Friday, 12 August 2011

Thomm Jutz: The 1861 project

Many bluegrass people also have an interest in American history. Walter Fuchs reports from Bühl (where he organises the annual International Bühl Bluegrass Festival):

The sensation is perfect. A good friend of mine, Thomm Jutz (photo, left), born and raised in Bühl, Germany, makes it big in Nashville.

As a studied musician and guitarist, Thomm was active for years in the blues and rock scene in the south-west of Germany. For a couple of years he ran a recording studio near Bühl, then in 2003 he migrated to Nashville. Although he was known as an excellent musician, nobody would have given a dime that Thomm could make it in Music City USA, where year by year thousands of top American musicians are trying to make it big.

Thomm built up his own recording studio, TJ Tunes Studio, near Nashville and became a member of the Nanci Griffith Band. Beside his own albums he recorded CDs of well known stars and now, in 2011, it seems he really made it with an album he dedicated to the civil war (1861-5), the sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter.

Thomm had the idea, worked as a producer, songwriter, singer, and musician with such well known guests as Marty Stuart, John Anderson, Mark Fain, Justin Moses, Chris Jones, Jon Weisberger, Fats Kaplin, Richard Dobson and many others. All songs are co-written by Thomm, that means all songs are new. The album is entitled The 1861 project, Vol. 1: From farmers to foot soldiers; that means we can expect more albums over the next four years, because the project should last as long as the civil war did.

This first album is simply great and introduces a great talent, Thomm Jutz, from Bühl, Germany, a singer, guitarist, piano player, songwriter, and producer, who by now is an American citizen.

The 1861 project, Vol. 1: From farmers to foot soldiers (Cohesion Arts)