James Taylor

Release Date: 2009-09-09

While most readers might assume James Taylor stopped producing music in the ‘70s when he was among the top sellers in the folk-rock music genre, his 2003 album Hourglass won him his first Grammy since 1977 and reads like a diary of his troubles on the road to success. Divorces (from Carly Simon and Kathryn Walker), heroin addiction, and a subsequent rescue staged by his father are referenced with the same bittersweetness of classics like “Fire and Rain” (which was inspired by multiple stints in psychiatric institutions and a friend’s suicide). His song “Only a Dream in Rio,” is a tribute to his audience at 1985’s Rock in Rio festival. At a time when Taylor was considering retirement, the crowd’s enthusiasm inspired him to continue recording and touring to this day. $67-$87, 8pm Wednesday, Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston, San Antonio, (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com