Five years have passed since Taylor Hicks joined the elite group of American Idol winners. During those productive years Hicks released three albums, wrote an autobiography, starred on Broadway, and toured internationally. Considering Hicks’ pre-Idol background as a tireless working musician, there’s nothing surprising about his highly disciplined work ethic. Playing music is simply what Taylor Hicks does.
The entire Taylor Hicks Biloxi concert (2/26/11) was recorded in very good quality by Janibeth. The split & tagged mp3 audio tracks are now available for play or download:
:: Compared To What
:: Going Back To Louisiana
:: The Deal
:: I Live On A Battlefield
:: Hold On To Your Love
:: Just To Feel That Way
:: What’s Right Is Right
:: Love The One You’re With
:: Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
:: Maybe You Should
by Dean M Shapiro
…Hicks, whose latest tour will take him to Beau Rivage Casino & Resort in Biloxi this weekend, hasn’t let any grass grow under his feet either. Five years after his big win he may not have the instant name recognition as some of his other fellow winners but he is following his dream and doing what he loves and enjoys: a path he began following long before he showed up on the radar screen of national TV….
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By Rob Shuter
“We have found a new ‘American Idol,’ and his name is Steven Tyler,” Taylor tells me. “I enjoy the judges this year, especially Steven, who is the breath of fresh air the show needed. Now all we have to do is find the contest that gives a breath of fresh air and it’s a home run.”
by Mike Greenhaus
Taylor Hicks is no stranger to the jamband scene. Long before he won American Idol in 2006, the 34-year-old singer/guitarist/harmonica player spent years honing his own brand of classic rock-influenced soul music on the Southeast club-circuit. An outspoken fan of jamband music, Hicks once moonlighted in a Widespread Panic cover band and was even a paid passenger on Jam Cruise in 2004—two years beforeAmerican Idol changed his life forever. Since his Idol victory, Hicks has actively tried to regain his reputation as both a high energy performer and a musician, in part through onstage collaborations with the likes of Widespread Panic, the Allman Brothers Band, Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, ekoostik hookah, Ivan Neville and many others.
Earlier this month Hicks returned to Jam Cruise as an official performer—and quickly made his presence known throughout the ship through sit ins with the likes of Widespread Panic’s JoJo Hermann, the Everyone Orchestra, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, George Porter Jr. and Maceo Parker, among others. While onboard, Hicks also sat down with Janbands.com to discuss his live music roots, recent stint with the traveling musical Grease and how Willie Nelson changed his fashion sense forever.
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From The Hollywood Reporter:
Taylor Hicks On Jam Cruise: ‘I Had a Blast!’
The Season 5 ‘American Idol’ winner tells THR it was an honor to sit in with musicians like Robert Randolph, Maceo Parker and Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir.
“I had a blast on the cruise,” Hicks tells the Hollywood Reporter’s Idol Worship. “Fesitval sound and lighting everywhere on the ship, world-class musicians, it was an honor sitting in with them.”
This past week Taylor Hicks, who won season 5 of American Idol, appeared on Jam Cruise, guesting with numerous acts, including: Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Jojo’s Mardi Gras Band, the Maceo Parker Super Jam. Back in November 2006, current Relix editor Josh Baron interviewed him for the magazine. At the time his remarks in the magazine regarding Idol were so controversial, that Diane Sawyer felt obliged to follow up on Good Morning America.
Full article with interview here: Relix Magazine: On Soul Patrol with Taylor Hicks