The gentlemen of My Morning Jacket are in for a busy 2011.
They already have the premier of their film Live at Preservation Hall: Louisiana Fariytale at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and a taping of VH1’s Storytellers in the can, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
My Morning Jacket is set to release a new album and with it comes a loaded tour and press schedule including stops at a few festivals, but before they hop on that roller-coaster they will celebrate their new record with a hometown show for the entire world to enjoy.
On May 31, My Morning Jacket will release their sixth studio album, Circuital (ATO Records) and to commemorate the occasion they will play a show in Louisville, KY at the Louisville Palace Theatre. Thanks to an Ameican Express sponsorship and the good people of YouTube and Vevo, a live webcast of the concert will be directed by Todd Haynes, and will be beamed into households all over the globe. In the trailer for the webcast, lead singer Jim James promises that the band has, “plenty of surprises up their sleeves.”
The webcast is part of the “Unstaged” series that has American Express pairing directors with musicians. The most notable collaboration they’ve assembled was the Terry Gilliam directed webcast of the Arcade Fire concert at Madison Square Garden last August. The My Morning Jacket webcast will available to stream on their Vevo page May 31 at 9pm.
Todd Haynes is more than up to the task as his silver screen rock pedigree includes Velvet Goldmine and the highly touted Bob Dylan film I’m Not There that had six different characters portraying the American folk hero.
Let’s not forget that My Morning Jacket will appear at this year’s Mountain Jam on Sunday, June 5. The festival is a short bus ride from the city and with no shows currently scheduled in NYC, this may be your only chance to catch the new material live while it’s still fresh.