JIM JAMES - Uniform Distortion

Doc Roc Presents

JIM JAMES - Uniform Distortion

Anderson East

Mon Jun 17

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Cain's Ballroom

Tulsa, OK

$31 - $46

This event is all ages


Cain's Ballroom and Doc Roc Productions will be donating 10% of all ticket sales from this show to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma's recovery efforts in this time of need.

Advance $31
Day of Show $35
Door $35
Mezzanine 21+ $46

There is a $2 fee that applies to each ticket purchased at the Cain's Box Office.

No re-entry! No smoking! No refunds!

Support acts are subject to change without notice!

$1 to Waterfall Project, powered by RPM

Jim James
Jim James
Jim James has spent the better part of almost two decades as the lead singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of My Morning Jacket. Through seven studio albums, My Morning Jacket has grown into one of the most acclaimed rock and roll bands in the world. The New York Times heralded the band as, “…the new kings of expand-your-mind, religious-experience rock…” Their last three albums, 2008's Evil Urges, 2011's Circuital and 2015’s The Waterfall, each received Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Album -- the latter debuting at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. Alongside the band's recording and touring, James has maintained a steady, bordering on voracious, flow of work.

In 2013, James released his debut solo record, Regions of Light and Sound of God. James wrote, produced and played all instruments himself (except for strings and some percussion) for the record, which was inspired by life and the 1929 novel (written in woodcuts), ‘God’s Man’ by Lynd Ward. It was named one of the best albums of the year by PASTE, MTV and FUSE and was “the year’s first great record” (GQ). A performance of track “A New Life” on the then-hosted Late Night earned high praise from the now-Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon just this year: “"…to this day my favorite musical performance was 'A New Life' on Late Night that we did...He [Jim James] is fantastic. I love him”.

In 2016 James released the politically charged solo record, Eternally Even. Rolling Stone described as, “nine flamboyantly spiritual songs wrapped in creamy electronics and set to funk and hip hop beats...an eccentric, gently compelling pleasure. [Jim James] renders his change gospel with conversational grace, Bill Withers warmth, Sly Stone optimism and Neil Young conviction”. The album’s release saw him embark on a national tour with appearances on the Tonight Show, the Late Late Show with James Corden and a debut at #1 on Billboard Alternative chart. The album topped many year-end ‘best’ lists, with NPR praising the record’s “arresting, soulful … transcendent tunes”.

James’ released his third solo album, Uniform Distortion, in June 2019, which was received with immediate acclaim. "A giddily powerful response to these troubled times,” hailed the Guardian in its 4-star review. “His mix of musical joie de vivre and lyrical home truths prove fiendishly effective." The Washington Post said, “With driving guitar riffs and catchy hooks combined with his signature soaring vocals, James delivers an utterly engaging, hard-charging, straight-ahead record that almost feels like a throwback to a different era while also being very much current,” while American Songwriter claimed, “"There are enough artistic twists and turns to please even the most dedicated Jacket fan, showing that James remains as musically edgy as ever on an album that pulses with energy, enthusiasm and the restless spirit James has always personified." Four months after Uniform Distortion was released, James followed with the companion record of Uniform Clarity comprising acoustic renditions of the songs in a more stripped down and honest response to what went before.

Although splitting his time between LA and Kentucky, James has little plan to remain in one place. James has continued expanding on his zealous lists of credits, lending his voice to albums by the likes of the Roots, David Lynch, Brandi Carlile and John Fogerty and partnering with other artists on numerous side projects such as New Multitudes, Monsters of Folk, and T-Bone Burnett’s The New Basement Tapes. Known for his live performances, James has found himself in the touring company of those like Neil Young, Pearl Jam, and Bob Dylan – even appearing in the Dylan-inspired film, I’m Not There – and My Morning Jacket supported Roger Waters as his surprise backing band during famed Newport Folk Festival in 2015. He has embedded himself in the world of film and television, be it through the use of his music in various projects or his long-running relationships with those in the field. James has also established himself as a producer in his own right, producing records by Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dean Wareham, Basia Bulat, Amo Amo, and Ray Lamontagne’s Ouroboros (2016), the same year in which he collaborated with NASA for the launch of their Juno Mission and Sundance Film Festival and their “Freedom of Expression” event. In the fall of 2018, James embarked on successful, intimate, career-spanning solo acoustic tour, which saw him play sold out dates through historic theatres and performing arts centers across the United States. In Spring 2019, James will set out on the Jim James Presents Uniform Distortion Tour, playing the complete record with a full band for the first time nationally.
Anderson East
Anderson East
There are musicians who call themselves road warriors, and then there's Anderson East. An unflinching, inimitable talent armed with a potent and husky voice, the gritty-blues and-soul-toasting singer has spent the past two years pounding the pavement in the wake of his breakout debut album, 2015's Delilah. It was only fitting then that whatever came next for East would bleed with an intimate and urgent sense of immediacy. "We wanted to present every song as a true performance," the musician says of the stunning and diverse 11 tracks that comprise Encore, the Alabama native's forthcoming new album due January 12 via Low Country Sound/Elektra Records.

The album's title is derived from East's steadfast belief: that every song on his new album must be worthy of closing out one of his notoriously epic live shows. "It was very much about trying to feel live and loose," East says of the writing and recording of Encore as well as its genre-blurring material that blends the boundary-pushing singer's equal-parts love of country-blues ("King For A Day"), soul ("Surrender"), pop ("All On My Mind") and beatific balladry ("Cabinet Door"). Derived from recording sessions over the past year at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A with his longtime producer, Dave Cobb, East's latest LP gives credence to his billing as one of contemporary music's most compelling young artists. Says the singer-songwriter of the sense of accomplishment that surrounds Encore: "You just know when it's right."

For East, stitching together his new album was as much about searching for outside inspiration as drawing from his own well of experience. "I think it's just the nature of wanting to tell stories," the thoughtful, well-articulated singer says of his decision to collaborate with a bevvy of world-renowned artists and songwriters on the album including Chris and Morgane Stapleton ("King For A Day"), Ed Sheeran ("All On My Mind"), Avicii ("Girlfriend") and Natalie Hemby ("This Too Shall Last," complete with an electric guitar assist from Ryan Adams). "You want to hang out with people who have great stories," he adds, noting "Especially people that have amazing craft."

Having spent much of this past year on the road together for the "All-American Road Show," working with the Stapleton's was a virtual inevitability for East. East recalls Chris and Morgane summoning him to their dressing room one evening post-show and the three proceeding to knock out "King For A Day" in short order. "I came there and he had the first couple lines already written," East says of the strutting and wistful tune. "It was midnight, we sat down and maybe 20 minutes later that song was done." He adds with a laugh: "Everybody even managed to leave on time." That particular song, East notes, also confirmed to him he was on the right path for his new project. "OK, we've got something really good here," he recalls thinking at the time. "I can breathe a little deeper now that this thing had been pulled from thin air."

Once back at the studio, having a trusted collaborator like Cobb was essential for East. The singer estimates he wrote 50 songs for Encore, nearly all of which started out as small snippets on his phone's voice recorder app. As a musician who never demo's songs, having a trusted ear like Cobb's helped East to quickly assess whether or not he should cut a particular tune. East describes Cobb as "incredibly vital" and the closest thing he's had to an in-studio bandmate. "We just have this level of trust and comfort with each other," he says of the Grammy-winning producer. "We ultimately want the best for each other and we want the best for the song. We're able to butt heads and get pissy at one another and then finally have worked really hard to get to a place that feels really natural."

If there was any pressure to live up to Delilah's success, East says it was entirely self-imposed. "There was just a lot of internal pressure of trying to make myself happy and impress myself rather than trying to impress other people," he explains. "I knew the development of myself as a performer and our strengths being a live band. I just wanted to make something really musical and something that had substance and that we could stand behind and have room to explore in front of an audience."

East will have plenty of opportunity to do exactly that: next year he'll embark on his largest headline tour to date, "Encore World Tour 2018," that includes stops at NYC's Bowery Ballroom, Nashville's 3rd & Lindsley, L.A.'s El Rey Theatre and San Francisco's The Fillmore. "I'm way more comfortable in my own skin onstage," East says of his evolution as a must-see performer. "And I definitely feel like I'm a far stronger singer than I was compared to when we were making Delilah."

Still, East is nothing if not the decidedly humble type. So much so that despite finding success in recent years, he says he's never been more appreciative for where his journey has taken him. "I'd been making music for ages and nobody cared about any of that before," he says with a laugh. "It's just very humbling. That we've gotten here is pretty sweet."
Venue Information:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St.
Tulsa, OK, 74103
http://www.cainsballroom.com