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My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket performing in Dallas, Texas in 2006; (left to right) Broemel, Two-Tone Tommy, and James are visible with their guitars.
Background information
Origin Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Genres Indie rock, psychedelic rock, country rock
Years active 1998–present
Labels Darla, ATO
Jim James
"Two-Tone" Tommy
Patrick Hallahan
Bo Koster
Carl Broemel
Former members
Johnny Quaid
Danny Cash
J. Glenn
Chris Guetig

My Morning Jacket is an American rock band. The band consists of Jim James (singer-songwriter, guitarist), Tom "Two-Tone Tommy" Blankenship (bassist),[1] Patrick Hallahan (drummer), Carl Broemel (guitarist, pedal steel guitarist, saxophonist, vocalist), and Bo Koster (keyboardist, percussionist, vocalist).



My Morning Jacket formed in 1998 in Louisville, Kentucky, consisting of Jim James on guitar, Tom Blankenship on bass, J. Glenn on drums, and Johnny Quaid on second guitar. James said the band's moniker comes from the letters "MMJ" embroidered on a discarded coat he once saw.[2]

The band's debut, The Tennessee Fire, was released on Darla Records. In 2000, the band was augmented by the addition of Danny Cash (layout and keyboard instruments). Although the second album At Dawn was recorded with drummer J. Glenn, he had already left the band by the time the album was released by Darla in 2001. J. Glenn was replaced by Chris 'KC' Guetig. In May 2002 James' childhood friend Patrick Hallahan replaced Guetig.

My Morning Jacket were signed to ATO Records in 2002. In 2003 they released It Still Moves, their major-label debut. The release of the album was followed by the live EP Acoustic Citsuoca. This EP was notable for the absence of hall reverb on Jim James' vocals, a sound very different from their earlier works.

Jim James of My Morning Jacket performing in San Diego during their 2008 U.S. tour.

In January 2004, Quaid and Cash left the band and were replaced by Carl Broemel and Bo Koster respectively. In November 2004 the band released two collections of early work, which included old demos, live versions, and covers. These discs, entitled Early Recordings Chapter 1 – The Sandworm Cometh and Early Recordings Chapter 2 – Learning, document the formation and progress in the band's early years.

October 2005 saw the release of the critically acclaimed album Z. The band was featured (under the name Ruckus) in the 2005 film Elizabethtown and contributed the original song "Where to Begin" and (billed as Ruckus) their version of a song called "Same In Any Language" (composed by Nancy Wilson of Heart, who scored Elizabethtown) to the soundtrack albums.

In 2006, My Morning Jacket were musical guests on The Late Show with David Letterman, performing with members of the Boston Pops, with whom they played two shows at Boston Symphony Hall later in the month. In 2006 the band also released a live double album and DVD entitled Okonokos.

In 2007, the band recorded their album Evil Urges, which was released on June 10, 2008 and was followed by a June 20 show at Radio City Music Hall. They performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2008 as well as the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June.

My Morning Jacket in the midst of their four-hour set at Bonnaroo 2008 on June 14th.

They performed for a fifth time at the Bonnaroo Music Festival 2008. They played an almost four hour long set starting at midnight on Friday; it featured guest appearances by Kirk Hammett of Metallica and comedian Zach Galifianakis, as well as the Nashville-Louisville horns. Thirty-five songs were performed during the marathon set, including many covers (e.g. Erykah Badu's "Tyrone", Kool and the Gang's "Get Down on It", Sly and the Family Stone's "Hot Fun in the Summertime", James Brown's "Cold Sweat", Bobby Womack's "Across 110th Street", Funkadelic's "Hit It and Quit It", Velvet Underground's "Oh! Sweet Nuthin", and Mötley Crüe's "Home Sweet Home"), and all but two tracks of their latest album Evil Urges.

On May 10, 2008, they were the musical guest on Saturday Night Live and played "Evil Urges" as well as "I'm Amazed" from their upcoming CD.

In August 2008, an animated music video for the song "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Part 2" was released. The video has been well received by critics and fans alike and was created by the graphics design team Hornet's Mixtape Club. On August 16, they performed live in their hometown of Louisville at Waterfront Park.

The Autumn 2008 European Tour had to be canceled after Jim James was injured by a fall from the stage. Since then James has made a few public appearances, including showing up to perform "Paradise" with John Prine at a recent concert in Louisville, where he has been recovering from his injuries.

The band's 2008 album Evil Urges was nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative rock Album

The band was featured on CNN's 2009 New Year's Eve show with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, performing from Madison Square Garden. The band are currently supporting Neil Young on his Australian tour, as well as playing the Big Day Out festival.

Their most recent release, Celebración de la Ciudad Natal was released on Record Store Day, April 18, 2009. It is an eight song EP taken from two live recordings, notably the bands Summer 2008 Waterfront Park concert in their hometown of Louisville, KY.

Noted Open Salon rock critic MJ Wycha called My Morning Jacket "the best thing to happen to rock music in years" in a May 14, 2009 article.[3]

The entire band appeared as themselves in the American Dad episode, "My Morning Straitjacket", which aired on November 22, 2009.

Band members

Jim James performing at the Langerado Music Festival, 2007

Current members

  • Jim James – vocals, lead and rhythm guitars (1998–present)
  • Tom Blankenship – bass (1998–present)
  • Patrick Hallahan – drums (2002–present)
  • Bo Koster – keyboards & layout (2004–present)
  • Carl Broemel – guitar (2004–present)

Former members

  • Johnny Quaid – guitar (1998–2004)
  • Danny Cash – keyboards (2000–2004)
  • J. Glenn – drums (1998–2001)
  • Chris Guetig – drums (2001)

Side projects

  • In early 2005, James was featured on the opening track of the Bright Eyes album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, as well as on two tracks of the M. Ward album Transistor Radio, and one track on the Back To Me album by Kathleen Edwards.
  • James and Hallahan appeared on America's 2007 comeback album, Here & Now, in a cover of "Golden".
  • James, Koster and Broemel can be heard on fellow Louisville band VHS or Beta's album Bring On the Comets
  • James is heard on the 2007 Bob Dylan film, I'm Not There, along with the band Calexico. They perform "Goin' To Acapulco".
  • James sings background vocals on "I'm Not Sorry" and does handclaps on "Flower" both of which appear on Follow The Train's 2006 release A Breath of Sigh (Darla Records).
  • James also appears on M. Ward's album Post War, singing on Chinese Translation and Magic Trick, the latter of which he also produced.
  • James released the EP "Tribute to" under the moniker Yim Yames on August 4, 2009. It features 6 George Harrsion songs recorded live from 2001.
  • On September 22, 2009, James released an album as the group Monsters of Folk, whose members include himself and Bright Eyes cohorts Mike Mogis and Conor Oberst, as well as M.Ward.
  • Patrick Hallahan joined San Antonio-based band Hacienda as Dan Auerbach's backing band for the tour in support of his solo album, Keep It Hid


Studio albums

Live albums


Singles and EPs

  • Heartbreakin Man (May 2000)
  • My Morning Jacket Does Bad Jazz (July 2000)
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! a.k.a. My Morning Jacket Does Xmas Fiasco Style! (October 2000, US version)
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! a.k.a. My Morning Jacket Does Xmas Fiasco Style! (December 2000, EU version)
  • My Morning Jacket Does Gold Hole (January 2001)
  • Split EP (with Songs: Ohia) (April 2002)
  • Chocolate and Ice (April 2002)
  • Sweatbees (November 2002; UK version)
  • Sweatbees (May 2003; Australian version)
  • Run Thru (November 2003)
  • Acoustic Citsuoca (May 2004)
  • Off the Record (EP) (October 2005)
  • I'm Amazed (May 6, 2008) (#6 Billboard Triple A[6])


Compilation appearances

  • Little Darla Has a Treat for You Vol. 14 (2000)
  • Louisville Is for Lovers Vol. 1 (February 2001)
  • 2 Meter Sessies Volume 10 (September 2001)
  • Louisville Is for Lovers Vol. 2 (February 2002)
  • KVRX 91.7 FM presents local live v.6 unlimited bandwidth (June 2002)
  • ATO Records 53 (October 2002)
  • A Gift from a Garden to a Flower: A Tribute to Donovan (November 2002)
  • Oxford American 2003 Southern Music CD No. 6 (2003)
  • The Mother Lodge: A Tribute to the Rudyard Kipling, Volume 1 (March 2003)
  • Live from Bonnaroo 2003 (October 2003)
  • X-Ray CD #10 (October 2003)
  • 270 Miles from Graceland - Bonnaroo 2003 (DVD) (November 2003)
  • ATO Records 54 (December 2003)
  • Live @ The World Café Volume 18: I'll Take You There (September 2004)
  • KCRW Sounds Eclectic 3 (October 2004)
  • SPUNK Days of Future Past (October 2004)
  • KEXP presents Music That Matters Vol. 1 (November 2004)
  • KFOG Live from the Archives 11 (November 2004)
  • The WIRED CD: Rip. Sample. Mash. Share.: "One Big Holiday" (November 2004)
  • Louisville Is for Lovers Vol. 5 (February 2005)
  • duyster. (March 2005)
  • Return to Sin City - A Tribute to Gram Parsons (DVD) (March 2005)
  • Bonnaroo Music Festival 2004 (April 2005)
  • Live From Bonnaroo 2004 (DVD) (May 2005)
  • Live at KEXP Volume One (June 2005)
  • MOJO: Dylan Covered (August 2005)
  • Elizabethtown - songs from the brown hotel (EP) (August 2005)
  • Austin City Limits Music Festival - Live From Austin, Texas 2004 (August 2005)
  • Austin City Limits Music Festival - Live From Austin, Texas 2004 (DVD) (August 2005)
  • Elizabethtown - music from the motion picture (September 2005)
  • For a Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records (October 2005)
  • MOJO: Born in the USA Volume 2: The New American Songbook (December 2005)
  • Elizabethtown - music from the motion picture - vol. 2 (February 2006)
  • Louisville Is for Lovers Vol. 6 (February 2006)
  • On XRT: Live from the Archives, Volume 9 (October 2006)
  • Endless Highway - The Music of The Band: "It Makes No Difference" (January 2007)
  • Paste Magazine - New Music Sampler - Issue 44 (July 2008)
  • Dark Was The Night - A Red Hot Compilation: "El Caporal" (February 2009)

TV appearances

Movie appearances


External links

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