James Taylor is playing at Tin Roof Columbia.
No, not the “Fire and Rain” James Taylor who performed at The Township last summer.
This James Taylor is the sweet singer-songwriter who serenaded Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher on the first episode of “The Bachelorette” this season.
The humble Texan left heartbroken and without a rose on the show’s seventh episode, but he won the hearts of many fans.
Now an Atlanta resident, Taylor is determined to pursue a career as a country musician. (He goes by James McCoy Taylor when performing.)
When Taylor joined “The Bachelorette,” he was an account manager at a pest-control company. He played one or two concerts a month for fun, but the show labeled him a singer-songwriter from the start.
“I brought my guitar to the mansion and everyone really liked my music. I found out when everyone else did that I was a singer-songwriter,” Taylor said. “I took it as a sign. Why not try to make my profession?”
Music helped him connect with the other contestants, especially Wells Adams, a radio DJ who Taylor said was his best friend on the show.
Taylor has since released his debut album, “Can’t Stop” and is currently on tour. He plays Thursday, Sept. 22 at Tin Roof. Before his arrival, Go Columbia asked him about love songs, the other James Taylor and whether Chad was really the garbage human he appeared to be on the “The Bachelorette.”
This interview has been edited and condensed.
Q: Have you serenaded girls with your guitar in the past? Does that work?
A: I have. I’ve done it before, and it usually works. I think girls can tell if you’re being sincere with it. It’s when you’re cheesy that it doesn’t work.
Q: After “The Bachelorette,” you released your debut album, “Can’t Stop.” What is the album like?
A: I made a lot of the album in my basement, playing all the instruments and signing. I love the album because it’s all so raw and original and I wrote every word.
Now people want to work with me and record me professionally, so I’m kinda working on a second one.
Q: What kinds of things do you like to sing about?
A: I mainly write love songs. Especially failed love songs. I guess that’s what I have the most experience in! I think love is the strongest of any emotion and it’s what we’re all looking for.
There were so many guys with great personalities on the show that didn’t get a chance to shine because they kept showing Chad eating meat.
Q: What do you think of the other singer James Taylor?
A: Oh my goodness, I love him. He’s one of those timeless guys. He shouldn’t even have a genre. It should be the James Taylor genre. He’s that awesome.
Q: Who do you still keep in touch with from the show?
A: Almost all of them. It was really cool this past weekend in Katy (Texas), guys from the show came out just to hear me play – Wells Adams, Vinny Ventiera, Derek Peth and Chase McNary. It was cool they came out to support.
Q: Was Chad Johnson really as bad as the show made him out to be?
A: Yeah. Chad is one of the guys I do not keep in touch with. He really is like that in real life. And the thing is, they showed him so much. There were so many guys with great personalities on the show that didn’t get a chance to shine because they kept showing Chad eating meat.
And – you can write this – he would eat ice for 20 minutes every night to strengthen his jaw. I woke up one night to this crunching sound and Chad was just sitting on his bed in the dark eating ice.
Q: Anything else?
A: In just one year, the way my life has changed is crazy. I never thought anyone would want to come see me play. I feel incredibly blessed.
If you go
James Taylor of “The Bachelorette”
WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22
WHERE: Tin Roof Columbia, 1022 Senate St.
COST: $10 over 21, $15 under 21