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Festivals / Sanremo 2018 / Tour 2018

James Taylor attends a photocall on the second day of the 68. Sanremo Music Festival on February 7, 2018 in Sanremo, Italy. (Photos by Venturelli)

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James Taylor didn’t just go to Carolina in his mind.

The acclaimed singer-songwriter returned to his home state of North Carolina for a special performance this past weekend.

“It’s just home on so many different levels,” Taylor says. “It’s a beautiful part of the world.”

We’re all familiar with Taylor’s love of the his southern heritage from his music.

“Copperline” and of course “Carolina In My Mind” feature our beloved state. What’s not as well known is Taylor’s deep southern roots.

Taylor describes his father’s connection with North Carolina in a single word: profound.

“His forbears in the mid 1600s settled and founded the town of New Bern on the coast and then a branch of the family headed west and settled here, in the western part of the state,” Taylor says.

While Taylor himself has become an icon within the Carolinas, his father also has a historic past.

Isaac M. Taylor was Dean of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

“He and a man named Doctor Barry Hill essentially built it from a two-year premedical program to being a full on medical school,” Taylor says.

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