My Morning Jacket announced their first new album in more than six years on Tuesday (Aug. 24), a self-titled effort that is slated to drop on ATO Records on Oct. 22. In addition to the newly released single, “Regularly Scheduled Programming,” the band revealed the tour dates for their first U.S. headlining run in as many years, slated to kick off on Friday (Aug. 27) with a gig at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, N.C.
The band’s ninth studio album is their first since 2015’s Grammy-nominated The Waterfall, and according to a release, it was recorded over two multi-week sessions in Los Angeles after what was starting to look like a permanent hiatus. A second outtakes album, The Waterfall II, came out in 2020.
“I hope this album brings people a lot of joy and relief, especially since we’ve all been cooped up for so long,” lead singer Jim James — who also produced and engineered the 11-track album — said in a statement. “I know that feeling you get from driving around blasting music you love, or even lying in bed and crying to the music you love. The fact that we’re able to be a part of people’s lives in that way is so magical to us, and it feels really good that we’re still around to keep doing that.”