Taylor Hicks w/Adam Hood
Rams Head Live
8:00pm SOLD OUT
Recovering from an overdose of checked tablecloths, Taylor explodes and takes the house with him. Great set, and now some R&R and on to the Green Apple in the Big Apple. Of course, two days off, heading for a gig in a city hosting a jam festival, R&R might just mean rock and roll, a jam-filled roll, of course. In the mean time, enjoy tonight’s set list, basenji style:
Baltimore, 17 April 2007 set list:
Opening act: Adam Hood
Soul Thing This is your intrepid reporter, Basenji, cellcerting from the womb of a woman about to give birth to the next Einstein. She’s sitting in Baltimore enjoying the musical stylings of Taylor Hicks & Co. Let’s interview the fetus and see what she thinks…
Give Me Tonight The Fetus to be Named “Jane Itsuko Gutierrez” (JIG for short) says she enjoys the disco beat (stimulates contractions) and very much likes the sax player, who blows some fat notes.
Hell of a Day JIG thinks a nice Coca-Cola would get the ol’ blood sugar raised for mom, and hears some sweet keyboard playing, trills and jams and pounding chords. Yes! Now there’s Josh introducing Taylor doing a way,way cool new tag: The Wall (Pink Floyd), plus tag: I Don’t Need No Doctor (Ray Charles), back to HOAD…
Compared to What JIG and I do a little chest butting when we hear our new favorite…the long jam intro, followed by Taylor murmuring in, the big blast and pop, REAL…WHAT, Brian G lays down a sax carpet of nails which we shall gladly walk over, back down murmur, jam jam jam, Correct tag here? Need confirmation and update. Goin’ Up the Country (Canned Heat)???, more jamming, audience screaming…
Just to Feel That Way Ballad interlude. JIG relaxes a bit and straightens the umbilical cord, tidies up the place.
Heart and Soul Nice Josh work here. He has real knack for developing a solo, building tension and the releasing it with a big jam, excellent. Loren comes in and rocks it a bit, Boogie funka-lunks, then tag: Brown-Eyed Handsome Man (Chuck Berry), Loren rides that board hard, some Brian G lava flow, big ending.
Wherever I Lay My Hat I opine to JIG that sometime I would like to hear this with a bit more edge to it. The singing is great and angst-y, but the arrangement could be harder and feel more fractured and pained. JIG says “Oh, shut up, will ya? I’m listening.”
Medicated Goo (Traffic) Happy song, love the shudder chords and the energy of this. Josh does his magical cocaine spray…“Yeah Yeah” call out and tag: Harlem/Cold Baloney (Bill Withers), “little red light, little green light, shake ‘em on down”…back to Goo. Rattle and bop ending. Major crowd loving, lots of screams.
The Deal JIG taps her foot, finds this soothing, has heard nasty things about the world outside and thinks she could hang out here for a while longer. Burbly sax solo from Brian G. Sweet, gentle end with Taylor and Josh.
Gonna Move To start: Melanie and Taylor in smooth harmony. Taylor does some nice vocal riffs, a little stream cascade over the rocks before the final chorus, Felix pumping it, lots of cowbell, Boogie lays it out, and Taylor back to finish up. Excellent, JIG approves.
Heaven Knows Quiet Loren monkey grinder intro and Taylor scat-start, then band comes in pushing the volume and energy up. Full chorus pop and bellow. Back low to hold the “when I come home” (extra long “home,” to the point of listener nerve tingle, JIG giggled and then hiccupped), then the band slams the rump roast on the counter again (butcher metaphor, stay with me), segue into…
The Maze Power, force, mass, gravity, a physics lesson with sax solo. First tag needs ID and update, tag: You Don’t Know Like I Know (Isaac Hayes / David Porter), tag Caravan (Van Morrison), tag: Let’s Get It On (Marvin Gaye), big voice, big energy, hot and powerful and wonderful and just so good, even with amniotic fluid interfering with the sound.
The Right Place Rolling vocal drops, flights of fancy, swallow dives and eagle attacks. JIG has never seen a bird and just closes her eyes and burbles. “Be there” repeat and “be there” extra repeat. The “Desperado” Loren thing and Taylor takes us home…
The Runaround Taylor sings the “Aced” chord step descent again. Now I sing it, JIG sings it. It’s silly, but fun. Big Boss Man harmonica, screaming, Josh grinding, Loren pounding, JIG decides to kick her mom under the ribs. tag: Big Boss Man (Jimmy Reed), Taylor sings this through the harp mike for that ol’ timey feel, more harp shakes and pulls and buzzes, JIG says, “If this isn’t nice, what is?” and I high-five her. Extra long musical lovemaking tonight!
Naked in the Jungle (Van Morrison) JIG says she knows all about this naked stuff, but not the lions and tigers. Shot of adrenalin, shot of bourbon, shot of electricity. Brian G snorts like a bull. Taylor grooves and soars. Boogie and Felix interlude, Taylor shouts out to the audience, tag: Dance to the Music (Sly & the Family Stone), with harp accent, tag: (I Want to) Take You Higher (Sly & the Family Stone), Josh grinds up the chord and funks it out, Taylor booms and becomes SOUL. Felix pounds it. Brian Less: Big ol’ cascades of sound there. Melanie and Taylor are repeating “higher” over and over and over, organ and drum and Josh’s guitar is flaming up like a phoenix and I am mixing metaphors…ah, good stuff, Mr. Hicks & Co., good, good stuff. Domo arigato gozaimashita!
– from Basenji, for the Boogie team