James Taylor Announces New Album and Tour

Legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor is set to release his new album American Standard on February 28 and will be taking it on the road.

You can catch a sneak peek at what to expect on the upcoming album, by listening to the lead track “Teach Me Tonight” here:

American Standard will be James Taylor‘s 19th studio album, and his first since his 2015 release, Before This World, which was his first #1. You can preorder your copy here.

“I’ve always had songs I grew up with that I remember really well, that were part of the family record collection – and I had a sense of how to approach, so it was a natural to put American Standard together,” explains Taylor. “I know most of these songs from the original cast recordings of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, including My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Carousel, Showboat and others.” He adds, “In terms of how they were performed and recorded before, we paid attention to the chords and melody, but we were interested in doing something new, and in bringing something new to it, we’ve reinterpreted the songs, that’s what makes it worth doing.”

Taylor also announced today that he will be embarking on a major US tour with special guest Jackson Browne. The tour will begin on May 15 in New Orleans, and will hit 26 cities across the US. This tour will follow on from his previously announced Canadian tour with Bonnie Raitt. You can get more information on ticket sale dates here


1.  My Blue Heaven (Walter Donaldson-George A. Whiting)
2.  Moon River (Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer)
3.  Teach Me Tonight (Gene De Paul-Sammy Cahn)
4.  As Easy As Rolling Off A Log (M.K. Jerome-Jack Scholl)
5.  Almost Like Being In Love (Frederick Loewe-Alan Jay Lerner)
6.  Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat (Frank Loesser)
7.  The Nearness Of You (Hoagy Carmichael-Ned Washington)
8.  You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught (Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II)
9.  God Bless The Child (Billie Holiday-Arthur Herzog Jr.)
10. Pennies From Heaven (Arthur Johnston-Johnny Burke)
11. My Heart Stood Still (Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart)
12. Ol’ Man River (Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II)
13. It’s Only A Paper Moon (Harold Arlen-Yip Hardburg-Billy Rose)
14. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top (Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II)

US Tour Dates with Jackson Browne:

5/15 New Orleans LA @ Smoothie King Center
5/16 Houston TX @ Toyota Center
5/18 Ft. Worth TX @ Dickies Arena
5/21 Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center
5/22 Boise, ID @ ExtraMile Arena
5/24 Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
5/25 Portland, OR @ Moda Center
5/27 San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
5/28 Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
5/29 San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena
6/10 Chicago, IL @ United Center
6/12 Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
6/13 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Center
6/15 Dayton, OH @ Nutter Center
6/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
6/18 Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
6/19 Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
6/21 Boston, MA @ Fenway Park*
6/23 Roanoke, VA @ Berglund Center Coliseum
6/24 Charleston, WV @ Charleston Coliseum
6/26 Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
6/27 Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
6/29 Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
6/30 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
7/4 Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood**
7/7 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/8 Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health @ Jones Beach Theater
7/10 Camden, NJ @ BB&T Center

All dates w/Jackson Browne except *w/ Brandi Carlile and Shawn Colvin
**no guest artist

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