“As Mr. Asher regaled a delighted audience with stories…he conjured history in the making, before it was set in stone”.
Peter has finally put his storied career into a one man show.
“I loved this show. Peter lived history.”
He has turned down all offers to write his memoirs. He’d rather sing them.
Terrific clips, and all the inside stories of so many important events of rock history
- Showbiz 411
We first came to know him through the global smash “World Without Love” as one half of the British Invasion duo Peter & Gordon. He returns in “Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond” which brings a multimedia experience to the stage, hosted by the two-time Grammy winner for Producer of the Year. Peter Asher moved effortlessly from his role with Peter & Gordon to Music Executive with the Beatles’ Apple Records, then famously- (as in cover of Rolling Stone magazine level famous)- to Producer and Manager, handling the careers of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and a host of others. Books abound, documentaries with half truths (and worse) are all too common, but, now, finally, Mr. Asher tells first hand his tales from the eye of the cultural hurricane in this intimate evening.
“Memoir” includes film footage and photos from Peter’s considerable personal archive, brought to life with a storyteller’s gift, transporting audiences back to the heart of 60s popular culture. Icons such as Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithful, Yoko Ono, Carole King, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt are among the cast of characters in this narrative – along (of course) with the greatly missed Gordon Waller. The evening is filled with the music of Peter & Gordon, including “I Go to Pieces”, “True Love Ways”, and “Lady Godiva”. The songs given to Peter & Gordon by Paul McCartney are also front and center: “Woman”, “I Don’t Want to See You Again”, Nobody I Know”, and “World Without Love”, all of which were US Top 40 hits. Peter backed by a four piece band-presents these timeless classics along with other old favourites from that golden era.
The show brings the audience through Peter’s journey all the way to the present day, and projects such as the PBS special ?Buddy Holly: Listen to Me -The Ultimate Buddy Party” and its sister CD, “Listen to Me: Buddy Holly”. His current work on soundtracks, alongside the legendary Hans Zimmer, is touched on as well-the most recent being the film “Madagascar 3″. In fact, Peter sang and produced the only original song in Madagascar 3, which Peter co-wrote with his friend Dave Stewart. “Memoir” includes a live performance of the song, the love theme Love Always Comes As a Surprise .
Kate Taylor Bio
Born in New England and raised in North Carolina, Kate shares her dual musical heritage with brothers James, Livingston, Hugh, and her late brother Alex. Her roots run deep in the soul, gospel and rockabilly sounds of her southern upbringing and in the literate folk, pop and Appalachian stylings that comprise the balance of her family’s musical legacy.
Fronting her own band at fifteen, Kate signed her first recording contract with Atlantic/Cotillion records at nineteen under the tutelage of her manager, legendary producer Peter Asher. That album, “Sister Kate,” produced her first charting hit, a cover of Elton John’s “Country Comfort,” recorded with his encouragement and blessing.
She later recorded two albums for Columbia Records, “Kate Taylor,” produced by her brother James Taylor and “It’s in There,” produced by acclaimed Muscle Shoals/Nashville producer Barry Beckett. Her duet with James, “The Shoop Shoop Song,” from “Kate Taylor,” became her next charting hit single and remains an audience favorite today.
Kate’s 2002 release, Beautiful Road, received 3 stars from Rolling Stone, who dubbed it a “heartfelt folk-rock gem.”
Her 2009 release, Fair Time!, her first of all original compositions, debuted to critical acclaim nationwide.
Kate’s recent performances include the Newport Folk Festival, the WUMB/Boston Folk Festival, Sirius/XM radio and Nashville‘s famed Blue Bird Cafe. Kate plays regularly throughout the Northeast and at Feinstein’s in New York City.
Praise for “Fair Time!”
From Elmore Magazine:
Sweet and sensual with a vocal twang that can melt hearts, Kate Taylor is the kind of musical gem that keeps on shining with every album she puts out…Taylor assuredly trades the impassioned heartache conveyed on 2003′s Beautiful Road for a slyer, more dynamic sound, the kind that encompasses the vocal power of Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
From The Noise
Hailing from the legendary musical family that is the Taylors of Martha’s Vineyard (brothers James, Livingston, etc.), Kate Taylor, who made a name for herself in the 70s, has released this 12-song album that contains all the flavor and spunk of country and rockabilly… and all the depth of folk… Kate’s CD is a wonderful collection of heartfelt songs. From the Nashville-feeling and jaunty Soap Opera Life to the beautiful and utterly touching tribute to her late husband in Red Tail, Kate superbly shows her talent for translating various emotions into well-written and arranged songs. The more I listen to this, the more I appreciate Kate’s spirit and voice. Other picks: King of the Pond, Sun Did Shine, and Cholene.