Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I Propose a Harmonica Giveaway

C'mon, Taylor! You've got plenty!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Conduit For The Music

I wanted to post a video this week that showcases Taylor Hicks' voice-that gorgeous sound wrapped around some heartfelt lyrics. But I came across this video that I haven't seen before and have to share it. Wow.

Someone far more eloquent than I once described Taylor as a conduit for the music. That was never more evident than around the 2:00 mark in this video.

WARNING! For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this Taylor Hicks performance. Expectant mothers should not view.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Who Took These Photos?

We've all seen these really special photos of Taylor Hicks but I've never known who took them. Anybody know? I'd like to give them credit. (Mystery solved! See below.)

After Concert Jam at the Grey Eagle
March 4, 2007
Asheville, NC

*Photos by Sandlin Gaither*
(thanks, cath)

Interesting Look Back

An interview from AOL Sessions:

"What was the first type of music you were exposed to?"

Spoonful James Live at Smith's Olde Bar on 2009-08-16

Collection: : SpoonfulJames
Band/Artist: Spoonful James
Date: August 16, 2009 (check for other copies)
Venue: Smith's Olde Bar
Location: Atlanta, GA

Source: AGK 391b > FastTrack Pro > d7
Lineage: Dat > Nero
Taped by: Matt R.
Transferred by: Matt R.
Keywords: "Spoonful James" "Taylor Hicks"

Spoonful James
Wynn & Quinn Acoustic
Smith's Olde Bar
Atlanta, Georgia

1. Intro
2. That's It For Now
3. Right Down Here
4. Why Don't We Just Go Home
5. You're All I've Got To My Name
6. Broke In Alabama
7. Too Late
8. Light On
9. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad
10. 7 Mile Breakdown

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Smith's Olde Bar, August 16th

One thing I find so fascinating about Taylor Hicks is his ability to play "cheesy" brilliantly then hop in a car and transform into Serious Music Man. From all accounts, he knocked everyone's socks off on both stages last night.

I've said it before: he's an enigma, wrapped in a mystery, deep-fried in a puzzle and wrapped up tidily with a leather band that no one will ever know the meaning of. And I would guess he loves it that way. But who the hell knows?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Whomp At The Warfield" Being Released 11/03/2009

Got the following information from here:

Release Date: 11/03/2009
Label/Distributor: IMAGE
Prebook DVD: 10/06/2009
Retail Price: DVD $19.98
Genre: Music Taylor Hicks performs some of his biggest hits.

Monday, August 10, 2009

We Be Limin

While Taylor Hicks was off this past week, I thought about doing a funny, "Where's Taylor?" post. But when I sat down to write it, it felt intrusive, even though I was planning to take a humorous look at the possibilities. Frankly, I didn't want to think too much (or encourage other fans to think too much) about where he might be.

Can you imagine living the way he does? He seems to work ALL the time. Disappearing for a week here and there must be what keeps him sane. I actually get a kick of it when he's able to get away undetected.

It reminds me of the time I watched Taylor walk unnoticed past a crowd of fans who were waiting outside a theater to see his show. He had his hat pulled low and his head down. I saw him approach, walk past me and pull the door open.

I waited until he was almost inside, pointed at his back and said to my companions, "THAT was Taylor." He must have heard me, because he turned around and laughed, as the door closed behind him.

I know other fans have similar stories, moments when they saw him somewhere and simply left him alone. Good for you, guys! (And, you're welcome, Taylor.)

Anyway, I have no idea where Taylor was this past week and I don't really care. He may not have been on vacation at all for all we know. But assuming he was, let's listen to one of his early original tunes to celebrate a bit of R&R. (BTW, "Limin," according to the Urban Dictionary, means, "hanging out or chillin"):

Limin - Taylor Hicks

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Taylor Hicks is Coming To Town

Taylor Hicks has announced another shadow concert date during his national tour of Grease. He'll be performing on September 14th at Warehouse Live, in Houston, TX.

Yee-ha! I'm fixin' to have a coronary knowing there's gonna be a show that's just down the road a piece from me. That's right, I can jump in the truck and drive about ten miles, as the crow flies. (Yo! Youse guys, don't tell anyone I'm actually a transplanted Yankee. shh...) Y'all, grab yer kin and come on down!

Warehouse Live

Just beyond the gleaming office buildings of Downtown Houston lies Warehouse Live, a 1920’s era warehouse repurposed as a one-of-a-kind concert and event venue. Warehouse Live features a vintage, 20 foot neon marquee welcoming and branding your event from the start. (From the Warehouse Live website.)

Voted by Houston Press as the Best Club for Out-of-Town Acts:

Very tough category to call, but Warehouse Live gets the nod for its versatility (i.e., the 400-capacity studio and 1,500-capacity ballroom), world-class sound system and the fact that more often than not its shows sell out, no matter if the evening's entertainment is Spoon and the New Pornographers or the one and only Snoop Dogg.

Warehouse Live is a very cool venue, in the middle of downtown Houston. Taylor's show will be in 'The Studio," with capacity for 400 people, standing room only.

It was announced today that, in an unprecedented and untrue move, the Governor has declared Texas, "The Cone Star" state during Taylor Hicks' stay.

(That picture makes me laugh everytime!)

If you're considering coming to see the T-man, I recommend making a weekend of it and touring the sights which are unique to Houston. In fact, you might want to think about staying on the water in Galveston one night. It's NOT a stone's throw away, though. You'll need a car. Everything is spread out, in fact, but most attractions can be reached via public transportation.

Why do I sound like an advertisement for the Houston show? Because during Taylor's solo tour the Houston show was cancelled. The official reason was a scheduling conflict, but I fear not enough tickets were sold. We need to make sure that doesn't happen again.

(*Now I'm yelling at you like a side-show barker*) So you say you've always wanted to tour NASA?! You say you've always wanted to see the Gulf of Mexico and eat authentic Mexican food?! Perhaps you'd like to cap off a long weekend with some good music in a club voted, "Best Club For Out-of-Town Acts"?! Then Houston's the place for you!! (Too aggressive? OK, I'll tone it down.)

Should you- you know, *shrug*- decide to come to Houston, here are some fun things to do. *shrug* Whatever:

1. NASA and Space Center Houston. Space Center Houston's unparalleled exhibits, attractions, special presentations and hands-on activities tell the story of NASA's manned space flight program. SCH is the only place in the world where visitors can see astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock, land a shuttle, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA.

2. Galveston Island Galveston offers 32 miles of relaxing beaches, superb restaurants, top resort hotels, marvelous downtown shopping, numerous antique stores, incredible art galleries, fabulous entertainment and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country.

3. The Kemah Boardwalk. Take a stroll on the Boardwalk, dine by the water, ride the carousel, and listen to live music.

4. Downtown Aquarium Restaurant This $38-million world-class complex, perched on the redeveloped 400 block of Bagby, boasts 500,000 gallons of visible underwater tanks with more than 200 species of marine life--and that's just skimming the surface. You'll find rides and amusements for the entire family. The Shark Voyage is a highlight: Travel via train into an acrylic tunnel with live sharks swimming overhead. Ride the 100-foot Diving Bell Ferris wheel for an incredible view of the city, or the aquatic carousel if you'd rather be grounded. Quell your hunger at the Marina Matinee cafe or Aquarium restaurant; quench your thirst at the Dive Lounge.

5. Moody Gardens: I-Max theater, indoor rainforest, and fresh water beach.

6. The Galleria. The Galleria is the fourth largest mall in the nation. With its stunning architecture, exceptional store mix and distinctive style of entertainment, The Galleria has established itself as the #1 shopping and tourist destination in Houston with over 24 million annual visitors. Set beneath spectacular glass atriums, The Galleria features more than 375 fine stores (including Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Gucci, two Macy's stores, Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Ralph Lauren Collection, Louis Vuitton and Houston's only Nordstrom),restaurants, an impressive ice rink and two Westin hotels.

7. Houston Museums: Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural Science, Museum of Fine Arts, Holocaust Museum and the Contemporary Arts Museum.

8. Minute Maid Park Enjoy a game while you're here. The Astros play Friday, September 11 at 7:05pm; Saturday, September 12 at 6:05pm; Sunday, September 13 at 1:05pm.

9. San Jacinto Monument and Museum: home to Battleship Texas and the 5 70-foot San Jacinto Monument.

10. Sam Houston Race Park: enjoy a day at the races.

11. The Houston Zoo

12. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. A 155-acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary. Visitors can enjoy over 5 miles of nature trails, including forest, pond, wetland and meadow habitats. The grounds are open daily 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. The Discovery Room offers hands-on interactive exhibits, microscopes, touch screens and more. The Discovery Room is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

13. Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park. Visitors sit on the hillside or take a seat under the polygon canopy to enjoy the weekly shows that start in the spring and run through the fall. Free.

14. Bayou Bend Visit the magnificent home of Miss Ima Hogg (yeah, that was really her name!) and learn about the extraordinary legacy of a remarkable woman. Best known for her superb collection of American decorative arts, Miss Hogg was also largely responsible for Bayou Bend's innovative architecture and breathtaking gardens.

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