Serena Altschul goes back to the Kentucky farm where My Morning Jacket formed their signature sound and learns they take cues from an unlikely source – “The Muppets” – in an interview for this week’s CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD, to be broadcast June 30, 2013 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.
Critics have called My Morning Jacket one of the greatest live bands ever. They found their sound, bandleader Jim James says, playing in silos on a farm in Louisville, Ky., where they could play as loud as possible.
“The various major studios all had their echo chambers that they’re known for, so I thought, ‘Well, we’ve got these giant silos that sound amazing. Why not use them as our chambers?’” James tells Altschul during a tour of the farm. “It’s got a beautiful sound. A dirty floor, but a beautiful sound.”
That sound has earned the band great critical acclaim, and their last album Circuital reached the top ten on the Billboard charts.
But it’s more than the silos that helped inspire the band as James admits Roy Orbison’s voice and “The Muppets” have influenced him.
James says his first experience with music was watching the show. “Like, that was the first time I ever knew what music was,” he tells Altschul.
James released his first solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, earlier this year. For more information on the album and his solo performances please visit http://jimjames.com.
Coming this January 26-30th 2014 is My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday, a tropical destination adventure at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico. In addition to an intimate run of shows, fans will enjoy all of the luxurious benefits offered by the gorgeous Hard Rock Riviera Maya resort. More than a series of live shows, this is an all-inclusive experience; all fans stay on site at the resort and all meals, drinks, concerts and activities are included in the package. Visit www.MMJOneBigHoliday.com for tickets and more information.
My Morning Jacket is also currently on tour with the AmericanaramA Festival of Music, which includes performances by Bob Dylan and Wilco. For more information on fan clubs and ticket purchasing, visit MyMorningJacket.com and check out all upcoming tour dates below.
6/29 – Atlanta, GA – Aarons Amphitheatre
6/30 – Nashville, TN – The Lawn at Riverfront Park
7/2 – Memphis, TN – Autozone Park
7/5 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
7/6 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
7/7 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
7/10 – Saint Paul, MN – Midway Stadium
7/11 – Peoria, IL – Cheifs Stadium
7/12 – Chicago, IL – Toyota Park
7/14 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Music Theatre
7/15 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/18 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lakes PAC
7/19 – Bridgeport, CT – The Ball Park at Harbor Yard
7/20 – Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
7/21 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga PAC
7/23 – Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/24 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live @ Virginia Beach
7/26 – Hoboken, NJ – Pier A
7/27* – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
7/28 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
7/31 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
8/1 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
8/3 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/4 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
*Please note that My Morning Jacket will not be performing on this show