On Sunday, September 13th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will host songwriter and producer Thomas Jutz, who will speak on “The 1861 Project.”
Created by Jutz, The 1861 Project is a 3-CD collection of songs about the soldiers and civilians touched by the Civil War, and features artists such as Marty Stuart, John Anderson, Kim Richey, Bobby Bare, Sierra Hull and many others. The third volume contains emotional and haunting songs about the Battle of Franklin, such as “Two Miles of Lightning,” “City of the Dead” and “Hallowed Ground.” Jutz will play many of these songs and discuss the ideas behind The 1861 Project.
A native of Germany, Jutz studied and played blues, rock and country, winning national competitions before studying classical guitar at the University of Stuttgart. He came to Nashville in 2003 producing albums for numerous artists including Country Music Hall of Fame member Mac Wiseman. Many of Jutz’s compositions have been used in movies and television series worldwide. He was awarded a SESAC award for his work with Grammy Award-winning artist Nanci Griffith and was part of the Nashville 2013 Leadership Music program.
The 1861 Project was performed before a packed house at the Franklin Theater during the sesquicentennial events in the fall of 2014. The executive producer of the project, Paul Schatzkin, will also speak. Schatzkin provided the photography used on the 3-CD series. Among other credits, he was the film editor for over fifty episodes of the television series, Barney Miller.