Exclusive Tour Diary: Behind The Scenes Of Morgan James' Reckless Abandon Tour

From backstage to onstage.

By Taylor Irwin - May 11, 2017
Photo by Theodore Witcher
Filmmaker Theodore Witcher came on the road with Morgan James for part of the tour to capture some of the band's behind-the-scenes moments! From backstage to onstage.

When an artist has the ability to stop you dead in your tracks with their voice alone, you know they're doing something right. Such is the case with NYC-based musician Morgan James, whose cover of Hozier's "Take Me To Church" first landed on our radar in 2015, instantly making us fans of her retro-inspired, R&B sound. The video for the song naturally went viral on YouTube, along with several of her other recordings with music collective, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox. If you haven't seen them, do so—STAT.

Flash forward two years, and the former Broadway songstress is now on tour in support of her sophomore album, Reckless Abandon. Our favorite thing about the 12-track LP? Its ability to transport listeners back in time to the golden age of soul music, while keeping them rooted in 2017 thanks to hard-hitting productions. Case and point—the album's title track, which has been added to essentially every playlist on our Spotify account.

The Idaho native's spring tour kicked off back in March, and luckily we got the chance to follow her around stops in Chicago, Madison, Minneapolis, and more. From the "green" room to soundcheck, check out the behind-the-scenes photos below, then make sure to Track the "Unworthy" performer on Bandsintown so you don't miss her in your city!

Behind the duo: Cords and chords.

Photo by Theodore Witcher

City Winery, Chicago. One of my favorite towns! Singing "Emotions" with my man.

Photo by Theodore Witcher

Self portrait. First time picking up Ted's camera. Hmmmm. Maybe I should get myself one of these fancy cameras...

Photo by Theodore Witcher

Luther. So tuckered out from touring!

Photo by Theodore Witcher

Madison, WI. Rock'n'roll green room. Well, blue...

Photo by Theodore Witcher

If you know me at all, you know I love mischief! I love a good joke, gag, scamp. I must have been up to something here. Ha!

Photo by Theodore Witcher

About to walk onstage, The Dakota: Minneapolis, MN.

Photo by Theodore Witcher

Our tour manager, Mike Taylor, not following instructions.

Photo by Theodore Witcher

Dressing room mirror drama.

Photo by Theodore Witcher

Taking a bow with my boys! (Roy Dunlap's hand, Doug wamble, George Sluppick, and Jeff Hanley).

Photo by Theodore Witcher

I am THE worst about exercising. Especially on the road! Ted caught me in some rare moment of doing something good for myself like stretching. And I look as awkward and sore as I feel :)

Photo by Theodore Witcher

Soundcheck, Minneapolis, MN feat. Roy Dunlap and the B3.

Photo by Theodore Witcher

Andy Allo and Doug Wamble practicing some Prince finger-snaps.

Photo by Theodore Witcher
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Upcoming Morgan James Shows:

Date Venue Location
Jun 2, 2017 Smith Center Las Vegas Tickets & More
Jun 3, 2017 MIM Phoenix Tickets & More
Jun 6, 2017 VooDoo Lounge San Diego Tickets & More
Jun 8, 2017 State Theatre Modesto Tickets & More
Jun 9, 2017 The Catalyst Santa Cruz Tickets & More
Jun 10, 2017 Oxbow Commons Napa Tickets & More
Jun 11, 2017 Oxbow Commons Napa Tickets & More
Jun 14, 2017 Mississippi Studios Portland Tickets & More
Jun 15, 2017 Triple Door Seattle Tickets & More
Jun 16, 2017 The Scarlett Room Pasco Tickets & More

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Taylor Irwin

I spent my first allowance on a TLC 'Waterfalls' cassette and have been a different version of David Bowie the past five years for Halloween. Golden rule: You can never have too many tacos in a single 24-hour period.

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