Jim James

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Jim James
Jim James 8-12-11.jpg
James performing on August 8, 2011
Background information
Birth nameJames Edward Olliges, Jr.
Also known asYim Yames
Born(1978-04-27) April 27, 1978 (age 36)
OriginLouisville, Kentucky, United States
GenresPsychedelic rock, Indie rock, jam rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, omnichord, drums, percussion
Years active1992—
LabelsATO Records
MapleMusic Recordings (Canada)
Associated actsMy Morning Jacket, M. Ward, Bright Eyes, VHS or Beta, The Decemberists, Mont de Sundua, Hotel Roy, Monsters of Folk, New Multitudes, The New Basement Tapes
Notable instruments
Gibson Flying V, Gibson ES-335
 
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Jim James
Jim James 8-12-11.jpg
James performing on August 8, 2011
Background information
Birth nameJames Edward Olliges, Jr.
Also known asYim Yames
Born(1978-04-27) April 27, 1978 (age 36)
OriginLouisville, Kentucky, United States
GenresPsychedelic rock, Indie rock, jam rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, omnichord, drums, percussion
Years active1992—
LabelsATO Records
MapleMusic Recordings (Canada)
Associated actsMy Morning Jacket, M. Ward, Bright Eyes, VHS or Beta, The Decemberists, Mont de Sundua, Hotel Roy, Monsters of Folk, New Multitudes, The New Basement Tapes
Notable instruments
Gibson Flying V, Gibson ES-335
James performing in 2007

James Edward Olliges, Jr. (born April 27, 1978), professionally known as Jim James or Yim Yames,[1] is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the rock band My Morning Jacket.

Early life[edit]

James grew up in the Highlands-Douglass neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. He attended St. Martha grade school and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1996.[2] James briefly attended the University of Kentucky, studying art.[3]

Career[edit]

Prior to forming My Morning Jacket, James was the vocalist and guitarist of Month of Sundays, currently known as Mont de Sundua.

As the vocalist, frontman, producer and lead songwriter for My Morning Jacket, James has been instrumental in defining the sound of the band, from the haunting reverb of The Tennessee Fire to the amalgam of reggae, Americana, and folk that was the Z, which he co-produced with John Leckie.[4] He was given an "Esky" for best songwriter in Esquire's 2006 Esky Music Awards in the April issue.

James typically plays rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, and occasional lead guitar on My Morning Jacket songs. He played the role of the band leader in the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, singing the song "Going to Acapulco", with Calexico as his backing band, which was featured on the soundtrack of the film. Rolling Stone listed James among their "20 New Guitar Gods" along with fellow My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel. In 2008, James, along with former My Morning Jacket guitarist and cousin Johnny Quaid, formed Removador Recordings and Solutions record label. The label, as described on its website, functions "on the simple principal of yielding the highest annual percentage of aural joy back into the hearts and minds of investors and shareholders with ease and convenience".[5] He contributed vocals on The Decemberists' 2009 album The Hazards of Love.

On April 4, 2009, James performed at the Radio City Music Hall, New York City, in the Paul McCartney "Change Begins Within" concert benefitting the David Lynch Foundation.[6]

On July 7, 2009, James released Tribute To, an EP covering George Harrison songs. A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to benefit the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. The EP is available on yimyames.com as both a digital download and a physical CD/LP.[7]

James and the rest of My Morning Jacket played themselves in "My Morning Straitjacket", an episode of the animated television series American Dad!

In 2012, Rounder Records released the Woody Guthrie tribute album New Multitudes which features songs covered by a variety of musicians including James (as Yim Yames) and Jay Farrar. James wrote an article on My Morning Jacket,[8] discussing how the band got its name and growing up in Louisville, for the July 2012 issue of Louisville magazine. Bandmates Patrick Hallahan and Tom Blankenship also wrote articles for the issue.

James released his debut solo full length album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, on ATO Records on February 5, 2013.

Personal life[edit]

James has been practicing Transcendental Meditation since 2009.[9]

Discography[edit]

My Morning Jacket[edit]

Monsters of Folk[edit]

Solo[edit]

Equipment[edit]

Guitars
Electronics
Other instruments
Amplifiers and cabinets
Pickups, effects and other equipment

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "Yim Yames". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  2. ^ Lou (25 October 2010). "21 Questions with My Morning Jacket's Jim James". Louisville.com. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  3. ^ ""1891", the MY MORNING JACKET history 1891-2004". Gerpotze.com. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  4. ^ "Z Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  5. ^ "About Removador". Removador Recordings and Solutions. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  6. ^ "Jim James & Bettye Lavette added to David Lynch Foundation show". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "My Morning Jacket man to release George Harrison covers EP". NME. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  8. ^ "My Morning Jacket by My Morning Jacket: Jim James". Louisville. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  9. ^ Newman, Jason. "Jim James Q&A: How a Near-Death Experience and a 1929 Graphic Novel Saved His Life". Billboard. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "My Morning Jacket – Jim James Guitar Gear Rig and Equipment". Retrieved 2011-09-28. 

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