Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My Morning Jacket at the Beacon Theater

Jim James
In 1998 Louisville, Kentucky, Jim James began writing acoustic songs that were not appropriate for his demising band, Month of Sundays. He recruited several former members of a Shelbyville-based emo-punk band, Winter Death Club, and the first line-up of My Morning Jacket was formed. James was inspired to name the new band after finding a tainted coat emblazoned with the letters MMJ. The band currently consists of vocalist/guitarist Jim James, guitarist Carl Broemel, keyboardist Bo Koster, original bassist Tom Blankenship, and drummer Patrick Hallahan. My Morning Jacket released its sixth album, The Waterfall, on May 4, 2015.

My Morning Jacket announced that it would perform completely different set lists at its four nights at the Beacon Theatre. Tonight was the second night, and like the first, it dug deep into the band's catalog. The set featured the band's earlier psychedelic side first before gravitating to newer, high energy anthems. My Morning Jacket started with "The Dark" from the band's 1999 debut album, The Tennessee Fire. Rooted in rock and country, the set occasionally hinted at dub and reggae influences and often drifted into experimental and psychedelic jams. In addition to songs not performed in a few years "You Wanna Freak Out" and "Movin Away," the set included several surprises. James' take on "Nothing to It" from the Bob Dylan tribute compilation, Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes. Opening act Strand of Oaks (a.k.a. Timothy Showalter) returned to the stage to sing " Wonderful (The Way I Feel)." The set also included "State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)," a song from James' solo album. Rather than assembling a slick greatest hits package for the masses, My Morning Jacket designed this show to please its hardcore fans.

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