When legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor went into the studio last year to cut his Grammy nominated Covers album, he and his band had so much fun playing some of their all-time favorites that they ended up with far more material than they could possibly include on the record. Now, these unearthed gems will get the attention they deserve with the Hear Music release of Other Covers, a specially priced 7-song album that will be available at all retail and digital outlets. Some of the stellar new material includes versions of Tom Wait’s “Shiver Me Timbers,” Chuck Berry’s “Memphis,” The Silhouettes’ “Get A Job” and the Eddie Floyd/Steve Cropper Stax nugget “Knock On Wood.” Additionally, the digital exclusive release of Covers: Deluxe Edition which includes both the original 12-tracks on “Covers” and the 7 new songs.
Taylor recorded over 20 tracks during the January 2008 recording sessions for “Covers” in his Massachusetts barn-turned-studio. The music was recorded live and improvised on the spot with his 12-piece Band of Legends during a 10-day recording session in the middle of winter. Taylor's inspired take on American rock and folk classics debuted last fall at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, earning him critical attention and two Grammy nominations: Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Male Pop Vocal for the track "Wichita Lineman." “I had such a great time recording these songs,” said Taylor. “There was a real freedom to these sessions. You have these great musicians, these incredible songs— we improvised everything on the spot in a 10-day period and came away with close to 20 songs. It was difficult to pick the songs for Covers since we had so much material and I am thrilled at the opportunity to share these additional songs with my fans.”
James Taylor and band will perform some of his new material on his upcoming U.S. tour which kicks off on April 23 at Bass Hall in Austin, TX. The 15-city tour will wrap on May 16 at the Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston, and will make a special stop at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in late April.