My Morning Jacket to tour with Bob Dylan – here covering his songs


Jim James announced some exclusive news during a video interview with Tap Milwaukee Thursday night: My Morning Jacket will be on the road with Bob Dylan this summer.

My Morning Jackets has a long relationship with Dylan’s songs and it will be great to be able to see them on the same bill.

Bob Dylan’s songs have become part of the great American songbook and there are a lot of artists covering his compositions. My Morning Jacket is one of the best and most interesting of the contemporary bands around, and their covers of Dylan are all good, some are great.

In honor of Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary, a number of musical heavyweights came together for a new Bob Dylan cover album.  Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International had a wonderful cover of  “You’re a Big Girl Now” done by My Morning Jacket.

This made me check around to see if My Morning Jacket had done more songs by Dylan and they had.

The Man in Me:

From the 2007 Todd Haynes film Im Not There, Jim James of My Morning Jacket performs Bob Dylan’s Going To Acapulco, backed by Calexico. The song originally appeared on the Bob Dylan album The Basement Tapes, with Dylan backed by The Band. Recorded in West Saugerties NY, in 1967 during informal recording sessions at a house called Big Pink, using a set of microphones on loan from Peter Paul and Mary, the underground classic was not released until 1975.

Goin to Acapulco (Jim James and Calexico):

Tonight I’ll be staying here with you (a bit heavy bass sound, but good anyway):

Billy 4 (2004 Fort Worth TX):

– Hallgeir

2 thoughts on “My Morning Jacket to tour with Bob Dylan – here covering his songs”

  1. That version of Tonight I’ll be Staying Here with You is the live 1975 version, the lyrics are the ’75 version and the singing almost sounds like Bob 1975. That proves they have a familiarity of Dylan’s work beyond the classics. That and covering Billy 4! Wow.

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