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James’s introduction – Williams College, June 7, 2009

James Vernon Taylor, Doctor Of Music Probably the first person ever to grace this stage as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you have sold more than forty million albums, won multiple Grammys, recorded with the Beatles, drawn enormous audiences, and become such an iconic part of the culture to have…

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Words of Wisdom

The month of May is commencement season. Here’s a look back to 1995 when James was bestowed an honorary doctorate by the Berklee College of Music and that year gave the commencement address to the graduating class. Watch James’s entire speech now, then visit the archives at Berklee.edu to see the rest of the ceremony.

London (Ontario)!

Visit the Life On The Road section now to see a brand new album of photos from James’s April 30 show at Budweiser Gardens, in London, ON, then read this write-up about the show from 519 Magazine!



Photo: Bill Woodcock

First (week) of May!

It’s been a cold Spring so far so those outdoor activities may be tricky but here it is nonetheless (wink!)!

Click to watch James extol the virtues of spring in this 2018 performance of “First Of May” (from the 1988 album, Never Die Young) on YouTube.

On the road again!

James and the band are at it again — this time on their cross Canada tour with Jackson Browne, which kicked off last week in St. John’s, NF. Click below to see below a gallery of photos from opening night!

To see all of James and Jackson’s upcoming dates, visit the Schedule page.

Dr. JT!

James will be in Boston on May 22 to give the commencement address and receive an honorary degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. The “First Lady of Children’s Music”, Ella Jenkins, and conductor & composer, David Amran, will also receive honorary degrees, while pianist Emanuel Ax and Kharkiv-based Ukrainian cellist Denys Karachevtsev will perform during the ceremony.

For more on the New England Conservatory and this year’s 151st commencement, please visit necmusic.edu and

New Guitar Lesson – “All I Want” by Joni Mitchell

After James posted this song by Joni a few months ago many fans asked for the “guitar only” version and James did not disappoint. In this video James recut to share just his hands while inching up the guitar volume to help illustrate. “All I want” of course is from Joni’s 1971 album, Blue on which James played guitar.

This guitar lesson is the latest installment in James’s ongoing series of guitar lesson videos. Click below to check out “All I Want” on and have a look at the other lessons as well!