My Morning Jacket, At Dawn & Tennessee Fire Demos Package

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 05.25.11 in Reviews
A solid introduction to the Kentucky band’s filler-free beginnings

Originally presented as part of a limited At Dawn pressing — 2,500 CDs and 1,000 LPs, to be exact — the At Dawn & Tennessee Fire Demos Package pairs spare, fireside folk rarities from My Morning Jacket's first couple records with a handful of live/radio renditions that herald the riff-raking beast the band would soon become. Considering this disc once fetched top dollar prices on eBay, we can't think of a better introduction to the Kentucky band's filler-free beginnings and that voice; the one Jim James was clearly born with, as seasoned with several decades of cheap cigarettes and drained whiskey.