Sunday, June 7, 2009
James Taylor - Still Finding Perspective In Uncertain Times
James Taylor performed a two hour concert last Friday at the Fair Park Music Hall and once again "Sweet Baby James" was able to effectively connect to his folk-minded fans, even while he mixed up the beats a bit by including R&B, blues and even some gospel tunes. Taylor was joined onstage by an eight member band, which helped back-up some of Taylor's most beloved ballads. Taylor, who certainly is no stranger to the music scene, has not lost the magic touch and his voice is still in fine form.
The excitement was palpable when he let loose hits like "Wasn't That a Mighty Storm," "Sweet Potato Pie" and "Shower the People." With buoyant energy and the same enthusiasm that first catapulted him to stardom during the 1970s, Taylor put on a concert that was well worth remembering for exhausted fans, which left much happier than when they first arrived. For further information on tour information, be sure to go online and get your own pair of James Taylor tickets.
While James Taylor spent much of the evening offering up his own versions of various cover songs, he did not skimp on the authentic "James Taylor" material. What JT concert would be complete without the stunning folk masterpieces of "Fire and Rain" and "Sweet Baby James?" Seeing Taylor perched on the edge of his stool, carefully crooning these classic melodies was better than a jammin' rock concert for those in attendance.
Taylor is widely known for his soft, soothing voice and has been giving the folk-rock community something to sing about since the 1970s, when he really hit stride thanks to his string of introspective folk tunes. It was an easy transition from the politically fired-up 1960s, and Taylor offered forlorn fans a bit of inward reflection after such a tumultuous decade.
His second solo album, Sweet Baby James, became a huge success during 1970 and was buoyed by the immensely popular single, "Fire and Rain." It was just the beginning of stardom for Taylor, and over the course of the next couple of years he found his work repeatedly present on the Billboard charts, with songs like "You've Got a Friend" and "Carolina On My Mind."
Taylor persevered over the next few decades, even while he fended off some commercial disappointments with his work. His album, JT, helped put to rest any concerns that Taylor's star was fading as it went on to sell an incredible amount of copies worldwide and even helped Taylor pick up a second Grammy Award for the featured song, "Handy Man."
With the arrival of the 1980s, Taylor did not hesitate or falter. Rather, he continued delivering those classic Taylor beats that his fans had come to know and love. The same was true of the 1990s and the 2000s, as Taylor waded into a sort of legendary status. In this day in age, aspiring folk/rock singer-songwriters take cues from Taylor's soft introspective style. It's no wonder that he's held onto his popularity for four decades and counting.
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