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Music legend James Taylor takes Country Road to Bimbadgen

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The region’s been inundated by music legends in recent times, via the likes of Sir Elton John, Sting and Sir Paul McCartney.

Now, another name can be added to that list.

Grammy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Taylor is heading to the Hunter Valley in 2024 with his All-Star Band.

He’ll appear at A Day On The Green at the Bimbadgen Estate on Saturday 27 April, with support acts Josh Pyke and Ella Hooper.

Hall of Famer James Taylor will perform at the Bimbadgen Estate in 2024. Photo: Norman Seeff

For the past five decades, Taylor’s music has embodied the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal forms.

He’s a master at describing specific, even autobiographical situations, in a way that resonates with people everywhere.

In 1971, Taylor was on the cover of Time magazine, heralded as the harbinger of the singer-songwriter era.

Now, his warm baritone, introspective lyrics and unique style of guitar playing still blaze a path to which young musicians aspire.

His songs – Fire and Rain, Country Road, You’ve Got A Friend, Something in the Way She Moves, Mexico, Shower the People, Your Smiling Face, Carolina In My Mind, Sweet Baby James, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, You Can Close Your Eyes, Walking Man, Never Die Young, Shed a Little Light, Copperline, Enough to be On Your Way, You and I Again, Today Today Today and many more – have had a profound influence on songwriters and music lovers from all walks of life.

Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards since the release of his self-titled debut record in 1968.

He’s won multiple Grammys, been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and the prestigious Songwriters Halls of Fame and was honoured by The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences as a MUSICARES Person of the Year.

In a career marked by artistic triumphs, the past several years for Taylor have been notable for both creative virtuosity and recognition of exceptional achievement.

In 2011, Taylor was recognised with a Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, which consisted of four concert evenings presented by Carnegie Hall and featuring him and personally selected musical guests.

That year he was also awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama and, in 2012, the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.

Both medals are their nation’s highest honous for artistic excellence recognising “outstanding achievements and support of the arts”.

In 2015, Taylor was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian accolade and in 2016 he received a Kennedy Center Honor, which are presented annually to individuals who have enriched American culture by distinguished achievement in the performing arts.

He also released Before This World, which earned him his first-ever No. 1 album on the Billboard Charts and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album.

In early 2020, Taylor unveiled his audio-only Audible Original titled Break Shot, a deeply personal and authentic memoir detailing his first 21 years.

He released his most recent album, American Standard, too, his 19th studio offering, which earned him the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

That plaudit gave him the honour of being the first artist to have a Billboard Top 10 album in each of the past six decades.

Tickets for An Evening with James Taylor and His All-Star Band go on sale on Friday December 8 at 10am.

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