Focusing on music from its then-new “Evil Urges” album (2008), My Morning Jacket delivers an excellent performance captured in intimate fashion for Nigel Godrich’s “From the Basement” series.
Jim James will probably never be mistaken for a Wall Street banker. Sporting a woodsy beard and long mane of curly hair, the My Morning Jacket singer-guitarist looks like his band sounds. At least he did at the onset. Emerging at the dawn of the 21st Century amid a period devoid of music featuring driving guitars and golden harmonies, the Kentucky-based group embraced its heritage with open arms. Soaked in reverb and steeped in ragged country, its early songs spoke with a Southern accent that gave the band a distinct identity.