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Article / Interview / Tour 2018

What’s special about Bonnie Raitt?
Bonnie is the genuine article and has a good picture of who she is and where she stands in the artistic world. If anything, I think she’s too modest.

What can we expect from the concert?
Bonnie and I have joined forces for about a year now. We’re excited about bringing it across the ocean and playing on the home turf. You’ll see a lot of Bonnie’s songs and a lot of mine.

Is music as important as ever to you?
Yes. My career has been a series of lucky coincidences. Getting my first break from the Beatles was the mother of all big breaks. I am forever grateful to Paul McCartney especially.

Would you want to start out again today?
It’s different with YouTube and social media, so I cannot imagine it. I think I’m from another era, and I guess I am a product of a time before this world.

How competitive are you in your career?
I know I am competitive but I also know it doesn’t do me any good. I suffer from professional jealousy but that doesn’t motivate me to play the game. I’ve never considered music a competitive sport.

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Article / Interview / Tour 2017

Today, when we talk, James Taylor is in Georgia, which treats his sweet voice well.

He struggles more in the Southwest, where he has to take care to keep his vocal cords from getting too dry.

“When you’re young, your health will forgive any abuses,” Taylor says. “As time goes by, you learn not to play into nature’s hands so much.”

Those lines sound almost like the lyrics to a Taylor song. Time and nature come up time and again with him. Those themes – along with familial connections – have informed his music for 50 years now. And at 69, he’s still reflective about what makes a song work.

He’s been a more measured craftsman in the second half of his career. Taylor made 12 albums of original songs between 1968 and 1988. He’s made just four since 1991. But to hear those four is to hear an artist who spends a lot of time making his craft sound effortless. He also sobered up in the mid-’80s, so Taylor has been more engaged with the world, too.

“You join the world when you come to terms with addiction, that’s for sure,” he says. “I found out I hadn’t learned any skills or social cues or the habits you’re supposed to pick up between 18 and 35. When you’re addicted, you short-circuit all those life lessons. Playing catch-up is difficult and humiliating. But that’s what I’ve done.”

Taylor released “Before This World” in 2015 and will bring those songs along with his modern standards to the Toyota Center on Tuesday. Though it’s easy to see albums merely as collections of 10 to 12 reflections from a writer issued every couple of years, Taylor’s work holds together in an interesting way. His voice hasn’t failed him in the decades since he sounded weary and wise as a 20-year-old kid on “James Taylor” in 1968, which lends an ageless quality to his songs about the passing of time.

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Festivals / Interview / MerleFest 2017 / Photos

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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Interview / South American Tour 2017 / Tour 2017

Author: Claudio Vergara
Translator: Romy Sutherland

One of the most successful musicians of the seventies, James Taylor (69) speaks with La Tercera about his recent return to Chile along side Elton John. He recalls The Beatles and Bob Dylan and turns to the present to praise Taylor Swift and to express his apprehension over Trump.

Taylor’s world changed seven days ago when he launched his South American tour, which will take place in venues with crowd capacities of over ten thousand, a number that couldn’t be contained in the theaters he’s accustomed to, which typically hold about half that crowd.

“My music is intimate, but I think it works in these contexts, because we have even performed in stadiums. My ideal number for a show is four to five thousand, but the most important thing, even if there are many more than that, is that everyone is having a great time,” the singer commented over phone from Sao Paulo, where he performed on Thursday, preceding his arrival this Monday the 10th to Movistar Arena.

In this concert, and throughout his South American tour, Taylor will perform with Elton John, his contemporary with whom he is touring for the first time, now that both of them are well into the mature phase of their respective trajectories. “I’ve known him for years and we’ve worked together several times, but mainly for benefit events. I admire him a lot, his music is the most sophisticated and passionate of pop. I always thought it was a very good idea to tour together. Our managers are friends, the idea occurred to them and we said ‘Sure, why not?’ We began our careers at the same time, he perhaps six months or so earlier, but both of us were recording our albums in London at the end of the 60s, so you could say we were in the same graduating class.

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