My Morning Jacket’s Top Five Cover Songs


My Morning Jacket Jim James at Madison Square Garden

Jim James of My Morning Jacket at Madison Square Garden, December 31, 2008 (photo by Cory Schwartz/Getty Images)

[lastfm]My Morning Jacket[/lastfm] is known for creating some of the most innovative, original songs these days, but that’s only part of the story. The guys also have a tendency to bust out some of the craziest covers you’ve ever heard, ranging from [lastfm]Willie Nelson[/lastfm] to [lastfm]Kool and the Gang[/lastfm]. So to ensure that you’re properly prepared for the band’s Live on Letterman concert webcast–taking place Tuesday, October 12, at 8pm EST (5pm PST) on CBS.com–we’re sharing five of our favorite songs that My Morning Jacket has covered.

Cold Sweat, [lastfm]James Brown[/lastfm]

James Brown’s not easy to cover. Go ahead, try it yourself. JB was among the best performers around and his band was always incredibly tight. Pulling off a good James Brown cover is a big accomplishment, but My Morning Jacket give the Godfather of Soul his due diligence on this cover of the 1967 hit “Cold Sweat.”

A Quick One While He’s Away, [lastfm]The Who[/lastfm]

A song by the Who? Check. Eddie Vedder? Check. My Morning Jacket? Check. What else could you possibly need? Jim James and the guys teamed up with one of Seattle’s favorite sons to pay tribute to one of the best rock bands ever for this blistering cover, which is available on the Pearl Jam DVD Immagine in Cornice.

Islands in the Stream, [lastfm]Kenny Loggins[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Dolly Parton[/lastfm]

Admit it, you love this song and when no one’s around you belt out both parts at the top of your lungs. Nicole Atkins joined Jim and the guys to reprise Kenny and Dolly’s 1983 crossover hit duet for MMJ’s 2008 Madison Square Garden New Year’s Eve show, complete with horns.

Move On Up, [lastfm]Curtis Mayfield[/lastfm]

Jim James’ falsetto fits Curtis Mayfield’s 1970 hit perfectly. Combine that with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and this cover lives up to the high standards of the original.

Tyrone, [lastfm]Erykah Badu[/lastfm]

You better call Tryone. Tell him Jim James just threw you out of the home. And you can’t use Jim James’ phone.

While “Tyrone” may seem like the least likely of these songs for MMJ to cover, the first verse actual does contain the lyrics, “Every time you come around, you got to bring Jim, James, Paul, and Tyrone,” and if a song mentions your name, there’s no way you can’t cover it. This cover became such a hit in MMJ’s live show, Erykah actually joined them for this version of it.

[photogallerylink id=345 align=right]Be sure to visit CBS.com October 12 at 8pm EST (5pm PST) for My Morning Jacket’s Live on Letterman webcast and see what songs make the set list.

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