Kate Taylor Live at The Guthrie Center - SOLD OUT

  • The Guthrie Center

    2 Van Deusenville Road
    Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230
Ticket Price $37.81 This event is now over

Saturday, July 22nd • Doors @ 6:30PM • Show @ 8:00PM

Advance: $35.00 - Door Price: $40.00

Beer, wine and lite fare available for purchase.

Guthrie Center members receive 10% off on up to 2 tickets. Use your promo code at checkout!


“Fifty years ago, James Taylor’s sister released her debut album, then promptly vanished

from the scene. Now, decades after she traded rock stardom for life in a teepee, Kate

Taylor is back.” —Rolling Stone


Kate Taylor, of the renowned Martha’s Vineyard via North Carolina musical clan that

includes brothers James, Livingston, Alex and Hugh, is returning from a long hiatus with

a new studio album, WHY WAIT!, which reunites her with many of the key players,

including renowned session musicians Russ Kunkel, Danny Kortchmar, and Leland Skar,

who backed her on her 1971 debut, SISTER KATE. Produced by music veteran Peter

Asher, who was at the helm for the SISTER KATE sessions, the album marks the 50th

anniversary of Kate’s foray into the music biz. The album was released in late summer

2021 on Compass Records.


As on SISTER KATE, she covers some of her favorite songwriters and songs, including a

version of her brother James’ “I Will Follow,” The Beatles’ “Good Day Sunshine” and Taj

Mahal’s “He Caught the Katy,” the album’s lead-off single. Kate, who always had more

of an R&B sound than her folk-leaning brothers James and Livingston, contributes two

songs: the upbeat title track and “I Got a Message.” She also does a version of Little

Feat’s “Long Distance Love” and the 1963 girl group hit by The Exciters, “Tell Him.”


If you haven’t heard much from Kate in the last half century, it’s because she gave up

the rock life nearly as quickly as she started it, moving to Martha’s Vineyard where she

married and raised her two children. They spent summers living in a tepee, later made

jewelry from quahog shells and dug for scallops to earn a living, and lived a life out of

the public eye.


The spark for this album was ignited at Kate’s 70th birthday party when her agent (who

also manages Asher), brought up the fact that the key players who appeared on Sister

Kate are still around and very active (most recently as members of The Immediate

Family). Asher liked the idea and Kate was instantly on board, writing the title track and

assembling a group of songs complemented by her bluesy, lived-in voice.


James Taylor told Rolling Stone: “For Kate to be doing this with Peter, and that both of

them have this life experience that brings them back together, it’s really a moving thing.

I think it’s so great that Kate will have this next iteration, you know, this next chance for

people to hear her and pick up on her.”

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Venue Details

The Guthrie Center

2 Van Deusenville Road
Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230 The Guthrie Center
The Guthrie Center

The Guthrie Center seeks to cultivate cultural preservation, promote educational achievement and foster community outreach to meet the ongoing needs of the community. 

Founded in 1991 by Arlo Guthrie to honor the legacy of his parents, Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia-Guthrie. The Guthrie Center offers interfaith services and spiritual exchange. Bringing individuals together for cultural, educational, and spiritual exchange. We work together with other non-profit agencies to serve those in need. In doing so we hope to create an environment where individuals can come together to cultivate a deeper awareness of culture, humanity and the environment of which we are all a part.

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