Jim James | Courtesy of Jim James
Jim James | Photo by Danny Clinch

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James is unhappy with the chaos of the world today, and his newest album, Eternally Even, slated to come out Nov. 4 on ATO/Capitol Records, touches on his discontent and mixes in a bit of call to action.

“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.” says James in a press release. “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.”

Eternally Even will be James’ second solo release; the first, Regions of Light and Sound of God, was released in 2013 to much critical acclaim. He’ll be embarking on a 22-city tour in support of his new album starting in November, tapping Louisville band Twin Limb as openers. He’ll pitstop at the Louisville Palace on Friday, Nov. 25. Tickets are $35 and go on sale Friday, Sept. 23.

Eternally Even comes out Nov. 5.
Eternally Even comes out Nov. 4.

So what exactly has James worried for mankind? He explains more on his website:

“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.”

Hope may, indeed, spring from Eternally Even.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."