Song of the Day #4,398: ‘Highly Suspicious’ – My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket’s sound could best be described as melancholy psychedlic Southern rock. Most of their songs are one or more of those things, and often all of those things at the same time.

The Kentucky-based band’s 2008 album, Evil Urges, threw fans and critics for a bit of a loop. While about half of its songs sound like typical MMJ fare, it also offered up left-field tracks like today’s SOTD, ‘Highly Suspicious.’

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Song of the Day #3,646: ‘You’re a Big Girl Now’ – My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket has covered Prince more than any other act, in part because ‘Purple Rain’ is a staple in their live shows and in part because they did many tributes to His Purple Highness following his death.

Second to Prince among MMJ live covers is Bob Dylan, whose songs both famous and obscure have found their way into setlists. But the band has recorded Dylan songs in the studio setting as well.

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Song of the Day #3,645: ‘Rocket Man (Live)’ – My Morning Jacket

A couple of days after yesterday’s performance, My Morning Jacket played a New Year’s Eve show in Boston and delivered this splendid cover of Elton John’s classic ‘Rocket Man.’

According to, Elton John is MMJ’s ninth most covered artist. They’ve played ‘Rocket Man’ 16 times between 2000 and 2016.

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Song of the Day #3,644: ‘All Night Long (Live)’ – My Morning Jacket

When I happened upon yesterday’s My Morning Jacket version of John Denver’s ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane,’ I wound up crawling down a rabbit hole of other cover songs by the band.

While the band is lauded for its original songs, they clearly derive a lot of pleasure from playing the songs of others, particularly in their live shows. I’ll spend the rest of this week featuring a few of those performances.

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