I’m disappointed and frustrated to have to announce the postponement of my August 31 concert at Tanglewood. The Tri-Town Health Department has put a limit on audience size this summer. No more than 9000 people will be permitted to attend any concert. At this point, more than 15,000 people have bought tickets for our August show and trying to organize the displacement of over 6000 ticket holders is an impossible task: who loses their seat and how do we accommodate them? After the postponement of last summer’s concert, the decision to limit audience size this way is indeed disappointing because it forces this further postponement. We acknowledge and support the Tri-Town Health Department’s responsibility to protect our citizens’ well-being but it’s frustrating to have to ask you to wait until the 4th of July next year…
Tanglewood and James announced today that the James Taylor and Band concert currently scheduled for August 31, 2021 has been moved to July 4, 2022. This change is due to new regulations put in place by the Tri-Town (Lenox/Stockbridge/Lee) Health Department which limits the capacity of public gatherings to no more than 9000 persons. James supports the Tri-Town Health Department’s decision and its concern for the safety of Tanglewood’s patrons. (For more detail on the Tri-Town Health Department’s mandate, please see this article on BerkshireEagle.com.)
Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored on July 4, 2022. Ticket buyers are encouraged to hold onto their tickets, but please reach out to your point of purchase should you prefer a refund, or to donate your tickets back to Tanglewood. If you have any questions please reach out to James’s team.
The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA has produced a new streaming version of Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso’s Working: A Musical, the 1979 show based on the book by Studs Terkel and featuring three songs written by James!
Click now to see the Alliance Theatre’s productions of “Brother Trucker” (featuring Rob Lawhon), and “Millworker” (spotlighting Jewl Carney), then check out the song “Un Mejor Dia Vendra” (led by Eddy Rioseco), for which James supplied the music.
Working: A Musical is on at the Alliance Theatre until June 20 — visit AllianceTheatre.org for more information and to stream the complete show!
Thanks to Producer Ricky Kirshner, Glenn Weiss and Deborah Rutter of the Kennedy Center, James was in DC last week for the taping of the 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honors. He was thrilled to perform for his dear old pal, Garth Brooks.
While James can’t tell you “what” he played, he can tell you “who” played along — Maestro Thomas Wilkins and the great National Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by Rickey Minor (bass) and his great band: Paul Jackson Jr. (guitar), Keith Carlock (drums), Charles Floyd (piano), Dave Delhomme (keys), and singers Kenya Hathaway, Matthew Johnson, Sharlotte Gibson, and Charlean Carmon.
This image was taken at rehearsals last Wednesday — tune in to CBS at 8pm ET on June 6 to see the big show!
Today’s treat from James’s video vault comes from a 1986 appearance on the BBC series, ‘Wogan’. Click now to watch James and his band perform Buddy Holly’s classic “Everyday” (which James recorded on his 1986 album, That’s Why I’m Here).
James’s Grammy for American Standard (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album – 2020) arrived safe and sound this week!
Recorded in James’s home studio, TheBarn, and produced by James, Dave O’Donnell and John Pizzarelli, American Standard features James re-imagining some of the 20th century’s most beloved songs and making them his own.