Jim James is a man of few words – except when singing before a full house as My Morning jacket performed to an enthusiastic crowd at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.
One part vocalist, one part frontman and one part cult leader, James is one of very few modern day rockers to be immortalized with their very own episode of an animated series (American Dad” – “My Morning Straitjacket”).
His cult-like persona was in full display this evening as he touched on a majority of the band’s album’s including a soon to be released self-titled album, the band’s first new material since 2015’s Waterfall.
Wearing a rope like royalty as he stepped on stage, the masses there to see their leader rose to the occasion. Looking much like royalty, with the cape and his microphone his royal scepter in hand, the band began the night with “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 1 “ and segued into “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 12” as the full house went nuts.
The band showed little signs of rust after being on hiatus due to the pandemic and kept the songs rolling out like “Circuital”, “I’m Amazed”, Dondante” before finishing off their set with “One Big Holiday”.
Sometimes I wonder how or why a band reaches cult status, but after this nigh it was clear why. A charismatic leader, fine-tuned musicians, and actual original material that not follow a pattern or fall into a “safe” rut, and unafraid to take chances.
A three song encore followed appropriately enough with “Victory Dance”, followed by “Anytime” dating back to the album Z, the most represented album as far as songs performed on the evening and the night came to a close with “Wasted” from Waterfall II.
My Morning Jacket Setlist
Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 1
Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2
It Beats 4 U
Spring (Among the Living)
Climbing the Ladder
Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
Regularly Scheduled Programming
Off the Record
Love Love Love
One Big Holiday
– Dave Weinthal