My Morning Jacket has often drawn comparisons to such southern rock forebears as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band, even if they're rooted more in its members' long-haired, bearded appearanc
My Morning Jacket has often drawn comparisons to such southern rock forebears as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band, even if they're rooted more in its members' long-haired, bearded appearances than their music.
But in Cameron Crowe's new film "Elizabethtown," set in MMJ's home state of Kentucky, the group openly embraces the similarities, portraying a local band rocking through a cover of Skynyrd's classic "Freebird." The performance elevates to another level when a stuffed bird intended as a stage prop catches fire and activates the sprinkler system, soaking the patronage.
"He's an amazing, sweet man," My Morning Jacket vocalist Jim James told Billboard.com in 2003, when the band was first getting acquainted with Crowe. "He's truly awesome, but anybody knows that from seeing his movies."
Due Oct. 14 in U.S. theaters, "Elizabethtown" stars Orlando Bloom as a down-on-his-luck industrial designer who turns over a new page when he returns to his Kentucky hometown for his father's funeral. An extended trailer for the film, set to Elton John's "My Father's Gun," can be viewed at Elizabethtown.com.
The soundtrack will be released Sept. 13 via RCA, although the track list is still under wraps. Original music was provided by Crowe's wife, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson, while fellow singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III appears in the film as the character Uncle Dale.
Paul Westerberg previously told Billboard.com he had given Crowe several songs for possible use in conjunction with “Elizabethtown,” but it is unknown if any of them appear on the soundtrack.
In related news, My Morning Jacket's highly anticipated new album, "Z," has been bumped from its original Sept. 20 release date to Oct. 4, according to ATO/RCA.