James Taylor had a real sense of place Sunday at Xcel Energy Center. He knew he was in St. Paul and that Minneapolis was across the river.
He explained that his longtime bassist Jimmy Johnson, who grew up in Minneapolis, came from a long line of musicians. Indeed, his father, Cliff Johnson, played with the Minnesota Orchestra.
As mentioned in my review, Taylor talked about James Olson, the guitar maker from the metro. The singer also talked about Minnesota nature photographer Jim Brandenburg and his own proclivity for tree-hugger songs.
Here is Taylor’s set list from Sunday:
Something in the Way She Moves/ Today Today Today/ Lo and Behold/ Copperline/ Every Day (Buddy Holly)/ Country Road/ Millworker/ Carolina in My Mind/ One More Go Round/ Sweet Baby James/ Shower the People
Stretch of the Highway/ You and I Again/ Raised Up Family/ Handy Man (Sparks of Rhythm) / Steamroller Blues/ Only One/ Fire & Rain/ Up on the Roof (Drifters)/ Mexico/ Your Smiling Face ENCORE How Sweet It is (Marvin Gaye)/ You’ve Got a Friend (Carole King)/ Wild Mountain Thyme (Francis McPeake)