My Morning Jacket’s Jim James is never one to hide his concern for humanity in hopes of bringing everyone together through music. On Monday (Nov. 20), the rock guitarist and singer shared a new, stripped-down cover of Abbey Lincoln’s 1990 single, “The World Is Falling Down.”
As heard in the video above, James’ updated version of the song may not have the jazz sparkle that led Lincoln’s 1990 album by the same name. The toned down cover, however, allows the message of unity to take center stage and shine above the music to go along with the simplicity of his acoustic guitar.
“Even though ‘The World is Falling Down’ was released in 1991 it feels so relevant today,” James added in a statement on Twitter. “It really resonated with me bc Abby is expressing so much pain, but at the same time offering hope and the realization that we need each other’s help in times of crisis.”
The song follows James’ other recent cover of The Beach Boys’ "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times." The two new songs will be part of his upcoming solo album, Tribute To 2. The new LP is due out in just a few weeks on Dec. 8 and will include covers from some of James’ favorite artists including Elvis, Sonny and Cher, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan to name a few.
His day job as a singer and principal songwriter for My Morning Jacket will also continue before the year is over. The band is scheduled to ring in 2018 with a three-show residency at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo. from Dec. 29-31. Tickets for the trio of NYE buildup shows are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.
Even though The World is Falling Down was released in 1991 it feels so relevant today. It really resonated with me bc Abby is expressing so much pain, but at the same time offering hope and the realization that we need each other’s help in times of crisis. https://t.co/BHR1BLBRcE— jim james (@jimjames) November 20, 2017