Tim McGraw wasn’t the only artist to overcome some personal challenges and release a new album last Tuesday.
Jim James – probably better known to most of you as the founder, lead singer, and primary songwriter for the Louisville, KY-based rock band My Morning Jacket – released his first full-length solo album, too.
Regions of Light and Sounds of God is now available online and in stores, and James already has announced a slew of North American tour dates to promote the record.
James recently talked with Rolling Stone‘s Patrick Doyle about the dark period he went through leading up to his temporary hiatus from My Morning Jacket (or the “dark path” he traveled, as he puts it), how he came to write Regions of Light and Sounds of God, and the future of My Morning Jacket.
I was falling mentally.
Perhaps most poignantly, James talks about the literal and figurative fall from the stage that led to My Morning Jacket canceling the rest of their 2008 tour dates and gave James the time he needed to regroup.
You almost don’t listen to yourself, even when you know you need to change. Your body will be screaming at you, “This is wrong for you!” and you just don’t listen. It’s this struggle between your heart and your body and when you don’t listen, you lose. You f—— fall off the stage.