James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt Expand Tour

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(Update Mar. 1): The two musicians have announced that they’re significantly expanding their touring plans from four dates to 17. Tickets go on sale March 10 at 10 a.m. local time. In addition, JT has scheduled two dates at Tanglewood in the Massachusetts Berkshires. (See below for the complete itinerary.)

Our original item from when the first dates were announced…

We’re still more than two months away from when pitchers and catchers report to spring training but James Taylor is getting ready to join the boys of summer on the ball fields. The much-honored singer-songwriter will play four concerts with his All-Star Band at ballparks across the U.S. in Summer 2017. Joining Taylor onstage at some of America’s most beloved baseball stadiums will be special guest Bonnie Raitt.

Four concerts have been scheduled so far with room for plenty more to be added. The current list includes such iconic stadiums as Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Tickets here.

Taylor is among a handful of entertainers who received 2016 Kennedy Center Honors on December 4. (Others include the Eagles, Mavis Staples and Al Pacino.) The event will be broadcast December 27 on CBS. The 68-year-old has been taking home a lot of hardware lately; he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

Related: Eagles, James Taylor receive 2016 Kennedy Center Honors

Watch Taylor’s “Angels of Fenway” from his recent studio album Before This World

Over the course of his celebrated songwriting and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards for classics ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to October Road in 2002. In 2015, Taylor released Before This World, his first new studio album in 13 years, which earned him his first ever #1 album on the Billboard Charts and a Grammy® nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. He has won multiple Grammy Awards® and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Watch Taylor perform one of his breakthrough hits…

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James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt 2017 U.S. Dates:

July 03 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood (w/o Raitt)
July 04 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood (w/o Raitt)
July 06 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
July 07 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
July 09 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
July 11 – Duluth, GA – Infinite Energy Center
July 12 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
July 14 – Washington, DC – Nationals Park
July 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
July 17 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
July 29 – San Francisco, CA – AT&T Park
July 31 – Frisco, TX – The Ford Center at The Star
Aug 01 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Aug 03 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Aug 05 – Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum
Aug 06 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
Aug 08 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 09 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Aug. 11 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park

Related: Review of Bonnie Raitt’s Dig in Deep album

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