Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show chatted with Jim James when his band (including a drummer he's known since 4th grade!) stopped in Minneapolis last April to perform in the First Avenue Mainroom.
It was a treat for James to perform at First Avenue, too, considering James saw Prince, the local legend that put that stage on the map, play at SXSW in March. "It might be the greatest concert I've ever seen," he says.
James just finished co-producing That's It!, the new record from the New Orleans ensemble Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and on top of that, his band My Morning Jacket makes up one fourth of the touring AmericanaramA Festival beside headliner and Minnesota native Bob Dylan, Wilco, and Richard Thompson Electric Trio.
"A New Life"
"Know Til Now"
All songs are from James' latest record Regions of Light and Sound of God.
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- Album Review: Preservation Hall Jazz Band - 'That's It!' It's weird to say, but That's It!, the new album from Preservation Hall Jazz Band, is about 100 years in the making. Not that the songs are 100 years old, or the musicians, but the spirit and roots of this music harkens back to the earliest days of 20th Century New Orleans jazz, while at the same time taking a cherished institution and pointing it to the future.
- Album Review: Jim James - Regions of Light and Sound of God It was only a matter of time before Jim James put out a full length of original material. Inspired by a 1929 graphic novel, he has created a musical score to a wordless book.
- First Listen: Jim James, 'Regions Of Light And Sound Of God' On his first full-length solo album, My Morning Jacket's singer makes the sound of a lost soul in search of something bigger than himself. James has always liked to let his voice echo into the void, but here, his attention seems to face inward instead of heavenward.