Monday, May 31, 2010
Troubadour Reunion... LIVE!
This was the stage, as we saw it last night at the Troubadour Reunion tour with Carole King and James Taylor. WOW! What a show!
They performed at the Troubadour in Los Angeles back in 1970. This is what the reunion was all about. They had all the same musicians with them this time. And they were all fantastic!
James sang in his own mellow voice, making each song sound personal and heartfelt. He had an easy presence on stage, as he spoke to the audience about his music and the stories behind some of his songs. He sang a tender lullaby in "Sweet Baby James" which he wrote for his little nephew and namesake.
Carole was dynamic, a force to be reckoned with. Prior to this, I hadn't been very familiar with her, other than as a songwriter. I didn't know what a firecracker of a performer she is. She danced around the stage, shaking her curly blonde hair, smiling like a beam of light. Her voice ranged from low and soft to an almost Janis Joplin-like intensity. When she sang "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman" she brought the house down!
Each musician was featured in turn, the bassist, the drummer, the keyboardist. Each is a star in his or her own right, too. One highpoint was a rocking, electrifying jam session with Carole, James, and the bassist all on guitar. Another was "Smack Water Jack". That brought the house down, too.
This concert had it all. I'm so glad I didn't miss it. If you have a chance to see it... GO!