Jim James Announces New Solo Album & Tour

It turns out the handful of performances that Jim James announced last month was just a hint at what was to come. He’s booked a 23-date solo tour to go along with his new album due out Nov. 4 via ATO/Capital Records.

Eternally Even marks the second solo project for the My Morning Jacket frontman. A press release from his PR team notes that the release – a “heart-thumping call to action” – was scheduled to coincide with the upcoming election.

He co-produced Eternally Even with Blake Mills, who has worked with Alabama Shakes.

James’ debut solo album, 2013’s Regions of Light and Sound of God, earned praise as “truly breathtaking” by Time Out and “magnificent” by Rolling Stone.

“While addressing the same themes he’s been tweaking for more than a decade now, James adds a new trick to his ever-expanding repertoire: transforming the boundless possibilities of solo creativity into a cohesive one-man show,” Pitchfork contributor Eric Harvey writes.

Here’s what James says about the themes of the new LP:

“I wanted to make an album that hopefully speaks to the issues of the day, many of which, sadly, are issues we have been dealing with since the beginning of time. Most of what I think about right now is how so many things in the world are SO fucked up- our political system is broken and corrupt…our earth is being destroyed by climate change…people are not treating each other with equality and respect… and I think- are we going to make it?  Are we going to figure it out and fix it before it’s too late? Can we ever truly open our hearts and embrace love in all its beautiful forms? I think it’s still possible. I still have hope in humanity. I’m just trying to be a part of the discussion and encourage people to speak out for equality, to not be afraid to speak out for peace and love. All of us feel afraid at times in these absolutely insane times, but it’s important we speak our minds, cast our votes, and do not give in to fear and hatred.”

The tour follows a few solo headline dates in California next week, an appearance at San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Sept. 30 and an Oct. 1 gig with Conor Oberst. Check out the routing below.

Nov. 15 – Boston, Mass., Royale Nightclub Boston
Nov. 16 –Boston, Mass., Royale Nightclub Boston       
Nov. 18 – Philadelphia, Pa., The Fillmore Philadelphia
Nov. 19 –Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
Nov. 20 – New York, N.Y., Terminal 5       
Nov. 22 – Atlanta, Ga., The Tabernacle
Nov. 23 – Nashville, Tenn., Ryman Auditorium
Nov. 25 – Louisville, Ky., The Louisville Palace Theatre
Nov. 26 – Chicago, Ill., Riviera Theatre
Nov. 27 – Milwaukee, Wis., Riverside Theatre
Nov. 29 – St. Louis, Mo., The Pageant
Nov. 30 – Omaha, NE, Slowdown       
Dec. 1 – Minneapolis, Minn., State Theatre       
Dec. 3 – Denver, Colo., Paramount Theatre
Dec. 5 – Missoula, Mont., The Wilma
Dec. 6 – Seattle, Wash., Showbox SoDo       
Dec. 7 – Portland, Ore., Roseland Theater
Dec. 10 – Las Vegas, Nev., Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas       
Dec. 11 – Tempe, Ariz., The Marquee
Dec. 13 – Austin, Texas, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
Dec. 14 – Dallas, Texas, House Of Blues       
Dec. 16 – Houston, Texas, House Of Blues
Dec. 17 – New Orleans, La., The Civic Theatre

A fan club presale begins Sept. 20. Tickets go on sale to the general public Sept. 23. Visit JimJames.com for more information.