‘Country Road’ appeared on James Taylor’s great 1970 album Sweet Baby James. It was inspired by the area surrounding a Massachusetts hospital where Taylor sought treatment for depression.
‘Country Road’ reached the top 40 at #37, while the album’s first single, ‘Fire and Rain,’ made it all the way to #3. The album was nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy but lost to Simon & Garfunkel’s final studio release, Bridge Over Troubled Water.
James Taylor’s second solo album, Sweet Baby James, was the singer-songwriter’s most successful and beloved record and the start of a burst of activity that lasted through the 70s.
Taylor would release seven more albums in that decade, matching hit output over the following 36 years. Must have been all the heroin.
By some measures, this is the first proper James Taylor post on this blog.
I’ve posted three tracks featuring Taylor over the past five years, but each earns as asterisk.
The one Taylor original, ‘Mexico,’ was posted without comment during one of my vacations. ‘Our Town‘ is a Randy Newman Pixar tune that Taylor performed (beautifully) for the movie Cars.
To celebrate our 40th birthdays, my wife and I are taking a 4-night cruise to Cozumel, Mexico.
To mark that trip, and to buy me some time to prepare future entries, I’m taking this week off from blogging and offering up five songs about our neighbor to the south.
I’ll see you back here in a week!