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My Morning Jacket Biography

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Birth Place: Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Years Active: 1998–present
Genres: Indie Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Country Rock, Jam Band

My Morning Jacket is an American rock band formed in 1998 in Louisville, Kentucky. The band consists of singer-songwriter and guitarist Jim James, bassist Tom “Two-Tone Tommy” Blankenship, drummer Patrick Hallahan, guitarist, pedal steel guitarist, saxophonist and vocalist Carl Broemel and keyboardist, percussionist, vocalist Bo Koster.

The band's debut album, “The Tennessee Fire,” was released in May 1999. A second album, “At Dawn,” followed in 2001.

My Morning Jacket signed with ATO Records in 2002. In 2003 they released “It Still Moves,” their major-label debut. The album marked their first entry on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, peaking at #121. This was followed by a live EP, “Acoustic Citsuoca,” which was notable for the absence of reverb on Jim James' vocals and thus sounded very different from their earlier works.

In November 2004 the band released two collections of early work, which included demos, live recordings, and cover versions, entitled “Early Recordings Chapter 1 – The Sandworm Cometh” and “Early Recordings Chapter 2 – Learning.”

October 2005 saw the release of the critically acclaimed album “Z,” issued by Sony BMG. “Z” reached #67 on the Billboard 200. In 2006 the band released a double live album and DVD entitled “Okonokos.”

In 2008, the band released, “Evil Urges,” which reached #2 on the Billboard Independent and Alternative Albums charts, #4 on the Rock Albums chart and #9 on the Billboard 200. “Evil Urges” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative rock Album

Their live album, “Celebración de la Ciudad Natal,” was released on Record Store Day, April 18, 2009. It was an eight song EP taken from two live recordings, notably the band's Summer 2008 Waterfront Park concert in their hometown of Louisville, KY.

In 2011 the band released their sixth studio album, “Circuital,” which debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 becoming the band's highest ranking, beating out “Evil Urges,” which peaked at #9.