Jim James Reunites With Marcus Mumford In Lousiville

Watch The New Basement Tapes bandmates collaborate on "Kansas City."

By Scott Bernstein Oct 27, 2022 8:06 am PDT

Marcus Mumford ended his concert in Louisville last night by bringing out hometown hero My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James for three The New Basement Tapes songs. Mumford and James were among the members of The New Basement Tapes, a supergroup put together by T Bone Burnett in 2014 to work up songs featuring handwritten lyrics by Bob Dylan from 1967 that sat undiscovered for nearly 50 years.

The New Basement Tapes — Mumford, James, Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith and Rhiannon Giddens — assembled for two weeks in March of 2014 to record Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, a Burnett-produced LP that arrived on November 11, 2014. Jim James emerged towards the tail end of Marcus Mumford’s Wednesday night show at Louisville’s Brown Theatre to collaborate on three Lost On The River cuts.

Jim James, who recently appeared on The JamBase Podcast, played guitar and handled lead vocals for “Down On The Bottom” to get his guest spot underway. Marcus Mumford hopped behind the kit for the tune in which opening act The A’sAmelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig (Daughter Of Swords) — added backing vocals. Marcus then fronted the troupe on the show-closing pairing of “When I Get My Hands On You” and “Kansas City.” The latter saw The A’s return and both have been performed often by Mumford on his current tour in support of (self-titled). James and My Morning Jacket have a Halloween celebration planned for Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center on Saturday.

Check out fan-shot video of Wednesday’s “Kansas City” performance below:


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Marcus Mumford (See 18 videos) , Jim James (See 40 videos) and The A’s (See 5 videos)

Prior to James appearance, Marcus Mumford’s show in Louisville stuck to a similar format as other stops on the tour. The Mumford & Sons frontman looked to his main band’s catalog for a solo takes on “Awake My Soul” and “The Cave” to start the concert. He then led his solo band through a complete rendering of (self-titled). Next, Marcus went it alone for “I Will Wait” and teamed with The A’s on Taylor Swift’s “Cowboy Like Me” before welcoming Jim James.

Marcus Mumford hits Durham, North Carolina on Friday.

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Setlist

Marcus Mumford at W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre

  • Awake My Soul  
  • The Cave  
(self-titled)
  • Cannibal
  • Grace
  • Prior Warning
  • Better Off High
  • Only Child
  • Dangerous Game
  • Better Angels
  • Go in Light
  • Stonecatcher
  • How
  • I Will Wait  
  • cowboy like me  
  • Down on the Bottom  
  • When I Get My Hands on You  
  • Kansas City  
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