The Baseball Project -- the Great American Pastime-obsessed supergroup of Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate), R.E.M. members Peter Buck and Mike Mills, along with Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M.) and Linda Pitmon (Filthy Friends, Alejandro Escovedo) -- have announced details of their new album, Grand Salami Time, which will be out June 30 via Omnivore Recordings. Check out the artwork and tracklist below.
Grand Salami Time is The Baseball Project's first album in nearly a decade, and was produced by Mitch Easter, who produced R.E.M.'s Chronic Town EP and co-produced their first two albums. (Easter has announced, having finished this album, he has now retired from producing.) It was recorded live in the studio with the entire band playing together, and also features contributions from Stephen McCarthy (The Long Ryders) and Steve Berlin (Los Lobos).
The album includes last year's single "The Voice of Baseball," and they've just shared a new song, "Journeyman," which Wynn co-wrote with Buck. “I was in a hotel room just outside of Buffalo when I got an email from Peter with an instrumental version of this song,” says Wynn. “The words came immediately, not surprising since a veteran musician stringing together a series of one-night stands has more than a little in common with a left-handed relief specialist who plays for a dozen teams in a workmanlike career. Extra points for anyone who picked up on the Walter White quote.” Listen to "Journeyman" below.
You can catch The Baseball Project on tour in August, including dates opening for Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and headline shows like NYC's Brooklyn Made on 8/18. They've added more shows since our last post and updated dates are listed below.