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Jim James announces full band headline tour + deluxe vinyl reissue

JIM JAMES SETS FULL BAND HEADLINE TOUR

THE JIM JAMES PRESENTS UNIFORM DISTORTION TOUR
BEGINS MAY 1 AT CHARLESTON, SC’S CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL
PRESALES BEGIN WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30 AT 10 AM (LOCAL)

GENERAL ON-SALE STARTS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 AT 10 AM (LOCAL)

TOP-BILLED FESTIVAL SETS ALSO SLATED THROUGH THE SUMMER,
INCLUDING SHAKY KNEES, BONNAROO, AND MORE 

UNIFORM DISTORTION/CLARITY: DELUXE EDITION AVAILABLE MARCH 22


credit: Danny Clinch

Jim James has announced plans for a spring headline tour. The Jim James Presents Uniform Distortion tour – which sees James backed by his longtime live band – begins May 1 at Charleston, SC’s Charleston Music Hall and then continues through the month. James – who has only just wrapped up a series of intimate European headline shows – will bring his first full band performances of last year’s Uniform Distortion along with selections from his entire catalogue to U.S. festivals at Atlanta, GA’s Shaky Knees Music Festival (May 4), Manchester, TN’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (June 15), Telluride, CO’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 20-23), and Quincy CA’s High Sierra Music Festival (July 4-7).
Spotify and jimjames.com presales begin Wednesday, January 30 at 10 am (local). Local presales follow on Thursday, January 31 at 10 am (local). All presales conclude Thursday, January 31 at 10 pm (local). All remaining tickets will be released to the general public on Friday, February 1 at 10 am (local). For complete details, please see jimjames.com/events.
In partnership with RPM, $1 from every ticket purchased for the Jim James Presents Uniform Distortion tour will benefit My Morning Jacket’s Waterfall Project, whose beneficiary for this tour will be the Young Authors Greenhouse, a nonprofit organization in Louisville, KY that inspires students ages 6-8 from diverse communities to grow their imaginations through writing.

JIM JAMES2019 TOUR
MAY1 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall3 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel4 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Music Festival5 – New Orleans, Joy Theater8 – Houston, TX – Heights Theater10 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater11 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre12 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre14 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue15 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall17 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club19 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore20 – Portland, ME – State Theatre22 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre23 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater25 – Boulder, CO – Bluebird Music Festival (solo acoustic)
JUNE15 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival20-23 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Bluegrass Festival
JULY4-7 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival

In other news, James recently announced the upcoming release of UNIFORM DISTORTION/CLARITY: DELUXE EDITION, an expanded vinyl reissue joining his acclaimed 2018 album, UNIFORM DISTORTION, with its acoustic companion volume, UNIFORM CLARITY. Limited to 1,000 individually numbered units, UNIFORM DISTORTION/CLARITY: DELUXE EDITION arrives via ATO on March 22. 
Paired in a die-cut gatefold jacket, pressed on specialty foil, UNIFORM DISTORTION/CLARITY: DELUXE EDITION sees both albums printed on newly colored vinyl, with UNIFORM DISTORTION available in a black and gold vinyl mix and UNIFORM CLARITY in a black and white vinyl mix. Furthermore, UNIFORM DISTORTION/CLARITY: DELUXE EDITION appends UNIFORM DISTORTION with two tracks from the original sessions, “It Will Work Out” and “Flash In The Pan” (Rock and Roll Versions) – both first released on Uniform Clarity – and also includes an exclusive 7″ single comprised of four never-before-heard cover versions: “Hot Burrito #1” (originally performed by The Flying Burrito Brothers), “How?” (John Lennon), “Fallin’ Rain” (Link Wray) and “Dark End of the Street” (written by Dan Penn and Chips Moman and recorded by innumerable legendary artists). Lastly, UNIFORM DISTORTION/CLARITY: DELUXE EDITION includes a double-sided foldout poster signed by James and exclusive to this release.
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 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!NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Recorded over three days at Los Angeles’s Eastwest Studios with GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, The War On Drugs), UNIFORM CLARITY arrived in October and swiftly earned critical attention of its own. “UNIFORM DISTORTION was meant to echo the chaos and cacophony of these tumultuous times while UNIFORM CLARITY is intended as a means of taking an opposite tack,” wrote Paste, “to provide some insight, and presumably some assurance as well. This time around, the 11 songs that graced the initial disc provide a serene counterpoint, one that coaxes the listener along and shares some sentiment along the way.” “Ultimately, UNIFORM CLARITY reiterates that immutable fact already demonstrated on UNIFORM DISTORTION: Jim James is a great songwriter,” declared Exclaim!  “This revised version offers fans a chance to listen closely to those musical constructions, at their most skeletal, revealing an often wondrous gestation process.”
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