‘The Project’: Arizona musicians collaborate for new album
By Patricia Myers
“The Project,” a musical collaboration of Arizona performers that was released on May 15, is aimed at changing the negative political image of the state through 10 original songs, said producer-songwriter Grant Woods, state attorney general from 1991-99.
The theme of the album is “Arizona like you’ve never heard it before” with the sub-theme, “Respect the arts. Respect each other.” The music styles range from blues and rock to gospel, reggae and country.
Performers who volunteered their time include Francine Reed and Ray Herndon (both touring this summer with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band), Alice Tatum, Hans Olson, Walt Richardson, Al Ortiz, Nils Lofgren (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms guitarist), Lawrence Zubia (The Pistoleros), Michael Nitro, Blaine Long and Mindy Harris.
“Arizona has a rich music history that is diverse and inclusive, but unfortunately that has been overshadowed by numerous controversies,” said Woods. “Once word spread about ‘The Project,’ musicians and singers jumped at the chance to be part of this effort to showcase Arizona talent and change our image. This has been a labor of love for everyone involved.”
A benefit concert will be staged on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix. All available musicians who performed songs will participate, plus surprise guests. Tickets are $22 (plus fees) at phoenix.ticketforce.com. Proceeds from sales and the concert will benefit the Arizona School for the Arts.
The album was produced by Cindy Standage, recorded at Sean Cooney’s 3 Leaf Recording Studio in Phoenix, released on Bright Angel Records and is available at iTunes, CD Baby and other online outlets. More information is on Facebook, Twitter and at www.theprojectaz.com.