Photos by Corinne Ryan
Jim James performed at Union Transfer in Philly on 4/27 (Cold Specks opened the show). The My Morning Jacket frontman (not to be mistaken with Yim Yames) is touring in support of his debut solo LP Regions of Light and Sound of God released earlier this year (listen to the album in its entirety on Spotify). See the rest of his upcoming tour dates here. BTW, JJ will be returning to the area again this summer (with My Morning Jacket) as part of Bob Dylan’s AmericanaramA Festival of Music tour – they’ll be playing the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on 7/28 (buy tickets here).
Marking his second performance in Philly in a little over 2 months (playing the much smaller Johnny Brenda’s this past February), the sold out crowd at Union Transfer came ready to celebrate Jim James’ 35th birthday replete with party hats and enthusiastic salutations. During his set (in which he performed the entirety of his new album Regions of Light and Sound of God, as well as an encore of songs by My Morning Jacket, Monsters of Folk, and New Multitudes), he treated the audience to the “best sax solo ever” and turned on their heartlights with his repeated E.T.-style magic touches. FYI, in case you didn’t know, his head of hair is a thing of splendor.
Below is the official music video for “A New Life” from Regions of Light and Sound of God. It is seriously such a beautiful song and really deserving of more frequent radio play. And check out that parlor guitar with the sexy slotted headstock! But I digress…
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