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James Taylor is simply awesome at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Georgia

James Taylor performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, Georgia, August 5, 2014.
James Taylor performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, Georgia, August 5, 2014.
Photography by Andrew Snook

James Taylor enthralled and captivated a full house at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, Georgia on Tuesday night. About 12,000 avid fans hung on every word and every note as Taylor played a mix of old and new music as part of his US 2014 tour.

In a career that has spanned more than 40 years James Taylor has established himself as one of, if not the most significant American singer/songwriter of his era. He has written and performed some of the most instantly recognizable standards of the baby boom generation.

The packed Verizon crowd was lucky enough to hear most of those standards and more on Tuesday night as Taylor was in excellent form, not only singing the songs but also recounting some personal anecdotes about some of their beginnings.

To say that James Taylor is understated is an understatement. He came on with no fanfare quietly walking toward his stool at center stage until the fans saw him and enveloped him in rapturous applause.

From that point on the audience was one of the most respectful to go to Verizon this summer; watching and listening as the performance unfolded over the course of two sets with a brief intermission.

The full set list is presented below and you can see that the show went from one highlight to another.

James Taylor’s voice is as soulful and sensitive as it has ever been and it’s that delivery of his lyrics that makes his performance just sublime.

The word “awesome” is a persistently overused term in modern American English. But James Taylor is simply awesome! If you’ve not yet seen him perform live try to catch him whenever you can, your experience will be worth it.

Set list - Set one

Something In The Way She Moves
Today, Today, Today
Lo and Behold
Copperline
Everyday
Country Road
Mill Worker
Carolina In My Mind
One More Go Round
Sweet Baby James
You’ve Got A Friend

Set two

Stretch of the Highway
You and I
Raised Up Family
Handy man
Steamroller
Only One
Fire and Rain
Up On The Roof
Mexico
Smiling Face

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
Shower the People

Wild Mountain Thyme