THE BASEBALL PROJECT SETS U.S. TOUR DATES

NEW RECORD GRAND SALAMI TIME! OUT NOW TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM ON OMNIVORE RECORDS

“DISCO DEMOLITION” MUSIC VIDEO DEBUTS IN COMMEMORATION OF 44TH ANNIVERSARY OF DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT AT CHICAGO’S COMISKEY PARK

GROUP FEATURES MEMBERS OF R.E.M., THE DREAM SYNDICATE, THE MINUS 5, YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS
AND FILTHY FRIENDS

July 12, 2023—The Baseball Project—featuring Peter Buck and Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5/Young Fresh Fellows), Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate) and Linda Pitmon (Filthy Friends, Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3)—are set to tour throughout the U.S. this summer in support of their new record Grand Salami Time!, out now on Omnivore Records. Purchase/stream the record HERE.

The album—the group’s first new music in nearly a decade—was recorded and co-produced by the band and Mitch Easter (R.E.M.) at Easter’s fabled Fidelitorium Studios and includes contributions from Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and Stephen McCarthy (The Long Ryders). The band recently debuted the singles “Journeyman” and “Grand Salami Time.”

The tour kicks off in Birmingham, AL on August 8 and continues on through late September. See below for a complete list of dates.

Additionally, to commemorate the 44th anniversary of Disco Demolition Night at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, the band is debuting the video for the single “Disco Demolition.” On July 12, 1979, the Chicago White Sox held an event at Comiskey Park in between games of a double-header against the Detroit Tigers where they invited fans to bring their disco records to literally blow them up on the field in between games. After the detonation of the records, the fans stormed the field and a riot ensued, resulting in a forfeited second game and one of the most extreme and bizarre promotions in U.S. sports history. Watch/share the video HERE.

The press continues to praise Grand Salami Time!:

“A soundtrack for the season…The group mines nostalgia and esoterica to find fresh subject matter for 16 songs…most topics are paired with garage rock that gives Buck a chance to serve up some delightful guitar squall.”—Associated Press

“A joyful and jubilant example of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s power pop…It makes for a celebratory sound that ricochets throughout. There’s an unceasing exuberance and enjoyment emitted from these grooves as if that near-decade spent in hibernation created pent-up agitation that was waiting to be unleashed at the earliest opportunity.”—American Songwriter

Grand Salami Time is the fourth album from the Baseball Project, and it’s every bit as fun, engaging, and tuneful as their debut; these folks have shown they can go back to the well and not come up dry…It doesn’t hurt that Wynn, McCaughey, and Buck are all first-rate tunesmiths who are good with the music as well as the words, and the blend of their guitars is satisfying throughout. They also have a top-shelf rhythm section in bassist Mike Mills (Buck’s former R.E.M. bandmate) and drummer Linda Pitmon.”—AllMusic

“You don't have to be a baseball nerd to enjoy these songs about journeymen players, doctored baseballs, and cinderella stories. Music nerds will find stuff to love, too.”—Brooklyn Vegan

“Just as the best baseball announcers have endless amounts of stories to draw from, these musicians have no problem generating humorous and fascinating lyrics for their original songs…this is so much fun—the only thing missing is the hot dogs and beer.”—Glide Magazine

“Over a dozen extra innings exploring forgotten tales of our national pastime.” —WXPN FM/NPR

“[A] joyous and rollicking record,”—New York Sun

Despite the band’s fancy pedigree, Wynn points out, “this is our only band that plays stadiums;” a true story as The Baseball Project has performed the National Anthem and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at major league parks in Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, Denver, Minneapolis, Philadelphia as well as having thrown out some exceptional first pitches (nothing but strikes). It’s all part of an unusual arc and fun story of a band whose first gig was an appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman” followed by a festival in a medieval Spanish city. For a quintet that has seemingly done everything over the years with their other bands, The Baseball Project always offers new and uncharted experiences.

The band formed in late 2007 at a party for R.E.M.’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when Scott and Steve met for the first time and had a meandering conversation that ricocheted from music talk to baseball. They both confessed a longstanding and hitherto unrequited desire to write and record an entire album of songs that would dig deeper into the game and psyche of the characters than the typical cornball songs of yesteryear. The pair immediately booked recording time two months later in Portland, OR to record songs that had not been written yet. Their first record, Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails, came out shortly thereafter in 2008. Over the years the group has recorded with Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo) and Chris Funk and John Moen (The Decembrists), among others, and performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown), the National SABR Convention, Peter Gammons’ Hot Stove Benefit Event, the Chicago Cubs Fanfest and more.

For more information, please contact Joe Cohen or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

TRACK LIST
GRAND SALAMI TIME!
1. Grand Salami Time
2. The Yips
3. Screwball
4. Uncle Charlie
5. Journeyman
6. Erasable Man
7. New Oh in Town
8. Disco Demolition
9. Stuff
10. The All or Nothings
11. That’s Living
12. 64 and 64
13. Having Fun
14. Fantasy Baseball
15. Widow
16. The Voice of Baseball

THE BASEBALL PROJECT TOUR
August 8 /// Birmingham, AL /// Saturn
August 9 /// Atlanta, GA /// Terminal West
August 10 /// Athens, GA /// 40 Watt
August 11 /// Charleston, SC /// Music Farm
August 12 /// St. Augustine, FL /// St. Augustine Amphitheater*
August 13 /// Myrtle Beach, SC /// House of Blues*
August 15 /// Carrboro, NC /// Cat’s Cradle
August 16 /// Richmond, VA /// The Broadberry
August 17 /// Washington, DC /// The Hamilton
August 18 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Brooklyn Made
August 19 /// Cambridge, MA /// The Sinclair
August 20 /// Ridgefield, CT /// Ridgefield Playhouse
August 22 /// Philadelphia, PA /// World Café Live
August 23 /// Pittsburgh, PA /// Thunderbird Music Hall
August 24 /// Cleveland, OH /// Beachland Ballroom
August 25 /// Kalamazoo, MI /// Bell’s Beer Garden
August 26 /// Indianapolis, IN /// Deluxe @ Old National Centre
August 27 /// Evanston, IL /// SPACE (SOLD OUT)
August 28 /// Milwaukee, WI /// Turner Hall
August 31 /// Evanston, IL /// SPACE
September 1 /// Louisville, KY /// The Whirling Tiger
September 2 /// Memphis, TN /// Overton Park Shell
September 19 /// San Diego, CA /// Music Box
September 20 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Teregram Ballroom
September 21 /// Menlo Park, CA /// The Guild Theatre
September 23 /// Tacoma, WA /// Spanish Ballroom
September 24 /// Portland, OR /// Mississippi Studios

*with Jason Isbell