01-23-2007, 08:14 PM #2031
Thanks for the picture! Yum. In the interview he mentions he likes The Right Place the best. If so, he should have had that as his first CD single. It reminds me of Joe Cocker. ( smile ) It's a pretty song, so I'm confused why he chose JTFTW?
01-24-2007, 11:53 AM #2032
Taylor Hicks Excited About Chris Daughtry's Success, 'Obscure Covers'
'Idol' winner kicks off tour February 21, drops 'official' single.
By Corey Moss
Here's something you probably never thought you'd hear from an "American Idol" winner: "I'm learning a bunch of obscure covers, and I'm having a blast."
Yes, eight months after he was crowned, Taylor Hicks is still a breath of fresh air to the franchise that has focused on, well, not-so-obscure covers. And, while Chris Daughtry is the one dominating the album charts, Hicks is slowly making his move.
Although he'd previously called dance-floor-friendly "The Runaround" his first single (see "Taylor Hicks Hopes 'Traveling Circus Of Fans' Follows Him On Tour"), Hicks is now releasing the ballad "Just to Feel That Way" as what his record label is calling the first "official" single.
"Usually you have the single and then the album, but we did it the opposite way and that allowed it to get out there to the fans, who could say what they thought the best song was," Hicks explained. "And that's really cool."
Taylor didn't write the song (that'd be Jess Cates, Emanuel Kiriakou and Lindy Robbins, who have penned tunes for Clay Aiken and Nick Lachey), but he felt immediately that it fit him. "The song is about taking your chance with that particular someone," Hicks said. "You have to travel down that road with someone to get to the promised land, so to speak. The lyrics are what gravitated me to the song, and the melody is wonderful."
A video for "Just to Feel That Way" is in the early stages, but Taylor couldn't confirm any details.
Meanwhile, his first tour begins February 21 in Jacksonville, Florida, and wraps up April 27 in Kansas City, Missouri. "I'm gonna have an eight-piece soul band on the road with me," Hicks said giddily. "I've handpicked all the players. Touring is in my blood, and I'm excited about the music I'm gonna perform."
Taylor is keeping those obscure covers under wraps but said fans can expect songs from all three of his solo albums, as well as some of their favorites from his run on "Idol." "It's gonna be loose," he said of the set list. "I've been the same performer regionally for 10 years, and now I'm that same performer nationally."
Also in the pipeline is Hicks' book, "Heartful of Soul," due this spring. The book will chronicle Taylor's struggles as a touring performer before "Idol" and include some juicy details from the show.
Hicks hasn't seen a lot of his fellow finalists since their tour wrapped, but he just caught up with Daughtry in Los Angeles. "I'm excited about Chris," Taylor said. "He's a good songwriter. I think it shows that there are artists within the contest."
01-24-2007, 06:26 PM #2033
Updated Tour dates
Feb 21 2007 8:00P
Florida Theater Jacksonville, Florida
Feb 22 2007 8:00P
Tampa Theater Tampa, Florida
Feb 23 2007 8:00P
Center For The Arts Coral Springs, Florida
Feb 24 2007 8:00P
Universal Studios Mardi Gras Orlando, Florida
Feb 27 2007 8:00P
Mobile Civic Center Theater Mobile, Alabama
Feb 28 2007 8:00P
River Center for the Arts Columbus, Georgia
Mar 2 2007 8:00P
House of Blues Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Mar 3 2007 8:00P
Tennessee Theater Knoxville, Tennessee
Mar 4 2007 8:00P
Orange Peel Asheville, North Carolina
Mar 6 2007 8:00P
Von Braun Center Huntsville, Alabama
Mar 8 2007 8:00P
Ryman Auditorium Nashville, Tennessee
Mar 9 2007 8:00P
The Tabernacle Atlanta, Georgia
Mar 10 2007 8:00P
Alabama Theater Birmingham, Alabama
Mar 14 2007 8:00P
House of Blues New Orleans, Louisiana
Mar 15 2007 8:00P
The Warehouse Houston, Texas
Mar 16 2007 8:00P
SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 17 2007 8:00P
Majestic Theater San Antonio, Texas
Mar 18 2007 8:00P
Nokia Live Dallas, Texas
Mar 20 2007 8:00P
Germantown PAC Memphis, Tennessee
Mar 21 2007 8:00P
Ameristar Casino St. Charles, Montana
Mar 22 2007 8:00P
Ameristar Casino St. Charles, Montana
Mar 24 2007 8:00P
Orpheum Theater Sioux City, Iowa
Mar 25 2007 8:00P
Mystic Lake City Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 27 2007 8:00P
Weidner Center @ UW WI (PAC) Green Bay, Wisconsin
Mar 28 2007 8:00P
Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mar 29 2007 8:00P
House of Blues Chicago, Illinois
Mar 31 2007 8:00P
House of Blues Cleveland, Ohio
Apr 1 2007 8:00P
Buffalo Palace Theater Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Apr 3 2007 8:00P
Avalon Theater Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 5 2007 8:00P
TBA New York, New York
Apr 6 2007 8:00P
Foxwoods Casino New Haven, Connecticut
Apr 7 2007 8:00P
North Fork Bank Theater Westbury, New York
Apr 11 2007 8:00P
Starland Ballroom Sayerville, New Jersey
Apr 12 2007 8:00P
American Musical Theater Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Apr 13 2007 8:00P
Tower Theatre Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 14 2007 8:00P
Music Box @ Borgata Atlantic City, New Jersey
Apr 15 2007 8:00P
Birchmere WASHINGTON, Washington DC
Apr 17 2007 8:00P
Ramshead Live Baltimore, Maryland
Apr 18 2007 8:00P
The Norva Norfolk, Virginia
Apr 20 2007 8:00P
Paramount Arts Center Charlottesville, Virginia
Apr 21 2007 8:00P
Memorial Auditorium Greensboro, North Carolina
Apr 22 2007 8:00P
Tivoli Theater Chattanooga, Tennessee
Apr 24 2007 8:00P
Promowest Pavilion Columbus, Ohio
Apr 25 2007 8:00P
Rialto Theatre Joliet, Illinois
Apr 26 2007 8:00P
Ameristar Casino Kansas City, Montana
Apr 27 2007 8:00P
Ameristar Casino Kansas City, Montana
Apr 29 2007 8:00P
Paramount Theater Denver, Colorado
May 1 2007 8:00P
The Marquee Tempe, Arizona
May 3 2007 8:00P
Pala Casino San Diego, California
May 4 2007 8:00P
House of Blues Los Angeles, California
May 5 2007 8:00P
House of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada
May 8 2007 8:00P
House of Blues Anaheim, California
May 9 2007 8:00P
Fillmore San Francisco
May 11 2007 8:00P
Crystal Ballroom Portland, Oregon
May 12 2007 8:00P
Moore Theater Seattle, Washington
01-25-2007, 12:37 PM #2034
Thanks for the updated tour info. It's great to see Taylor trying to cover all parts of this vast country to share the joy!
Regarding the Birchmere on April 15 (actually located in Alexandria, VA, not DC), I contacted them and they said while they do have an offer out they have not yet received confirmation.
I am so hoping this gets confirmed. The Birchmere is awesome and is the perfect place for Taylor!
01-27-2007, 07:13 PM #2035
Billboard Reviews “Just To Feel That Way”
ARTIST: TAYLOR HICKS
SINGLE: JUST TO FEEL THAT WAY
Is Taylor Hicks the latest “American Idol” to realize that the quickest path to fame and fortune is country, instead of the wall of steel presented by top 40? Seems that way, based on second Southern rock single “Just to Feel That Way.” Granted, first single “Do I Make You Proud” was as formulaic as they come, in the typical mold of “AI” debuts. And on “Just to Feel That Way,” he emits a powerhouse vocal that goes from coarse growl to cool-guy sensitivity; in fact, it is more convincing than most anything he sang on the show.
Taylor Hicks: One Year Later
01-27-2007, 11:02 PM #2036
01-29-2007, 12:33 AM #2037
I'm a little confused about the May 11 tour date. GrayCharles.com says he'll be in San Francisco on May 9. I want to go see him (but I'd like to go with other, so if anyone lives in the bay area, send me a note) but the dates don't jibe.
I'll try to call the Fillmore tomorrow and see what day they have scheduled for Taylor. I can't wait to see him. Yum.
Thanks for all the great info from everyone here.
01-29-2007, 08:48 AM #2038
I really enjoyed this little newsclip. It's always fun to rewatch Taylor's audition and to hear Simon's naysaying. The interview with Taylor at the end is adorable and I love how he just busts out into song simply because they asked for a snippet. Love him. He's so genuine.
Originally Posted by wisgalb;2218179;
01-29-2007, 12:57 PM #2039
He will be in SF on May 9, I just read the post wrong. Woo hoo Taylor is coming to town! It's almost as exciting as Santa.
01-30-2007, 10:47 AM #2040
It's a 'Soul Thing' for 'Idol' Winner Taylor Hicks
Jan. 29 -- Only someone as smooth as Taylor Hicks would describe his recent success as "cool."
True to form, the blue-eyed soul belter is taking his 'American Idol' win in stride. His recently released self-titled CD was certified platinum, and he's preparing to take his show on the road -- great news for his Soul Patrol faithful.
In an exclusive interview with AOL Television editor Geoff Bennett, Hicks weighed-in on his new music, his thoughts on 'Idol' season six and Simon Cowell's relentless trash talk.
Congrats ... I heard you were recently certified platinum.
Yeah -- recently -- that's real cool.
You've been working toward that type of success for about a decade. So how is it different from what you imagined?
Well, there's a lot more work, which I'm really happy about. The more work, the better. When the phone stops ringing, then you have problems. So, I'm glad that things are working out right now. I just have to stay true to the music and keep going.
Speaking of your music, what's your favorite track on the CD?
I like how 'Soul Thing' came out. You know, that's off my earlier two albums that I released -- 'In Your Time' and 'Under the Radar.' I just had a vision for that song, and that vision came true on this album.
Is your album any different than it would have been if you weren't on 'Idol' and had influence from people involved with the show?
I tried to keep the hands out of the pot as much as possible with this album -- one producer, one A&R, one artist. I think that helps to really keep the focus on the direction the artist wants to go.
Is there any real benefit to winning 'American Idol'? I asked Katharine McPhee that same question, and she didn't think there was. I mean, Chris Daughtry's CD came out before yours.
Publicity-wise it definitely helps. In this day and age, a new artist coming out definitely needs as much publicity as possible, and winning definitely helps.
What role will 'Idol' play in your future? Do you plan to distance yourself or move on?
I'll definitely go back this year. I'm watching a little bit of it now when I can and definitely like being a viewer.
Do you buy into the controversy that the judges are meaner and more insulting to the contestants this year?
No, everybody gets their opportunity to sing. And if you feel like you've got that opportunity, you gotta take it.
Simon Cowell was on 'Oprah' a couple weeks ago and said you wouldn't have won if it weren't for your gray hair. Do you get tired of hearing him talk trash -- even now after you've won and released an album?
(Laughs) I don't think I'll ever hear the end of it. But that's OK, you know. It's tit for tat. We've always been like that.
So you don't think there's any malice involved?
I think it's just Simon being Simon.
What was the first thing you splurged on after you got your deal?
I bought a camera -- a Cannon EOS 30. It's a really nice camera. I wanted to document all that's going on, and I got to with this camera.
I hear you have a book coming out. What's it about?
It's called 'Heart Full of Soul.' It's a memoir about the story of Taylor Hicks. It's got a little bit of 'Idol' stuff in it and some stuff that people can take with them.
A question about your journey to 'Idol': I was reading the story about how you got one of the last cab rides out of New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina hit and ended up flying to Las Vegas, where you auditioned. You said it was a 15-hour ride, right?
Now how much does a ride like that cost?
(Laughs) Right ... well, me and my girlfriend split it at the time, and I probably paid $200.
A well-spent $200 for sure.
Yeah, and at that particular time, the cab ride fares from New Orleans to Baton Rouge -- which was 30 minutes away -- were going for $1,500 by the time we got there.
Your tour starts soon, right? How is that going to be different than what we've seen on the show and the 'Idol' summer tour?
The tour starts Feb. 21 in Jacksonville, Fla. But I'm an instrumentalist -- I play guitar and harmonica. I think things are going to be a lot looser and musical.
Any collaborations you'd like to do?
Yeah, on the road possibly with some different talent in the towns I go into. I might pull some local famous musicians that live in that town. Maybe the Tower of Power or something like that when I go through San Francisco.
What does your old band think of your success?
A couple of them are on my tour, and then a couple are keeping their own bands going, like the Little Memphis Blues Orchestra. They're keeping it moving, keeping the ball rolling.
Now a question submitted by an AOL user: Hazel Parrish of Carolina Beach, N.C. wants to know if you feel your popularity has changed you? If so, in what ways?
My situations have changed, but I haven't. I spent 29 years being a nobody, so I'm pretty good about who I am as a person, and I'm not going to change that.
When word of this interview got out, I learned firsthand that your Soul Patrol is pretty hardcore. So do you have any wild fan stories?
I got chased out of an airport, which was pretty cool. It was interesting to say the least. But any fan is a good fan in my opinion.
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