JT will perform at a White House ceremony honoring Carole King, recipient the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Trisha Yearwood, and Carole King herself are also scheduled to perform at the May 22 ceremony.
The event will be streamed live at whitehouse.gov starting at 7 p.m. Eastern and also broadcast on PBS television stations as “Carole King: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize In Performance at the White House” on Tuesday, May 28 at 8 p.m. Eastern.
JT will join Aerosmith, Boston, Jimmy Buffett, Godsmack, The J. Geils Band, Carole King, and New Kids on the Block on May 30 for a “Boston Strong” concert benefiting Boston Marathon bombing victims. See the Tour page for ticket details.
Billboard interviewed JT about his admiration for country music icon George Jones, who died April 26 at the age of 81:
JT performed Wednesday at the memorial service for Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier, who was killed last week by the alleged Boston Marathon bombers. The entire ceremony is now available to watch online. JT performs “The Water Is Wide” around the 1:18 mark and “Shower the People” around the 1:57 mark.
JT and Shawn Colvin recently attended a youth songwriting workshop in Montana while they were in town to support the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, a local conservation organization. Read the full story at the Lone Peak Lookout.
A new article by David Browne in Rolling Stone recounts the story of the album that made JT a star: