James Taylor Supports New Album ‘Covers’ with Fall Tour
James Taylor will be following up his remaining spring dates from the ongoing “Down Home Tour” by doing a few September shows while he plans some initial fall outing dates.
The songwriter/singer will be in Indianapolis on May 12. The fall leg of his tour so far has only four dates planned. The trek will kick off at Valley Center, CA on September 15.
Taylor along with his band will be heading overseas in June to do a month’s worth of European dates. Taylor’s international schedule is listed on his website at www.jamestaylor.com.
Taylor’s new album “Covers” was released in September. It debuted on Billboard’s 200 chart at No. 4, and during the first week of its release sold 94,500 units. The album is a songbook of American tunes featuring classics that were made famous by other artists, including Eddie Cochran, George Jones, Leonard Cohen, The Temptations, Dixie Chicks and Buddy Holly. These are songs that over the years Taylor has performed but never recorded. “It’s Growing” is in the Top 20 currently on the chart Hot Adult Contemporary.
The album was recorded by Taylor over a 10 day recording session in his barn turned studio in Massachusetts. Taylor along with Band of Legends, his 12 piece band, improvised the songs right on the spot as they recorded them live. From this effort Taylor has earned two Grammy nominations: for “Wichita Lineman” he has received a nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal and also has received a Best Pop Vocal Album nomination.
“Other Covers” was released last month by Taylor. It’s a companion to the 2008 “Covers” album. The mini album consists of seven tracks featuring material Taylor wasn’t able to fit onto his earlier set. It includes covers of “In the Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett and “Knock on Wood” by Eddie Floyd.