evenko and Live Nation present An Evening With James Taylor and His All-Star Band live in Atlantic Canada. Performances will take place at Harbour Station in Saint John, Credit Union Place in Summerside, Scotiabank Centre in Halifax and Mile One Centre in St. John’s, May 15-20.
Five-time GRAMMY® Award winner James Taylor has announced 15 Canadian dates to his upcoming North American tour. Tour dates listed below. The shows will include material from his latest album Before This World, the legendary singer/songwriter’s first album of new songs since 2002’s platinum-selling October Road. Before This World was released in June of last year and scored Taylor his first ever #1 album on the Billboard Charts.
Earning critical praise from outlets such as The New Yorker who described Taylor as a “master of songwriting,” the album features ten songs, nine of which are brand new James Taylor compositions. Produced by Grammy Award®-winner Dave O’Donnell, the album offers heartfelt reflections and insight from a life well lived such as the album’s opening track “Today, Today, Today,” which The Wall Street Journal described as “trademark Taylor: elegant, tuneful and just a little wry.” Other album highlights include “Stretch of the Highway” and “Angels of Fenway,” a song about the redemptive spirit of baseball, which Taylor debuted at Fenway Park in Boston.
Recorded at his home studio TheBarn, in Washington, MA, Taylor enlisted the longtime members of his band for the sessions including bassist Jimmy Johnson, drummer Steve Gadd, guitarist Michael Landau, keyboardist Larry Goldings, percussionist Luis Conte, fiddler and vocalist Andrea Zonn and vocalists Arnold McCuller, David Lasley and Kate Markowitz. Taylor also called on close friends Yo-Yo Ma and Sting to add their remarkable talent to the new album, (Ma’s cello is heard on “You And I Again” and “Before This World”; Sting added vocals to “Before This World.”) Additionally, Taylor’s wife Kim and son Henry sing harmony on “Angels Of Fenway” and the classic folk tune “Wild Mountain Thyme.”
On Before This World, Taylor continues to explore many of the themes that have absorbed him throughout his career. “My sort of self-expression and the autobiographical aspect of my work is a thru-line that links all my albums together,” he explains. “I think I have grown musically, and I think people can hear it in what I played in ’68, and you can hear it in what I’m singing about now. It is ongoing, it’s still me, but it’s still evolving.”
The past ten years have been full of extensive tour schedules and notable achievements for Taylor — including his acclaimed One Man Band tour and concert performance film, which aired on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy Award, his wildly successful Troubadour Reunion tour and Live at the Troubadour album with Carole King, two collections of cover songs Covers and Other Covers, a heartwarming Christmas album, James Taylor at Christmas and sold out tours across the US, Europe and the UK throughout 2014 and 2015.
Before This World is currently available in a variety of formats. The special 2-Disc CD/DVD Before This World Deluxe Edition includes the full-length album on CD plus “There We Were: The Recording of James Taylor’s Before This World,” a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the album on DVD. The beautifully rendered 30-minute film, using studio footage and interviews, provides an intimate look into Taylor’s creative process and the recording of this landmark album.
Before This World’s Super Deluxe Edition includes the standard full-length album plus bonus tracks, the expanded “There We Were: The Recording of James Taylor’s Before This World” documentary on DVD and a 40-page hard bound book featuring photos, liner notes, and a collector’s envelope with handwritten lyrics, all housed in a numbered slip case. The album is also be available digitally and on 180gram vinyl.
Atlantic Canada Shows
May 15 – Harbour Station – Saint John
May 16 – Credit Union Place – Summerside
May 17 – Scotiabank Centre – Halifax
May 20 – Mile One Centre – St. John’s
Tickets on sale Friday, February 19th at 10 am!
About James Taylor:
As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. Over the course of his celebrated songwriting and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards for classics ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to October Road in 2002. In 2015 Taylor released Before This World, his first new studio album in thirteen years, which earned him his first ever #1 album. He has won multiple Grammy awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2012, Taylor was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. In November of 2015, Taylor was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor.
Tickets for all Atlantic Canadian shows go on sale Friday, February 19th at 10 am.
Tickets for the Saint John show range from $88.25 – $109.00 (including tax and applicable surcharge) and will be available at the Harbour Station box office, by calling (506) 657-1234 / 1-800-267-2800 and online at harbourstation.ca, evenko.ca and livenation.com.
The shows are reserved seating and open to all ages. Doors open at 7:30 pm and shows start at 8:30 pm.