The Roots and Jim James teamed up to play Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Bandshell on Tuesday night. The My Morning Jacket front man kicked off the show with a set heavy on material from his solo album and was followed by a set from The Roots. Jim James returned for a collaborative encore that started off with The Roots/Monsters of Folk track Dear God 2.0 and concluded with covers of I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Prince), Instant Karma! (John Lennon) and Use Me (Bill Withers).
Both James and The Roots have long professed their appreciation for soul legend Bill Withers, making the cover all the more special. Check out fan-shot footage of Use Me thanks to dillsnufus…
And here’s video of the rest of the collaborative encore…
This past Saturday night on The Farm in Manchester, Tenn.; Jim James and John Oates led one of this year’s Bonnaroo Superjams. Dubbed “Rock n’ Soul Dance Party Superjam,” the set featured covers from the likes of Prince, Sly And The Family Stone, John Lennon, The Band and T. Rex. Among the musicians joining JJ and Oates on stage were Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, Billy Idol, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, R. Kelly and Larry Graham.
Audio of the entire set has surfaced on Archive.org thanks to MSTaper and Team Dirty South. You can stream or download the whole thing, but we wanted to present one of our favorite moments of the set – Jim James leading the band through Instant Karma…
Among the many things we’re excited about from this weekend’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is Saturday night’s Rock n’ Soul Dance Party Superjam featuring Jim James, John Oates, Zigaboo Modeliste (of the Meters) and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Rolling Stone just published an interview with Oates in which the formerly mustache’d member of Hall & Oates revealed a few juicy tidbits about what we can expect from the Superjam, so don’t read on if you want to be surprised.
My Morning Jacket front man Jim James will appear on the June 19th episode of CBS’s The Late Show With David Letterman, just one day after he teams up with The Roots for a special Celebrate Brooklyn! concert at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, NY on June 18.
In other big MMJ news, JamBase.com reports that the band will perform three times over the course of four nights for a new destination event dubbed “One Big Holiday.” The folks at Cloud 9 and Bowery Presents have put together the all-inclusive event, which takes place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico on January 26 – 30, 2014.
This fact may be hard to believe, but throughout their long and storied career the Preservation Hall Jazz Band have never released a studio album consisting entirely of their own original compositions. The legendary New Orleans act will change all that come July 9, with the release of That’s It! via Sony Legacy. The 11-track record, which was recorded at the band’s home-base at 726 St. Peter Street in the French Quarter, was co-produced by Pres Hall’s own Ben Jaffe and My Morning Jacket front man Jim James, who has been championing the band over the last handful of years.
In advance of the record’s release, Preservation Hall has released this behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album. Let’s check it out…
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Finally, it appears that we may finally have an answer to ongoing “are they” or “aren’t they” story surrounding the relationship between former Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant and rootsy songstress Patty Griffin, who have been romantically linked since 2011. The pair, who appear together on Griffin’s new studio album American Kid, had been previously thought to have eloped last summer, despite conflicting reports to the contrary. Earlier this week in an interview with Billboard Griffin set the record straight, telling the industry rag “We’re not legally married, no,” while also going on to speak about their musical connection, “We get a lot of energy from each other’s singing. We both have similar places that we come from as singers-a lot of emotion, and sometimes the emotion overrides technique. He inspires me. He goes far and deep.”
Jim James and The Roots really hit it off a few weeks back when the My Morning Jacket front man visited Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on two consecutive nights to promote his solo debut album. Double J and The Roots will collaborate for a one-night only event dubbed State of the Union: An Evening of Collaborative Performances on June 19th at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn.
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We can’t wait to see what these two HT faves come up with. No word on the Jim James / Questlove album both men alluded to back in February following Jim’s appearance on Fallon.
Last month Jim James performed an intimate show at the pop-up venue that hosts the much-buzzed about theater presentation Sleep No More in New York City. Pitchfork spoke with James about Sleep No More, technology addiction and much more for a clip that was just posted on site.
In addition to the interview, James and his band perform State Of The Art…
Back in January we told you about the first batch of tapings for the 39th season of long-running music television program Austin City Limits which featured Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, The Lumineers and Shovels and Rope. Today, ACL producers have revealed details about two more tapings for Season 39 – set to debut this fall – starring HT faves Jim James and Grizzly Bear.
Grizzly Bear, who will be making their Austin City Limits debut, will take the ACL Live at Moody Theater stage on April 10th. Jim James will make his sixth ACL appearance on an epsiode that will be filmed on May 5th. Keep your eyes on the ACL Facebook page to find out how to attend these tapings.
The Lips will likely preview material from their new album The Terror, while James is expected to focus on material from Regions of Light and Sound of God. As with other Auditorium Shores SXSW shows, this event is free and open to the public.
In one of the least surprising announcements of this festival season, the Newport Folk Festival Twitter feed has just revealed that My Morning Jacket front man Jim James will return to the event this July in support of his recently released solo debut, Regions of Light and Sound of God.
James has a long history of performing at Newport Folk, not only as a solo artist but also with My Morning Jacket and New Multitudes. Newport Folk founder/producer George Wein wrote about Jim James importance to the festival for the event’s website.
Here’s a look at the Newport Folk Festival 2013 lineup thus far…
One of the founders of Tibet House US, famed American composer Phillip Glass, will once again be appearing at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, Feb. 21 for the 23rd annual benefit concert. This year he will be joined by Tenzin Choegyal, Ira Glass, Ariel Pink, Rahzel, Patti Smith and her band, tUnE-yArDs and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James (@jimjames).
Today on Twitter Glass and James chatted in a conversation facilitated by WNYC’s Soundcheck (@Soundcheck). The first part of the #tibethousechat had James posing questions to Glass, and concluded with Glass querying James for a few insights. Tickets, widely ranging in price, are available for purchase here.
My Morning Jacket front man Jim James has just released the official video for A New Life – the first single from his recently released solo debut album, Regions of Light and Sound of God. The vid starts with Jim simply strumming his acoustic before he opens the door and finds a new frontier filled with a buffalo-headed woman and a formally dressed dance troupe. Yes, it’s bizarre.
Before and after Monday night’s performance of A New Life by Jim James (@jimjames) on Jimmy Fallon, show house band drummer Questlove (@questlove) professed not only his affection for the single from the My Morning Jacket frontman’s first solo LP, Regions Of Sound And Of God, but for the tune itself. Everthe prolifictweeter, Questlove raved about the chance to work with the Louisville crooner in a series of tweets culminating with James responding to the drummer’s desire for the pair to record together. Who knows what will come of the tweets below, but a Jim James/Questlove collaboration would certainly be something we’d like to see.
Made @jimjames promise me that if I ever made an honest woman outta some gal he will sing the EPIC song we did today on @latenightjimmy
It also wouldn’t be the first time the two collaborated for the studio, as James lent vocals and a sample of the Monsters of Folk track Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.) to The Roots for their version, Dear God 2.0, which appeared on their 2010 album How I Got Over. Check out the video of James with The Roots for that track below the tweets.
My Morning Jacket front man Jim James has just announced a month-long tour in support of his forthcoming solo debut Regions of Light and Sound of God that will kick off in his hometown of Louisville on April 17th and runs through a May 15th performance in Seattle.
“hello friends! i have put together a special band of some of my oldest pals to help bring this album to life on the road! we are very excited about it and cant wait to bring it to light! see ya out on the open road!” said James in a statement on his website. James already had three shows on the books scheduled for next month, all of which have sold out. Roll Call members (MMJ’s fanclub) will have first first access to pre-sales for tickets this Wednesday at 12noon EST followed by general on sales this weekend. James will donate $1 per ticket to Cancer Research Hospital and Treatment Center, City Of Hope, for each show.
In other Jim James news, you can stream Regions of Light and Sound of God at NPR Music. Plus, Jim will perform backed by The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on February 4th. The next night, JJ will return to Fallon to sit in with The Roots for the entire show as a guest performer.