This week, Jim James expanded his multi-project resume with his first solo album of original material, Regions of Light and Sound of God. James has become a fixture in the indie rock scene, with one of the more recognizable voices in music and thanks to his involvement in a variety of collaborations.
We first came to know Jim James through his band My Morning Jacket, whose debut in 1999 has led to six studio albums, three live albums and a live DVD from the Kentucky-based group. Their relentless touring and critical claim paved the way for James’ flexibility to try other things on the side. His first venture, the album Tribute To under the moniker Yim Yames, housed covers of songs by George Harrison from The Beatles.
He quickly followed up with the folk-rock super-group Monsters of Folk, alongside Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), M. Ward and Mike Mogis, whose song “Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)” was sampled on the latest album from The Roots, Undun. Not to be outdone (by himself?), James then teamed up with Jay Farrar (Son Volt), Will Johnson (Centro-Matic) and Anders Parker for an album as New Multitudes, a tribute to Woody Guthrie on what would have been his 100th birthday in 2012.
Take a crash course in our #ThrowbackThursday round-up of his eclectic discography and catch him on tour supporting his solo album this Spring.
My Morning Jacket
Album: Z (2005)
Song: “Off the Record”
Album: Tribute To (2009)
Song: “My Sweet Lord”
Monsters of Folk
Album: Monsters of Folk (2009)
Song: “Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)”
Album: New Multitudes (2012)
Song: “Fly High”
Album: Regions of Light and Sound of God (2013)
Song: “Know Til Now”