JAMES TAYLOR’S NEW ALBUM AMERICAN STANDARD MAKES IMPRESSIVE CHART DEBUT

NEW ALBUM LANDS AT #4 ON BILLBOARD’S TOP 200 CHART AND #1 ON ITS TOP ALBUM SALES, TOP ROCK AND TOP AMERICANA/FOLK CHART WITH OVER 82,000

SOLD IN ITS FIRST WEEK

INTERNATIONAL DEBUTS INCLUDE CANADA AT #1 AND UK AT #11

BECOMES FIRST ARTIST EVER WITH TOP 10 ALBUMS IN EACH OF THE LAST SIX DECADES

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Legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor released his new album, American Standard last week to glowing reviews and major chart entries in the US and overseas.  The Fantasy Records release sold over 82,000 equivalent album units in its first week landing at #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart and #1 on its Top Album Sales, Top Rock, and Top Americana/Folk charts.  American Standard, the19th studio album of his illustrious career, is Taylor’s 13th Top 10 album overall and with it, he becomes the first artist ever with Top 10 albums in each of the last six decades. Additionally, the collection had impressive chart debuts internationally landing at #1 on the Canadian chart and #11 in the UK (where it was also the #1 sales album.)

Listen to and buy American Standard HERE.

Taylor just wrapped up a series of high-profile promotional appearances on Good Morning America, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Live with Kelly and Ryan. In addition, he performed on iHeartRadio’s special ICONS with James Taylor: In Celebration of His New Album American Standard, which was livestreamed and broadcast on radio stations across the country.

The U.K.’s Independent said American Standard is “the American songbook elegantly traced,” and USA Today affirmed, “[American Standard] covers the Great American Songbook faithfully and masterfully.” Taylor is also featured on the current cover of American Songwriter Magazine and has appeared recently in Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine, the LA Times and on the cover of Parade Magazine.  

On American Standard, Taylor, reimagines some of the most beloved songs of the 20th century, infusing new sounds and fresh meaning into these timeless works of art. The 14 carefully chosen selections naturally feature Taylor’s one-of-a-kind vocal ability and incomparable musicianship, but what makes the album so unique is the inventive way he and fellow co-producers, longtime collaborator Dave O’Donnell and esteemed guitarist John Pizzarelli, approached the project: beautifully simple, stripped-down guitar arrangements based on Taylor’s and Pizzarelli’s skillful guitar work rather than the more traditional piano. The effect is mesmerizing.

A small sampling of the album’s inspired repertoire includes James’ swinging take on Walter Donaldson and George A. Whiting’s “My Blue Heaven,” Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner’s enduring “Almost Like Being In Love,” from the score of Brigadoon; Hoagy Carmichael and Ned Washington’s enchanting “The Nearness of You,” Frank Loesser’s jaunty “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” from the Broadway smash Guys and Dolls; Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s piercing social commentary from South Pacific, “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught,” a superb reading of the Billie Holiday-Arthur Herzog Jr. classic, “God Bless The Child,” and the first ever cover of a song originally featured in the 1938 Merrie Melodies cartoon Katnip Kollege, “As Easy As Rolling Off A Log.” 

In a recent interview with Jane Pauley on CBS Sunday Morning, Taylor talked about his inspiration for the new album as well as his previously released audio-only memoir Break Shot. A deeply personal and authentic memoir, Break Shot illuminates the deep connection Taylor has with the songs on American Standard, and also takes listeners through the triumphs and traumas of his childhood and difficult family life.  

In addition to the new album, Taylor has announced a major US tour with special guest Jackson Browne, kicking off on May 15th at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The tour will reach 26 cities, nationwide. The US tour follows his already announced coast to coast Canadian Tour with Bonnie Raitt. Taylor will also be returning to Fenway Park in Boston with his All-Star Band on June 21st for a special show featuring Brandi Carlile and Shawn Colvin. For more information please visit https://tour.jamestaylor.com/.

American Standard is available in a variety of formats including a limited edition 180-gram 45 RPM double LP. Watch the album trailer: HERE.

AMERICAN STANDARD – Track List:

  1. My Blue Heaven(Walter Donaldson-George A. Whiting)
  2. Moon River(Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer)          
  3. Teach Me Tonight(Gene De Paul-Sammy Cahn)
  4. As Easy As Rolling Off A Log (M.K. Jerome-Jack Scholl)
  5. Almost Like Being In Love(Frederick Loewe-Alan Jay Lerner)
  6. Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat(Frank Loesser)
  7. The Nearness Of You(Hoagy Carmichael-Ned Washington)
  8. You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught(Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II)
  9. God Bless The Child(Billie Holiday-Arthur Herzog Jr.)
  10. Pennies From Heaven (Arthur Johnston-Johnny Burke)
  11. My Heart Stood Still(Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart)
  12. Ol’ Man River(Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II)
  13. It’s Only A Paper Moon (Harold Arlen-Yip Hardburg-Billy Rose)         
  14. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top(Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II)

James Taylor Tour Dates:
April 14 @ Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, BC, Canada *
April 15 @ Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC, Canada *
April 17 @ Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB, Canada *
April 19 @ Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB, Canada *
April 21 @ Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB, Canada *
April 24 @ Richcraft Live at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa, ON, Canada *
April 25 @ Budweiser Gardens in London, ON, Canada *
April 27 @ Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, Canada *
April 29 @ Centre Bell in Montreal, QC, Canada *
May 01 @ Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, NS, Canada *
May 02 @ Avenir Centre in Moncton, NB, Canada *
May 05 @ Mile One Centre in St. John’s, NL, Canada *
May 15 @ Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA, United States **
May 16 @ Toyota Center in Houston, TX, United States **
May 18 @ Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX, United States **
May 21 @ Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, UT, United States **
May 22 @ ExtraMile Arena in Boise, ID, United States **
May 24 @ Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA, United States **
May 25 @ Moda Center in Portland, OR, United States **
May 27 @ Chase Center in San Francisco, CA, United States **
May 28 @ Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, United States **
May 29 @ Pechanga Arena in San Diego, CA, United States **
June 10 @ United Center in Chicago, IL, United States **
June 12 @ Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, United States **
June 13 @ DTE Energy Center in Detroit, MI, United States **
June 15 @ WSU Nutter Center in Dayton, OH, United States **
June 16 @ PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA, United States **
June 18 @ Giant Center in Hershey, PA, United States **
June 19 @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY, United States **
June 21 @ Fenway Park in Boston, MA, United States ***
June 23 @ Berglund Center Coliseum in Roanoke, VA, United States **
June 24 @ Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, WV, United States **
June 26 @ KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY, United States **
June 27 @ FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN, United States **
June 29 @ Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, GA, United States **
June 30 @ Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, United States **
July 04 @ Tanglewood in Lenox, MA, United States *****
July 07 @ PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, United States **
July 08 @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY, United States **
July 10 @ BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ, United States **
*James Taylor & his All-Star Band with special guest Bonnie Raitt
**James Taylor & His All-Star Band with special guest Jackson Browne
***James Taylor & his All-Star Band with special guests Brandi Carlile and Shawn Colvin
*****No guest artist

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