Jim James announces new acoustic record

Jim James has announced the release of UNIFORM CLARITY, a new companion piece to his acclaimed 2018 album, UNIFORM DISTORTION. The new LP – which comprises acoustic renditions of the songs originally found on UNIFORM DISTORTION along with two new tracks- arrives Friday, October 5 via ATO. Pre-orders are available here.
“The idea for UNIFORM CLARITY came from UNIFORM DISTORTION,” says James, “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 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.”
UNIFORM CLARITY was recorded with GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, The War On Drugs). Today, there will be an exclusive YouTube event that sees James appearing throughout the day for special performances, discussions about the upcoming release and his extraordinary body of work, as well as his belief in the importance of voting and political action as we set out to change the future this Election Day. The broadcast will culminate with a very special live performance and Q+A session, set to be streamed live from San Francisco at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET.
James is currently poised to embark on a unique solo acoustic tour, beginning November 1 with a sold-out show at Solana Beach, CA’s Belly Up Tavern and then visiting historic theatres and performing arts centers across the United States before culminating with a November 21 homecoming at Louisville, KY’s much-loved Louisville Palace. The dates will see the acclaimed My Morning Jacket frontman – accompanied by longtime touring drummer David Givan – perform a career-encompassing repertoire, including songs from UNIFORM DISTORTION/UNIFORM CLARITY. Support throughout comes from special guest Alynda Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff. One dollar per ticket purchased will go to The Waterfall Project, whose beneficiaries will be United for A Fair Economy and National Bail Fund Network. Most dates are already completely sold out – for complete details and remaining ticket availability, please visit
2018 TOUR
16 – Los Angeles, CA – Pathways to Paris @ Theatre at Ace Hotel
1 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern SOLD OUT
2 – Los Angeles, CA – Cathedral Sanctuary SOLD OUT
3 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
5 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room SOLD OUT
6 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre SOLD OUT
8 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater
9 – Chicago, IL – The Vic SOLD OUT
10 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Theatre
13 – New York, NY – Town Hall SOLD OUT
14 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
16 – Boston, MA – Shubert Theatre
17 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre SOLD OUT
19 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
20 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center
21 – Louisville, KY – The Louisville Palace
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James’ third solo album, UNIFORM DISTORTION was greeted with worldwide critical praise upon its arrival earlier this year. “With driving guitar riffs and catchy hooks combined with his signature soaring vocals,” wrote the Associated Press, James delivers an utterly engaging, hard-charging, straight-ahead record that almost feels like a throwback to a different era while also being very much current.” “UNIFORM DISTORTIONis a collection of intentionally rough, loud songs,” noted NPR. “Backed by an efficient two-man rhythm section, there’s an emphasis on James’ guitar, which has a ragged, sometimes blaring sound…it seeks release in letting loose, in the pleasure music can give from creating wild, anarchic spaces within the framework of pop music song structures. There’s an art to summoning up chaos and an equal reward in keeping that chaos under control.” The Guardian declared the LP to be “a giddily powerful response to these troubled times…(James’) mix of musical joie de vivre and lyrical home truths prove fiendishly effective.” “UNIFORM DISTORTION carries an optimistic excitement,” wrote Consequence of Sound. “Its success lies in the honesty and purity that went into its creation.” “Jim James lets his hair down on fuzz- drenched fourth solo album,” declared MOJO in a four-starred lead review. “Going through the emotions never seemed so cool.” “(James) sounds like he’s having a blast,” raved Rolling Stone. “And you will too”
James – who performs a special one-off date at Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel on Sunday, September 16 – made a number of live appearances surrounding the release of UNIFORM DISTORTION, including sold out full band shows in New York and Los Angeles, as well as high profile TV performances on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Just A Fool
You Get To Rome
Out Of Time
No Secrets
Yes To Everything
No Use Waiting
All In Your Head
Better Late Than Never
Over and Over
Too Good To Be True
It Will Work Out
Flash in The Pan
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credit: Kevin Ratterman

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