JT is a pro's pro...great band, a variety of styles, songs, moods...he's got an instantly recognizable voice...whether it's gut-bucket blues, soft, gentle ballads, soul classics or straight-ahead rock n' roll, it's James Taylor. I don't know why, but "Bridge Over Troubled Water" always made a picture of James Taylor appear in my mind's eye. Somehow I thought that Paul Simon wrote that song to him. The poetic troubador image belied one hard-living dude back in the day. He covered Keith Richards' action and went him one more. He'd already cleaned up by the time Keef's (many) skeletons spilled out of the closet...I respect JT for staying the course and not trying to turn himself into something he's not. He just jammed out. He's green, but he's also cool and easy-going. His approach is more down-to-earth than so many of his peers. I have always disliked Jackson Browne, for instance. When I was popular in town as a songwriter, I performed a song I wrote against him. It was my most requested number. But I derail. JT is the man. Cheers, WC1
PS: He was cool in "Two Lane Blacktop"...mixed reviews from drag racers...for one thing, they were "pro" street racers...also the dialogue revealed that him and Dennis Wilson knew absolutely nothing about that engine...the movie was more image than substance, anyway...I was glad to see him stick to playing music...
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