Out Now: Stream ‘American Standard,’ the New Album from James Taylor


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Today, legendary songwriter/singer James Taylor releases American Standard, a new collection of songs incorporating re-imagined versions of some influential songs throughout history, hand-picked by Taylor for the project. Pick up the album on CD (click here) or vinyl (click here).

Said Taylor in a statement about the record back when it was first announced:

“I’ve always had songs I grew up with that I remember really well, that were part of the family record collection – and I had a sense of how to approach, so it was a natural to put American Standard together,” explains Taylor. “I know most of these songs from the original cast recordings of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, including My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Carousel, Showboat and others.” He adds, “In terms of how they were performed and recorded before, we paid attention to the chords and melody, but we were interested in doing something new, and in bringing something new to it, we’ve reinterpreted the songs, that’s what makes it worth doing.”

Stream the record below, via Spotify:

Taylor also paid a visit to Good Morning America regarding the release of his new record:

And for more on American Standard, enjoy a behind-the-scenes vignette premiered by Taylor a few weeks ahead of the album release:

As mentioned in the video, the musicians joining Taylor in the studio for this record include:

Steve Gadd, drums
Luis Conte, percussion
Jimmy Johnson, bass
Viktor Krauss, upright bass
Larry Goldings, melodica/Hammond B3 Organ
Walt Fowler, trumpet/flugelhorn
Lou Marini, clarinet/sax
Stuart Duncan, violin
Jerry Douglas, dobro
Arnold McCuller, vocals
Kate Markowitz, vocals
Andrea Zonn, vocals
Dorian Holley, vocals
Caroline Taylor, vocals

In addition to the new album, James Taylor also has a tour coming up with fellow legendary singer/songwriter Jackson Browne. The outing will take the two on the road to 26 cities, starting in mid-May:

April 14 @ Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, BC, Canada *
April 15 @ Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC, Canada *
April 17 @ Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB, Canada *
April 19 @ Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB, Canada *
April 21 @ Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB, Canada *
April 24 @ Richcraft Live at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa, ON, Canada *
April 25 @ Budweiser Gardens in London, ON, Canada *
April 27 @ Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, Canada *
April 29 @ Centre Bell in Montreal, QC, Canada *
May 01 @ Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, NS, Canada *
May 02 @ Avenir Centre in Moncton, NB, Canada *
May 05 @ Mile One Centre in St. John’s, NL, Canada *
May 15 @ Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA, United States **
May 16 @ Toyota Center in Houston, TX, United States **
May 18 @ Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX, United States **
May 21 @ Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, UT, United States **
May 22 @ ExtraMile Arena in Boise, ID, United States **
May 24 @ Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA, United States **
May 25 @ Moda Center in Portland, OR, United States **
May 27 @ Chase Center in San Francisco, CA, United States **
May 28 @ Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, United States **
May 29 @ Pechanga Arena in San Diego, CA, United States **
June 10 @ United Center in Chicago, IL, United States **
June 12 @ Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, United States **
June 13 @ DTE Energy Center in Detroit, MI, United States **
June 15 @ WSU Nutter Center in Dayton, OH, United States **
June 16 @ PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA, United States **
June 18 @ Giant Center in Hershey, PA, United States **
June 19 @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY, United States **
June 21 @ Fenway Park in Boston, MA, United States ***
June 23 @ Berglund Center Coliseum in Roanoke, VA, United States **
June 24 @ Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, WV, United States **
June 26 @ KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY, United States **
June 27 @ FedExForum in Memphis, TN, United States **
June 29 @ Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, GA, United States **
June 30 @ Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, United States **
July 04 @ Tanglewood in Lenox, MA, United States *****
July 07 @ PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, United States **
July 08 @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY, United States **
July 10 @ BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ, United States **

*James Taylor & his All-Star Band with special guest Bonnie Raitt
**James Taylor & His All-Star Band with special guest Jackson Browne
***James Taylor & his All-Star Band with special guests Brandi Carlile and Shawn Colvin
*****No guest artist


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