Steamrollered by James Taylor from Lifelong Dylan Fan, 06/10/14
James Taylor is one of the most memorable voices of the great American singer-songwriter era. Time may have changed his appearance from the beautiful youth we remember with such affection but the voice and the personality are undimmed. Perfectly balanced sound provided an unforgettable showcase for his immense catalogue of glorious songs. From the gentle yearning of Carolina in my Mind to the rumbustious jollity of Steamroller we were transported back to the heady days around 1970. Taylor is a delight. His performance was witty, endearing and palpably sincere. The lady from the audience who presented him with flowers was, in a sense, sending him a message from all of us. The career defining Fire and Rain was delivered to a sort of hushed reverence and, delivered by a man in his 60s, seemed to carry even greater depth and resonance than the youthful version. The story behind the writing of Sweet Baby James was fun and the delivery was perfect.
The band was spectacularly good. Gadd was brilliant on drums and Landau has few equals on guitar. Support singers and violinist were great.
We left feeling affection and admiration for the great man and sang all the way home. This was a special event from a very special man. Come back as soon as you like James. Plenty of people will be there to welcome you.