Thank you luvtaylorhicks for finding this first article re: the two Workplay shows this weekend:
By Mary Colurso — The Birmingham News
September 26, 2009, 1:59AM
Over time, it’s become clear to me: Taylor Hicks is the most dynamic, interesting and consistently entertaining member of Birmingham’s “American Idol” trio.
Perhaps it’s unfair to lump Hicks, 32, into a category with Ruben Studdard and Bo Bice, because their music styles are so different — soul-pop, R&B and Southern rock, respectively.
But all three are local guys who made their fame on the same TV reality series, and their successes happened within a span of just four years. I can’t help but compare and contrast them, and frankly, Hicks always stands out.
When the Gray Haired Guy returns for a concert here, as he did Friday night at the WorkPlay theater, it’s always a professional, high-energy show. Hicks works hard as a singer-instrumentalist (guitar and harmonica) and the set never feels amateurish or slapdash.
If anything, Hicks’ 11 p.m. performance at WorkPlay proved that he’s gained in confidence and stage stature in the years following his 2006 “Idol” win.
Very nice comments from Ms Colurso! You can read the entire article here.