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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year, Taylor Hicks, Now Where's that Song?

Snippet of one of Taylor Hicks' new songs? Perhaps.

Geez, Taylor you have me putting up vids like this to catch a glimmer of possible new material. Give a blogger a break, man.

...the night life and the sunshine got the best of me...
Idea for your New Year's resolution, cop Sunny a real deal and pass a tune to present to the fans. That said, I guess my New Year's resolution should be keep on keeping on that ledge of reality, 'cause that's not likely to happen.

This video showcases Taylor Hicks singing that snippet in this feature that ran on him a few weeks back.

Happy New Year IDOL BLUES readers.

Texas Tornadoes, "Is Anybody Going to San Anton?"


Have you Solidified Yet?

Amanda Overmyer has her first album following her time on American Idol ready and waiting for you to purchase. You can access the new album, Solidify, Pictured HERE, available on her website.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

NonMusic Related Fangirling: "Firefly"

I'm not an avid TV junkie, but I do have certain shows I enjoy and tune in regularly to watch. I had heard of a series called "Firefly" which had aired only one season, in 2002. The reviews were impressive with praise heaped on for the writing, casting and special effects. I found out about this show through watching the NBC comedy, "Chuck"; one of the cast members on that show, Adam Baldwin delights me with his deadpan humor and gruff demeanor. He's an FBI agent who is working undercover to protect lead character, Chuck, who has special government super secret information stored or downloaded into his brain. Yeah I know... but it's really a great little show.

I don't recall even hearing about this "Firefly" series back in the days it aired on television. Joss Whedon created this show, he the guy of television series fame, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", my young daughter was thoroughly hooked on. "Firefly", even after only being on-air one season and now having been off for six years, has an active on-line fan presence. They've done what many fans of a show or a musician might do, worked to try and bring the series back, fantasize about its return and write angry posts about its cancellation. This show was unique on so many different levels being part Western, part Star Wars sci-fi wrapped in a psychological study of the character ensemble. The special effects for a television production are movie ready caliber with the spaceship, the Firefly, an actual built set providing a more realistic effect than normally attributed to a television venue production.

I received this series as a Christmas present and just completed watching the movie, "Serenity" that was created following the series cancellation, as well as all episodes. Providing you enjoy science-fiction, Westerns, great writing including dialogue that actually lends to the story, you'll enjoy this jewel of escapism video. Why this series was canceled I can't fathom, perhaps Whedon and FOX failed to see eye to eye, perhaps the powers in the big studios such as FOX are just ragingly stupid when it comes to good series television not reliant on animation or reality driven material.

The lead character, Malcolm Reynolds, played by the underrated Nathan Fillion, gave the show the character it possessed. He's not done much since the series from what I can gather, but has a new show scheduled to air on ABC in March, 2009, called "Castle". It's billed as an hour long weekly, witty drama that will air on Monday nights at 9pm, CST, beginning March 9th, 2009. The show is based on Fillion's character, famous crime and horror novelist, Rick Castle, who helps the NYPD homicide department solve crimes. Don't know if it will be as fascinating and as well put together as "Firefly" but since Fillion is a part of this show, I'll tune in to give it a look. "Firefly" has made a fan of me for Nathan Fillion and the other cast members from that show that deserved so much more than it received.
"Firefly" trailer

vid created by Slevenkil

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Next American Idol?

Elvis lives? Freddie Mercury incarnate? No, actually he's a rumored contestant vying for a position on this next season of American Idol.

"Dust in the Wind"

Take a trip to his MySpazz site and check him out if you're interested. How far will go and whether he'll make the voting rounds will remain to be seen.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Spreading the Taylor Hicks' Love: It's Christmas

I had an email from someone who wishes to remain anonymous for what ever reason, regarding a question they had about my blogging. I was asked why I'm featuring the occasional other blogs I visit or frequent in my posts of late. One of their questions, why direct traffic off of my blog, bring attention to other sites which may take away from my site?

My reply to you, dear One More Anonymous and Curious Person, Taylor Hicks, of course. Just spreading some of the Taylor Hicks fan information and on-line 'magic', so to speak, around. You see, there are still a few blogs talking Taylor Hicks, perhaps not in ridiculous school girl way but in more of a discussion format; the way we once talked Taylor on Gray Charles in the days it was a great blog to visit.

Too, 'tis the season, the season of goodwill and 'cheersing', to quote Mr. Hicks off one of the audio posts he made on that late Gray Charles blog. I'd like to have the option of a community of realists, at least to a certain definition of realist, the definition that can be found in this realm of on-line worlds and identities, in which we might wander in a peaceful, but lively community. One in which we can accept one another rather than simply castigate and ridicule each other over opinions or thoughts about Taylor (or other artists). Omit mind controlling intimidation techniques,lock-step thought processes. Share other music, talk other artists as the mood strikes and of course, follow this Taylor Hicks character on his winding and rolling road.

I found this Taylor Hicks video today while looking for something Hicks related - first time I've heard this song that I've actually liked it. Instrumentals add much to it, this better than off the CD. Too bad the ending is chopped a bit short, though.
"Just to Feel This Way"

thanks to marthagartha

Of course there are some posters hesitant to let others play in the fan sandbox in harmony. My words to those police minded folks, and I mean this in the most humorous way; someone eventually shoots the sheriff. Here's my wish to a semi-peaceable kingdom where the wildebeast and the lions can all wander among the watering holes in a semblance of harmonic anarchy.

vid c/o Appleturnover321

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Taylor Hicks' Mona Lisa Smile or Call Him Al?

Taylor Hicks walking down the street with a Mona Lisa smile? No not quite, but still... I found a new blog spot to add to my internet cruising for folks who blog about Taylor Hicks. She seems an interesting gal with a blogspot dubbed Celestial Soul. Love her irreverent title photo, pointing to a substance stepped on in red tennis shoes. (Nice tunes on her music box, too.)

A man walks down the street
He says why am I soft in the middle now
Why am I soft in the middle
The rest of my life is so hard
I need a photo-opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don't want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard

Very fitting for this time in life of that guy who won the Idol reality show in 2006.

vid c/o curedude77

Monday, December 22, 2008

Taylor Hicks and the Mysterious Modern Whomp

Warning, Taylor Hicks' snark alert. Go no further if easily and unnecessarily insulted when Taylor Hicks mentioned in ways other than praise and adoration. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Reading over at It's All Grey today put my brain wheels turning. Something had to help spark those brain cells I must have killed this weekend. Anyway, the discussion this morning concerned musical genre and name choice, specifically Taylor Hicks' musical genre name selection to define his sound, self-titled, "Modern Whomp".

I located this site I'm kindly providing a link to which was created by the intelligent folks at Loyola U. This may present and provide a hint at the answer on Taylor Hicks' selection of genre moniker and perhaps The Why of what made the man feel he needed to define himself in a whole new genre rather than stick the tried and trues out there in today's market.

If you're a modern musician, you're probably all too familiar with one of the toughest challenges facing today's aspiring artists. That's right, I'm talking about choosing a musical genre. If you don't select the correct pigeonhole in which to voluntarily confine yourself, how will the record stores know where to stock your album? How will the kids know whether they're supposed to like you? Decisions, decisions.

Well, I'll tell you what you can do. You can get around this quandary by the same method hundreds of other bands have: you can invent your own genre. And with today's technology, it's a snap! Simply click the link below, and a sophisticated computer program will provide you with a custom-designed genre name, ready to be plastered all over your web site, or mentioned casually in conversation! Watch out, though -- there's no guarantee that some other poseur hasn't gotten to it first!

Just click "here" and you'll be on your way to exciting interesting new names for genres not yet taken - hopefully. "HERE"

Thing is, record stores already have pre-printed signing up delegating the what and where of the genres. Next part, you have to convince them to print up one just for your particular niche in the market to hang up on the wall.

Well you know signs can be overrated, labels not always appreciated, so who knows, perhaps Mr. Hicks stepping out from under the already printed labels and signs might work out to be a good thing.

video created by softtailteen

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Party with the Local "Mob"

Darling Man and I hit a Christmas party last night that had a disconcerting Soprano's vibe. It was an interesting mix of lovely people and in fact, there was one guy had this uncanny resemblance to Scott Caan. We visited briefly outside by the pool over a Crown Royal, and the discussion turned to how our new friends are all in business together in some fashion, known each other all their lives.

I was informed they all were in the laundry business, one guy added he was in their 'electronics' division. I can imagine what's getting washed, at least in my overactive imagination. We were the only "outsiders" in the mix, with most attending the party, business associates or employed by the assemblage of these interesting characters.

I met the host while walking my four legged furface Cody, to feed turtles down in the golf course creek near home. Our host who happens to live right behind us, as I found out, was out walking his dog and we fed turtles together. New friend has a stable of cars I have been salivating over including a vintage Studebaker. I was thinking, 'so all those from cleaning comforters'? Yeah, forgettaboutit.

On another note, there were many in attendance who brought this song to my mind.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Tune Comparisons - Taylor Hicks vs Jason Castro

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Taylor Hicks

As a comparison:
"White Christmas" Taylor Hicks

"White Christmas" Jason Castro

Gee this time next year who will IDOL BLUES have up singing this tune off that reality show?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Taylor Hicks - If Blue Can Do It, Why Not You?

Taylor Hicks has reportedly postponed the new CD that may be called "The Distance" until March of 2009 instead of February. Texas band, Blue October, is also releasing a new CD in March 2009; heard their single for the new CD on KDGE; they also previewed that single when they performed in Dallas at The House of Blues on December 4th. Texas boys, Blue October, also have their single up for release on iTunes, in time for those Christmas shoppers, what a concept...
"Dirt Room"

You may be scratching your head, what has Blue October got to do with Taylor Hicks? Nothing really with the exception of their differences in handling their music regarding marketing. That leads me to this question, when is Taylor Hicks going to work that promised new single into his "Grease" gig? Initially when he first came out in the press that he was going to be performing it with the production, it sounded as if that was to happen right out of the starting gate of this national tour. Since "Grease" has already hit a few towns and no sign of the single nor definitive word on when that single may actually hit the "Grease" tour, that question remains unanswered. Naturally, word out on this information not to be found on any of the Taylor Hicks' 'official news' sites. Where are my rose colored glasses this morning? Must have dropped them in the sofa cushions.

Blue October recorded their new album at Willie Nelson’s, Perdernales Studio, which lies about 25 miles outside of the band’s adopted hometown, which if you're a Texas musician or artist, you might guess - Austin, TX - of course. Took them two months to make the album, "Approaching Normal". Blue October tunes and information can be found at their MySpazz and here's their Wiki link.

Speaking of Willie, bought a new Christmas CD yesterday.

vid by gaincontrolagain
Goes with my new boots.

Feliz Navidad.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Taylor Hicks, Left Hand Meet Right Hand, Definitely Rhinestones

Reading on a few Taylor Hicks' blog sites today, word out he's moving the date into March for the CD and the DVD releases. Curious George that I am, I went checking the A2M site. On that site it appears the date for the CD remains in February, although they have above the information the word, "tentatively". That would be wise for Mr. Hicks to start taking note of - and perhaps in future release announcements add that word. The site seems somewhat delayed on Taylor Hicks' information as well, with his CD title still "TBA" instead of "The Distance" - unless that title still a possible change as well. If you're in doubt, check out the site yourself, I will comment that the Artist 2 Market website has a new, high tech, complex look. Takes a while to load even for my badboy computer.

One thing for sure, Taylor Hicks will be continuing his Rhinestone Teen Angel role in "Grease". Discussion today over at the Wordpress site, It's All Grey worked over the CD issue and lead to this little blast from the way-back past when rhinestones were the modèle du jour; remember Porter Waggoner?

Wait, I can't stop there, I'm on a rhinestone roll - here's to the guy that cried for Taylor when he won Idol:

video c/o the artist29

Soul Asylum shows how this song should be covered - Heinie in hand and drunk.

Thanks to go2ski for this video. Man, time to slide on my boots, go pick up a six pack to spin some Glen Campbell on the turntable later.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Weather Outside is Frightful

Well, at least for a few days, we're seeing cold temps and some cold crystalline white material the weather guy calls 'ice'. Nice.
I've never seen this one before:

Ain't he pretty.

Richie Sambora Christmas Song:

One more Sambora, not Christmas related: love the guitar work.

vid created by paganini33

Monday, December 15, 2008

Taylor Hicks - Rolling the Dice

Taylor Hicks could be compared to a gambler of sorts. Gambler in that he quit college to pursue a career in music. Gambler in how he parlayed a free airline ticket received after dodging hurricane Katrina into an American Idol audition. Gambler in that he rolled the dice to go for the win on that show - against the odds. Really, looking at the guy, who'd have wagered he'd actually have pulled it off back then? Perhaps only those who like to bet on those long odds.

Again Taylor Hicks rolls the dice. As his fans are aware, he's the star feature in the nationally traveling show of "Grease". Many dismiss his foray into this theater production as evidence of his failure as an artist, as a musician. Expectations rose that he'd bomb out while playing that Teen Angel in an ice cream cone. Thing is, Mr.Hicks took that small role and created a win for himself, created a win for the Broadway production.

Taylor Hicks most recent gamble centers around utilizing the national touring opportunity to open a new potential avenue in marketing - he's combining his role in this theater performance as a way to highlight his own music. This marks a first time out venture in working the industry this way; if it works out for Mr. Hicks, certainly other musicians will follow in his dancing foot steps.

This recent spate of events in the career in Taylor Hicks' exemplify the appeal that Taylor Hicks holds for me - his perseverance. The guy tried out for Idol in a bid to get his name out in the national spotlight and that succeeded - although not with the exact results desired. Certainly his time with 19E and the Idol producers were not always spent enjoyed as a harmonious relationship. Still, now the man is moving forward, taking what he has open to him from that experience and bringing something else, potentially innovative to the picture.

This time I'm hoping that Lady Luck smiles down on him. Regardless, Taylor Hicks obviously plans on going the distance. Tumble those dice, Soul Man.

video c/o legacied LYRICS
Yeah, I'm feeling good.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday Morning Christmas Songs

O Come all Ye Taylor Hicks Faithful, let Mankind not Bogart Love.

Nutmeg, the spice of my Eggnog.

videos c/o Wiredsetvideo
In a more serious, IDOL BLUES related note: Taylor Hicks sings "White Christmas".

video c/o bonzacat
Happy Sunday, time to go shopping. And eggnogging.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Taylor Hicks Seeking the Right Simon

Interview carried on Caryl's blogspot, with Tim of Tim's Travels' talks Taylor Hicks' new record, "The Distance" coming out February 10, 2009 (and Hick's current role in "Grease").

What should absolutely leap out at anyone watching this segment is the fact pointed out by Tim, the traveling interview guy, the musicians playing with Taylor Hicks on this upcoming CD are already famous, hell, Taylor's got Eric Clapton's (and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn's) musicians on the new record with him.

These guys don't 'need' Taylor Hicks. Simon Climie doesn't 'need' Taylor Hicks, but they obviously see 'something'.
"Traveling Riverside Blues" Doyle Bramhall and Eric Clapton

video c/o jemf999
Taylor Hicks is not mentioned on Doyle Bramhall's site - his playing on the recent Susan Tedeschi album is highlighted.
Here's some Nathan East:

Abe Laboriel making it 'talk'.

video c/o akyazero

I'm stoked.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Anniversaries... Past, Future, Now

Today, December 12th marks an anniversary fans of Taylor Hicks might remember. In 2006 this was the day Hicks' eponymous album created between he and the American Idol folks hit the market. This the day too, marks a date in which the fan base began a definitive change.

I was reminded of this over at Chill's wordpress blog. My relationship with Chill a story in itself about change. I've made peace with this lady and her blog pals - quite an evolution in itself considering everything that has occurred in our on-line klazzy past. I give this blog credit for assisting in this change of events.

The thing about anniversaries - although you may be celebrating it in the here and now, what they are about is the past, about time, about accumulation. Often this means a level of accomplishment too, bringing about an appreciation of how things once were comparative to how they are now. Anniversaries like birthdays; a time to embrace new beginnings as you reflect back on who you have been, what you have done, a time to stop and look forward to what you will do next.

Marking this date as the two year mark for Taylor Hicks' Idol CD leaves his fans looking forward to another future anniversary date - Mr. Hicks' new CD drops February 10, 2009.
Journey - before what's his name - "Look Into the Future"

video created by gojimdandygo *inhaling*
There you are my shining star
Can you remember who you are
The role that you play from day to day
You know it's not know it's not the only way...

Still I'm coming home
Yeah you know know I'm coming home someday
The futures brighter now it's not so far away
Guess I'm coming home I'm coming home some way

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Taylor Hicks Tuesday, Weather and The Fall

How fitting, on Taylor (Hicks) Tuesday on Caryl's Blogspot she's featuring the Fox and Friend's weather cast with Taylor Hicks (from a while back).

"Fitting" since we're (here in Dallas)about to get a change in our weather - at least for a day or two. Cold front on the way, might get all the way down to 31 degrees tonight. I've gathered in some of that fire wood left over from our mild winter last year, got the Smores supplies in order for that fun loving ten year old's after dinner dessert.

We've got to enjoy those cool spells while we can during The Fall, in Dallas.

video c/o itily224 from Waukegan
here it comes just rushing in
the distant smile replied, a distant grin it's not so bad after all I climbed the ladder, and you took the fall you took the fall

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Taylor Hicks, Caught in The Maze?

Now what's not to love about this photo? Taylor Hicks with the Sun over his shoulder. hahaha.

Yeah, see my point of view...

video c/o soulindiane
More Maze...In the mood for some Maze? I am obviously.

video c/o sturgess66
Taylor Hicks in Rhode Island - with Old Man River

video c/o iamvicarious

Taylor Hicks - Time Waits For No One

Taylor Hicks, Time waits for no one, and it won't wait for you. Push that music on your sites now - don't wait. Suspense is overrated. Go man.

Just saying....
Yes, star crossed in pleasure, the stream flows on by
Yes, as we're sated in leisure, we watch it fly

And time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me
And time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me

Time can tear down a building or destroy a woman's face
Hours are like diamonds, don't let them waste

Time waits for no one, no favours has he
Time waits for no one, and he won't wait for me

Men, they build towers to their passing yes, to their fame everlasting
Here he comes chopping and reaping, hear him laugh at their cheating

And time waits for no man, and it won't wait for me
Yes, time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me

Drink in your summer, gather your corn
The dreams of the night time will have vanished by dawn

And time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me
And time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Taylor Hicks' Providence Interview...and Beer

Taylor Hicks was invited to the 92 PRO-FM studio to talk "Grease", Providence, and his upcoming new record set to drop February 2009. Mr. Hicks is in good form, exhibiting an affable, approachable, laid back vibe as he speaks about the topics at hand with the folks in the radio booth.

"Modern Whomp" as a style definition omitted as he describes the style of music he's been inspired by in the creation of this new CD as more Van Morrison, James Taylor. He's asked about the critics, and anyone reading much about Mr. Hicks knows he's been lambasted by the music writers - not just ol' Simon Cowell - for the duration of his career following Idol. Taylor Hicks' expression following the interviewer's comment, "...better than having a bunch of "yes men' around" speaks volumes(4:04).

My on-line pal, Caryl, asked me why I'd think he'd listen to what 'we' write. 'We' being fans/bloggers in this case. Check at 3:00; Mr. Hicks says, "it's about the American people". Caryl, we be people!

Watching this interview, apparently Mr. Hicks is having some fun in Providence, when talking about the beer at a certain brewery (Trinity) establishment he adds, ""Just drink four and they all taste the same". Man, if you go back in, order a nice molten dark beer for Sunny.

Speaking of beer, here's a clip created from one of my favorite shows of all time, "The Man Show" - featuring one of the stars of that show.
The Fox


Thursday, December 04, 2008

Providence Comes A Knocking: Yo... I See You Mack Daddy

Taylor Hicks fans - do you readers of IDOL BLUES think it matters to that Mack Daddy O'Soul what you think, what you write, what you read... Hell Yeah, he listens, it matters.

"The Distance" ???

"Can't You Hear Me Knocking" Rolling Stones

I hear you. Break a leg, Soulman.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Taylor Hicks Knocking, Providence Opening the Door

It's somehow fitting that the "Grease" National tour would begin on a Tues-Tay Tuesday considering Taylor Hicks is planning on utilizing this opportunity to open yet another door in his quest to 'have his voice heard'. Back in 2006, during the American Idol boards in the Taylor Hicks threads, posters affectionately referred to this day of the week as "Tues-Tay". Slightly embarrassing to remember, but back then, beginning in the morning hours, fans of the man (yes, I'd be tuned into the web page at least part of that day) would start their countdowns in anticipation of show time in their respective time zones.

Moderately interesting, the beginning city of this national theater tour being in a city named Providence. Merriam-Websters defines the word 'providence': divine guidance or care; the power sustaining and guiding human destiny. Whether this city was selected simply at random, a matter of pure circumstance, convenience, or perhaps, for those so inclined, a sign sent harboring some sort of cosmic divinity (Ouija anyone?) - something to entertain your brain for a moment.

You see, Mr. Hicks has said he's on a new pathway toward a possible new age marketing idea, an idea concocted within the secluded walls of the show's producers and Mr. Hicks' "people". This national touring production of "Grease" providing the added benefit of promoting his new CD scheduled for release, February 10th, 2009. (Regarding "people", you know what I mean - the cast of humanity that surround those of the celebrity ilk designed to provide guidance and advice; handle all the scheduling and marketing that accompanies the status of 'said' celebrity.) Not known, the idea behind and the reason for kicking off this national tour in the the tiny state of Rhode Island and that potentially provident moniker of description for Mr. Hicks' most recent quest to rise in the entertainment industry.

In an article in one of the Providence local on-line sources, projo.com, Rick Massimo pens a clever title, "Taylor Hicks greases the skids of his career". In that title lies reference to the fact that Mr. Hicks is in need of an upward surge in his destiny chart and that perhaps "Grease" may pull the guy out of what has been viewed by many as a downward skid, career-wise. In the article Mr. Hicks is quoted as saying that the role of Teen Angel spoke to him. “It’s kind of like rock ’n’ roll heaven — all the rock stars coming down from heaven and [saying] ‘Do something that’s solid.’ I think there’s a hidden message: Education will set you free.”

Perhaps this role in "Grease" as the Teen Angel has come to Mr. Hicks as his providence; certainly it will provide an education in creative expansion. Too, perhaps Providence will play a role in being a key to finally unlock that door he's been knocking on for so many years.
"Fight Outta You" Ben Harper LYRICS

Taylor Hicks, may providence be with you. (You know, like the Force.)

Monday, December 01, 2008

Monday Morning Post Holiday Blues

A tune in honor of my loved one traveling today.
"I Love the Road" Bo Bice

Following the traveling theory, my heart's in California today.
"California" Joni Mitchell

"Goodbye For Now" P.O.D. (Payable On Death)

In the event you're not familiar with P.O.D. they're a little band from California - San Diego way: CLICK for WIKI. Their official website is to be found HERE. Lead singer, Sonny Sandoval has sort of an Anthony Kiedis vibe and tone about his style.
Now this post, dear readers, indicative of how very eclectic my musical collection runs. Variety is the spice.
Rock on.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Taylor Hicks: New Shirt Merch

Taylor Hicks, according to "It's a Soul Thing" blogspot, has some new merchandise to offer fans. It seems a design company, Alphabet Arm.com, has created a few new designs approved by Taylor Hicks' management. Searching Mr. Hicks' Official site, all I located was this page.

Checking out the new offerings written about on "It's a Soul Thing", I selected two to display on my page. One being the worst of the bunch, the other the best of the bunch. I'll let you dear readers determine which is which in my estimation.

The first example is a burgundy/brown tee with what looks like a vinyl decal, likely one of those thick kind that flake as you launder the shirt. The striking element of this design? Built on twist knobs strategically placed...what pops to mind as you view it? Maybe it's just my twisted mind. The blue one is a loud shade of aqua with harmonica stamping in yellow. Contrasting color combination the likes of the boy's department shirts I saw at the local Target. Incorporated into the design it appears perhaps some comic strip type work going on, but couldn't quite make out what it is since it's in just a lighter shade of blue than the shirt. CLICK to enlarge.

I'm hoping that this little bit of shirt design gone awry isn't a foreboding of more of 'when bad management happens to struggling musician'.

I had to show my Darling Man what I don't want under that Christmas tree. Mr. Hicks, please send those design folks back to that drawing table; or pick new designers.

Let's hope the bad taste in design and reinvention doesn't extend past this little jejune fashion faux pas.
"My Mistake" The King Bees

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thankful for...?

"Thank You for the Music" - this is funny. Yes, the days when sequined large rabbits made a fashion statement. (Check her shirt) LYRICS

This is what I got when I googled, thankful music. hahaha!

Now on to other things, I'm thankful for music like this:
"Thank You" Robert Plant, Jimmy Page

video c/o nobormees
And music like this: Taylor Hicks "Here Comes the Sun" Love this performance.

video brought to us by elaine1154

I'm thankful for too many things to list; thankful to be alive.

Much Love to all you IDOL BLUES readers.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

View from the Mountain

This tune seems almost more fitting for a Sunday morning.
"Have you ever lost your way
have you ever feared another day
have you ever misplaced your mind
watching this world leave you behind..."

"Give a Man a Home"

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Taylor Hicks, Maladroit Musician? Winner? Loser?

The American Idol winner nobody would want to be? Is the name, Taylor Hicks, destined to wind up as the moniker meaning loser even though he won season five of that karaoke reality show? Is that all that "Taylor Hicks" will bring to mind when the time passes and this reality show karaoke contest rolls on, the guy who won yet really lost in the long haul?

Article after article concerning the show reflect a negative view of the guy. The past few days has seen local Dallas entertainment writer, Preston Jones, throwing out Hicks' name adding yet more negative references. Friday, November 14, Jones wrote, as he talked up David Cook's new album, "Most other male contestants — Taylor Hicks, where have you gone? — have slipped almost completely out of the public consciousness.". Then again today, I read that Jones includes Hicks in yet another piece about the new David Cook album - certainly he must be a fan. Jones writes, "...forming an identity while being careful not to, well, end up like season five victor Hicks. It’s not for nothing Cook only name-checks the most visible Idol offspring." David Cook had made references to Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken.

Preston Jones is just one of the many writers in entertainment writing land who utilize Taylor Hicks' name as a scapegoat example of what not to shoot for should you land on Idol. Hicks' name being cited as synonymous with failure at your shot at fame and success. A large part of the articles that come across the internet seem to enjoy mentioning Taylor Hicks' name as the butt of a joke, a reference for being a 'flash in the pan' or plain old 'loser'.

Interesting that sales of a reported 800,000 are seen as being a bad thing. Considering the music industry pitfalls today, the change from plastic purchases in favor of on-line iPod, iTunes buys; include the internet savvy who find their way around actually purchasing any music and download illegally for free, it's not an embarrassing number.

I'm guessing since Taylor won with as much flair as he did, combined with as much support as he had, hell, he made David Hasselhoff cry like a little girl; sales less than double platinum equal failure in the eyes of many including reviewers and especially the show's Money Men. Too the CD Hicks released after his win did nothing to further the image he came to represent on the show. He came out as a Ray Charles/Joe Cocker kind of performer and issued a riddled with plastic Pop oriented CD. Most of the folks who loved that album were not all in it for the music, instead mainly fans of the show, then became fans of the man. Of course there are some exceptions to that statement.

Finally, after a two year span, Taylor Hicks released his compilation CD of his songs recorded prior to the show, called "Early Works". Since it had been so long since Hicks hit the Idol stage and so many articles have passed hailing him as that 'Winner who wound up Losing', "Early Works" sales were less than notable. Along with the release of that pre-Idol CD, Taylor has issued statements he's finally releasing "Whomp at the Warfield" filmed in the San Francisco theater, previously aired on HDNET and AOL television in October, 2007. Add to this news, he's readying a new CD, promised to be available early February, 2009.

Most artists with new albums due out start spinning a song or two from the offering well in advance of the record coming out, make one of those promotional little music videos. Hicks never made a video for his eponymous Idol release, the folks with the show obviously were just not that into marketing the record or the man. Doubtful he'll make a video for this new body of work either.

That said, it may be unnecessary since Hicks has worked out a marketing plan that loosely resembles a national video campaign; instead of filming the single, he's performing it live. Hicks as his followers know, had a role as the Teen Angel in the Broadway production of "Grease" this past Summer. The guy enjoyed positive press and made a favorable impression on the show's producers. He's been asked to resume that role in a national touring production of the show. Mr. Hicks has planned with the touring production management to perform a single from this upcoming CD following the show. Details on how this will unfold are not public yet, likely won't be known until that first show debuts December 02 in Providence, Rhode Island. Telling point in all of this, how marketing his music may work within this type of environment as well as how reviewers and writer's in the various local markets view and cover him and this novel approach.

Taylor Hicks is obviously not afraid to jump in with both feet as evidenced in 2005 when he first entered the Idol auditions. He broke show molds with his brazen difference from his hair color to his harmonica walk breaking the top 24, Hollywood Week.

The skeptics accused Hicks as purely acting a role, during the show and since - really to a degree, he was. Taylor worked to market himself as set apart from the usual show contestant which ultimately worked in his favor. Now again, Taylor Hicks is working to market himself in a different way, set himself apart. This is the first time a national theater touring production will feature their starring draw in a way not associated with the show itself. What should be noted is the man is still as open to the new, the novel approach, as he was when he went for it on that reality show. What will remain to be seen is if he will generate interest, draw in and affect any critics, reviewers or entertainment writers to see him as more than that Idol Winner who ultimately lost.

I'm not claiming any objective stance regarding Taylor Hicks, I've rooted for him in my way since he first caught my attention in January 2006, continue to do so. Here's hoping that this man, told by Simon Cowell in 2006 he'd never win the show, then did, now being written up by so many critics as that guy who should never have won, finds his way.
"Winning" Santana

Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday Morning Tunes: B.B. King

B.B. King, David Gilmore

B.B. King, Gary Moore

B.B. King, traveling a way-back moment, Stevie Ray Vaughn beginnings:

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Changes, Going Undercover, a Matter of Creative Necessity

Yesterday while painting, listening to some of my favorite CDs in random rotation, the album,"Undercover" by the Rolling Stones hit play. That brought me around to the process behind the album of the same name and a theory of thought for reinvention and change. Even the great Rolling Stones found need for reinvention.

This video from 1989, "Undercover", carries the tune exemplifying one of the Stones' most underrated offerings, the single from the album of the same name. Certainly the album isn't "Beggar's Banquet" or "Exile on Main Street" but still a brilliant rediscovery reflecting the times it was created within, yet eludes sounding dated.

This record is a dark, overlooked gem which has not ever received the credit deserved. Although it may not mesh with the charts' evidence, I find it a better selection of tunes than, say, that incredibly popular and money-making album, "Some Girls". (I switch the radio dial when stations play "Shattered".) Much of "Undercover" never heard light of radio play and the band scarcely acknowledges it in live performances. That said, it's a brilliant creation from a great band going through growth and change.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Mysteries of the Myriad of Technological Beasts in My Office

I've been experiencing a frustrating time working with the, I'll call them, 'modern day office appliances' this week. Eddie Izzard sums up my ordeal in dealing with issues with my printer, my fax machine, hell, especially this beast I'm typing on. Don't get me started with my photo printer. (I'm bringing back my darkroom and the 35mmSLR.)

Top things off I received a new keyboard, it's this soft squishy gelatinous thing (taking it back) it looked cool, felt neat at the store, but hell, I wasn't real great with the old one. Thing is, I am notorious for being the most inept typist imaginable, I'm completely ridiculous, oxygen deprivation at birth or something. I was thinking this new flexible, can spill my coffee on it and it will survive, keypad would make me faster. Perhaps typing ties into that part of the brain that can do calculus - impossible for me to even look at - it's like Martian hieroglyphics.

Monday, November 10, 2008

"Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford" - Everlast

Glide Magazine writer, Chris Clark interviews Everlast on his recent album, "Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford". Clark writes, "Armed with a slick persona, creative song writing and an innate ability to capture ears and audiences..."

The album delivers a new definition to creative and leaps right into innovation. Everlast with his perfect phrasing, exploration of rhythm and rhyme is clearly a guy who enjoys words, playing with sounds and thinking outside the musical box found in most radio friendly top 40 tracks. For a reason I can't place my finger on - or the right cluster of brain cells to focus on the why - listening to this new album by Everlast, I thought, 'Frank Zappa'. There's something about the way the musical scores are handled, the melding of genres, the rhythmic patterns that possess an underlying Zappa frame of mind. Like Frank Zappa, Everlast dares think outside that musical cube, lays the parameters aside, steps out from that box called Acceptable Musical Norms and creates pure brilliance.

Everlast began his career in music with Hip Hop, became first famous with that song, "Jump Around", big smash hit of 1992. In '92 I was listening to anything but "Jump Around", wasn't a big fan of the hit tune nor the band, "House of Pain". The big man seems to have changed musical direction following suffering a near fatal heart attack. He veered from the House of Pain material and started his Whitey Ford direction which involved more acoustic tunes, utilized his guitar and bred another top charting tune,“What It’s Like,”.

Considering Everlast is a multi-platinum selling artist, he's captured a Grammy and was nominated for an Emmy with his song he wrote for the TNT series, "Saving Grace", it's a curiosity to me that this man is not covered by a major label. Of course, it could be by choice, but his work comes to market via his own label, Martyr, Inc. When asked in that Glide Magazine interview about changes in the music industry, Everlast said, "Now it seems if you don't bring the Majors some kind of instant success they just move on to the next. That combined with technology enabling consumers to easily steal music has led to it being a tough game nowadays."

Live Everlast interview, acoustic "Folsom Prison Blues"

Exclusive interview, a little Cash, a little Snoop, all Ev.

"Stone in My Hand" Everlast

video c/o of the man, martyincorporated

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Taylor Hicks vs Lady Compromise

Taylor Hicks' blogger, Caryl, posted on her Taylor Tuesday blog the subject of Taylor and the payola theory regarding radio play. Caryl brings up the fact that if record execs don't like you they likely will not promote you. That theory of thought can be put into about any work market or artistic field.

Consider this, you're working for a Boss you're not especially fond of and perhaps that feeling is mutual. How will that parlay for you in the area of raises, promotions, that nice office you're coveting? Think this will be a fruitful work environment to remain in? Think that no matter how great you do your job you'll be as successful than if you were placed in a more positive, for you, setting? Chances are, most folks put within that environment would move on, get another job.

In art and in writing, key to getting shows, getting published, is having an agent who believes in you. Importantly they have to 'dig' you as a person, and consider you profitable and worthy of their time and energy. Sadly sometimes folks wind up with one of those agents who really should be selling time shares or multi-level marketing schemes; they may blow smoke up your skirt or pant suit but they won't do you any good. Finding yourself in a position of not getting those great promotional shows or seeing that literary tome sitting on a desk collecting lint - you could point your finger at that salesman posing as an agent - place blame - or you could move on. Continue that search for someone with whom you are more copacetic with, who understands you.

It takes more than that, of course, to succeed, there's that body of work that is yours, that is a part of you to consider as well. Is it really good? Also to consider, that part within the artist that helps develop that body of work; protects it. That part is named, 'Ego'. It's one of the parts of being human, it can be a huge negative quality, but also a big asset. Some of us carry around more than our share, some earned, some imaginary. (Those pesky voices in our heads.)

You will find it a rare, rare thing to wind up with someone in a position of power who can make or break you (or at least slow you down) with whom you have perfect affinity for and share complete agreement. Compromise is the key we all need learn to succeed. The delicate balancing rod we may find ourselves treading upon is balancing that ego, with your art.

You may say, 'I'll do it alone, my way, like ol' Frank Sinatra'! I say good luck and I hope you have massive pockets to fund your regular life and your art promotion. I had an artist friend who is as gifted as they get. He could paint images on the sides of buildings with such imagination and creative perspective. He was absolutely brilliant with any media, any topic. Great sci-fi work and realism. Sadly, Isaac had a rough road to hoe. He'd give up time after time when things would fall through that would give him that great break, get his talent out there in the public popular eye where he belonged. Isaac repeatedly fell within that negative area of allowing ego and pride outweigh the benefits of that difficult Lady Compromise.

It sounds very romantic, taking a stand for your artistry, it's noble sounding rhetoric. Problem is, work can suffer for want of a compromise. An artist of any genre needs to come to terms with placing their art above their ego. Not an easy task.

As I wrote on Caryl's sweet blog, I'm not accusing Taylor Hicks with possibly putting ego over his music, I have no idea what went down behind those closed doors between he and Clive and 19E. That said, obviously something went wrong - two sides to every coin. Blaming old man Clive for the ills that befell Hicks with his CD failing to muster up to the potential - for the lack of airplay - is an easy and satisfying thing. I don't think it's that simple to just point the finger at Clive.

Importantly, there is a big difference between Taylor Hicks' pre-Idol material and what landed on the CD. I'm not saying anything negative here, there are many fans who enjoy all of his work, including that CD, I have no problem with that. I am saying there's a difference. I've regarded that eponymous CD as perhaps some experiment that just did not take off, can't win them all. I must add, sales of almost 800,000 isn't anything to feel badly about.

What Mr. Hicks' has lacked is that critical acclaim, positive music reviews and consideration. That falls back on perhaps that theory of what happens when your Boss doesn't like you. Regarding Caryl's discussion of the payola situation and airplay, what this boils down to, that issue of making it work, at work. Realistic compromise for the sake of saving your art, sometimes the sacrifice you need make. (Again, I will stress this is simply my opinion, I naturally have no idea what really went down behind boardroom doors.)

Taylor Hicks is about pull a Sinatra by opening the door to Opportunity that came knocking. Anyone following Taylor Hicks knows I'm writing about his jumping on board with the National tour of "Grease". It's not often you're provided wide exposure with multiple chances to get your voice heard as an artist. This time I'm thinking things might play out quite differently for Mr. Hicks. Taylor's perhaps learned a lesson about parrying with Lady Compromise; riding that "Grease" vehicle part of the compromise, gaining him yet another Opportunity.

"Opportunity" Pete Murray, John Mayer LYRICS

Fabulous video c/o xcitindesigns

Monday, November 03, 2008

Time to Get Out the Vote: Y'all Voted for Taylor Hicks...

Okay, so we can only punch that ballot once, whereas for Taylor Hicks that phone(s) could be dialed repeatedly, show a semblance of that kind of love for your country. If you haven't wandered your way into a voting booth, tomorrow is time.

Here's a few really well put together videos by m1media from the Youtube showing a humorous side:


Click this link to watch the SNL skit of Palin vs Palin.

Joe the plumber talks to Obama, who is defining his "Change" plan: i.e. New World Socialism. Joe speaks.

What it is about Barrack Obama that brings George Orwell to my mind? I know many who may read this blog are fans of Obama. You want that Change. Remember Animal Farm? Those animals wanted Change too. Remember 1984? Think what spreading the wealth might actually come to mean in our current technological society. Be careful what you wish for.

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." George Orwell.
1984 Trailer

A song about another kind of "Change" by Tracy Chapman

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Taylor Opted for Time in France rather than a Playboy Dance...

As has been pointed out to me by several kind posters, Hef couldn't wait for the actual Halloween weekend, he jumped in early - said party was so last week. Myself, I'm feeling like I've been captured in a Time Warp, the days the past few weeks a blur of activity. So let's see, it's November 1, and we see that Mack Daddy has returned from "gay Paree" (and other cities in France).

Taylor Hicks writes on his Myspazz site, October 31:
"Hello Soul Patrol,
I just returned from France having complete pre production on the new
record. I cannot wait for y'all to hear it...it is truly my best work.
Have a great Halloween and be on the lookout for some more studio updates.

So big guy, is that promised album going to be ready for the new year? Pre-production? Well, what's needed now my dear Mr. Hicks, a taste of that pre-production material included in those studio updates. Not asking for the entire main course, but I'm absolutely salivating for just one small taste.
The Colour, "Just a Taste"

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Taylor Hicks - So Lonesome Fans Could Die?

Man, Taylor Hicks fan site boards are quiet. Real quiet. Maybe even lonesome quiet...

No, this isn't Taylor Hicks, this is a guy who calls himself Everlast. Check it out.

Taylor Hicks has been in France a bit - fans all a goggle have found out what statcounter picked up (hey! Tay!) all ready. I'm wondering if those jet planes can hook him up to hit Vegas in time for the all Hallow's Eve gig at Hef's? Or we'll all be whistling past the graveyards:

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Taylor Hicks, Talk, Talk, Banana Boat Song

Here's a Halloween suggestion for Taylor Hicks should he attend that Playboy Mansion Party. He do love that Banana Boat song.

Jump in line, Taylor Hicks: and the fans say, "DAY-O"

No, my friend, saying "it" three times won't bring anyone back, great analogy though! Think about it, like Beetlejuice would we really want that again? There's no point in it anymore.

Monday, October 27, 2008

It's a Long Tangled Taylor Hicks Web Isn't It?

Taylor Hicks fans, man, what the Hell is going on out there? Wild and woolly might be just touching the tips of the surrealism that it is. Or is it just What it Is? (Click link for cool music video.)

Man, I'm gonna hide my love away for a short time. I'm finding myself absolutely struggling to gain some understanding about what my "Bouncing" pal was telling me regarding this fanbase. Just Incredibly Wow.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Three Degrees and Taylor Hicks, What's the Connection?

Perhaps it's that French Connection.

Changing the subject from Taylor Hicks and the French possibilities, I was listening to a little Richie this morning. No, not the Lionel, rather the Sambora kind. Check out Richie Sambora in this video, "Harlem Rain". This is from his Undiscovered Soul Album. Never heard Richie this way? Tinge of Country and some soul. Nice.

How about a touch of Bluegrass and Sambora? (That sounds like some sort of exotic new tea. I'll take mine hot.)

Au revoir et vendredi heureux!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Here's One Back Door to Slam

Taylor Hicks is not the one doing the slamming of this particular "door". Rather it's a group of just three young lads who carry a big, big sound. They were a long way from home attending the SXSW event; no this isn't a Southern rock nor Texas Rock band although they sound like it, they're from the Isle of Mann.
Back Door Slam

This acoustic set by Davy Knowles leans heavily on his Celtic roots. He's mad talented.

Check out this bit of throw-back to Jimi magic - happened at Bonneroo 2008:

Thanks to "littlewing" - I've just bought some great new tunes.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Dark Side of the Loon, I mean Moon

The website I'm referring to in my post today is not a Taylor Hicks' fan site, per se, but they do talk about the man. Once this particular site was somewhat witty, interposed with a healthy yet palatable amount of snark served on the side. This has recently been replaced with more than a touch of the paranoid served with a sizable portion of malicious.

Taylor Hicks' fan base obviously has those folks who look for a fight, a rumble in the fan jungle if you will. It's comical really and often entertaining. After a while it's possible to actually look at those who rant and carry on with something akin to fondness. Those loose cannons love to fire blindly in the dark of the internets. Perhaps their minds wrap around some sort of eternal competition since they originally discovered Taylor on a reality competition show. In actuality these folks end up competing among themselves. It's what it's all about really: Them.

When no issue exists in true reality, these combative folks find something, someone, to turn their apparent need to establish dominance. Maybe their personal lives lack something. Lack true purpose, desire, ambition. They look to their computer to establish self-worth through berating, bullying and - in their minds - "destroying" others they encounter on-line. Bids for territory on the fan sites and boards put me in mind of the Medieval times; warring parties juggling for land and treasure. Perhaps we as a civilization retain those ideals and thoughts in our minds, masking them for the most part, until something comes along to trigger that primitive within. Curiously, a reality show seems to be what sets the fans who engage in on-line "battles" into that mind-set.

It's entertaining watching the folks point fingers back and forth decrying who is the Loon, what is the Dark side, who is in the right. As we teeter-totter to and fro on the blue green orb that is our world, creating new worlds within the darkness of our internet, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Out Going Catting, Taylor Hicks Fan Style

This is dedicated to one of the folks catting around the Taylor Hicks' fan and non-fan blogs, she runs by the name, Bluzkat:
Out Going Catting" Sawyer Brown

Stray Cats:

Now this is a beautiful Cat:

"oooh Baby, baby it's a wild world"

and a more recent performance of this kind of real Cat:

He's lost some of the 'growl. Time marches on, man, claim it while it is yours.

Monday, October 13, 2008

High Road, Low Road, Low Down: Messages from "The Box"

Boz Skaggs

This is hilarious, yet....

"Why you try to put up a front for me
I'm a spy but on your side you see
Slip on, into any disguise
I'll still know you
Look into my private eyes..."

Isn't that cute?

Found these in my emails today.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Taylor Hicks Needs Some Time, No Doctors

Taylor Hicks in yet another video from that night at Marty's, this time he's telling the world he needs "no doctor". Taken from what I'm dubbing "the Marty-Files", another video shot by Claudia, Taylor Hicks fan and apparent videographer-at-large.

Taylor Hicks, as evidenced in the Marty-Files, the man is working a new look. Perhaps a remnant from his vacation in the Gulf? I'm likin' it.
"No Doctor"

video brought to us by clo59

Considering the original musical, "Grease", was set in 1959 and Hicks rocking that new goatee, I set out to review men's hairstyles in the fifties. Look a magazine popular during that time period (have a few copies in storage), proclaimed the Van Dyck, now spelled Vandyke the most popular in men's beard styles. The 'roots' of this facial hair fashion statement reach way back to the Beatnik days. It seems that jazzman, Dizzy Gillespie, is credited for starting the style. Gillespie wasn't referred to as the Clown Prince of Jazz for nothing - when asked about the beard style he said it gave his lips strength - as in the story of Samson. The Vandyke, also known as a goatee, became a statement of the more artistic minded men of the times. So, is the facial hair adding extra oomph to Taylor's mouth-harp playing?

Man, here's a thought, (no password required to read my meandering thought processes) it would be quite cool to have the touring Teen Angel a Vandyke sporting, finger snapping, harmonica playing Cool Cat kind of Angel.

My next topic is now rather old news (I've been busy with real life lately) since it has been circulating the internet for the past week - Taylor Hicks has committed himself to releasing his next original material album, coming to a store near you in February 2009. Hicks announced he will be working with famed producer Simon Climie. This guy's worked with Santana, Eric Clapton and Faith Hill to name just a few slightly notable artists. Following that topic, on Climie's official website under 'future projects', Taylor's name has not been amended to the list - yet. That said, in this week's follow up interviews with Taylor, regarding this topic, he mentions traveling to Nice, France to work with Climie to complete the CD.

Now, this time line will be quite tight; it's currently October 12th and the new national "Grease" tour is set to roll out the first days of December. Realistically that's only fifty-one days until the tour kicks off. Granted Taylor is going to have the occasional days off intermittently, during the run of the production - still, this seemingly a tight time squeeze considering that February 10th a mere four months future.

Perhaps the flight to Nice enters some sort of Time Warp. I'm game. It's just a jump to the left.


Thursday, October 09, 2008

Grease: It's a Vehicle Baby!

Taylor Hicks in the FOX 6 interview, what have I been saying?
Very smart play, Taylor.
"Vehicle" Ides of March

Life is a Highway, Mr. Hicks has saddled up.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Taylor Hicks, Gypsy Sun and Hey... Its Your Birthday!

Taylor Hicks is back from his holiday - back in B'Ham, that is. Taylor joins Gypsy Sun at an old hang out, Marty's Bar, Birmingham, AL on October 5th; two days before his birthday.

video c/o clo59
Video is cool for the black and white, but I wish the audio was better. Taylor, man, I'm really liking what you did with these guys.

It's Taylor Hicks' birthday today, cheers and beers all around! In honor of my favorite spazzman, a few birthday tunes.
"Happy Birthday" Beatles, rare version:

And last but best, one spaztastic soulman to another, Joe Cocker sings a song:

brilliantly created by jakepride

Guess what has been confirmed today? Taylor Hicks is indeed signed sealed and to deliver that new album February of 2009. Taylor Hicks cuts new deal with Artists To Market, an independent artist services company. Taylor Hicks is working with producer Simon Climie, who worked in the past with the likes of Carlos Santana (how I love and adore Santana). Mr Hicks is quoted as saying,
"In this digital age, when artists can connect more directly with audiences, this is a partnership that makes a lot of sense," says Hicks. "I'm very much enjoying being in the studio with Simon working on the new album and look forward to releasing it through A2M early next year."

A Happy Birthday, indeed, Taylor Hicks.
Time for some old school Celebration: