Michael McDonald joins Steely Dan Tour… and Taylor is mentioned in the article.
“The soulful songs, the floppy mop of premature gray, the bluesy baritone: “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks can hardly avoid comparisons to former Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald.
Not that he’s tried. Hicks sang the Doobie’s “Takin’ It To the Streets” on the show and recorded it for the B-side of his first single, “Do I Make You Proud.”
McDonald, who once epitomized the blue-eyed soul that Hicks has introduced to a new generation, is flattered by the comparisons.
“I think he’s fantastic, I really do,” McDonald said in a recent phone call from South Carolina. “He seems to have that basic, well-developed talent that comes from playing a lot of nightclubs and paying your dues.”