Taylor Hicks sits in with the Jamie McLean Band at GibsonGuitarNYC

January 14, 2012

On January 12, 2012, The Jamie McLean Band recorded a live CD and DVD at the Gibson Guitar Studios in NYC. Special guests included Taylor Hicks and Jason Crosby. In these historic studios, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album was recorded, and artists like Bruce Springsteen and Lenny Kravitz have recorded here. The Jamie McLean Band consists of Jamie McLean (guitar, vocals), Ben Mars (bass) and Brian Griffin (drums). Jason Crosby sat in on several songs on the piano, keyboards and fiddle. What a treat for the Soul Patrol when Taylor Hicks sat in with harp and vocals on two songs: Jamie’s “Country Living” and the Allman’s “Midnight Rider”.

Jamie McLean entertained us with wonderful music, tours of the historic studio and showrooms and an open bar. Taylor Hicks’ vocals and harp playing thrilled all of us who were lucky to be there. Jamie indicated that the CD and DVD would be available very soon. We look forward to its debut!

photos by Diane

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Ode to Taylor Hicks

October 27, 2011

Thanks to Nadaclue for this funny Ode to Taylor Hicks

To the tune of the Beverly Hillbillies!

Come and listen to my story bout a gray haired guy.
A broke bar singer who was barely getting by.
And then one day he decided he would go
to the Vegas auditions for the Idol TV show.

American Idol, that is. Bright lights. Simon Cowell.

I turned on my TV one night several years ago
and took my seat upon the couch so i could watch the show
There was this gray haired fella, leanin’ on some bricks.
when they interviewed him, he said his name was Taylor Hicks.

Booorne by the River. Swanee River Rock. I want my voice heard.

Something made me sit right up and turn up my TV.
And when he sang I could have sworn he was singing right to me.
Now Simon didn’t like him much, said he didn’t look the part.
But he made it through to Hollywood and that was just the start.

Bring on the Ray! Golden Ticket. Harmonica walk.

I rushed to my computer, I had to find out more.
Who was this gray haired fella? where had he been before?
On the AI boards I joined some fans of this man with so much soul.
Someone came up with a name and we became the Soul Patrol!

Obsessed, that is. Woooo dust. Gray Charles.

That first week in Hollywood he chose Levon as his song,
and when it was his turn to judge, Simon admited he was wrong.
When he made the “bust your buns” speech, we all turned to mush..
and when he shouted Soul Patrol!, he was talking straight to us!

Original Recipe, that is. Backward Leans. Dorky suit.

The next week he sang Easy, and we all worried he’d go home.
So we all learned to power vote, and use more than just one phone.
Then came Taking It To The Streets, He was really on a mission.
This was the Taylor we’d been looking for ever since the audition.

Now his bunny days are over. Zodiac-Killer Eyes. Dog pound wind-up.

By now I think a lot of us had found the Gray Charles site.
And we were all nervous wrecks on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Which song will he choose to sing? Should he dye his hair?
After they reveal the votes, will he still be there?

What the hell are Monkbots? Dial Idol. Go phones.

He sang Living For The Si-tay, and then Not Fade Away.
Ray Lamontagne’s Trouble. WTF? He does NOT look like Clay!
He was “Fearless, baby, fearless”. He did the Taylor-go Round.
He just stood still and sang a song and we all loved the sound.

Just to make everyone happy. Af-FECK-shun. Finger point.

Country Roads fell kind of flat, so let’s just skip to Queen.
The mic stand kick was definitely one of the funniest things I’ve seen.
He twirled behind the judges, he danced and had a ball.
Simon asked if he was drunk, Taylor said “Not at all”!

“Goin’ outta my mind”. Idols 07, Idols 07.

Then came “Darlin’ yoouuuuuu (finger point to the camera) send me..”
And all across the country, women squeeeed at their TVs.
The ending was amazing. The judges all were Wowed.
He listened to Rod Stewart about how to grab the crowd.

By the b@lls that is, Finger Snap. *Magic!*

Love Song week he sang “Just Once”, though he’d chosen a different song.
He was finding out that they made the rules, and so he went along.
He had played it their way long enough,he needed to find his groove.
Then we got the word, “watch out next week!” It was time to make his move.

Taylor concert, that is. Wild Cherry. George Harrison.

Play that Funky Music White Boy, was Taylor going for broke.
The chat rooms all errupted, and the Soul Patrol awoke!
Lest we forget, this was where the Boogie Board got its name.
In 90 seconds American Idol had been forever changed.

No cookie cutter pop star here. Tipping Point. Paisley shirt

Taylor had just shown everyone that he had come to play.
And the capper of the evening, was still half an hour away.
From the Beatles catalog he chose a classic song to sing.
And that’s the moment I believed he just might win this thing!

All Skate, Everybody Skate. Final Four. Off to Graceland.

Jail House Rock was so much fun, he had them dancing in the aisles.
And having no clue what the lyrics were sure didn’t cramp his style.
In The Ghetto sealed the deal in case there was any doubt.
And when the votes were tallied, the mighty Chris had just struck out.

“I forget the Hell out of some lyrics.” “As the world……turns”. Black leather.

And now it was down to just the final three.
They had their hometown visits, and got to see their family.
Elliott had us all choked up, his mom was a delight.
I’m glad she got to share his journey before she lost her fight.

The Galleria Elevator. Elliott’s parade. Kat in a helicopter.

First came Dancing in The Dark, the Paula dance was cute.
Simon blathered some insult, and The Soul Patrol hit Mute.
Randy chose You Are So Beautiful as Taylor’s second song,
and Taylor showed the whole world what we’d known all along.

Shoot. Blow. Holster. “you are a star.” “Well done Randy.”

Try a Little Tenderness was the song we had waited for.
He did it for the Soul Patrol, we could not ask for more.
He played chicken with the cameraman, and never missed a beat.
He nailed it and he knew it. This was his masterpiece.

“Good time funky Taylor”. Shaggy dress. Now that’s a love song!

Simon said the score was tied between Taylor and Kat.
Katherine took her turn, then Taylor came to bat.
The question that he asked us was, “Do I Make You Proud?”
I think he got his answer from the reaction of the crowd.

Standing “O”, that is, Power vote. Glory note.

Then came the announcement we had all hoped for.
Taylor was the winner and our Idol for evermore.
He had beaten all the odds, and taken home the prize.
And he became a star that season right before our eyes.

Soooouuuulllll Paatrooooooollll!! Silver Confetti. Woooooooooh!

Now I would like to thank you folks for kindly dropping in.
And helping me to remember all those days again.
Precious moments frozen in time that we all got to share.
It was a journey like no other, and I’m glad that we were there.

Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?

by Nadaclue

Taylor Hicks is smitten with his fans, and it shows!!

October 1, 2011

Only a week ago I attended a Taylor Hicks concert and the performance I received from him left me energized, my appetite for his music increased with his performance and I wanted, no, needed more. There is an intimacy that he creates between himself and each audience member. He takes us on a wild ride of musical tempos and emotions; he has us laughing and clapping, dancing to the music. With his next song you can hear his heart breaking in his voice and leaves us in tears. The experience is not all spiritual cliches and emotions – he gets down and dirty, moving his body with a sensual ease, grinning with the knowledge of the effect his movements have on the libidos of an audience of women. That voice: he uses it with the mildest caress, holds perfect, clear notes for an impossibly long time, and surprises and delights as he brings the growl.

The energy pours off his body and envelops the audience, who return the energy in hopes that it will prolong the experience. His harmonica can be flirtatious, unique, spontaneous – the sound that punctuates the joy he feels and then bestows upon his listeners. As he is ending the show, he begins a little dance — hands behind his back, he is all over the stage, is almost to the wings and returns, sings a bit more, dances off and then comes back and blows on his harp, often falling to his knees and bringing us to our knees as well. Too soon he is dancing his way backstage. After a quick shirt change, and a swig of water he returns to the stage to give us an encore. He gives us our money’s worth and a bit of lagniappe as well.

He gives the impression that he is totally charmed with his fans. He stands at the merchandise table until everyone has a chance to greet him, get something signed and a quick picture with him. Many will purchase items just to have an excuse for another autograph or a reason to tell him how much they have enjoyed his music. A little merchandising genius.

As I watched Taylor walk alone up the stairs I had the impression of someone who has laid himself bare, and that every ounce of his energy has been given to his fans.

by Legacy

Check out Taylor with his fans:
Taylor Hicks 9/17/2011 MPAC VIP Party

Taylor Hicks on Ning
The Boogie board


Taylor Hit WorkPlay with Robert Randolph

January 11, 2011

Thanks to Claudia for sharing this with us!

Taylor Hicks hit the stage and set in with his friend Robert Randolph and The family Band last night and played some of the best harp ever! With many friends and home town folks in the audience to welcome him home it was a sight to see. I will post the photos soon. Cause I love my peeps on the boogie…

 


Juke Joint Festival This Weekend!

April 15, 2010

Juke Joint Festival Spotlights Mississippi Blues History
By SHELIA BYRD, Associated Press Writer

JACKSON, Miss. – In Clarksdale, epicenter of the blues, this year’s Juke Joint Festival has everything from legendary blues singers like Grammy-winner David “Honeyboy” Edwards, all the way to racing pigs and monkeys riding on dogs.

More than 50 musical acts are scheduled to play at the three-day event that starts Thursday in the Mississippi Delta city that was hometown to blues icons Son House, Junior Parker and John Lee Hooker and childhood home of playwright Tennessee Williams.

Fans will hear most of the daytime music outdoors and not in a juke joint — the kind of black-owned, quasi-legal liquor and gambling houses that once peppered the Jim Crow South. About half of the 16 nighttime venues, however, are in authentic, surviving juke joints, including Anniebelle’s Lounge and Red’s Lounge in downtown Clarksdale, across the track from Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club.

The city, once surrounded by a sea of cotton plantations, is also home to the myth-drenched crossroads of U.S. highways 49 and 61, where legend has it the great bluesman Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his guitar-playing dexterity.

Read the rest here.

If you can make it to Jackson this weekend, I would highly recommend it.  I truly wish I had heard of this festival sooner because I would have absolutely taken time off and planned my budget in order to attend.  For me, it would be worth it just to see THE Crossroad with my own eyes.  Knowing that David “Honeyboy” Edwards is going to be there makes it all the more heartbreaking that I won’t.  From the article:

Honeyboy Edwards, meanwhile, has the kind of blues resume that cannot be replicated.

Stolle said the 94-year-old Edwards, is living history: a link to one of the blues realm’s most compelling and influential figures.

“He hoboed, he hung out with Robert Johnson,” Stolle said. “His storytelling ability is really fantastic. He can tell you what color the sky was on a certain day.”

Stolle said Edwards will play two sets and give a question-and-answer session on Friday at 3 p.m. at the Delta Blues Museum with a show called, “Conversations With Honeyboy.” All of Edwards’ performances will be free.

And the cost?  10 dollars.  That’s right – 10 little US Dollars.  Ho-lee crap.  Check out the agenda:

There’s a $10 cost to cover all night activities that include 16 venues with 17 acts. A train, equipped with a wagon built by local Mennonites, will carry music lovers from one show to another, from downtown Clarksdale, past the crossroads to Hopson Plantation. In 1944 it became the world’s first fully mechanized cotton farm, an occurrence that ultimately helped spur the Great Migration of black laborers to the North.

Argh!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go start planning my trip to next year’s Juke Joint Festival.  This isn’t something I care to miss again. 


Taylor Hicks’ In The Ghetto

April 15, 2010

It’s no secret that I (AmyH, aka peaches) am no fan of American Idol.  That’s okay!  I don’t hold it against anyone if they are and hopefully there are no hard feelings at my not being a fan.  However, I was (and am) a HUGE fan of Taylor Hicks on American Idol.

Where am I going with this?  Well, apparently it was Elvis week on AI recently.  I know this because of the Google alerts I have been receiving that compare Taylor’s rendition of In the Ghetto and what’s-his-name’s version.  Some have been rather balanced between the two, some have said this new guy did it better, but most have said nobody can touch Taylor’s ItG – it’s just. that. good.

Personally, I had been hoping for Kentucky Rain, but Taylor’s ItG was above and beyond what I expected.  He sounded great, he emoted with depth and resonance, and he looked damn good, too!

Check it out:

What did I tell ya’?  🙂

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Happy Birthday, Loretta Lynn

April 14, 2010

Today is the birthday of one of the great ladies of American music, Loretta Lynn.  She turns 75 today and is still going strong!

Loretta Lynn is working on the follow-up to 2004’s Van Lear Rose, plus a new CD of re-recorded versions of some of her hits over the past 45 years. Both CDs are set for release during 2010.

Wow! Here’s to the coal miner’s daughter:

And now for something completely different: