Artists including Rosanne Cash, Richard Thompson, and Loudon Wainwright III record direct to 78rpm acetate discs in a living-history project.
Legends and Up-and-Comers Go Direct to Vinyl on ‘The 78 Project: Volume 1’
This refreshingly oddball project has a variety of musicians including numerous GRAMMY® winners and nominees recording songs direct to 78rpm acetate discs.
Fear not, 21st century humans will be able to play the actual release. It will be available in digital and limited edition 33 1/3 vinyl formats as well as viewable video episodes showing the performers and that strange box with the needle and the arm.
The artists participating in The 78 Project include Richard Thompson, Rosanne Cash, John Leventhal, Loudon Wainwright III, Marshall Crenshaw Joe Henry, Vandaveer, Dawn Landes, and more. Here’s Richard Thompson singing “The Coo Coo Bird.”
And here’s Valerie June with “Wildwood Flower.”
These 1983-84 concerts feature a mix of uptempo originals, dark ballads and slow rockers, and traditional folk numbers. Taken together, they showcase Thompson's brilliant songwriting and aggressive, sometimes psychedelic guitar wizardry.