James Taylor Debuts ‘Teach Me Tonight,’ from New ‘American Standard’ LP, Announces Tour with Jackson Browne


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Iconic singer/songwriter James Taylor is truly an American icon, and he’ll return on February 28 with a new album titled American Standard.

Announced on Thursday, the news came with the premiere of Taylor’s re-imagining of the Gene De Paul-Sammy Cahn composition titled “Teach Me Tonight” that finds him at his very best yet again:

And here’s a trailer for the album:

American Standard will be James Taylor’s 19th studio album to date, and the first since 2015’s Before This World, and finds him reimagining beloved songs from throughout the 20th century, giving everything his own unique spin:

“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.”

More on the album and the songs chosen to be part of the project:

A small sampling of the album’s inspired repertoire includes James’ swinging take on Walter Donaldson and George A. Whiting’s “My Blue Heaven,” Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner’s enduring “Almost Like Being In Love,” from the score of Brigadoon; Hoagy Carmichael and Ned Washington’s enchanting “The Nearness of You,” Frank Loesser’s jaunty “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” from the Broadway smash Guys and Dolls;Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’spiercing social commentary from South Pacific, “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught,” a superb reading of the Billie Holiday-Arthur Herzog Jr. classic, “God Bless The Child,” and the first ever cover of a song originally featured in the 1938 Merrie Melodies cartoon Katnip Kollege, “As Easy As Rolling Off A Log.”

Here’s the album’s track listing:

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

As if all of the above wasn’t exciting enough, Taylor also announced a tour with fellow legendary singer/songwriter Jackson Browne. The outing will take the two on the road to 26 cities, starting in mid-May:

5/15 New Orleans LA @ Smoothie King Center
5/16 Houston TX @ Toyota Center
5/18 Ft. Worth TX @ Dickies Arena
5/21 Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center
5/22 Boise, ID @ ExtraMile Arena
5/24 Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
5/25 Portland, OR @ Moda Center
5/27 San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
5/28 Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
5/29 San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena
6/10 Chicago, IL @ United Center
6/12 Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
6/13 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Center
6/15 Dayton, OH @ Nutter Center
6/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
6/18 Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
6/19 Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
6/21 Boston, MA @ Fenway Park*
6/23 Roanoke, VA @ Berglund Center Coliseum
6/24 Charleston, WV @ Charleston Coliseum
6/26 Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
6/27 Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
6/29 Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
6/30 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
7/4 Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood**
7/7 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/8 Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health @ Jones Beach Theater
7/10 Camden, NJ @ BB&T Center

All dates w/Jackson Browne except *w/ Brandi Carlile and Shawn Colvin
**no guest artist


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