James Taylor

James Taylor

Photo by Timothy White

One of America's most popular troubadours recently graced the stage in Chicago.

James Taylor brought his latest tour to Chicago's Wrigley Field on Monday pitching the best of his musical catalog to a full house.

After a first-rate set by singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt, Taylor took the stage with the popular "Carolina in My Mind."

His poignant show featured stories from the singer/songwriter and top performances by his All-Star Band members, including Luis Conte and Arnold McCuller. Taylor was quite the personable musician on stage as he threw in occasional humorous comments and warmly addressed his fans.

Taylor, though giving a nod to the Wrigley champs, let the crowd know he is indeed a big Boston Red Sox fan. He even performed his tune "Angels of Fenway" for Chicago fans.

Early on in the show, the beloved singer delivered "Country Road," "Never Die Young," and "Steamroller."

He handed fans an enthusiastic rendition of "Mexico," and eased into the ballad "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight."

Taylor, who was the first American artist to be signed to The Beatles' Apple Records, relayed the heartwarming origin of his hit "Sweet Baby James," and how it was written for his nephew.

Immediately after "Sweet Baby James," the singer launched into some of the biggest hits of the concert including "Fire and Rain," "Shower The People," "Your Smiling Face," which featured video footage of the crowd on the big screen, and "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You.)"

The show's encore featured an outstanding cover of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," with Raitt joining Taylor.  The smash hit "You've Got A Friend," followed Berry's signature tune and "You Can Close Your Eyes," closed the show.

It was a memorable summer show with an American musical legend at the helm.

To learn more about James Taylor and his latest tour, visit jamestaylor.com.


Features reporter

Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.