This post, including all audio and video supplements, is graciously contributed by Bonnie.
It took two flights followed by a two hour drive to get there, but the music made it all worthwhile. Hard driving and high energy, the show at Sequim, Washington was my favorite of the late summer Taylor Hicks national tour.
The line began to form at the door two hours before the scheduled start time. The audience was mixed; men, women, older, younger, devoted fans, new recruits, they were all there. One woman who had admired Hicks on a certain television show, but had never seen him in concert, was very excited, and near tears at the prospect of finally seeing him live.
It’s hard to meet expectations when anticipation is so high, but the show at 7 Cedars Casino hit the mark. For me, it was the most energetic and interactive of the summer’s shows. Taylor’s six piece backing band included longtime college friend and musician Wynn Christian. The onstage interaction between Hicks and Christian alone was worth the price of admission.
Taylor Hicks band show opener “Love the One You’re With
Wynn provided stellar support on lead guitar with featured solos on songs including “Hold on to your Love”. Wynn also contributed vocal support. When “Seven Mile Breakdown” was introduced, Wynn was credited as the songwriter and invited to take the lead vocal on the song. However, the show’s star couldn’t help but sing along. Catching himself, Hicks was then observed lip synching during Wynn’s performance. Go ahead, Taylor, belt it out!
Taylor Hicks band with Hold onto Your Love
Taylor’s vocals were strong and enthusiastic at this show, nicely showcased on the original song “What’s Right Is Right” and during a heartfelt performance of “Maybe You Should”. The show was fun, and the interaction with the audience was priceless. During the encore performance of the La Roux hit “Bulletproof”, the audience spontaneously headed to the front to sing and dance the night away. Hicks was forced to move cautiously as a few unmentionables were tossed onto the stage, complete with lace trim.
Following the show, the line to meet Mr. Hicks included a majority of the audience. The show ended at about 9:30 p.m.; autographs were still being signed as I left the venue at 10:45 p.m. They loved this man and his band, and so did I.
The following is an audio recording of the September 25 show in Sequim. While it cannot fully capture the quality and intensity of the performance, it provides a taste of what the audience enjoyed. I hope you’ll enjoy it, too.