Since the release of their last studio album, Circuital, in 2011, Jim James – the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter in My Morning Jacket – has been musically active on outside projects. That will change when MMJ hit the road this Summer, touring in conjunction with the release of their new studio album, The Waterfall, on May 4th. Continue reading →
The musician responsible for the sax solo in “Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones and “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night” by John Lennon has died. Bobby Keys passed away yesterday after a lengthy illness at his home outside Nashville. Continue reading →
Though yesterday’s record-setting torrential downpour washed out Wiggins Park headliners Dawes, the 2013 XPoNential Music Festival ended on a high note with tremendous Americanarama lineup of Ryan Bingham, My Morning Jacket, Wilco and the legendary Bob Dylan and his band.
After an earnest performance from Bingham, MMJ came on and electrified the crowd with a broad-reaching set “I’m Amazed” to “Wordless Chorus” and a special appearance by Dawes compatriots Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, who joined Jim James and company on a cover of “Waiting On A Friend” by The Rolling Stones. Next up was Wilco, whose set also drew from across their catalog; impressive moments included a breathtaking “Poor Places” (from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot), a jaw-dropping “Impossible Germany” (from Sky Blue Sky) and a rousing finale of “Dreamer in my Dreams.”
Dylan and his tight band closed out the night with a set frontloaded with material from his recent LPs Time Out Of Mind, Love and Theft and last year’s Tempest. As itcontinued, though, Dylan worked further into his catalog for new arrangements (not immediately recognizable) of classics like “Tangled Up In Blue” and”A Hard Rain’s-A Gonna Fall”, as well as nuggets like “She Belongs To Me” from Bringing It All Back Home. Though his set did not feature any of the collaborative moments of previous tour stops, the XPoNential crowd did get an encore of “Ballad of a Thin Man.” See photos from the show in the gallery below.
Wilco and My Morning Jacket have been on the road with Bob Dylan as part of his AmericanaramA tour, and they’re all stopping by the Susquehanna Bank Center for the XPoNential Music Festival on July 27th. Here’s what might be in store: covers! Alt-folk rootsy rock heavyweights My Morning Jacket joined Wilco on stage in Tuscaloosa for a rendition of Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl.” Watch a video of the performance below, and find more information on the festival here.
The amazing My Morning Jacket are performing this summer with Wilco, Bob Dylan and Ryan Bingham at the AmericanaRama Festival of Music that is part of the XPOnential Music Festival on Sunday, July 28. Weekend passes to the festival are going fast; you can purchase your three day “go everywhere” passes that will allow you to see music at both Wiggins Parks and the Susquehanna Bank Center where My Morning Jacket are playing. Go here for tickets. My Morning Jacket have been long time friends of XPN and World Cafe. Lead singer Jim James was on the show recently to perform songs from his solo album. Download that session here. Below, download “The Day Is Coming” from a session they did in August, 2011.
Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Jim James frontman for My Morning Jacket has remixed a Bob Marley song for Legend Remixed, out on June 25. Legend Remixed is exactly what the title suggests; a remix/reimagination of Marley’s iconic 1984 greatest hits collection Legend. All of Legend’s 16 songs have been remixed by various DJ’s and producers including Stephen Marley, Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, Z-Trip with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Roni Size, along with a new rendition and remix of the Bob Marley’s classic “Redemption Song’” by Ziggy Marley. Jim James told the Wall Street Journal:
“I wanted to give the listener a sense of the same awe I felt when I first pulled up the multi-track masters and soloed out the vocals only. It was so unbelievable for me to finally be able to hear the voice I had loved for so long all by itself. So I built the opening around the vocal with minimal bass synth and percussion as well as adding some harmonies in myself.”