14 Facts About Jim James


Jim James attended St Martha grade school and graduated from St Xavier High School in 1996.

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Jim James was given an "Esky" for best songwriter in Esquire's 2006 Esky Music Awards in the April issue.

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Jim James typically plays rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, and occasional lead guitar on My Morning Jacket songs.

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Jim James 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.

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Jim James wrote an article on My Morning Jacket, discussing how the band got its name and growing up in Louisville, for the July 2012 issue of Louisville magazine.

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

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In early 2014, Jim James recorded for Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes alongside Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Taylor Goldsmith and Rhiannon Giddens.

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Jim James participated with Katy Perry, Sting, Jerry Seinfeld, Angelique Kidjo, and classical guitarist Sharon Isbin.

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In 2016, Jim James played himself and sings in two episodes of the Showtime series Roadies.

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Also, included with the announcement was a letter Jim James wrote to photographer Duane Michals requesting use of his photograph "The Illuminated Man" for the album's cover art.

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Jim James discovered the photo in the 1971 publication The Last Whole Earth Catalog, which he stated was a primary inspiration for the new album.

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Jim James was raised Catholic and attended St Martha School for grade school and St Xavier for high school.

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Jim James previously dated one of the singers in his solo touring band.

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Jim James has cited Richard Shannon Hoon, Roy Orbison, and Marvin Gaye as influences on his vocal style.

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