James’s “Sister Kate” has a new album, Why Wait, set for release on August 6!
Rolling Stone has just premiered the album’s first single, a cover of The Beatle’s classic “Good Day Sunshine”. Click now to hear Kate’s version, and visit RollingStone.com for more about the new album.
Joni Mitchell’s classic album Blue (which features James on guitar on several tracks) was released 50 years ago today. In honor of that monumental occasion, James contributed his reflections on album opener “All I Want” to a Los Angeles Times feature which explores the album track-by-track.
Joni and I had our year together back when a year lasted three times longer than it does today. Inflation. That was 50 years ago. My time with her included the recording of her Blue album and I remember the sessions at A&M studios with Henry Lewy behind the glass. There was never anyone else there, just Joni, Henry and me. I played on “All I Want”, “Carey”, “California” and “A Case of You”. She had written most of those songs in the previous year or so while traveling. Maybe that’s why so many were composed on the 3 string dulcimer: a nice, portable axe. Playing along with her spare dulcimer accompaniment, I was free to substitute whatever chords I felt, which was great; but of course it was her voice and the songs themselves that make Blue so singular. To his credit, Henry Lewy had us keep it simple. I believe that some of those songs were written with me in mind although, as a songwriter, I know how songs can have their own bent truth. Still, I hear a personal message in several of them, her gift to me: the lucky one. “All I Want” allows itself to be light and loving, as sunny a sentiment as we are apt to hear from her. It’s a kiss, a love note, a valentine. Listen to her laugh at the end of “Big Yellow Taxi”, like that…
~ James Taylor
Click here to read the full piece on LATimes.com. James also shared some thoughts about Blue with the New York Times. Click to read that article on NYTimes.com now.
The stylish gent seen here is modelling one of the new James Taylor signature baseball caps, available now in black or white, alongside many other new and vintage designs in the recently re-launched JamesTaylor.com Store!
Since 1974, James has performed at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall over 40 times! Click below to see James with special guest, Vince Bruce, performing the classic Lead Belly tune “When I Was A Cowboy”. They are joined by James’s longtime friend and singer, Arnold McCuller.
This performance is from Carnegie Hall’s 120th Anniversary Gala on April 12, 2011. The concert was both hosted by and curated by James as part of a special 2011 four-part series, called Perspectives, honoring his career. The series allowed James to explore cultural, historical and musical themes/genres and to invite guest performing artists of his choosing.
Click here to see what Carnegie Hall has just announced for their live concerts in 2021-2022!
James and Jackson Browne have added three new shows to their summer US Tour! The JamesTaylor.com presales for these newly announced dates (in Columbia, MD, Syracuse, NY and Saratoga, NY) will begin Tuesday, June 8 at 10 am ET. Please see the Schedule page for the complete list of dates and locations.
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Don’t forget: the 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honors will air on CBS this Sunday, June 6, at 8pm ET / 7 CT! Tune in to see James’s performance for his buddy Garth Brooks, as well as segments for this year’s other distinguished honorees: Debbie Allen, Joan Baez, Midori and Dick Van Dyke.
Click below for a sneak peek clip from the show, James performing Garth’s classic song, “The River”. #KCHonors