Artist of the Week: Jim James
Jim James (aka Yim Yames) is a member of Kentucky-based band My Morning Jacket. As leader, singer, front man, guitarist, producer and main songwriter, he is considered the main creative force responsible for expanding the band’s rock, folk and country roots to sonic experimentations that include neo-psychedelia, funk, soul, prog and reggae.
Jim James has also become some kind of an indie icon thanks to his participation as a bandleader in Bob Dylan surrealistic biopic I’m Not There (2007) and as himself in American Dad’s My Morning Straightjacket episode (2009). His notoriety became even wider when the American supergroup Monsters of Folk (formed by Jim James, Conor Oberst, Mike Moggis and M. Ward) released their eponymous debut record in 2009. In 2012, he hooked up with Anders Parker, Jay Ferrar and Will Johnson to record and release New Multitudes, an album of previously unrecorded Woody Guthrie lyrics.
His solo career began with occasional solo shows (often with Carl Broemel on guitar and pedal steel), showcasing bare-bones versions of My Morning Jacket songs along with various covers. After releasing in 2009 an EP of heavy-reverbed covers of George Harrison songs originally recorded in 2001, he finally released this month his critically acclaimed and much-anticipated solo debut Regions of Light and Sound of God.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.