James Taylor Releases First Original Album In 13 Years Today

Out today (June 16th) is James Taylor latest album, Before This World — marking his first original studio set since 2002’s October Road.
Taylor’s last full-length album was the 2008 Grammy-nominated collection, Covers. The set included Taylor’s take on such rock, pop, R&B and Broadway standards as “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning,” “Get A Job,” “Memphis, Tennessee,” “Shiver Me Timbers,” Wasn’t That A Mighty Storm,” “In The Midnight Hour” and “Knock On Wood.” In 2009, he followed it up with the seven-track CD called Other Covers, featuring outtakes from the Covers sessions.

Although James Taylor is rated among the top composers of the singer-songwriter era, he credits his vocal and guitar styles for much of his success: “If you listen to the original of ‘Handy Man,’ or ‘Up On The Roof,’ or ‘Everyday,’ and then listen to my version of it, the arrangement gets redone. I have a vocal style that tends to lay the thing back a little bit in many cases. The other thing is that I have this sort of vocabulary on guitar — kind of preferred chord changes, and I’ll play these songs over years going back to when I was a teenager.”

  • James Taylor tour dates (subject to change):
    June 16 – New York, NY – Apollo Theater
    July 2 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
    July 4 – Lenox, MA – Koussevitzky Music Shed
    July 7 – Portland, ME – Cross Insurance Arena
    July 9 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Arena
    July 11 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
    July 12 – Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands PAC (CMAC)
    July 14 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
    July 15 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
    July 17 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
    July 28 – Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boling Arena
    July 29 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
    July 31 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
    August 1 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa / Event Center
    August 3 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
    August 4 – Queens, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
    August 6 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
    May 5 – New York, NY – Carnegie Hall



  • Back in 2012 James Taylor told The Berkshire Eagle that writing and recording would be taking precedence over his roadwork in 2013, explaining, “I’m taking the year off, I’m not touring, I’m trying to write an album.”
  • He went on to day: “It’s hard to take the year off, there are a lot of very compelling things that come up and it’s amazing how the entire calendar fills up. For three years in a row, I’ve intended to take the fall off. I have to get really serious about it, and yet offers come along from old friends and things I’d love to do, and also the opportunity to work and bring home a paycheck. It’s very hard to turn work down.”

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