Acoustic Guitar Magazine has published their 2008 Players’ Choice Awards results, giving James Taylor the Gold in the Singer-Songwriter category for Guitarists of the Year.
James Taylor is truly a star in both singing and songwriting, with one of the smoothest, most loved voices in pop music and hits with songs written by others like “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Handyman,” and “How Sweet It Is,” as well as a raft of contemporary folk classics from his own pen, including “Fire and Rain,” “You Can Close Your Eyes,” and “Carolina In My Mind.” But he’s also an accomplished acoustic guitarist—his lush, syncopated fingerpicking has influenced legions of guitarists. His early ’70s albums Sweet Baby James and Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon ushered in the singer-songwriter era, but Taylor is still going strong, as demonstrated in the retrospective One Man Band, which features Taylor in concert with only keyboardist Larry Goldings.
In the same category, Bob Dylan and David Wilcox tied for Silver, and Steve Earle and John Mayer tied for Bronze.
(Thanks to Linda!)