James Taylor Resets Tours With Browne, Raitt to 2021

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James Taylor has revealed the rescheduled dates of his Canadian tour with Bonnie Raitt to 2021. (The July 29 announcement follows the May 19 news of his U.S. tour with Jackson Browne. That 2020 tour has also been moved to 2021 with the vast majority of shows falling on or very near their original dates.)

Taylor and Browne posted a video on May 19 that they created together via Zoom to give fans the update, “and to thank you for your patience and understanding.” Watch it below.

Taylor had announced the postponement of the 2020 concerts on April 3 “due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding Covid-19.” The tour, their first together, was scheduled to begin May 15.

Watch the pair of stars announce the rescheduling info together

On March 24, Browne revealed that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. At the time, he was said to be quarantined and recuperating at his Los Angeles home. On March 25, Browne announced the upcoming release of two new songs. Listen to them here.

On March 15, Taylor canceled his Canadian tour, also due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The dozen dates with frequent touring partner, Bonnie Raitt, were scheduled to run from April 12 – May 5.

When he revealed the rescheduled dates, Taylor wrote, “It’s a kind of reunion for the two of us and we’re both really excited to share the stage again. Though I say it myself, our last tour together was as good as it gets.”

In the April 3 announcement of the U.S. tour’s postponement, Taylor wrote, “As this summer’s tour of 27 towns and cities across the U.S. drew near, we’ve been increasingly excited to hit the road again. So it’s deeply disappointing for both of us to have to call it off and reschedule (and reschedule we WILL)! As we all now realize, COVID-19 is a serious, real and present danger. Moreover, our public health is all of our responsibility. So let us listen to and follow the directions of our public healthcare people and support their efforts in this unprecedented time of global pandemic. Love those around you and, above all, stay safe and healthy.”

Previously purchased tickets will be honored for all new dates and fans are encouraged to hold onto their tickets. Fans with questions are asked to reach out to their point of purchase.

In a March 15 post on his social media platforms, Taylor wrote about the Canadian dates, “We were so looking forward to the [Canadian] tour, it breaks my heart to call it off. But that’s what we must do.”

Taylor released a new album of standards on Feb. 28. American Standard features covers of tunes written by such legendary songwriters as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Frank Loesser, and more. (See the complete song list and listen to several tracks below.)

When the album debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts, Taylor became the first artist with top ten albums in each of the last six decades.

The streak began with 1970’s Sweet Baby James, which reached #3. (He went on to earn five additional Top 10 LPs in the decade.) In 1981, he just made it when Dad Loves His Work peaked at #11. 1997’s Hourglass reached #9. Both 2002’s October Road and 2008’s Covers made it to #4. In 2015, Taylor earned the first #1 album of his career with Before This World.

The tour with Taylor, who turned 72 on March 12, and Browne, two of America’s most accomplished singer-songwriters, has been highly anticipated. Tickets are available here and here.

Every ticket purchased will include a CD or digital copy of the new album via Fantasy Records that Taylor had been teasing about since November.

Watch the video for the first track, “Teach Me Tonight”

The new collection features such chestnuts as “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” “Pennies From Heaven,” and “Ol’ Man River.”

American Standard Song List

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

James Taylor 2021 Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

2021 U.S. dates include special guest Jackson Browne
May 14 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
May 15 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
May 17 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
May 20 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
May 21 – Boise, ID – ExtraMile Arena
May 23 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
May 24 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
May 26 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
May 28 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
May 29 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena
Jun 09 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Jun 11 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
Jun 12 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Center
Jun 14 – Dayton, OH – WSU Nutter Center
Jun 15 – Charleston, WV – Charleston Coliseum
Jun 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Jun 23 – Roanoke, VA – Berglund Center Coliseum
Jun 25 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
Jun 26 – Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum
Jun 28 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Jun 29 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Center
Jul 01 – Hershey, PA – Giant Center
Jul 02 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Jul 04 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood (w/o Browne)
Jul 07 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Jul 09 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Jul 10 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

2021 Canadian dates with special guest Bonnie Raitt
Sep 12 – St. John’s, NL – Mile One Centre
Sep 15 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre
Sep 16 – Moncton, NB – Avenir Centre
Sep 18 – Montreal, QC – Centre Bell
Sep 19 – Ottawa, ON – Richcraft Live at the Canadian Tire Center
Sep 22 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Sep 23 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
Sep 26 – Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place
Sep 28 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
Sep 29 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
Oct 01 – Victoria, BC – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Oct 02 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

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Watch Taylor talk about the new album

Over the course of his celebrated songwriting and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums. He has won multiple Grammy awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2015, Taylor was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2016 Taylor received the Kennedy Center Honors, which are presented annually to individuals who have enriched American culture by distinguished achievement in the performing arts.

Related: Our Album Rewind of Sweet Baby James

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  1. wave
    #1 wave 8 April, 2020, 09:22

    Love this site, will spend more time here. Thanks for the info, now only have to decide between San Fran and Diego when the tour resumes. Stay home and Stay safe God bless

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  2. Bertram
    #2 Bertram 29 July, 2020, 14:21

    It’s inconceivable that they’re not coming to Burlington Vt!

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