James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt - July 7, 2017

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jtbrTurns out that James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt have more on their summer agenda than just a handful of nights at the ballpark. Taylor and his all-star band have announced 13 more shows with special guest Raitt and her band. With a stop at Jones Beach on July 7. tix:

Combining the talents and beloved catalogs of the legendary singer/songwriters promises to be a treat for music lovers.. Taylor’s contributions to our culture have been celebrated with a number of accolades in recent years including receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2015 and the Kennedy Center Honors in December. He released Before This World in 2015 –his 17th full length effort and his first album of new material in 13 years.. Both artists are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Taylor is supporting his most recent album, "Before This World," released in 2015. Also he's on the cusp of the 50th anniversary of his debut album. A long-haired, mustachioed, beige suit-clad songwriter released "James Taylor" -- the first non-Beatles-related album released on the Beatles' Apple Records imprint -- in 1968, a few months after the EP "James Taylor and the Original Flying Machine." It included some eventual Taylor standards like "Carolina in My Mind." "Sweet Baby James," released two years later, would really set into motion the '70s singer-songwriter sound that made Taylor a star.

Raitt's career has run nearly parallel to Taylor's. She released the bluesy "Bonnie Raitt" in 1971. A California guitar whiz, she was a fervent champion of Beulah "Sippie" Wallace, a Houston native and one of the great blues singers of the 1920s. Raitt covered two Wallace songs -- "Mighty Tight Woman" and "Women Be Wise" on that debut album. Her career ground to a halt during the '80s, though the 1989 comeback album "Nick of Time" sold a few million copies, won a bunch of Grammys and set Raitt on an adult contemporary blues path that has sustained her since. (Fittingly it was released after a record called "Nine Lives.") Ten-time Grammy winner Raitt released her 17th full-length studio album, Dig in Deep, to critical acclaim last year.

Before teaming up on tour, Taylor is headed to South America with Elton John in late March and April, while Raitt has headline dates booked in Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Taylor also has two headline gigs scheduled in Lenox, Mass., at Koussevitzky Music Shed.

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