By Paul de Barros / Seattle Times music critic For nearly three hours Saturday night, James Taylor transformed the sprawling KeyArena into an intimate living room. Chatty and relaxed in sport coat and jeans, the 66-year-old, bald-pated singer-songwriter delivered an expertly paced show, mixing old and new, familiar and unfamiliar, vocals and instrumental jams. He even signed…More
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When James Taylor’s breakthrough second album, “Sweet Baby James,” came out in 1970, a friend put it on the turntable and half way through the first side, somewhere after “Steamroller,” I shouted, “Take that off! That guy doesn’t know the first thing about the blues. And he sounds like José Feliciano!”
We never got as far as “Fire and Rain,” the first classic hit by Taylor, who performs Saturday, May 31 at KeyArena. Too bad, because it might have changed that first impression.More
By Andrew Gospe / Special to The Seattle Times This week of post-Sasquatch! shows features two arena-filling songwriters, a rising star from Denmark and one of Seattle’s most talked-about young bands.More
Linda Ronstadt, ‘Duets’ (Rhino)
This excellent collection anticipates Linda Ronstadt’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this week — a happy occasion, to be sure — but it’s hard not to shed a tear, too, as you listen to these 14 glorious, mostly ballad tracks, not just because they’re mostly sad and slow, but because the famous Arizonan’s tangy, robust singing voice has been silenced forever by Parkinson’s.More