WAL­TER SCOTT ASKS... JAMES TAY­LOR

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On June 16, the multi-Grammy-Award-win­ning singer/song­writer, 67, will add to his long list of com­po­si­tions with his first col­lec­tion of new songs in 13 years on his lat­est CD, Be­fore This World.

Why so long be­tween al­bums? “I’ve been record­ing a lot and tour­ing a lot, but in or­der to de­liver a batch of new songs, it takes a dif­fer­ent kind of work. I didn’t re­ally get down to it un­til I took 2013 off.” Who were your in­flu­ences when you

were grow­ing up? “The first thing to re­ally im­press it­self on me was the fam­ily record col­lec­tion—a lot of Broad­way, a good deal of folk mu­sic and tra­di­tional mu­sic, like Celtic. Then my older brother Alex in­tro­duced me to rhythm and blues, rock and roll and soul mu­sic.”

I was sur­prised to find out Tay­lor Swift

is named af­ter you. “I was too! Tay­lor and I played a gig to­gether about two years be­fore she be­came so amazingly suc­cess­ful. Then she in­vited me to come fin­ish one of her tours about four years ago at Madi­son Square Gar­den.” Where did you get the idea to teach gui­tar lessons on your web­site, james­tay­lor.com? “I tried to come up with lit­tle gui­tar stud­ies that ex­plained cer­tain things that I do. I was aware that a lot of peo­ple were us­ing my style and my songs to teach gui­tar, and I thought, Why

not get it from the horse’s mouth?”

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