Pop & Rock
29 NOV 07 DAVID VIENNA
James Taylor and Carole King helped break the West Coast singer-songwriter scene with legendary sets at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. Now, they're both back for three nights to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary, do a little good for charity and present a handful of classic songs from their impressive catalog.
Taylor and King's performance last night included some of the most recognizable songs of the past 40 years: "You've Got A Friend," "Fire And Rain," "I Feel The Earth Move." Each is ingrained in the pop music lexicon so strongly that, during King's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," even the guys were singing -- a feat she said also happened when she played to servicemen on the USS Enterprise.
Some of the highlights for me were hearing King's own takes on her songs made famous by other artists. Her rendition of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," which was a hit for the Shirelles, seemed to come from the perspective of a disarmingly fragile young girl. Another great moment in the night was Taylor's quietly gleeful "Sweet Baby James," which was written as a lullaby for his nephew.
As on the recently released CD/DVD One Man Band, Taylor peppered the night with his mellow wit. King, who also just released a DVD called Welcome To My Living Room, let us in on some of the history shared by the artists. And there's a lot of history there. They both helped put the Troubadour on the map and the relaxed atmosphere in the club seemed right for what was essentially a homecoming. Even the original lineup -- Danny Kortchmar, Lee Sklar and Russ Kunkel -- came to play.
There are still two nights of shows left, with two shows each night. So, if you're anywhere near L.A., get over to Santa Monica Blvd. and catch these amazing performers. Proceeds from ticket sales go to help charities including Natural Resources Defense Council, MusiCares, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, a member of America's Second Harvest -- The Nation's Food Bank Network.