In August 2005, the New Orleans-based musical upstart Mike Pinkerton Project was wrapping up production on its first album, a compilation of dynamic rock, dance, and jazz versions of the classic church praise songs.

As Hurricane Katrina approached, Project founder and frontman Michael H. Pinkerton abandoned the production equipment and tracks (an iMac) on the 38th floor of the Energy Centre for safekeeping. It would be weeks before he was able to retrieve the equipment and months before he could muster the strength and courage to push the Project to finish the compilation.

Now, almost three years later, and to the delight of its dozens of fans, the Project has finally released six of the album’s ten songs on its MySpace artist page: http://www.myspace.com/mikepinkertonproject. The website explains that the Project’s first effort, “Deuteronomy,” is alternatively an album of rock, dance, jazz, and campground revival.

Initial reviews have been mixed. Sara M. asks “Was the leper in Blindman crying before or after he heard the first verse?” Kim V., who received an advance copy of the album for her Project-fanatic children says “Unfortunately, i am intimately familiar with every song on the album as it is a regular in the carousel in the car!!” But Claudette B. says “I love it!”

She really loves it.

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From the MySpace page:

The Mike Pinkerton Project records dynamic versions of the classic church praise songs. Founder and frontman Michael H. Pinkerton, who also serves as the group’s guitarist, keyboardist, and backup vocalists, is a former church camp song leader who cut his teeth “Singing on the Porch” in the north Georgia mountains.

The Project’s first effort, “Deuteronomy,” is alternatively an album of rock, dance, jazz, and campground revival. It was produced with iMac’s GarageBand.

Pinkerton’s earlier work includes performances as the drum major of the Roswell High School Marching Band, President of the Athens Trombone Association, bass guitarist for Atlanta rock sensation Fake I.D., and singer for folk duo Wink Martindale and the Witchdoctors.

Pinkerton lives in New Orleans with his wife and many children.

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