My Morning Jacket is currently taking a break in 2018, but frontman Jim James is clearly staying busy with his own agenda. Earlier this summer, Jim James released his third solo album, Uniform Distortion, via ATO Records. Uniform Distortion–which got its name “because [Jim James] feels like there is this blanket distortion on society/media and the way we gather our ‘news’ and important information”–contains 11 original tracks penned by Jim James and features Floating Action bassist Seth Kauffman and drummer Dave Givan, along with LA trio Dear Lemon Trees‘ Kathleen Grace, Jamie Drake, and Leslie Stevens on backing vocals.This week, James released a lyric video for “Over and Over”, directed by Alexander W.G. Rickel with video from Justin Tyler Close. Along with the video, Jim James posted the below powerful message to his social media account:We have a chance- right now- to get involved and change history. to put an end to the seemingly endless cycles of war and racism that continue to divide and conquer us as a people. we have a chance to heal the wounds of slavery and injustice to the native peoples created when america was born by opening our arms and our hearts and using the power of our voice and our vote to say we are tired of this cycle happening OVER and OVER again…we want a new cycle. a life cycle more in tune with nature than constantly against it. one of peace. we want freedom. we want equality. we want love. and we want it NOW.Watch the video below:
Western North Carolina’s Tuckaseegee River could soon become home to a brand new whitewater center and outdoor adventure complex.According to the Sylva Herald, the Nanatahala Outdoor Center (NOC) is currently in talks with Jackson County, North Carolina officials about bringing a “world-class outdoor entertainment complex” to 17.65 acres of county-owned along the banks of the Tuckaseegee River.While the Sylva Herald reports that a plan for a new Jackson County NOC outpost is all but finalized, both Jackson County and NOC have stopped short of calling the plan a done deal.“Last year, NOC was approached by Jackson County regarding a potential outfitter location along the Tuckaseegee,” NOC said in an official statement provided to Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine via email.“We informally presented several high-level concepts to the county for consideration. While we remain excited about the opportunities in Dillsboro, no decisions have been made by NOC to move forward with the project.We are hopeful that the Jackson County commission will enter into a formal negotiation with us to allow both sides the opportunity to develop specific plans, timelines, and commitments.Until then, we appreciate the community’s enthusiasm for outdoor recreation along the Tuckasegee and its confidence in the NOC brand, but it is premature to make any announcements at this time.”Rich Price is the director of Jackson County’s economic development. He said that talks between the county and the outdoor adventure giant are still underway and called the Sylva Herald’s story “premature.”“Unfortunately, the local media has chosen to jump the gun on this issue,” Price said. “But we are in talks with the Nantahala Outdoor Center and optimistic about the possibility of an adventure center coming to Jackson County.”The Nanatahala Outdoor Center is Western North Carolina’s largest outdoor adventure outfitter. Established in 1972, NOC currently operates on eight different rivers throughout the area and hosts more than a million guests annually. In addition to white water rafting excursions the company offers zip-lining, mountain biking, and whitewater kayaking instruction.[divider]More from BlueRidgeOutdoors.com[/divider]
Gary Lee Brandes, age 65 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The son of Ralph Brandes Jr. and Clara (nee: Centers) Brandes was born on March 24, 1954 in Milan, IN. In 1973 he graduated from Milan High School. Gary married Doris Jean (nee: Faust) Brandes in 1985 in Batesville.“Lucky” as his driver friends would know him, enjoyed being a truck driver for Hill-Rom. He received his 3 million mile safe driving award in 2018. He also enjoyed working outdoors, fishing and spending time with his Milan buddies. He was an avid Colts fan who never knew a stranger. Most of all, he cherished spending time with his family.He is survived by his wife, Doris; children, Jason (Angela) Brandes, Katie Brandes (and her fiancé Chris), Doug Fredrick (and his girlfriend Libby), Lisa (David) Reames; grandchildren, Lucas, Marcus, Allison, Ovie and Hazel; Siblings, Linden Brandes, Ralph Brandes III and Greg Brandes along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph Jr. and Clara Brandes.Visitation will be Monday, May 13, 2019 from 4 pm – 8 pm with funeral services on Tuesday, May 14th at 10 am all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville. Burial to follow in the Old Milan Cemetery with Pastor Chris Renick officiating.Memorials may be given in memory to the American Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Heart Association c/o the funeral home.Online condolences may be left for the family at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.