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How Sweet It Is…

James Taylor Tribute Band, Nashville, USA: Welcome to the official site of Sweet Baby James. The James Taylor tribute for all those who love the music of the original JT. If you’re a true James Taylor fan, then you’re in the right place! Sweet Baby James is the best, most authentic-sounding James Taylor tribute band in the U.S. Most important to our sound are the spot-on lead vocals by frontman Bill Griese. Show-goers of the SBJ James Taylor tribute band say time and time again: “The only person who sounds more like James Taylor is the actual James Taylor!” But don’t take our word for it: You be the judge…

Because you can’t always catch JT on tour…

Who doesn’t love the songs of James Taylor?

  • Fire and Rain
  • Sweet Baby James
  • You’ve Got a Friend
  • Carolina In My Mind
  • How Sweet It Is
  • Your Smiling Face
  • Handy Man
  • Mexico
  • Country Road
    • The list goes on, and on, and on!

    JT’s songs and lyrics have become part of the fabric of American music and culture. James Taylor’s Greatest Hits was of course one of the best selling albums. And as one of America’s greatest troubadours, James has been a an official tour warrior over his entire career. But one can’t always catch a JT show live. Based on his tour schedule, your location, budget, and so many other factors. Some folks don’t get to see a James Taylor concert as often as they’d like — and some, not at all! That’s why there’s Sweet Baby James, the official James Taylor Tribute.

    The next best thing to seeing James Taylor himself…

    If you love the songs and lyrics of JT, they you’ll love Nashville-based Sweet Baby James — THE James Taylor Tribute Band. Bill’s voice is so much like James’ that fans are always saying “If I close my eyes, I think I’m listening to James Taylor himself!” Most importantly, Sweet Baby James delivers the songs, lyrics, and arrangements in such an authentic, official, and emotional way. What’s more, we have a solid band of Nashville musicians who deliver. Incorporating the Greatest Hits and the deep-cut songs, SBJ will give you a tour of this iconic troubadours’ music you won’t soon forget. And if you’re looking for a more intimate option, Bill also does a solo-acoustic show.

    So if you’re a fan, catch a performance, If you’re a booker, buyer, or organizer, book Sweet Baby James. And if you want to know what’s coming, join our mailing list. Lot’s going on here at the official website of SBJ, including photos, videos, and more. So poke around, and be sure to say hi!

    You’ve Got a Friend in Sweet Baby James!

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    Nashville: Bill Griese is “Sweet Baby James” — paying tribute to one of our greatest troubaThedours, James Taylor. No one sounds more like JT! Others out there doing decent work: Stephen Boch (Taylor Made), Steve Leslie (How Sweet It Is), Sam Hyman (Troubadours), Greg Pitts (Fire & Rain), Neil Donell (Shower the People), Greg Johnson (Shower the People), Dave Kellan (Hourglass), Norman Vincent (Copperline), Kent Montigny (October Road). But Bill Griese is the original Sweet Baby James, who best of all sounds just like James Taylor!

    “Sweet Baby James” by James Taylor

    There is a young cowboy,
    he lives on the range
    His horse and his cattle are his only companions
    He works in the saddle and sleeps in the canyons
    Waiting for summer, his pastures to change
    And as the moon rises he sits by his fire
    Thinking about women and glasses of beer
    And closing his eyes as the doggies retire
    He sings out a song which is soft but it’s clear
    As if maybe someone could hear
    Goodnight you moonlight ladies
    Rockabye sweet baby James
    Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose
    Won’t you let me go down in my dreams
    And rockabye sweet baby James

    Now the first of December was covered with snow
    So was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston
    The Berkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frosting
    With ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to go
    There’s a song that they sing when they take to the highway
    A song that they sing when they take to the sea
    A song that they sing of their home in the sky
    Maybe you can believe it if it helps you to sleep
    But singing works just fine for me
    So goodnight you moonlight ladies
    Rockabye sweet baby James
    Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose
    Won’t you let me go down in my dreams
    And rockabye sweet baby James

    “Sweet Baby James” is a song written and recorded by James Taylor that serves as the opening and title track from his 1970 breakthrough album Sweet Baby James. It was released as the first single from the album but did not chart. Nonetheless, it is one of his best-known and most popular tunes. Taylor considers it his best song. The song was written by Taylor for the son of his older brother Alex, who was also named James (and indeed was named after him). Deliberately a cross between a cowboy song and a lullaby, it was first thought up by Taylor as he was driving through Carolina to meet his infant nephew for the first time.Taylor spent considerable effort on the lyrics, whose verses he later said used the most intricate rhyming pattern of his career. One of the most famous parts of the lyric is:Now the First of December was covered with snowAnd so was the Turnpike from Stockbridge to BostonLord, the Berkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frostin’With ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to goThe song is composed as a waltz, in 3/4 time. The chorus echoes the lullaby sentiment, with a reference to “Rock-a-bye Baby”.According to Allmusic critic Bill Janovitz, the two verses contrast the new baby James, as a lonely cowboy, in the first verse with the lonely grown-up James singing in the second verse. On the other hand, author James Perrone suggests that the young cowboy James in the first verse as well as the James traveling the Massachusetts Turnpike in the second verse are both the adult James who is singing the song. Perrone notes that the two are linked near the end of the song when Taylor sings that the nighttime dreams of the first stanza cowboy and the dreams of the second stanza traveller “still inspire all who ‘take to the highway.'””Sweet Baby James” was included on Taylor’s diamond-selling Greatest Hits 1976 compilation.
    —from Wikipedia