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My Morning Jacket’s Jim James Says Modern Country Music Is ‘Mind Control’

In a recent interview, the My Morning Jacket frontman had some biting words for modern country.

Americana jam band My Morning Jacket are set to release The Waterfall, their seventh studio record, on May 4th. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, lead singer Jim James touched on many topics – the album’s darker sound, his herniated disk and the songwriting sessions that led to the record. But he also had some pretty acidic commentary on current state of country music.

“I feel like modern country is deliberately dumbing down the human race,” he complained. “They’re deliberately making people take glory in being uneducated and racist, and it’s just sad. I think it’s absolute mind control.”

The group’s earlier albums were much more country-tinged, incorporating bluegrass influences from their native Louisville, Ky. After the departure of founding member Johnny Quaid, they went in a more experimental direction but have still stuck with their roots. One thing is for sure: My Morning Jacket won’t be singing about chilling on dirt roads anytime soon.

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My Morning Jacket’s Jim James Says Modern Country Music Is ‘Mind Control’