Before This World, Coming June 16

Apr 7, 2015


The wait is over! Concord Music is pleased to announce the release of James Taylor’s new album, Before This World, on June 16, 2015. Before This World is James’s first album of new songs since October Road, released in 2002.

Recorded primarily at TheBarn in Western Massachusetts, the 10-track album will feature James’s legendary Band: Jimmy Johnson, Steve Gadd, Michael Landau, Larry Goldings, Luis Conte, Andrea Zonn, Arnold McCuller, David Lasley and Kate Markowitz, as well as special guests Yo-Yo Ma and Sting. Kim and Henry Taylor provide background vocals on several songs.

Click here now to see a special video message from James!

Before This World will be available in a variety of formats, including digital, CD, Deluxe CD/DVD (including a 30-minute documentary, There We Were: The Recording of James Taylor’s ‘Before This World’), 180-gram vinyl (plus download card) and a Limited Edition Deluxe Book.

Pre-order now from the Store, Amazon and iTunes. A new Before This World T-shirt and iPhone case are also available in the Store. Pre-orders from and iTunes include an instant download of “Today Today Today”.

James and his band will tour North America this summer in support of the new album. Fans who purchase two or more tickets will receive a CD copy of Before This World, to be mailed on release date, June 16. Stay tuned for more information about tour dates and venues plus the CD promotion coming very soon!

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Before leaving for Europe…

Mar 10, 2015

Before James headed overseas for the European tour, he spent many of his last days in The Barn working on the new album. The weather outside was frigid…

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Steve Gadd at 70

Feb 13, 2015

James’s longtime drummer Steve Gadd turns 70 this spring. Steve and his fellow James Taylor Band-mates are celebrating by releasing a new Steve Gadd Band album, 70 Strong. The follow-up to his 2013 release, Gadditude, the new album once again features guitarist Mike Landau, pianist Larry Goldings, bassist Jimmy Johnson and on trumpet Walt Fowler.

Click the image below to watch an interview with Steve plus see cool rehearsal footage and more about the album.


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A message from James

Jan 9, 2015

As our visit to Paris approaches, in anticipation of our French tour this March, we have followed, with a heavy heart, the dreadful unfolding of events in Paris. We are moved by the outpouring of compassion, across the world, by all people of conscience.

It is hard to put in words how deeply we feel the connection with the victims of this tragic injustice, with their families and loved ones.

May their suffering not be in vain. May it serve to remind us all of the precious liberties for which they have been so cruelly sacrificed: freedom of speech, of the press and the rule of law.

May what was intended to tear us apart rather bind us together.

— James Taylor

Je serai à Paris bientot dans le cadre d’une tournée en France qui aura lieu en mars. J’ai le coeur lourd après avoir suivi les évènements bouleversants qui se sont déroulés à Paris. Nous sommes tous profondément touchés par les témoignages de compassion et de condoléances venant de partout dans le monde et de la part de tout etre de conscience.

Les mots ne suffisent pas pour exprimer le lien que je ressens avec les victimes de cette injustice ainsi qu’avec leur familles et leurs proches.

Ensemble, nous ne pouvons qu’espérer que leur souffrance ne sera pas pour rien, qu’elle servira à nous rappeler de toutes les libertés si précieuses pour lesquelles les victimes ont perdu leur vie: la liberté de l’expression, de la presse et la priorité de la loi.

Je ne peux qu’espérer également que cette tragédie, qui avait pour intention de nous éloigner des uns des autres, puissent nous rapprocher.

— James Taylor

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James Returns to Tanglewood!

Dec 8, 2014

James Taylor returns to Tanglewood with his All-Star Band for one night only, Saturday, July 4. The presale for the show in Lenox, MA begins Wednesday, December 10 at 10 am EDT. There’s no better way to spend a sunny Independence Day than at the Koussevitzky Music Shed, so be sure to get your tickets early!

A festive Independence Day fireworks display will follow the concert. All proceeds from the show will benefit Tanglewood.

Full details on this new date including the presale time and ticket link can be found on James’s Tour page.

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