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My Morning Jacket Announce New US Tour Dates

Shortly after completing their recent tour with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Louisville’s My Morning Jacket will be taking their celebrated, exhilarating live show back on the road this August.  Jim James, Tom Blankenship, Carl Broemel, Bo Koster, and Patrick Hallahan will come together in San Diego on August 11th to kick start another series of their special performances that no other band can replicate.

Sub Pop’s Avi Buffalo will be supporting the group for the San Diego date as well as their LA show at The Greek Theater.  The run will also include a stop at Denver’s Mile High Festival, and MMJ will be supporting Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on several dates.  The band is both thrilled and humbled to have been asked to open for the legend.

For all of the Jacket’s headlining dates, the guys will be donating $1 from each ticket to a local charity.  See below for the full list of organizations along with links to their websites for more information.

MMJ Tour Dates

* = supporting slot for Tom Petty
# = with Avi Buffalo

08/11:  San Diego, CA - SDSU Outdoor Theatre #
San Diego Coast Keeper (www.sdbaykeeper.org)

08/12:  Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre #
School On Wheels (www.schoolonwheels.org)

08/15:  Denver, CO - Mile High Festival

08/17:  Chicago, IL @ Charter One Pavilion
Mercy Home (www.mercyhome.org)


08/19:  Boston, MA - Comcast *

08/20:  Burlington, VT - Champlain Valley Lawn
Combat Paper Project (www.combatpaper.org)

08/21:  Boston, MA - Comcast *

08/24:  Newark, NJ @ Izod Center *

08/25:  Holyoke, MA @ Mountain Park
WomanShelter (www.womanshelter.org)


08/27:  Pittsburgh, PA @ Station Square Amphitheater
Just Harvest (www.justharvest.org)

08/28:  Rochester, NY @ CMAC
Finger Lakes Land Trust (www.fllt.org)

08/29:  Philadelphia, PA @ Great Plaza
Greensgrow Philadelphia Project (www.greensgrow.org/philly)

Former MMJ Guitarist Johnny Quaid is The Ravenna Colt

After conceiving the project over a decade ago, former My Morning Jacket guitarist Johnny Quaid is finally releasing the dreamlike, southern-flavored debut effort by The Ravenna Colt. The album, titled, Slight Spell, is now available through Removador Recordings and Solutions, the label Quaid recently co-founded with MMJ frontman Yim Yames.

After six years as a part of MMJ, Louisville, KY native Quaid parted amicably with the band in 2004 and headed off to California.  Eventually Quaid headed back east and reacquainting himself with his roots.  Fittingly, the music he has written as The Ravenna Colt reflects his style in Americana with a hint of cosmic breeze that emanates from California.

Opening track “South of Ohio,’ points to this when Quaid wonders “I lost my drawl in California / was there ever one at all?”  He reveals himself to be an individual who meditates on the deep connection he has with his hometown as well as one interested in venturing outward for new experiences.

The Ravenna Colt currently includes Phil Carlson, J. Brent Stuart and Daniel T. Mohler as members, but the group has always been a shape-shifting entity with the only constant force being Quaid at the helm.  This collective-like quality translates to the music as well, which has beautifully amorphous feel.  The songs on Slight Spell have definitive cores, but ones that seem capable of adapting to various musicians and arrangements. Quaid has the soul of a troubadour.  One can picture him with nothing but an acoustic guitar strapped to his back, traveling from town to town to share his music and his adventures.

My Morning Jacket Hit The Road With The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

It’s been almost a full year, but the wait is finally over.  My Morning Jacket are ready to bring their electrifying live show back on the road.  The guys will make their way around the Southeastern United States this Spring, including a performance at this year’s Jazzfest in New Orleans.  MMJ are also excited to both try something new with their choice for an opening act, and bring some of the spirit of NOLA along with them.  The band is honored that the historic Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be supporting them on the run.

The connection with the PHJB originated in the Spring of 2009 when MMJ frontman Jim James was invited to sing with them at their home turf, New Orleans’ legendary Preservation HallJames recorded two songs with the band: “St. James Infirmary” and “Louisiana Fairytale.”  The tracks will appear on the bands forthcoming album,  PRESERVATION: An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program, out February 16th.

“When I got the invitation to go to the legendary Preservation Hall – where SO much of the music we now know and love on this earth found its early roots – I did not waste a minute,”  James reminisces.  “Getting to sing while the guys played with such glorious bursts of sound – all live in that holy room with the ghosts and garbage trucks crankin’ along – was an experience I’ll never forget.”

The PHJB’s leader Ben Jaffe shares his memory of playing with James: “I couldn’t have imagined Jim fitting in any better with the guys at Preservation Hall.  Creating music is not a science.  There is no tried and true formula.  There is an unspoken bond amongst musicians.  One that exists in the notes we choose.  Jim’s like our long lost cousin coming home for the first time.”

MMJ Tour Dates With The Preservation Hall Jazz Band:

04/20:  Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theater

04/21:  Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium

04/23:  Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park

04/24:  New Orleans, LA @ Jazzfest

04/27:  St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater

04/28:  Charleston, SC @ Family Circle

04/30:  Raleigh, NC @ Koka Booth

05/01:  Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

05/02:  Columbus, OH @ LC Outdoor Pavilion