James Taylor

Photo by Timothy White, courtesy of Concord Records


Tue., Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. 2017
$66 to $100

Location Info:

Toyota Center
1510 Polk
Houston, TX  77002
Before This World, James Taylor’s first album of all-new songs since 2002’s October Road, was more than a decade in the making by the time of its mid-2015 release, hence so-called "new" songs that record his unbridled joy at the Boston Red Sox’s 2004 World Series victory (“Angels of Fenway”) or brooding sympathy for one of the world’s most war-torn nations (“Far Afghanistan”). Some things are worth waiting for; Taylor’s mellow, soothing baritone and lyrical attention to detail are in fine form, and the more recent material should sit easily in the set list alongside his plethora of hits — how sweet it is indeed. As a great bonus, the dapper 69-year-old 2016 Kennedy Center honoree couldn’t have chosen a better touring partner than Bonnie Raitt, who, even with all the Grammys she won in the Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw years, may have never cut an album as funky, soul-searching, cut-loose rockin’ and altogether satisfying as she did on last year’s Dig In Deep.
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