Cover of James TaylorBy Brynn Alexander
Would you want to go to a concert with your dad? Here's an even creepier question, would you want to perform a concert with your dad? For folk singer Ben Taylor the answer to that question is yes.
Ben's father, legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor, is set to tour the U.S. next year and he's bringing his son along as the opening act. The father and son tour gets underway Feb. 26 Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Brady Theater. The Taylor's final show is set for April 2 in Toledo, Ohio at the Stranahan Theater.
Originally, Ben was only going to play with his father at only eight shows. Probably due to an onslaught of positive responses, Ben's appearances have more than doubled. The son will now open for all 18 dates of the tour including.
Ben is the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon (no pressure there). Although he's tried to distance himself from his famous parents, Ben has found it difficult since he looks and sounds a lot like his old man. Ben's first release, 2003's Famous Among the Barns, was with the Ben Taylor Band. The group released an EP in 2004 before Ben realized he wasn't playing the kind of music he wanted to and moved on.
Ben's first solo release, Another Run Around the Sun, dropped in 2005. Before teaming up with dear old dad, Ben toured with Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley, and Blues Traveler. Ben has a sister, Sally Taylor (an older progeny of James Taylor and Carly Simon) who is also a singer.
While out on tour, Ben will be supporting his upcoming album, Listening. It's set to drop sometime in 2011 and is the follow-up to his 2008 opus, The Legend of Kung Folk [Part 1 (The Killing Bite)].
Father Taylor is still supporting his Grammy nominated studio album, Covers (2008), as well as his live album, Live at the Troubadour with Carole King (2010). Taylor and King toured this past summer in an outing dubbed "Troubadour Reunion Tour With Carole King." The tour celebrated the 40th anniversary of the couple's first performance together at The Troubadour in West Hollywood.
The elder Taylor has some big dates planned for next year sans offspring. In April and May of 2011, James Taylor will be in New York City to perform four shows at Carnegie Hall. This coming summer, fans can catch James Taylor at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. Sweet Baby James is scheduled to take the stage on June 30, July 1, July 3, and July 4.
James Taylor and Ben Taylor's Tour Schedule
February 26 - Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
February 27 - Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre
March 1 - Omaha, NE @ Orpheum Theater
March 2 - Des Moines, IA @ Civic Theatre
March 4 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
March 5 - South Bend, IN @ Morris Performing Arts Center
March 8 - Grand Rapids, MI @ DeVos Performance Hall
March 9 - East Lansing, MI @ Wharton Center for Performing Arts
March 11 - Davenport, IA @ RiverCenter/Adler Theatre
March 12 - Cincinnati, OH @ Procter & Gamble Hall
March 22 - Jacksonville, FL @ Times-Union Center for Performing Arts
March 23 - Columbia, SC @ Koger Center for the Arts
March 25 - Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace Theatre
March 26 -Raleigh, NC @ Memorial Auditorium
March 29 - Norfolk, VA @ Chrysler Hall
March 30 - Richmond, VA @ Landmark Theater
April 1 - Hershey, PA @ Hershey Theatre
April 2 - Toledo, OH @ Stranahan Theater
Brynn Alexander writes for ClickitTicket.com, a website that sells cheap concert tickets to all the top concert tours like James Taylor tickets and Eric Clapton concert tickets. ClickitTicket also offers sports and theater tickets too.
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