What would have been My Morning Jacket’s first Louisville gigs in years is canceled.
— my morning jacket (@mymorningjacket) June 23, 2022
In a tweet, the band said they had “heartbreaking news” and that band member Jim James had tested positive for COVID-19.
“This is heartbreaking for everyone involved and we are deeply sorry to anyone who planned to come see us from near or far,” the statement read in part.
The rock band formed here in the late ’90s and planned to return to Louisville this weekend for their first hometown gigs in six years.
Ahead of the cancellation, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James spoke with WFPL arts and culture reporter Stephanie Wolf. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
On the added pressure of playing for a home crowd:
Oh yes, definitely. Yeah you know ’cause it’s like you got so much history here. So many people you know and love are there and you just want it to be a really special time for everyone. So yeah, it’s definitely busier in a lot of ways. It makes me more nervous, but it’s also super charged with positivity and joy.
On the local music scene:
We feel so lucky to be part of such a great local music scene. You know, I feel like that’s something we’ve always tried to do when we play in Louisville, is to have local artists and local organizations that are part of the event. Because we really want to highlight the amazing things happening here. So yes, for us, it’s really exciting to share the stage.
On what he hopes the world knows about the Louisville music scene:
One thing I talk about with the rest of the world is just directing people to Louisville and finding out about the music scene here and checking out [Louisville] as one of the most magical places in the world. And I feel like Louisville is a really special, unique place that isn’t often recognized. And it’s not a well-known place. And we really try to let people know how amazing the art and culture and music is here in Louisville. I think it’s a really unique place to be born or live, because there’s a lot of magic here. There’s also a really cool mix of all these different cultures and all these different ways of seeing the world. And I’ve always really liked that kind of way that Louisville is really such a unique energy.
On a note of transparency, WFPK presents both concerts. It is one of three stations, including WFPL News, that make up Louisville Public Media.