My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, conductor Teddy Abrams, and the Louisville Orchestra have announced their collaborative album, The Order Of Nature, due out on October 18th via Decca Gold. The forthcoming album will include previously unreleased new songs from James as well as re-imaginings from his solo catalog.
James and Abrams debuted their project at Louisville Orchestra’s annual Festival Of American Music held at Kentucky Center For The Arts’ Whitney Hall in April 2018. James and Abrams will again offer up their orchestral show at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on September 4th, 2019, which will also feature vocal accompaniment from The Capitol Hearings. James and Abrams will regroup on May 12th, 2020 at Seattle, WA’s Benaroya Hall.
“The core idea to me is trying to reflect on the fact that nature doesn’t know how to hate,” explained James. “Humans are part of nature obviously, but why do we have this thing called hatred and how do we get rid of it? We’re fighting nature and thinking we can prevail over nature, but we’re killing each other and killing the planet.”
Abrams added, “We’re really looking at addressing things head on. That was an interest of mine in working with Jim because he has a way of taking on challenging and divisive issues and presenting them in ways that everybody can relate to, even if you’re from different political backgrounds.”
The forthcoming album is accompanied by a three-part documentary on the making of The Order Of Nature. Fans can watch part one of the documentary and listen to the album’s lead single “Set It To Song” below:
Jim James & Teddy Abrams – The Order Of Nature – Part 1
[Video: Jim James]
Jim James, Teddy Abrams, & the Louisville Orchestra – “Set It To Song”
[Audio: Jim James]
See below for The Order Of Nature‘s tracklist. Fans can head here to pre-order The Order Of Nature.
Head to Jim James’ website for a full list of his upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information.
Jim James, Teddy Abrams, and the Louisville Orchestra – The Order Of Nature – Tracklist:
1. WALKING IN THE SNOW
2. HERE IN SPIRIT
3. THE HUMAN TOUCH
4. IN DEMAND
5. BACK TO THE END OF THE WORLD
6. WHO AM I?
7. OVER AND OVER
8. SET IT TO SONG
9. SAME OLD LIE