My Morning Jacket Release New Album, Tour North America

Published: 2005-10-07
Kentucky rockers My Morning Jacket are back with their fourth full-length record, the curiously named Z, and they're hitting the road to prove it. Theirs will be a six-week trek across the continent, half of which will feature Canadian songstress Kathleen Edwards as the opening act (though unfortunately she will not be appearing with the band in her home and native land).

The band, featuring original members singer/guitarist Jim James, bassist Two-Tone Tommy and drummer Patrick Hallahan along with new additions Bo Koster and Carl Broemel, recorded Z in the isolated environs of upstate New York with noted UK producer John Leckie (Stone Roses).

"We wanted to make a record that grooved and swung," says James in the band's bio, "but wasn't trying to imitate classic soul. We wanted to keep an aspect of what we'd always done, but also make something you could dance to or listen to while driving home. Hip-hop and soul music are unifying people right now. I wanted to incorporate that into our music; to make this really sad, mysterious kind of dance music, something that really got into your butt, but also really got into your head and made you think."

My Morning Jacket will be making people think while they dance and dance while they think throughout October and November, including two Canadian stops. Z is in stores this week.

MMJ Canadian tour dates:

October 19, Toronto, ON - The Guvernment
November 3, Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom (w/Saul Williams)

Writer: Neil McDonald



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