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My Morning Jacket to Tour With Preservation Hall Jazz Band

January 29, 2010 12:00 AM ET

My Morning Jacket has recruited New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a short trek that begins April 20th in Birmingham, Alabama. MMJ frontman Jim James was inspired to bring the PHJB on the road after collaborating with the group on a pair of tracks for Preservation: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall & the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program, a compilation that teams the PHJB with vocalists like James, Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, Pete Seeger and many more. The comp is due out February 16th and proceeds benefit the Hall, whose mission is to preserve New Orleans jazz.

"When I got the invitation to go to the legendary Preservation Hall — where so much of the music we now know and love on this earth found its early roots — I did not waste a minute," James said. "Getting to sing while the guys played with such glorious bursts of sound — all live in that holy room with the ghosts and garbage trucks crankin' along — was an experience I'll never forget."

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will open for MMJ on all dates. Check out the bands' schedule — including sets at the Big Easy's Jazzfest on April 24th — here:

My Morning Jacket with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Apr. 20 - Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theater
Apr. 21 - Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium
Apr. 23 - Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park
Apr. 24 - New Orleans, LA @ Jazzfest
Apr. 27 - St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater
Apr. 28 - Charleston, SC @ Family Circle
Apr. 30 - Raleigh, NC @ Koka Booth
May 1 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
May 2 - Columbus, OH @ LC Outdoor Pavilion

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