New Release: Jim James – Tribute To 2 / I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times

After releasing the politically-charged solo album Eternally Even in 2016, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James returns with Tribute To 2, a collection of cover songs that reverberate with fresh meaning

Blurring the boundaries of time and genre, James interprets songs made famous by a wide variety of artists – ranging from early 20th century standards by Ray Noble and Al Bowlly, 1960’s songs by Willie Nelson and Sonny & Cher, to Lake & Palmer’s 1970 breakthrough hit Lucky Man and 1990’s releases by Abbey Lincoln and Diane Izzo

In addition, James has shared his version of I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times, which opens the album. Written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher, the track first appeared on Pet Sounds, the landmark 1966 Beach Boys album…

“‘I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times’ is a song that has spoken to me very deeply from the first time I heard it,” says Jim James. “So often, many of us just feel like we don’t fit in, like somehow we were dropped into the wrong life at the wrong time. This song has such a beautiful way of resonating with that energy and relating to the pain of life on earth, but also offering hope and comfort in the beautiful sounds of togetherness”

Unlike his 2009 EP of songs by George Harrison and the Beatles, Tribute To, which was recorded on an eight-track, reel-to-reel tape recorder in the days following Harrison’s passing, the 11 songs of Tribute To 2 were recorded over a period of years – in different places, with different gear and varied instrumentation

James explains, “These are some of my favorite covers – songs I recorded trying to bring myself peace during a rough time or trying to make myself laugh or just have fun. I hope others can relate and enjoy the journey during these tough times and hopefully in times of peace and love as well!”

Tribute To 2 will be released on December 8th via ATO Records, whilst a re-issue of Tribute To will be available from the same day, with bonus track and new cover art