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James Taylor’s voice sounds sweet and carefree. It’s a gift that hides the darker side to his lyrics and life. He and Malcolm Gladwell sat and uncovered some of the more troubling moments from his early life in this conversation. James also talks about it in his audio memoir, “Break Shot,” available now through Audible.

They also discuss the beach music scene of the Carolinas and the music that got James interested in music. Some of those tunes are represented on his new album, “American Standard.” Where James reworks classics of the great American songbook.

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Rick Rubin

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Malcolm Gladwell

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Justin Richmond

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Bruce Headlam

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