James Taylor and Carole King are teaming up for a World Tour in 2010. Dubbed the Troubadour Reunion, James Taylor and Carole King will travel the globe beginning in Australia in March. Moving through New Zealand, Japan and North America the singing duo is beginning to promote the Taylor-King tour in the media.
Today, both James Taylor and Carole King appeared on The Today Show, spiking interest in the Troubadour Reunion and tonight Taylor and King will guest star on the Late Show with David Letterman.
The music legends conjured up the tour idea in 2007 after James Taylor and Carole King performed together at the famous Los Angeles Troubadour – The first performance at the venue since 1969 in honor of its 50th anniversary celebration. Of the duet’s performance, Variety said James Taylor and Carole King “reminded us about the intensity of song, that the artistically-rich and commercially-viable are not mutually exclusive”.
Taylor and King will tour with their original bandmates including guitarist Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Lee Sklar. A team that Carole King says is unforgettably “comfortable”.
"When James and I first played together in the early seventies, we connected immediately, both musically and personally, with an effortless, comfortable familiarity," says Carole King of James Taylor. "After we reunited in 2007 with Danny Kortchmar, Lee Sklar, and Russ Kunkel, the original band from our early Troubadour shows, none of us wanted the fun to stop. We can't wait to bring our Troubadour Reunion tour to Australia,” she says of kicking off the World Tour 2010.
Nearly four decades after entering the industry and putting his notes into the world of music, Taylor says the tour has been a long time coming. He hopes the emphasis of the tour continues to stay on the music and the songs performed by the group.
"This tour, our Troubadour Reunion, has been waiting to happen for a long time and the years seem to have vanished, where does the time go?" asks Taylor. "When we reunited for the Troubadour's 50th Anniversary celebration, it felt like yesterday. It was and still is all about the music and the songs that we get to perform together."
King made her first debut as a solo artist with James Taylor at the 1969 Troubadour performance after writing 22 Top 40 hits for artists including Aretha Franklin, the Monkees and more. Taylor has released song classics such as “Carolina on My Mind” and “Something in the Way She Moves”. Both James Taylor and Carole King have evolved into multi-platinum-selling artists, GRAMMY winners and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Tickets for select dates in Australia, New Zeland, Japan and The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles have already gone on-sale as new dates in North America and Europe have said to be announced in the future. For more information on the tour, visit the World Tour 2010 site for James Taylor and Carole King here.
Written by Sunny Pepper