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Jackson Browne Confirms US Summer Tour 2022 – JamBase Article

The tour featuring “An Evening With” performances comes in support of the legendary singer-songwriter’s 2021 LP, ‘Downhill From Everywhere.’

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Jackson Browne’s 2022 Tour

Tickets on Sale This Friday, March 18

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March 14, 2022: Jackson Browne announces his “Evening With” full band 2022 tour with dates running from June through September. The tour supports his GRAMMY-nominated album Downhill From Everywhere. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 18 at 10 AM local time. 

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Browne and his band will also join James Taylor & his All Star Band for a run of dates across Canada this Spring. See full list of tour dates below.

Jackson Browne Tour:

June 3 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Saint Louis Music Park

June 4 – Camdenton, MO @ Lake Ozarks Amphitheater

June 6 – Salina, KS @ Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts

June 7 – Kansas City, MO @ Kansas City Music Hall

June 10 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Oakland University – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre

June 11 – Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center at The Heights

June 14 – Waite Park, MN @ The Ledge Waite Park Amphitheater

June 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater

June 17 – Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival

June 18 – Appleton, WI @ Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

June 21 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Foellinger Theater

June 22 – Indianapolis, IN @ TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park

June 24 – Cincinnati, OH @ Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center

June 25 – Northfield, OH @ MGM Northfield Park – Center Stage

July 13 – Bridgeport, CT @ Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater

July 14 – Boston, MA @ Leader Bank Pavilion

July 16 – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center

July 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ TD Pavilion at the Mann

July 19 – Richmond, VA @ Altria Theater

July 20 – Vienna, VA @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap

July 22 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion

July 23 – Selbyville, DE @ The Freeman Stage at Bayside

July 26 – New York, NY @ The Beacon Theater

July 27 – New York, NY @ The Beacon Theater

July 29 – New York, NY @ The Beacon Theater

July 30 – New York, NY @ The Beacon Theater

August 31 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s

September 1 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s

September 3 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Pacific Amphitheatre

September 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre

September 7 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl

September 9 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre

September 10 – Stateline, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys (rescheduled)

September 13 – Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheatre

September 14 – Troutdale, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield

September 16 – Seattle, WA @ Venue TBD

September 17- Seattle, WA @ Venue TBD

September 20 – Walla Walla, WA @ Wine Country Amphitheater

September 21 – Boise, ID @ Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden

September 23 – Sandy, UT @ Sandy City Amphitheater

September 25 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Jackson Browne with James Taylor Canada Tour:

April 21 – St. John’s, NL @ Mile One Centre

April 24 – Halifax, NS @ Scotiabank Centre

April 25 – Moncton, NB @ Avenir Centre

April 27 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Center

April 28 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell

April 30 – London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens

May 1 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena

May 5 – Winnipeg, MB @ Canada Life Centre

May 7 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome

May 9 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place

May 11 – Victoria, BC @ Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

May 12 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

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James Taylor Announces Rescheduled Canadian Tour With Honored Guest, Jackson Browne

For the first time ever, James Taylor & His All-Star Band, with special guest Jackson Browne, will perform together across Canada. Jackson will replace the previously announced Bonnie Raitt who unfortunately is no longer available to join these rescheduled concert dates due to her prior touring commitments.

“Last year was a time of great disruption and general upheaval for all of us. My plans for a coast-to-coast concert tour of Canada with my dear friend, Bonnie Raitt, were seriously sidetracked. Our rescheduled dates for this September were likewise denied. But we’ve been determined to follow through; to make the tour happen and, come hell or high water, we’re setting our sights on this coming Spring of ‘22. The one wrinkle is that Bonnie will be unable to join us for the newly rescheduled dates. Happily, Jackson Browne and I have been touring together this Summer and Fall and he has agreed to come to Canada with me. We’ve been delighted with the response from our audiences on this current tour of the States and I’m hoping that those of you who have been holding onto tickets for the Canadian concerts will be pleased with the surprise change in the bill. Of course some of you may have had your hearts set on seeing Bonnie and would like to receive a refund due to the change. This we will cheerfully and expeditiously accommodate. But I dare say that the rest of you will not be disappointed. See you all this Spring.” James Taylor

The highly acclaimed tour will kick off in Canada on April 21, 2022 at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Pollstar recently commented of the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers during their current US tour that “these songs not only endure but expanded to include the life-worn truths of coming of age in the 21st century by two American treasures.”  

Previously purchased tickets will be honored for all of the rescheduled dates and fans are encouraged to hold onto their tickets. Should you be unable to attend the rescheduled date, please reach out to your point of purchase for information on refunds.

Tour Dates:

21-Apr-22                   St. John’s, NFLD        Mile One Centre

24-Apr-22                   Halifax, NS                 Scotiabank Centre

25-Apr-22                   Moncton, NB              Avenir Centre

27-Apr-22                   Ottawa, ON                Canadian Tire Centre

28-Apr-22                   Montreal, QC              Centre Bell

30-Apr-22                   London, ON                Budweiser Gardens

1-May-22                    Toronto, ON               Scotiabank Arena

5-May-22                    Winnipeg, MB                        Canada Life Centre

7-May-22                    Calgary, AB                Scotiabank Saddledome

9-May-22                    Edmonton, AB            Rogers Place

11-May-22                  Victoria, BC               Save On Foods Memorial Centre

12-May-22                  Vancouver, BC           Rogers Arena

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James Taylor & His All-Star Band, with special guest Jackson Browne, will kick off the second leg of their US tour on October 16 at The Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. Taylor and Browne’s highly acclaimed tour earned rave reviews on the road this summer. Pollstar commented of the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers that “these songs not only endure but expanded to include the life-worn truths of coming of age in the 21st century by two American treasures.”   

Proceeds from both Taylor and Browne’s first show of the tour in New Orleans, LA will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana to lend support to those effected by the devastation of Hurricane Ida. Hurricane Ida recently caused widespread destruction across Southeast Louisiana.  Second Harvest is delivering food, water, and supplies to the hardest-hit areas and will be providing assistance for many more months as neighbors rebuild their homes and communities.

Second Harvest Food Bank helps feed people year-round across South Louisiana, providing the equivalent of more than 50 million meals annually across 23 parishes (counties.) As a first-line emergency responder, Second Harvest staff and volunteers have fed hundreds of thousands of people since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis in March 2020, as well as responding to Hurricanes Ida, Laura, Delta and Zeta at the same time.  

President and CEO Natalie Jayroe expressed her thanks on behalf of everyone served by this 40-year organization. “This is such a generous gift of love, and means even more with music being such an integral part of the soul of South Louisiana. We are honored that these two world-renowned artists and their fans are transforming the joy of a live performance into something even larger for our community.”

As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired.  Over the course of his celebrated songwriting and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards for classics ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to October Road in 2002. In addition to multiple Grammy awards, Taylor has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame.  In 2012, Taylor was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony.  In November 2015, Taylor was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In December 2016 Taylor received the Kennedy Center Honors, which are presented annually to individuals who have enriched American culture by distinguished achievement in the performing arts.

In 2015, Taylor released Before This World, his first new studio album in thirteen years, which earned him his first ever #1 album.  Taylor’s latest release American Standard earned him his sixth overall Grammy award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.  American Standard infuses new sounds and fresh meaning into these timeless works of art, reimagining some of the most beloved songs of the 20th century and making them completely his own. In 2020, Taylor also released Break Shot, the first-ever Audible Original performance by James Taylor, and a deeply personal and authentic audio-only memoir.

Hailed as one the Greatest Songwriters of All Time by Rolling Stone, Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music.  A defining Americana artist, who’s songwriting is often charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics, Browne is known for his hits, like “Running On Empty,” “The Pretender,” “Doctor My Eyes,” and “Take It Easy,” as well as deeply personal ballads such as “These Days” and “In the Shape of a Heart.” He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.

Nearly five decades since his 1972 debut LP, the songs on Jackson Browne’s new album Downhill From Everywhere sustain the soulful intimacy of his first release, combined with a power and wisdom gained from a life pursuing positive change. Like much of Browne’s illustrious catalog, Downhill From Everywhere is fueled by a search—for connection, for purpose, for self—but there’s a heightened sense of urgency written between the lines, a recognition of the sand slipping through the hourglass that elevates the stakes at every turn, all while maintaining a defiant sense of optimism that seems tailor-made for these turbulent times. 

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Show Date  City                               Venue

16-Oct-21   New Orleans, LA            Smoothie King Center

17-Oct-21   Houston, TX                   Toyota Center

19-Oct-21   Fort Worth, TX               Dickies Arena

22-Oct-21   West Valley City, UT     Maverik Center

23-Oct-21   Boise, ID                        ExtraMile Arena

25-Oct-21   Portland, OR                   Moda Center

27-Oct-21   Tacoma, WA                  Tacoma Dome

29-Oct-21   San Francisco, CA           Chase Center

30-Oct-21   Anaheim, CA                  HONDA Center

1-Nov-21    San Diego, CA                Pechanga Arena

10-Nov-21  Sunrise, FL                    BB&T Center

11-Nov-21  Tampa, FL                     Amalie Arena

13-Nov-21  Jacksonville, FL              VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena

14-Nov-21  Orlando, FL                    Amway Center

16-Nov-21  Greenville, SC                Bon Secours Wellness Arena

17-Nov-21  Charleston, SC                North Charleston Coliseum

19-Nov-21  Greensboro, NC              Greensboro Coliseum

20-Nov-21  Norfolk, VA                    Norfolk Scope Arena

29-Nov-21  St. Paul, MN                   XCEL Energy Center

30-Nov-21  Green Bay, WI                Resch Center

2-Dec-21     Milwaukee, WI               Fiserv Forum

4-Dec-21     St. Louis, MO                 Enterprise Center

5-Dec-21     Kansas City, MO            T-Mobile Center

7-Dec-21     Omaha, NE                    CHI Health Center

8-Dec-21     Des Moines, IA               Wells Fargo Arena

10-Dec-21   Grand Rapids, MI           Van Andel Arena

11-Dec-21   Columbus, OH                Nationwide Arena

13-Dec-21   Buffalo, NY                    KeyBank Center

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Jackson Browne’s “Downhill From Everywhere” Featured in Trailer for Emmy Nominated Documentary, The Story of Plastic

Watch The Story of Plastic FREE through September 30 in honor of its Emmy nomination! 

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The feature-length documentary The Story of Plastic has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Writing: Documentary category. This must-see documentary tells the hidden story of plastic pollution, from production to incineration. The trailer for the documentary features Jackson Browne’s “Downhill From Everywhere,” the title track of his new album, which shares the film’s vision in confronting our personal and societal dependence on plastic and consider its devastating effect on the oceans. 

In celebration of the Emmy nomination, Discovery has made the full documentary free to stream on their Youtube channel through September 30. 

Watch the trailer for The Story of Plastic featuring “Downhill From Everywhere” 

Watch The Story of Plastic FREE through September 30 

“I’m playing ‘Downhill From Everywhere’ every night and I see a willingness on the part of the audience to be engaged on the subject of plastic,” says Browne. “But a song is a limited venue for in-depth discussion of what to do about it. That’s why it’s so great that The Story of Plastic has connected so many people with the issues and the strategies being employed in the struggle to stop the plastic scourge.” 

Downhill From Everywhere debuted at #5 on the Billboard Current Album Chart, the Album Sales Chart, as well as the Americana Album Chart. It’s been embraced by VarietyThe, NPR’s Here & NowRolling StoneAllMusicUnder The RadarNo Depression, and many more including Forbes who said, “Downhill From Everywhere is why Browne is in both the Rock And Roll and Songwriters Hall Of Fames,” and the Associated Press who said, “The title track is one of the best political songs he’s ever written, period.” 

In support of the record, Browne is currently on his “Evening With” Tour, and then continues his tour with James Taylor through October, November, and December. In conjunction with The GRAMMY Museum, Browne will also take part in a keynote interview at this year’s AmericanaFest taking place in Nashville from September 24. It was also announced that Browne’s performance on Austin City Limits will air on November 13. 

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Jackson Browne “Evening With” Tour: 

September 17 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Celebrity Theatre 

September 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Celebrity Theatre 

September 20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium 

Jackson Browne with James Taylor Tour: 

October 16 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center 

October 17 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center 

October 19 – Fort Worth, TX @ Dickies Arena 

October 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center 

October 23 – Boise, ID @ ExtraMile Arena 

October 25 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center 

October 27 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome 

October 29 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center 

October 30 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center 

November 1 – San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena 

November 10 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center 

November 11 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena 

November 13 – Jacksonville, FL @ VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena 

November 14 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center 

November 16 – Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena 

November 17 – Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Coliseum 

November 19 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum 

November 20 – Norfolk, VA @ Scope Arena 

November 29 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center 

November 30 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center 

December 2 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum 

December 4 – St. Louis @ Enterprise Center 

December 5 – Kansas City, MO @ T-Mobile Center 

December 7 – Omaha, NE @ Chi Health Center 

December 8 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena 

December 10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena 

December 11 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena 

December 13 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center 

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Jackson Browne Announces Songwriter Leslie Mendelson Will Join Him For “Evening With” Tour Dates This September

Tour with James Taylor Continues in October, November & December


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September 1, 2021: Jackson Browne has announced that Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Leslie Mendelson will join his “Evening With” tour this September. The tour is in support of Browne’s new album Downhill From Everywhere (Inside Recordings), which includes a duet with Mendelson on the song “A Human Touch.” See full list of tour dates below. For more information, please visit

Leslie Mendelson is riding a wave of acclaim for her most recent studio album If You Can’t Say Anything Nice…, as well as her solo acoustic EP In The Meantime, which was recorded during the 2020 lockdown. All Music writes that Leslie evokes “1970s songwriter influences in the vein of Carole King and Carly Simon,” while The Aquarian calls her “the closest thing one can get to a truly honest musical experience.”

Leslie Mendelson’s previous work, including 2009 Grammy-nominated debut album Swan Feathers and 2017 album, Love & Murder dealt with matters of the heart. When it came time to compose the songs that comprise ‘If You Can’t Say Anything Nice…,’ however, she and her longtime writing partner Steve McEwan set out to examine the anxiety stemming from the current socio-political climate with songs like “Medication,” “I Need Something To Care About” and “Would You Give Up Your Gun.” It’s a fitting extension of a more socially conscious outlook offered on “A Human Touch”—Leslie’s duet with Jackson Browne for the documentary film, ‘5B,’ which is also included on his 2021 album, Downhill From Everywhere.


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Downhill From Everywhere has been embraced by The Independent, Variety,, NPR’s Here & Now, Rolling Stone, AllMusic, Under The Radar, No Depression, and many more including the Associated Press who called it, “a timeless rock album,” and Forbes who said, “Downhill From Everywhere is why Browne is in both the Rock And Roll and Songwriters Hall Of Fames.” Browne was also recently interviewed on WTF w/ Marc Maron and Here’s The Thing w/ Alex Baldwin, and performed “My Cleveland Heart” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Album single “My Cleveland Heart” was released earlier this year with a music video directed by Alissa Torvinen Kouame and featuring a cameo by Phoebe Bridgers. Browne recently performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Following the “Evening With” Tour, Browne will resume his extensive US tour with James Taylor & his All Star Band in October. See full list of tour dates below. For more information, please visit

Jackson Browne “Evening With” Tour:

September 5 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl

September 8 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre

September 10 – Napa, CA @ Oxbow Riverstage

September 14 – Prescott, AZ @ Findlay Toyota Center

September 15 – Tucson, AZ @ Tucson Music Hall

September 17 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Celebrity Theatre

September 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Celebrity Theatre

September 20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium

Jackson Browne with James Taylor Tour:

October 16 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center

October 17 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center

October 19 – Fort Worth, TX @ Dickies Arena

October 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center

October 23 – Boise, ID @ ExtraMile Arena

October 25 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center

October 27 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome

October 29 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center

October 30 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center

November 1 – San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena

November 10 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center

November 11 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena

November 13 – Jacksonville, FL @ VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena

November 14 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center

November 16 – Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena

November 17 – Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Coliseum

November 19 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum

November 20 – Norfolk, VA @ Scope Arena

November 29 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

November 30 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center

December 2 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum

December 4 – St. Louis @ Enterprise Center

December 5 – Kansas City, MO @ T-Mobile Center

December 7 – Omaha, NE @ Chi Health Center

December 8 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena

December 10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena

December 11 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena

December 13 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center

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Jackson Browne Lake Tahoe Show Postponed

Due to public safety and the fires in the area, we are sorry to have to announce that we must postpone our show with JACKSON BROWNE in LAKE TAHOE @ HARVEYS OUTDOOR ARENA scheduled for this next Saturday, September 11th. 

The rescheduled date will be Saturday, September 10th 2022! Please hang on to those tickets as they will be honored for the new date. If you are unable to attend the new date, you will be able to request a refund from Ticketmaster for a 30-day period from the time of this announcement. Please go to for the latest updates.

Jackson Browne will be donating proceeds of the Guacamole Fund benefit tickets sold from this show to the Caldor Fire Fund at the El Dorado County Community Foundation to support those impacted by the fire. 

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Jackson Browne, James Taylor concert one for the ages

Aug. 24—DULUTH — Be forewarned: While the following is intended as a review of the Aug. 17 James Taylor/Jackson Browne concert at the Gas South Arena here, it is going to come off more as a fawning love letter to two of rock and roll’s greatest singer/songwriters.

Because, in truth, that’s what it is.

How else can you write about an event that was so transformative, an event that brought tears to these eyes, an event that brought such joy to this old heart of mine, an event that made me so glad to be alive?

Maybe it was partially a reaction to the year-plus of COVID-induced semi-isolation. Maybe it was the opportunity to finally see Browne perform live, one of my musical bucket list items (I’d seen J.T. perform before). Or maybe it was just the outpouring of hope and exhilaration of seeing these great veteran artists prove how viable they still are and how well their songs have stood the test of time.

I’m sure it was a little of all of that … and so much more.

Jackson Browne is, I believe, one of the best five or six songwriters ever. You could take “The Pretender,” “Sky Blue and Black” and “These Days,” and that would be enough to qualify him. But as Browne’s fans know, those are just the tip of the ice burg when it comes to his deep, poignant catalog.

(A confession: When the concert started, and I heard that familiar, wonderful voice sing “I’m Alive” — a song to which I absolutely relate — tears flowed uncontrollably down my cheeks. In those first couple of minutes, the concert was well worth the price of admission.)

I’ve learned to never complain when an artist with such a rich catalog does not play a favorite song. (I honestly thought Eric Clapton fans were going to revolt at the same venue a few years back when the veteran guitarist did not — gasp! — play his all-time classic “Layla” … as if that was his only defining moment. Damned yuppies.) I had in my mind any number of songs from master singer/songwriter Browne’s decades of classics, but I was just so overjoyed to hear the songs he wanted to sing on this night.

I marveled again how poignantly Browne perceives the world around him — in “The Long Way Around,” he sang of “… letting go two or three disasters ago” — insight those of us who listen can only experience through his songs. My faith in my beliefs was renewed as he sang “Until Justice Is Real.”

The first big surprise of the night — and I don’t know why it was such a surprise, perhaps it was just that I was so caught up in the moment — was when Browne said, “Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. James Taylor.” I literally broke out in gooseflesh as the familiar icon ambled onstage. That Taylor sang with Browne on two of the latter artist’s all-time classic songs — “The Pretender” and “Running on Empty” — was a memory to cherish for the ages.

(It was such a cool moment when Browne said, “James, you gonna stick around with us?” seconds before the the familiar piano/guitar intro to “Running on Empty” brought the 13,000 or so at the Gas South Arena to their feet.)

Of the literally hundreds of concerts I’ve seen in my lifetime, when Browne left the stage and the houselights came up, signifying no encore, I’ve never been so disappointed to see a show end. But the thrill of the performance — musically, vocally and visually — would not allow me to focus on any downside.

As the roadies (and wouldn’t it have been great to hear Browne do “The Load Out/Stay?” … OK, no griping) set up what would be an elaborate and awe-inspiring stage set for Taylor’s performance, I listened to some music critics behind me talk about how James Taylor’s voice “sounded weak” while singing backing vocals on “The Pretender” and “Running on Empty.” I almost turned around and said, “Dudes, he was only singing backing vocals; he was not trying to usurp anything from the guy singing the songs.” But I kept quiet, thinking to myself, “Just wait and see.”

It didn’t take long for that to happen. After an emotional video montage of just regular folks singing Taylor’s songs, the man called “Sweet Baby” immediately won the crowd over with a stirring rendition of the “Sweet Baby James” classic “Country Road.” And the musical high points just kept coming.

Taylor told of how he came to write the second verse of “That’s Why I’m Here” after learning of the death of his friend, comedian John Belushi.

“I was dealing with my own issues, and that literally scared me sober,” the singer said. “I’m sure there are a lot of you here who have your own issues, so this song is for those of you dealing with recovery.” The crowd cheered wildly, and Taylor added, “We’ve got a lot of songs for you who are f—ed up, too.”

As marvelous as the music was, another awe-inspiring element of the evening was the stage, which was decorated with a tree that helped highlight the digital splendor that accompanied choice tunes. One shining example was “Mexico.” As Taylor and his All-Star Band (which was) hit the chorus, the backdrop exploded with an array of bright colors that brought a festive atmosphere to the arena.

Taylor didn’t hold back during his 18-song performance, mixing familiar tunes from throughout his career with rarities like “Easy as Rollin’ Off a Log,” which was from his COVID-era “American Standards” album and, Taylor noted, inspired by an old “Merry Melodies” cartoon, which played on a “TV set” digital display and provided a lighter moment to the evening.

Of course, most fans want the hits when they watch a prolific artist like Taylor, and he didn’t disappoint: “Copperline,” “Steamroller Blues,” “Sweet Baby James,” “Fire and Rain,” “Carolina in My Mind,” “Shower the People,” “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You).”

Then came a stirring four-song encore that was itself a marvel. It started with the moving, lovely “Shed a Little Light” that featured Taylor’s backup singers (including his son, Henry). Then Taylor called Browne to the stage, and they duetted on “Take It Easy,” a song Browne co-wrote that became The Eagles’ breakthrough hit. Browne stayed for a moving rendition of Taylor’s Carole King-penned classic “You’ve Got a Friend,” and then everyone but Taylor and his son left the stage.

Backing themselves with acoustic guitars, the Taylor’s wowed the crowd one last time and ended the night on an emotional high with their take on Taylor’s lovely “You Can Close Your Eyes.”

It’s the music fan-boy in me that leads me to declare that this show vaulted into my all-time Top 5 concerts list, a declaration that has not worn off in the few days since returning to southwest Georgia and reality. But it’s the human being in me that left me with a final, decisive thought as I walked to the car after the show: “If I die now, I die happy.”

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Sweet Baby James & The Pretender Still Running On

Kayla Schoen

I Always Thought I’d See You Again:

I Always Thought I’d See You Again:James Taylor, who is touring with Jackson Browne, performing at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Aug. 16. The duo are playing U.S. arenas and amphitheaters through December, including Chicago’s United Center, San Francisco’s Chase Center and Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum, before heading to Europe in January.James Taylor/Jackson Browne  Bridgestone Arena, NashvilleAugust 16, 2021 
By the time James Taylor emerged to sing “The Pretender” with Jackson Browne, offering the line “Out into the cool of the evening strolls the Pretender / He knows that all of his hopes and dreams begin and end there…,” it became apparent the singer/songwriters’ stop at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena was going to be much more than a hit fest of soft rock favorites from the ‘70s and ‘80s. More than nostalgia, these songs not only endure but expanded to include the life-worn truths of coming of age in the 21st century by two American treasures.
There was no preaching, no stridency, no toxic shock of 24-hour news cycles, yet the humanity and clarity on display firmly reminded the crowd of their decency, generosity and kindness. Browne, from SoCal, did an exceptional job merging new songs that connected the dots on plastics clogging and killing the ocean (“Downhill from Everywhere”) with shimmering takes on classics (“Fountain of Sorrow,” “Late for the Sky”) before winding up with a surging “Running On Empty” that’s lost none of its bite. Indeed, the urgency of “Empty” serves a clarion call for generations facing global, ecological, personal and health crisis at every turn.Browne, 72, always the bruised romantic, still represents a raging against the dying of the day. At a time of overwhelm, “Doctor My Eyes” feels desperately current, while “My Cleveland Heart” buoys hope in a time of overload.
With a heroic band, Browne brought both dynamics and a wide-open spirit. It was a reminder that laid back can rock with a genuine sense of thrust as well as musicianship from players including Bob Glaub and Greg Leisz.
James Taylor, now 73, from North Carolina, Boston and Martha’s Vineyard, is in many ways the more cozy. While a bit more mellow, he spent his time onstage expanding and reconfiguring many of his best loved songs. “Carolina In My Mind” turned on five-part harmonies and Taylor’s acoustic guitar, while “Mexico” percolated under Latin rhythms, a thicker layer of instruments punctuated with horn blasts that all gave way to an incredible vocal freestyle/percussion fest. Later, “Shower The People” would also have a vocal vamping session with the crowd singing and clapping along; Arno McCuller stood out with an incredible set of vocal runs that prompted cheers from the already invested audience. 
Charming, a bit awkward and hilarious, Taylor is the uncle everyone loves the most. Talking about the pedal taverns and “wooo!” girls, he impaled Nashville’s drunk Bridezilla nation. When he introduced “That’s Why I’m Here” for “my friends in recovery,” he quickly added, “And don’t worry: we’ve got plenty if you’re fucked up, too.”
That buttery suede voice lands as a comfort and reassurance. Playing “You Can Close Your Eyes” with just his son Henry at the foot of the stage, the tenderness and family ties created a reminder of how small, simple truths shape the best of what life can be. 
With “Take It Easy” driving the encore – and co-writer Browne onstage – the night took on the vibe of a frat party band having its own kind of fun. This was the hedonism of the time period both emerged from, and it reminded those in their 40s, 50s and 60s who they were back then, but it also offered the large number of people in their 20s and 30s a sense of why this music engaged so viscerally back when.
“You’ve Got A Friend,” with Taylor’s five singers and Browne, was the benediction the night deserved. With a smile and a twinkle in his blue eyes, the pledge of being there for each other, was perhaps the message most necessary. In a hard, callous world, the idea of being there with one another was exactly what the people needed to hear.

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James Taylor and Jackson Browne announce new fall tour dates

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James Taylor and Jackson Browne announce new fall tour dates!

Make a priority reservation here and receive first access to the best seats in the house when they go on sale on August 23 at 10am local time.

 The fan presale begins August 24th at 10am local time. For more information, head to the Tour Page.

**Note: When purchasing your presale tickets, please pay close attention to the updated vaccine and COVID testing protocols now required to attend a concert.

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