My Morning Jacket

Louisville’s My Morning Jacket is being described by CNN as “America’s new rock and roll standouts.” The band discusses its latest album in this video posted on CNN’s Web site. They have several tour dates coming up, including an Aug. 16 show at Waterfront Park in Louisville.

My Morning Jacket was one of the dozens of bands who performed at Bonnaroo last month. Rolling Stone profiled the band after the performance.

For their 35th and final song at Bonnaroo, as a steady rain soaked Tennessee, My Morning Jacket eased into a cover of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home.” It wasn’t the only special moment during the four-hour, career-defining set — which included most of the band’s new Evil Urges, killer covers of James Brown’s “Cold Sweat” and Erykah Badu’s “Tyrone,” and a guest spot from Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett (“an up-and-comer,” said MMJ frontman Jim James), who shredded on the 2003 jam “One Big Holiday.” “It was a loving affair,” James said the next day, summing up the peaceful vibes floating around the festival. “And a magical night …”

It looks like the band might become an even bigger hit. I didn’t realize just how popular My Morning Jacket is until two summers ago when I attended a copy editing residency in Lincoln, Neb. A classmate who was born in Colorado and attended college in Minnesota is a fan of the band. It’s always cool to see a Kentucky band succeed.


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