Hot Stove headliner sings about baseball

With the Patriots set to tackle the Colts at Gillette Stadium Saturday night, our minds are very much on football. But baseball is also on the bill this weekend as the hootenanny known as Hot Stove Cool Music takes place at the Paradise, with a lineup that is sure to clear the bases. The fund-raiser benefiting Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation to Be Named Later includes a few new faces this year, notably the Baseball Project, an indie super group of sorts whose songs all concern the national pastime. (The band features Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate; Wynn’s wife, Linda Pitmon; Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows; Red Sox organist Josh Kantor; and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and Peter Buck, though Buck will not be there Saturday.) Also performing will be Trigger Hippy, featuring Joan Osborne and members of the Black Crowes; as well as Howie Day; Boston’s own Kay Hanley; and baseball scribe Peter Gammons and a cast of thousands, including Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, Bill Janovitz of Buffalo Tom, Belly’s Tanya Donelly, the Upper Crust’s Chris Cote, Seth Justman of the J. Geils Band, Will Dailey, and the Gravel Pit’s Jed Parish and Lucky Jackson. (Actor Mike O’Malley will emcee.) Wynn, we hate to say, is a Yankees fan, but he’s quick to point out that the Baseball Project has penned several songs about Sox players, including Ted Williams, Tony Conigliaro, Roger Clemens, and a certain first baseman who inspired “Buckner’s Bolero.” We were happy to learn that the band’s latest CD, which comes out in March, includes a scathing song about Alex Rodriguez. “He used to be the bane of the existence of other teams, but now he’s just a pain in the butt on [the Yankees],” says Wynn. Playing music for a living has led to many adventures — making records, traveling around the world, etc. — but being in the Baseball Project has had benefits of its own. “A few years ago, we sang the national anthem at Fenway,” says Wynn. “That was really exciting for all of us. And this weekend, we get to play the Hot Stove show.”

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