My Morning Jacket have just announced the release of a 20th anniversary re-issue of their debut record, “The Tennessee Fire.” This deluxe edition will include the original 16 tracks along with 16 previously unreleased and unheard tracks, lost songs, demo outtakes and alternate versions. The band will share this expanded album on August 2 via Darla Records. You can pre-order the record here.
In celebration of this anniversary, the band will host “My Morning Jacket Presents: A Tennessee Fire 20th Anniversary Celebration,” a one-night event on August 9 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. They’ll perform “The Tennessee Fire” in its entirety, along with a handful of extra songs from that time in their career.
"Wow. I cannot believe it has now been over 20 years since we recorded “The Tennessee Fire” on my cousin John's grandparents farm out in Shelbyville, KY in a little studio called "Above the Cadillac," says singer-guitarist Jim James. "What a life changing time that was for me -- a cosmic door opening to a new universe, thanks to the generosity of family and the spirits of music and connection, I have been so lucky to encounter. We tried to do as many fucked up things as we could that we loved and hoped folks would enjoy. We laughed a lot and we cried some too, ha. We are so grateful and humble that people are still enjoying it so many years later, and we also really love playing these songs live still after all these years, ha ha ha.”
He continues: “We offer our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has listened since the beginning/jumped on along the way, and all the new folks just hearing the music and getting into it. Much has changed and shifted over the years in the world of My Morning Jacket both on earth and in other realms, and I am so grateful to everyone who has ever been involved with the band on any level that helped it grow. I am grateful for the joy and thankful to have learned some things from the pain/disappointments that I hope will help in the future. Love is music, music is god, god is love, and I feel so blessed to be able to share this thing called music with so many wonderful souls both as a musician and as a listener myself. There is so much wonderful music out there. Peace and love."
They also have dates at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver on August 2 and 3, as well as Forest Hills Stadium in Queens on August 10.
$1 from every ticket purchased for the band's summer tour dates will benefit My Morning Jacket's Waterfall Project, with beneficiaries including Access Reproductive Care-Southeast (ARC), GreenWave, and The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).