Camaraderie is a word that often comes to mind when thinking of the Louisville music scene. Instead of cut-throat competition between bands and musicians, it’s quite the opposite. And the founders of “Louisville Accord” say this is exactly the inspiration behind the compilation project.
The assignment was simple: Take musicians of various genres and pair them up with another musician with whom they have never worked. The pair would then co-write, produce and record an original song for the album.
“Most musicians (and people) inherently want to connect. Musicians just happen to do that through their music,” Radcliffe tells Insider. “CJ, Brian and I decided to build upon that notion by challenging some of Louisville’s most notorious leaders in music to collaborate with someone they had never worked with. Each genre represents our diverse music community — and shows beautiful things can happen when we work together.”
The goal was to pair two musicians from opposite ends of the music spectrum. For example, bluegrass artist Steve Cooley and R&B singer and rapper Jecorey “1200” Arthur are one such pair, as is folk artist Tory Fisher and jazz singer Carly Johnson.
Other pairs offer up a who’s-who of the Louisville music scene: Teddy Abrams of the Louisville Orchestra teams up with bluegrass fiddler Michael Cleveland; bluesman Tyrone Cotton jams with Americana artist Nick Dittmeier; indie folk singer-songwriter Cheyenne Mize joins Americana soul artist Justin Paul Lewis; and progressive rocker Danny Flannigan duets with folk artist Alanna Fugate.
Radcliffe says the musicians were receptive to the idea, especially since proceeds go to Strive, a wellness educated-based nonprofit co-founded by Mize.
“Everything (these musicians) do is a balancing act, so we were extremely grateful to those who took time out of their busy schedules to be a part of this project,” she says.
A CD release and listening party is planned for Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Copper & Kings Distillery in Butchertown. The album will be played in its entirety, and a film showing behind-the-scenes footage of the process will be shown at the distillery’s second-floor gallery. Also, a special “Louisville Accord” sonically infused brandy cocktail will be available.
While Radcliffe loves each song on the album for different reasons, the one that stands out the most to her was the collaboration between Mark Charles Heidinger of Vandaveer and Aaron Bibelhauser of Relic.
“They wrote a song entitled ‘Where the Streetlight Burns,'” she says. “There’s just something magic about the harmonies, lyrics and Dobro riff in that one that touches me personally.”
The listening party runs from 7-11 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Copper & Kings. Admission is $10, and the first 250 guests will get a free copy of the CD. All proceeds go to Strive. There also will be free distillery tours and live performances by Small Time Napoleon and Fuego Azul.