My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has announced his second solo album of original material, called Eternally Even and co-produced by Blake Mills, along with a lineup of new tour dates.
The new album follows James’ bold 2013 solo debut, Regions of Light and Sound of God. Paste contributor Wyndham Wyeth lauded that album as “a promising first entry in a solo career we’ve been waiting on” in his review.
A press release describes James’ new album as “defying categorization,” explaining, “The timing of its release, smack in the middle of election season, is no accident.” In a statement, James said, “It’s important we speak our minds, cast our votes, and do not give in to fear and hatred.”
You can find James’ full statement below, along with the list of his tour dates and the album’s cover art.
Tickets for the new dates go on sale on Sept. 23—find presale info here. Eternally Even will be out on Nov. 4 via ATO/Capitol Records.
I wanted to make an album that hopefully speaks to the issues of the day, many of which, sadly, are issues we have been dealing with since the beginning of time. Most of what I think about right now is how so many things in the world are SO fucked up- our political system is broken and corrupt …our earth is being destroyed by climate change … people are not treating each other with equality and respect … and I think- are we going to make it? Are we going to figure it out and fix it before it’s too late? Can we ever truly open our hearts and embrace love in all its beautiful forms? I think it’s still possible. I still have hope in humanity. I’m just trying to be a part of the discussion and encourage people to speak out for equality, to not be afraid to speak out for peace and love. All of us feel afraid at times in these absolutely insane times, but it’s important we speak our minds, cast our votes, and do not give in to fear and hatred.
Jim James Tour Dates:
28 – Pioneertown, Calif. @ Pappy and Harriet’s *
29 – Ventura, Calif. @ Ventura Theatre *
30 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival *
1 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore Auditorium *
15-16 – Boston, Mass. @ Royale
18 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Fillmore Philly
19 – Washington, D.C. @ Warner Theatre
20 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5
22 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Tabernacle
23 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium
25 – Louisville, Ky. @ Palace Theater
26 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riviera Theatre
27 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Riverside Theater
29 – Saint Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
30 – Omaha, Neb. @ Slowdown
1 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ State Theater
3 – Denver, Colo. @ Paramount Theatre
5 – Missoula, Mont. @ The Wilma Theatre
6 – Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox SoDo
7 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theatre
10 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Brooklyn Bowl
11 – Tempe, Ariz. @ The Marquee
13 – Austin, Texas @ Austin City Limits Live
14 – Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues
16 – Houston, Texas @ House of Blues
17 – New Orleans, La. @ The Civic Theatre
(* = Previously announced)
Eternally Even Album Art