Carole King and James Taylor plan troubadour reunion tour

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For the first time in four decades, iconic singer-songwriters Carole King and James Taylor will come together this summer for the highly anticipated “Troubadour Reunion” tour. The two will bring their intimate and in the round show to Boston’s TD Garden on Saturday, June 19. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $39.50 to $350, go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

The idea for the tour was conceived after a series of six performances King and Taylor gave at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in 2007 to celebrate the famed venue’s 50th Anniversary, 37 years after their historic shows at the legendary club. The shows sold out immediately and garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike.

“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?” said Taylor in a press release. “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.”
“When James and I first played together in the early seventies, we connected immediately, both musically and personally, with an effortless, comfortable familiarity,” added King.

Joining King and Taylor on tour will be their original bandmates guitarist Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Lee Sklar, famous in their own right as “The Section.” Also joining The Section will be: Rudy Guess, Robbie Kondor, Arnold McCuller, Kate Markowitz, Andrea Zonn.

King and Taylor’s historic performance together at the Troubadour in November 1970 heralded King’s transition to solo stage performer, after penning 22 Top 40 hits for artists ranging from Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” to the Monkees’ “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, while Taylor was supporting his self-titled Apple Records release featuring classics such as “Carolina In My Mind” and “Something In The Way She Moves.” Both have since become multi-platinum-selling artists, Grammy winners, and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

Taylor’s most recent album was his 2009 EP Other Covers,a  follow-up to his hit 2008 release Covers. Both are comprised completely of Taylor’s various interpretations of classic songs from Chuck Berry to Leonard Cohen. King’s last studio release was 2001’s Love Makes the World.

King and Taylor will both serve as musical guest on the tonight’s episode of The Late Show with David Letterman.

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