Jim James announces ‘Tribute To 2’; Listen to his cover of The Beach Boys now

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Features covers of Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and more

Listen to his cover of The Beach Boys’ “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times”

After releasing the politically charged solo album Eternally Even in 2016, My Morning Jacketfront man Jim James returns with Tribute To 2, a collection of cover songs that reverberate with fresh meaning. Blurring the boundaries of time and genre, James interprets songs made famous by a wide variety of artists – ranging from early 20th century standards by Ray Noble and Al Bowlly (“Midnight, the Stars and You”, “Love is the Sweetest Thing”) and 1960’s songs by Willie Nelson and Sonny & Cher to EmersonLake & Palmer’s 1970 breakthrough hit “Lucky Man” and 1990’s releases by Abbey Lincoln and Diane IzzoTribute To 2 is out Friday, December 8 on ATO Records via [PIAS].

Today, James shared his version of “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times”, which opens the album. Written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher, “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times” first appeared on Pet Sounds, the landmark 1966 Beach Boys album.

‘I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times’ is a song that has spoken to me very deeply from the first time I heard it,” says Jim James. “So often, many of us just feel like we don’t fit in, like somehow we were dropped into the wrong life at the wrong time. This song has such a beautiful way of resonating with that energy and relating to the pain of life on earth, but also offering hope and comfort in the beautiful sounds of togetherness.

James has spent the better part of almost two decades as the lead singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of My Morning Jacket.  Hailed by The New York Times as “the new kings of expand-your-mind, religious-experience rock,” the band has released seven studio albums with the last three – 2008’s Evil Urges, 2011’s Circuital and 2015’s The Waterfall – each receiving GRAMMY nominations for Best Alternative Album.

Jim James
Tribute To 2

1. I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times
by The Beach Boys
2. Baby Don’t Go
by Sonny & Cher
3. Wild Honey
by Diane Izzo
4. Midnight, the Stars and You
by Ray Noble & Al Bowlly
5. Crying in the Chapel
by The Orioles
6. Funny How Time Slips Away
by Willie Nelson
7. Love is the Sweetest Thing
by Ray Noble & Al Bowlly
8. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
by Bob Dylan
9. Lucky Man
by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
10. The World is Falling Down
by Abbey Lincoln
11. Blue Skies
by Irving Berlin

Tribute To 2 by Jim James is out Friday, December 8
on ATO Records via [PIAS] Pre-order now:


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