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James Edward Olliges, Jr. (born April 27, 1978), professionally known as Jim James or Yim Yames, is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the rock band My Morning Jacket.

^ Minsker, Evan (2012-11-12). "My Morning Jacket's Jim James Announces Debut Solo Album, Shares New Track". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 

Early life[edit]

James grew up in the Highlands-Douglass neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. He attended St. Martha grade school and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1996. James briefly attended the University of Kentucky, studying art.

^ Lou (25 October 2010). "21 Questions with My Morning Jacket's Jim James". Louisville.com. Retrieved 8 May 2013. ^ ""1891", the MY MORNING JACKET history 1891-2004". Gerpotze.com. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 


Prior to forming My Morning Jacket, James was the vocalist and guitarist of Month of Sundays, currently known as Mont de Sundua.

As the vocalist, frontman, producer and lead songwriter for My Morning Jacket, James has been instrumental in defining the sound of the band, from the haunting reverb of The Tennessee Fire to the amalgam of reggae, Americana, and folk that was the , which he co-produced with John Leckie. He was given an "Esky" for best songwriter in Esquire's 2006 Esky Music Awards in the April issue.

James typically plays rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, and occasional lead guitar on My Morning Jacket songs. He played the role of the band leader in the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, singing the song "Going to Acapulco", with Calexico as his backing band, which was featured on the soundtrack of the film. Rolling Stone listed James among their "20 New Guitar Gods" along with fellow My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel. In 2008, James, along with former My Morning Jacket guitarist and cousin Johnny Quaid, formed Removador Recordings and Solutions record label. The label, as described on its website, functions "on the simple principal of yielding the highest annual percentage of aural joy back into the hearts and minds of investors and shareholders with ease and convenience". He contributed vocals on The Decemberists' 2009 album The Hazards of Love.

On April 4, 2009, James performed at the Radio City Music Hall, New York City, in the Paul McCartney "Change Begins Within" concert benefitting the David Lynch Foundation.

On July 7, 2009, James released Tribute To, an EP covering George Harrison songs. A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to benefit the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. The EP is available on yimyames.com as both a digital download and a physical CD/LP.

In 2009, James and the rest of My Morning Jacket played themselves in "My Morning Straitjacket", an episode of the animated television series American Dad!

In 2012, Rounder Records released the Woody Guthrie tribute album New Multitudes which features songs covered by a variety of musicians including James (as Yim Yames) and Jay Farrar. James wrote an article on My Morning Jacket, discussing how the band got its name and growing up in Louisville, for the July 2012 issue of Louisville magazine. Bandmates Patrick Hallahan and Tom Blankenship also wrote articles for the issue.

James released his debut solo full-length album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, on ATO Records on February 5, 2013.

In early 2014 James recorded for Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes alongside Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Taylor Goldsmith and Rhiannon Giddens. The album was produced by T-Bone Burnett and is a compilation of partial songs written by Bob Dylan that were never released.

^ "Z Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2011-08-13. ^ "About Removador". Removador Recordings and Solutions. Retrieved 2011-08-13. ^ "Jim James & Bettye Lavette added to David Lynch Foundation show". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 31 July 2014. ^ "My Morning Jacket man to release George Harrison covers EP". NME. Retrieved 2011-09-28. ^ "My Morning Jacket by My Morning Jacket: Jim James". Louisville. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 

Personal life[edit]

James has been practicing Transcendental Meditation since 2009.

^ Newman, Jason. "Jim James Q&A: How a Near-Death Experience and a 1929 Graphic Novel Saved His Life". Billboard. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 


GuitarsGibson Custom ES-335 (Dot figured-top electric guitar with gloss finish honey burst) Gibson 1998 Limited Edition Flying V with custom chrome pickguard1976 Gretsch Broadkaster (Plain wood finish. Used as secondary performance guitar 1999–2003 tours. Also used in recording of Tennessee Fire, At Dawn, and all EPs recorded prior to 2004)Gretsch Super Axe (red)Fender Stratocaster (sunburst, black pickguard, maple neck)Ovation Preacher 12-string electricGibson J-185 acoustic/electricTakamine acoustic G335Gretsch BroadkasterElectronicsOmnichord (Suzuki Q-Chord)Roland SP-404Other instrumentsGibson Ripper bassGold Tone banjoAutoharpTenor SaxophoneAmplifiers and cabinetsMesa Boogie TremoverbCarr RamblerMesa Boogie 2x12" cabinetsPickups, effects and other equipmentSIB Mr. echo pedalBoss RV-5 digital reverb pedalBoss BD-2 blues driver pedalBoss OC-3 super octave pedalBoss TU-2 Chromatic Stompbox tunerHot Hand phaser/flangerZvex Wooly Mammoth fuzz pedalZvex Vexter Box of Rock pedalJim Dunlop Green Tortex picksGrain silo^ "My Morning Jacket – Jim James Guitar Gear Rig and Equipment". Retrieved 2011-09-28. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/oct/27/my-morning-jacket-jim-james-interview
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