Incidentally, Jim: time to get out of that coat and tie. They’ve worn out their welcome…
By Blurt Staff
Following up on his My Morning Jacket dates (on the AmericanaramA Festival with Bob Dylan and Wilco), Jim James has just announced additional dates on his Regions of Light and Sound of God solo tour, which already includes stops at Loufest in St, Louis, MO and Telluride Blues and Brews Festival in Telluride, CO. The tour kicks off in Birmingham, AL on September 6th.
Pre-Sale tickets will be available first come first serve to current members of My Morning Jacket’s Roll Call Fan Club on Thursday, July 25th at 10am local venue time. General on-sale will take place on Friday, July 26th at 10am ET, excluding dates in Lawrence, KS and Birmingham, AL, which will go on sale Saturday, July 27th at 10am ET and Monday, July 29th at 10am ET respectively. Details can be found here.
As BLURT reviewer Lee Zimmerman describes James’ solo album:
With his first solo album under his given name, the sometime Yim Yames abandons his role as a monster of folk in favor of an amorphous, atmospheric set-up that moves him further afield of his day job with My Morning Jacket. Gradually warming to this new terrain, James took the period of recuperation following an onstage accident to regroup and plot his next move.
Inspired by an 80 year old novel he read while in recovery, James turned soul-searcher and philosopher, a stance summed up by the album title Regions of Light and Sound of God. The set eschews songs in any traditional sense, opting instead for murky soundscapes characterized by minimal piano and acoustic guitar, suspended strings and a dense overlay of synths and drums. Opening track “State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)” borrows the minimalism of the first John Lennon Plastic Ono band album and meshes it with a melody reminiscent of Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine.” The unsettled air of “All Is Forgiven,” the drift and drone of “Actress” and the spectral shimmer of “Exploding” and “Of the Mother Again” give further credence to James’ experimental instincts. “I want a new life,” he asserts with the supple shuffle of “A New Life.” Clearly, he seems to have found the design he’s looking for.
7/27: Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
9/6: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
9/7: St. Louis, MO – @ LouFest
9/8: Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
9/10: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
9/11: Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
9/12: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
9/15: Telluride, CO @ Telluride Blues & Brews Festival