Veteran folk singer/songwriter James Taylor has set an itinerary for an extensive North American tour that encompasses a whopping 55 dates over the course of five months. The jaunt will kick off May 1

Veteran folk singer/songwriter James Taylor has set an itinerary for an extensive North American tour that encompasses a whopping 55 dates over the course of five months. The jaunt will kick off May 15 in Dallas and run through an Oct. 10 in Irvine, Calif., with a month-long break in September.

The tour comes is in support of Taylor's latest Columbia album, "October Road," which was released last August to a No. 4 bow on The Billboard 200. The set has sold 894,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

As previously reported, Taylor will perform Sunday (Feb. 23) at the 45th annual Grammy Awards. He is nominated for best male pop vocal performance for the album's title track and best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalist(s) for the song "Mean Old Man."

Taylor recently closed out a handful of dates in Australia. He will traverse Europe and the U.K. in March and April before flying homeward for the stateside trek.

Here are James Taylor's North American tour dates:

May 15: Dallas (Smirnoff Music Center)
May 16: San Antonio (Verizon Wireless)
May 18: Houston (Cynthia Woods Pavilion)
May 20: Lafayette, La. (Cajundome)
May 21: Jackson, Miss. (Coliseum)
May 23: Memphis (Pyramid)
May 24: New Orleans (UNO Lakefront Arena)
May 26: Nashville (AMSouth Amphitheater)
May 28: Birmingham, Ala. (Oak Mt Amphitheater)
May 30: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless)
May 31: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion)
June 2-3: Atlanta (Chastain Park)
June 5: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)
June 6: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Coral Sky Amp)
June 8: Jacksonville, Miss. (Metropolitan Park)
June 18: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless)
June 19: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion)
June 21-22: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
June 24: Lenox, Mass. (Tanglewood)
June 25: Philadelphia (Tweeter Waterfront)
June 28-29: Boston (Tweeter)
July 2: Manchester, N.H. (Verizon Wireless Arena)
July 3, 5: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach)
July 6: Albany, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
July 16: Hartford, Conn. (Meadows Music Theater)
July 17: Darien Lake, N.Y. (Performing Arts Center)
July 19: Toronto (Olsen Amp)
July 20: Detroit (DTE Eng. Center)
July 22: Scranton, Pa. (Montage Mountain)
July 23: Hershey, Pa. (Hershey Stadium)
July 25: Pittsburgh (Post Gazette Pavilion)
July 26: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amp.)
July 28: Indianapolis (Verizon Wireless)
July 29: Cincinnati (Riverbend)
Aug. 1: St Paul, Minn. (St Paul Arena)
Aug. 2: Fargo, N.D. (Fargodome)
Aug. 13: Cleveland (Blossom Center)
Aug. 14: Chicago (Allstate Arena)
Aug. 16: St Louis (UMB Bank Pavilion)
Aug. 17: Kansas City, Mo. (Verizon Wireless)
Aug. 20-21: Denver (Red Rocks)
Aug. 23: Salt Lake City (Amphitheater)
Sept. 27: Seattle (TBA)
Sept. 28: Portland, Ore. (Amphitheater)
Sept. 30: Eugene, Ore. (TBA)
Oct. 3: Concord, Calif. (Chronicle Pavilion)
Oct. 4: San Francisco (Shoreline Amphitheater)
Oct. 7-8: Los Angeles (Greek Theater)
Oct. 10: Irvine, Calif. (Verizon Amphitheater)