Musical legend makes tour a family affair 

If you didn’t catch the recent James Taylor/Carole King juggernaut, you missed a great chance to hear two of folk-rock’s most stellar songwriters onstage together. But Sweet Baby James is far from road-weary, folks — he’ll be heading back out this spring with another unexpected performer along for the ride. For the first time ever, his son with Carly Simon, Ben Taylor, will be making the concert-hall rounds with him. A family affair, indeed.

Ben Taylor is just wrapping his latest set, “Listening,” due early next year. And he’s played alongside legends like Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley and Blues Traveler, but never his own father. Coming from such royal lineage naturally gives Junior a certain songwriting edge over his peers, and with James shining a spotlight on him, 2011 could well be his year. The tour begins in the Midwest in late February, then gradually makes its way West.

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