,” legendary baseball impresario Bill Veeck once opined, “not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on the ball.” This year there’s another welcome sign that spring is on the way, that baseball is about to resume its rightful place on the national stage, and that all will once again be right with the world: the new album from The Baseball Project, 3rd, hit the streets a week before the opening day of the 2014 season.
Formed in 2007 by Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, R.E.M.) and Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, Gutterball), The Baseball Project began as a way for a couple of fans to pay musical tribute to our national pastime – and maybe score some free baseball tickets in the process. But The Baseball Project has since blossomed into a full-fledged, much-loved band in its own right, one which currently includes drummer Linda Pitmon (Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, Zuzu’s Petals) and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Mike Mills on its official roster, and one whose following and creativity has steadily grown with each release and tour.
After showcasing at SXSW in the late 90’s the Wooldridge Brothers (Scott and Brian Wooldridge) inked a publishing deal with Windswept Pacific/EMI and released three critical-acclaimed albums. They had several songs placed in films (Contact, Some Mother’s Son) and television shows (Party of Five, Nearly Famous, Anna Nicole Smith and many others) along with successful regional radio airplay. After touring for a couple years, Scott and Brian took time off while Scott moved to Minneapolis and Brian, staying in Milwaukee, toured with Michelle Anthony.