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James Taylor Announces New Album, U.S. Tour with Jackson Browne

James Taylor American Standard
James Taylor’s new album American Standard is due out February 28th

James Taylor will release a new album of classic American standards including songs like “Almost Like Being In Love,” God Bless the Child” and the first single, “Teach Me Tonight”. The album, titled American Standard, is due out February 28th. Watch a trailer for the release in the player below.

“Teach Me Tonight” was previously recorded by greats of the American songbook era, such as Dinah Washington and Frank Sinatra, among others. Taylor’s take on the 1953 classic is out now and can be heard in the player below.

“These are the songs that Lennon / McCartney listened to… so many of my generation that got started in the 60s,” Taylor explains in a trailer for the album. “ [The songs are] so much more sophisticated than what music has become. And because of that, they’re a challenge. But it’s also something that shouldn’t be lost.”

But Taylor isn’t interested in just recreating something that’s been done before. “We’re interested in doing something new,” he says. “And in bringing something new to it – reinterpreting the songs. That’s what makes it worth doing.”

Amerian Standard marks Taylor’s first new album since 2015’s Before This World, which topped the charts and garnered the singer-songwriter his first-ever #1 album.

The announcement of American Standard coincides with the announcement of Taylor’s upcoming summer tour with Jackson Browne. The 26-date trek kicks off May 15th and follows Taylor’s previously announced Canadian tour with special guest Bonnie Raitt. See a full list of U.S. dates below.

Tickets for the tour go on sale via Ticketmaster February 7th at 10am venue local time.

American Standard is available for pre-order now.

James Taylor – “Teach Me Tonight”

James Taylor ‘American Standard’ Album Trailer

American Standard – Track Listing

My Blue Heaven
Moon River
Teach Me Tonight
As Easy As Rolling Off a Log
Almost Like Being in Love
Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat
The Nearness of You
You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught
God Bless the Child
Pennies from Heaven
My Heart Stood Still
Ol’ Man River
It’s Only a Paper Moon
The Surrey with the Fringe on Top

James Taylor Tour Dates with Jackson Browne

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

* no guest artist

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