After 50 years of working as a professional touring and recording musician who still performs an average of 75 shows per year, Livingston Taylor is described by his sister Kate as “the James Brown of folk music.” When he’s not performing live music, he works as an instructor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, pilots his own plane and is the co-author of two children’s books. He also continues to record music and is the subject of a forthcoming documentary film aptly titled “Life is Good.” He is returning to Auburn Public Theater on Saturday Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. The last time he performed at the theater it was a sold out show.
Livingston is the fourth of five children, born to a family of musicians beginning with his mother, Trudy. She had been a student at the Music Conservatory in Boston and was always encouraging her five children musically, once challenging Livingston and his brothers James and Alex to invent an ad jingle about a can of vegetables. They immediately picked up a banjo, a cello and a harmonica and did just that. Soon, Trudy and their sister, Kate, joined in. Such impromptu performances were christened “kitchen concerts” by Trudy and continued until the children left home.