Jim James Debuts Allen Toussaint Classic In New Orleans

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My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James played the penultimate gig of a lengthy tour in support of Eternally Even on Saturday night in New Orleans. Jim James honored one of the Crescent City’s greatest sons to kick off his encore at the Civic Theater last night.

As usual, Jim James and his band featuring members of Twin Limb presented a mix of songs from 2013’s Regions Of Light And Sound Of God and this year’s Eternally Even as their main set. Then, James came out solo with just his guitar to start the encore. Jim presented an emotional take on the politically-charged “Yes We Can Can.” Allen Toussaint penned the tune, which was originally recorded and released by The Pointer Sisters in 1973. The rest of the band then came out to help Jim end the show with “Down On The Bottom” from The New Basement Tapes project and Regions Of Light And Sound Of God gem “State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.).

Watch fan-shot video of the cover captured by Kyle Hubbs:

Setlist

Set: Hide In Plain Sight, Know Til Now, Same Old Lie, True Nature, A New Life, The World’s Smilin’ Now, Here In Spirit, Dear One, Of The Mother Again, We Ain’t Getting Any Younger Pt. 1, We Ain’t Getting Any Younger Pt. 2, Eternally Even

Encore: Yes We Can Can, Down On The Bottom, State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)