The five-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has sung about social issues since the start of his career in the 1970s.
“I’ve been watching politics since Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, and Obama is my favorite, favorite president,” Taylor told the Associated Press in an interview today (May 14).
Taylor’s endorsement of Obama is far from a big surprise. He’s always leaned toward the liberal in his political views and especially praised Obama for establishing a healthcare system and advancing gay rights.
“I am so proud that he represents my country and I think he represents me — I think he represents the America that I know,” he said.
His endorsement of Clinton, however, is more eye-opening.
Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is far more progressive. Clinton, on the other hand, is more of a centrist like her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
He said Clinton is the “right person” for the job. “Our country needs to come together and the question is, ‘Is this public servant someone who will bring us together?’ And I think she is.”
Taylor’s career has been prolific despite bouts with heroin addiction and occasional depression. He’s produced 16 studio albums, six compilations, four live albums and one tribute album.
His 17th studio album, Before This World, will be released June 16. It’s his first with all new songs since 2002’s October Road.
He’ll play in New York City at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem before heading off on a U.S tour in July.
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