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      Jim James

      Jim James

      Highest Rated: 100% Still Bill (2009)

      Lowest Rated: 60% Getting It Back: The Story of Cymande (2022)

      Birthday: Apr 27, 1979

      Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA

      Jim James, who sometimes performed as Yim Yames, was one of the new millennium's most visible, traditionally-minded rockers, both solo and as the frontman of My Morning Jacket. A Louisville native, James grew up a Beatles fan and revealed that Dan Fogelberg's "Leader of the Band" was the first 45 he ever bought. He formed his first band Month of Sundays soon after dropping out of the University of Kentucky. My Morning Jacket initially began as a side project for acoustic songs that didn't fit Month of Sundays; the name came from a vintage jacket James owned with the initials MMJ sewn on it. MMJ soon outstripped the visibility of James' regular band; their 1999 debut The Tennessee Fire took off first in the Netherlands and led to a European tour. The sound of the debut was drenched in reverb, giving it a haunted Western-noir feel, and over time the band would become both more accessible and more experimental. The 2002 release Chocolate & Ice (officially an EP though it ran 40 minutes) included acoustic songs, a sound collage and a 24-minute jam. They worked with English producer John Leckie on 2005's A, an electronic-tinged album that became their commercial breakthrough. James first stepped outside the band in 2007 to appear in "I'm Not There," director Todd Haynes' surreal film about Bob Dylan. The following year James was seriously injured during a MMJ concert at the University of Iowa. While moving toward the audience in the dark, he stepped off the stage and injured his head and torso on a bass cabinet.  This led to a layoff for the band and the next year brought a number of James' solo projects-first an EP, Tribute To with six songs (four solo and two Beatles) by George Harrison.  That same year he joined fellow indie-acoustic figures M.Ward, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis on a self-titled album by Monsters of Folk.  James first proper solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, was a contemplative work whose lyrics dealt with spiritual matters.  He began practicing transcendental mediation in 2009, and in 2015 appeared at a TM-themed concert at Carnegie Hall for the David Lynch Foundation. James also did a number of collaborations including another Dylan-themed project, Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, curated by T Bone Burnett.  He also became a close associate of New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band, performing with them onstage and in the studio. 2017 brought Tribute to 2, this time a full album with a variety of artists covered.

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      Still Bill

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      Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jim James, 'Episode 121', Season 11, Ep. #121, 09/18/2013, ©ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jim James, 'Episode 121', Season 11, Ep. #121, 09/18/2013, ©ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jim James, 'Episode 121', Season 11, Ep. #121, 09/18/2013, ©ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jim James, 'Episode 121', Season 11, Ep. #121, 09/18/2013, ©ABC

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      Movies

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      No Score Yet 80% A Grammy Salute to The Beach Boys Self - 2023
      100% No Score Yet Really Good Rejects Self - 2022
      60% No Score Yet Getting It Back: The Story of Cymande Self - 2022
      89% 84% Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road Self - 2021
      100% 93% Still Bill Unknown (Character) - 2009

      TV

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      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2016 2018-2019 2022
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer 2018 2020
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer 2013 2018
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Music Performer 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Austin City Limits Music Performer 2011 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2013
      86% 72% The Vampire Diaries Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 91% American Dad! Himself (Guest Voice) 2009