photo by Kevin Ratterman


Following the release of his recent solo album Uniform Distortion earlier this summer, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has announced a new, acoustic companion to that effort, Uniform Clarity, which will be released on October 5 via ATO.

The new album will combine acoustic versions of Uniform Distortion tracks, along with two brand-new cuts, “You Get to Rome” and “Over and Over,” both of which can be heard below.

James explains the impetus for the acoustic album in a press release: “The idea for Uniform Clarity came from Uniform Distortion, an album of intentional chaos/dirt: literal and figurative distortion of lyrics and sound meant to echo and hopefully shed some light on the twisted times and distortion of the truth in which we now live. Uniform Clarity is meant to illuminate the other side—raw and real, but very clear, much like in the early days of recording where all you could hear was the truth because there were no ways to manipulate recordings in the studio. Working with [producer] Shawn Everett, we created a document style recording of these songs—just vocals, guitar and the space itself, no special FX. A crystal clear illustration of the flawed beauty of what a song starts off as or sometimes remains—a thought, a seed, a light from the womb of the universe brought to life down here on earth.”

Throughout today, James will appear via a YouTube event for performances and discussions about the new album, his music and the importance of political involvement, ending with a special performance and Q&A session that will be broadcast live from San Francisco via James’ YouTube channel and in the video below, starting at 5pm PT/8pm ET.

See James’ upcoming solo acoustic tour schedule below.



Jim James Tour Dates

September 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Pathways to Paris at Theatre at Ace Hotel

November 1 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern

November 2 – Los Angeles, CA – Cathedral Sanctuary 

November 3 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre

November 5 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room

November 6 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre

November 8 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater

November 9 – Chicago, IL – The Vic

November 10 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Theatre

November 13 – New York, NY – Town Hall 

November 14 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre

November 16 – Boston, MA – Shubert Theatre

November 17 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre 

November 19 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle

November 20 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center

November 21 – Louisville, KY – The Louisville Palace