In the bare-boned acoustic performance, the My Morning Jacket vocalist delivered a country and rock-infused sound while sending a message through his craft with mindful and heartfelt lyrics.
Kicking off with MMJ’s 2008 tune “I’m Amazed,” James sang about a divided nation and the need for justice, but also to the beauty of life: “I’m amazed at the evolution/ I’m amazed at the lack of faith/ I’m amazed at the love we rejecting/ I’m amazed that we accept in its place/ Like the rhythm of the earth/ And the middle of the ages/ Like the rhythm, I get disrupted.”
The soulful singer then took time with his words during “Same Old Lie,” which couldn’t be more timely. “It’s the same old lie you been reading about/ Bleeding out, now who’s getting cheated out?/ You best believe it’s the silent majority/ If you don’t vote it’s on you, not me,” he sang.
For his final song, James opted for the politically-charged “Over and Over,” off his 2018 sister records Uniform Distortion and Uniform Clarity. The albums contain the same songs, one performed with his magnetic electric guitar and the other, acoustically, exploring his versatility and artistic expression.
Watch Jim James’ captivating Tiny Desk performance below.