James Taylor, Carole King Help the Troubadour Celebrate its 50th Birthday
This week the legendary songwriters/singers Carole King and James Taylor will be returning to their roots to perform several concerts at The Troubadour in order to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous West Hollywood, CA nightclub.
King and Taylor will be on stage November 28-30. Each night they will play two sets at one hour each. Their performances will be featuring songs that they performed in their 1969 Troubadour debuts. King and Taylor will be reunited with players from The Sections: Less Sklar, bassist, Russ Kunkel, drummer, and Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar, guitarist.
The shows’ proceeds will be benefiting several charities, including Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, MusiCares and Natural Resources Defense Council.
Brian Smith, booker for the Troubadour said, there’s deep musical history in these walls, spanning many generations. To be able to have James and Carole back to help celebrate our last 50 years as well as bring in our next 50 years, that’s really an honor.
In July 1969 Taylor made his debut as a soloist at the club. Later that year King joined Taylor on the stage of the Troubadour, which marked her solo artist debut. Since then both have gone on to become multi-platinum selling, Grammy award winning artists as well as members of the Songwriters Hall of Game and Rock and Roll and Roll Hall of Fame.
This month “One Man Band” was released by Taylor, capturing a few performances Taylor did in July in Pittsfield, MA at Colonial Theatre. The DVD/CD collection includes new interpretations of some of the biggest hits from Taylor, including “Fire and Rain” and “Carolina In My Mind.” These are interspersed with Taylor anecdotes detailing what the inspirations were for his songs. Also included are personal photographs, home movies and exclusive interviews.
Last month Carol King released “Welcome to My Living Room,” a live DVD. The new set includes 29 songs from King’s “Living Room World Tour” of 2005-2006. It includes seven No. 1 hit songs, 21 hits from the Top 40, and 11 additional songs that didn’t appear on the 2005 live CD “Living Room Tour.”
In addition to helping out King and Taylor, The Troubadour has been instrumental in launching a whole host of superstar careers, including Elton John, Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles.