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My Morning Jacket in the Rain at Bonnaroo


It's hard to believe I didn’t love this band from the start considering how much I dig them now. My Morning Jacket is one of the best live rock bands ever and they proved that last nite with a 3-plus-hour set at Bonnaroo that came with the rain at midnite. Wow. We managed to get right up front (call it good karma!) so close I can tell you what kind of underwear Jim James was wearing. The rain grew in intensity as their set went on and by "Two Halves" we all were completely soaked through.

I loved it. But I like rain. Here’s a tip for you festival goers -- have a dry spot for your phone. In my case, that was my bra. At one point Jim James and guitarist Carl Broemel left the stage so that their gear could be covered and the stage mopped down. The drummer filled that space with an improv solo which kicked up some Dead Drumz visions for me.

But this is a band that draws on so many influences. Sure, the southern rock sound and jam band base is there but if you’ve heard Evil Urges you know that there is a total Prince/soul/R&B thing happening too with the band, which owes a lot to the vocals of Jim James. Also on the new album you can’t miss the soft rock 70’s touches too. Funny that Jim sang on the latest America comeback record. Take a look at this set list:

My Morning Jacket, Bonnaroo 2008

Evil Urges

Off the Record


Hot Fun (Sly & the Family Stone) with Jeff Coffin on saxophone and the Nashville/Louisville Horns

Highly Suspicious

What a Wonderful Man

I'm Amazed

Thank You Too

Touch Me Pt 1

Sec Walkin


Two Halves


Hit it and Quit it (Funkadelic)

Tyrone (Erykah Badu)

Steam Engine - with drum solo


Aluminum Park

Easy Morning Rebel with Jeff Coffin and the Nashville/Louisville Horns

Dancefloors with Jeff Coffin and the Nashville/Louisville Horns

One Big Holiday featuring Kirk Hammett of Metallica

-- intermission --

Cold Sweat (James Brown) with Jeff Coffin and the Nashville/Louisville Horns

Get Down On It (Kool and the Gang) with Jeff Coffin and the Nashville/Louisville Horns

Across 110th Street (Bobby Womack & Peace) with Jeff Coffin and the Nashville/Louisville Horns

Wordless Chorus

Phone Went West


Oh Sweet Nuthin (Velvet Underground)


Bermuda Highway - Jim solo


Run Thru

Smokin from Shootin

Touch Me Pt 2

Home Sweet Home (Motley Crue) featuring Zach Galifianakis as Annie

Here’s One Minute with My Morning Jacket from the Friday night show: