Thursday, August 30, 2012

Taylor Hicks Performs at the Republican Convention, Sings "Taking It To The Streets" (Video)

Taylor Hicks Performs at Republican Convention
Less than a week ago, my wife and I enjoyed seeing Taylor Hicks up close and personal, at his last performance in Las Vegas.  That was last Saturday, at the Bally's Hotel on the strip in Las Vegas.

Taylor Hicks was an American Idol winner a couple of years back, beating out Katharine McPhee for the top spot.  He performs as a country/rock singer.

We saw him in a room only large enough for 100 people.  He put on a great performance and I liked his band.  It included a hot saxophone player.  Hicks told of smoking Kool cigarettes with Simon Cowell during commercial breaks on American Idol.  My dad smoked Kools.  They are heavily mentholated and Hicks remembered them with disgust.  In any case, Cowell told him he should really sing Elvis's song "In the Ghetto," and he performed it for us, giving a nice rendition.

I Snapped this Pic of Taylor Hicks Sign at Bally's in Las Vegas
Hicks also sang a song he wrote called "Nineteen," about a young Marine from the South who dies in Iraq. Hicks showed his Southern pride at the end of the song, when he had his Saxophonist pick up a flute and play a line from "Dixie" three times to end the song:

Oh a way down South in the land of cotton
Old times there are not forgotten
Look away!  Look away!  Look away, Dixieland.

I love the song "Dixie," though some consider it controversial, being the anthem of the Confederate States of America.  I knew then that I like Taylor Hicks, even though I voted for McPhee.  I felt a kinship with him:  we are going to celebrate our Southern heritage and if you don't like it, get bent Yankee.

Tonight I was surprised when Taylor Hicks took the stage at the Republican Convention and sang one of his songs for the Republicans.  I assume he must be a Republican or he wouldn't be there.  Now I like him even more.  This time he wasn't wearing jeans and a black leather jacket, but a nice gray suit.  Taylor my man, I'm a fan.  Sorry about that little McPhee misunderstanding.

UPDATE:  Taylor sang his song "Taking It To The Streets."  See his interview and performance in the video below.

30 comments:

medolark said...

I'm glad you've seen the light. Taylor is a born entertainer. AI didn't share anything more than a small glimpse of what this man has to offer.

Stogie Chomper said...

medolark, Taylor gave a great performance, very dynamic. I was tapping my feet and dancing in my seat.

Allison said...

All that matters is that you're a fan now! Taylor has a way of doing that to people!

Stogie Chomper said...

Allison, I was a lukewarm fan before, but a dedicated one now!

juliegr said...

I've been following Taylor's career since I heard him sing "A Time is Gonna Come" on the AI audition in 2006. Knew he'd win and HE DID! He's a wonderful performer, instrumentalist, and supporter of many charities and causes. Glad you and your wife enjoyed the performances at Bally's.

Carol said...

I've been a fan since idol and have traveled all over to his shows - in fact I was in that audience with you last Sat night at Bally's for the most phenomenal concert I've ever seen Taylor do (and that's saying a lot). I was thrilled that he performed at the RNC last night. He's one in a million!

Stogie Chomper said...

Carol, small world! He was great at Bally's. Watching on TV you don't really get the range of his voice, which is quite powerful when heard in person. He seemed like a nice guy too.

Stogie Chomper said...

Thanks for sharing Julie!

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