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Taylor Hicks: The Year in Photographs::2011

by Holley Dey, Louise Uznanski, Richard Uznanski

The new year shouts, “Can’t you hear me knocking?’   We hear, we hear, but we’re not ready.  Not until we’ve had one more look and the time to reflect, not until the last picture is posted and the last notes are toasted will we open the door.

                                    Photograph by Paul McLaren

The Jam Cruise 9 version of the Rolling Stones classic found funk band Galactic knocking on the door with special guest Taylor Hicks featured on vocals.  From January 4-9, 2011, the MSC Poesia sailed the seas from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico, populated by an amazing collection of talented musicians and an eager, excited group of fans who had waited the better part of a year for these few days of music and madness.

On his first Cruise as an invited guest, Hicks took full advantage of the opportunity, sitting in with Big Gigantic, Robert Randolph, Maceo Parker and JoJo’s Mardi Gras Band, among others.  Scott Bernstein of Hidden Track blog reported that the harp wielding musician made “…his presence felt across the boat”, both on stage and during shipboard activities including The Gong Show, where Taylor drew upon past experience to comfort passengers whose often hilarious auditions were panned by an exacting panel of musician judges.

Photograph by Louise Uznanski

February 2011 found the Taylor Hicks Band back on the all too familiar road, with concerts scheduled in Florida and Mississippi.  A highlight of the winter tour was the addition of the 1972 classic “Why Can’t We Live Together” to the setlist, with the bandleader on vocals and for the first time, on the Hammond organ.  Hicks’ soulful sound was underscored by limited instrumental support, consisting primarily of simple organ and drum lines.

Photograph by Richard Uznanski

San Marcos, Texas welcomed Taylor Hicks and hundreds of cyclists to the start of the “Don’t Mess with Texas Challenge” on March 28, 2011.  This event was organized by Ride 2 Recovery, a non-profit organization that supports the rehabilitation of wounded veterans through programs that use cycling as the core activity.  A consistent supporter of the U.S. military, Taylor was able to spend time with several of the Challenge participants before performing at the opening night celebration.  Later in the year, Mr. Hicks’ fans would also support Ride 2 Recovery through fundraising that sponsored one rider in the “9-11 American Challenge”, an event that took cyclists from Liberty State Park in view of the World Trade Center site, to the United 93 Memorial and then to the Pentagon.

 Photograph by Lloyd Bishop/NBC Universal


It began as a joke between BFF (for six months) Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert, caught fire as a fundraising effort, and gave rise to an April 1 performance that Rolling Stone named one of the top five covers of 2011.  “Like Rebecca Black’s YouTube kitschfest, this blowout number on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon made its own so-awful-it’s-brilliant magic.  Partying, partying…YEAH!”  “Friday” with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and a surprise appearance by Taylor Hicks – a Late Night winner!  Video here.


Photograph by Louise Uznanski

Fourteen appearances during the month of May carried Taylor Hicks from the deep south to the northeast, then to the far west, and back to the midwestern United States.  Highlights during the month included a performance at City Winery in New York City where the band was joined on stage by musician Jamie McLean on guitar, and where a special label Taylor Hicks cabernet sauvignon was offered for sale.  Proceeds from wine sales in part supported American Red Cross relief efforts in tornado devastated areas of the south and midwest.  The featured photo above was snapped at Charles R. Wood Theatre in Glens Falls, NY where acoustic performances of “Rough God Goes Riding” and “Soul Thing” left the audience begging for more.

The star-studded Bama Rising benefit concert highlighted the magnitude of the need, and then raised over $2 million to fund disaster recovery efforts.  Headlined by supergroup Alabama, the event easily attracted some of Nashville’s most popular recording artists, many of whom had been affected by the spring 2011 tornadoes that ravaged the south.  Appearing on behalf of their home state, Bo Bice, Taylor Hicks, and Ashton Shepherd delivered rousing and heartfelt performances on this night.

Photograph by Scott Paine Photography

The Rocky Mountain State Games welcomed American Idol winner Taylor Hicks to the July 29 opening ceremony in Colorado Springs World Arena where the entertainer performed for thousands of athletes and their supporters.  A multi sport festival that includes amateurs of all  ages and abilities, the 10th anniversary Games offered competition in 33 sports over two weekends with over 7,000 athletes participating.


Photograph by Richard Uznanski

His August performance schedule included the Telluride Jazz Celebration where Taylor Hicks and the Little Memphis Blues Orchestra headlined the Saturday evening entertainment, opening with “Compared to What”. The sound of the cowbell penetrated the crisp mountain air, announcing to the crowd that it was time to rock.  Joined on stage by Lisa Haley,  “Seven Mile Breakdown” added an unexpected and riveting  fiddle-harp duel that had the performers and crowd jumping for joy.  Live streamed by the festival organizers, the performance drew an enthusiastic online audience who watched and enjoyed the set as it happened.  Video remains available here.


Photograph by Louise Uznanski

The frequent flyer miles continued to accumulate in September as Hicks made trips to both coasts, and spots between.  On September 11 his second consecutive appearance at the Life Changing Lives Gala included a crowd pleasing rendition of “With a Little Help from My Friends” that also featured former Idol contestants Lee DeWyze and Michael Johns.  Video of that performance was made available in Taylor’s popular “Riding Shotgun” series here.  Shows in Alabama and Texas were followed by a guest appearance at the Brooklyn Bowl where Taylor joined John Popper and the Jamie McLean Band for a performance of “Fortunate Son” that included a breathtaking (literally) harmonica duet.

Photograph by Peyton Hoge via Taylor Hicks

The month of October found the singer/songwriter at home in Nashville where work on a new album began in earnest.  Expected in early 2012, the new music has been described as “country soul”.  Longtime mentor Keb’ Mo’ will contribute to the project; numerous songwriting collaborations have included some of Nashville’s most talented writers.

Photograph via Paula Deen

Celebrity chef Paula Deen makes her home in Savannah, Georgia where the “Best Dishes” television show is filmed in her kitchen studio.  A future episode of the show will feature the culinary skills of Taylor Hicks, who joined Ms. Deen in November to tape a segment on crawfish rolls.  The delectable rolls are a specialty of ORE Drink & Dine, the Birmingham restaurant co-owned by Mr. Hicks.  Opened in April 2011, the upscale neighborhood eatery offers fresh local ingredients, live music, and drop-in visits from its famous owner.

Photograph via Taylor Hicks

Again in 2011, Taylor Hicks offered his support to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.  At the campaign kick-off, Taylor joined the governor of Alabama to encourage holiday donations to families in need.  Later in December, the price of admission to a benefit show held at ORE Drink & Dine was an unwrapped toy.  The standing room only crowd that packed the dining room enjoyed more than two hours of good music and good cheer with their hometown favorite.

There was music shared in 2011; new people and places were introduced to the scope of Taylor Hicks’ musical talent.  There was diversification; who knew that the singer/songwriter could cook both on and off the stage?  There was continued support of his southern home base with charity extended to those who needed it most. 

For 2012, we wish Mr. Hicks good health, good friends, and the satisfaction that comes with knowing a job has been well done.  We thank him sincerely for the music and good times that he brought us this year, and look forward with great anticipation to the soulful new music he has planned for 2012.  Most of all, we thank him for being “good people”.  It matters.  Cheers!

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Please enjoy the following newly released 2011 photographs of a musician at work.   A small bonus is available to those who stay to the end of the photo set; a video capture of Taylor Hicks’ encore acoustic performance of “The Fall” at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, February 2011 is addended!

An unexpected and beautiful encore version of “The Fall” caught on cellphone, and shared by Louise Uznanski.

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91 Comments Post a comment
  1. As the years pass, the Soul Patrol continues to show its dedication to Taylor by maintaining web sites that honor him. This site has done so well in illustrating Taylor’s adventures in 2011. Here’s hoping that 2012 brings more music , more happenings , and more events for us all to savor.
    Thanks for a job well done.

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, cath. Taylor has been an inspiration with his dedication to music and charitable events this year. We were inspired to show Taylor’s accomplishments in 2011 and we are anxiously anticipating 2012 and all of the adventures to come.

      December 29, 2011
  2. tishtx #

    Thanks for all the wonderful pictures and memories from Taylor’s year. You got it right, he is “good people”. 🙂

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, tish. Taylor is good people in many ways. Five years later he is still making music and touching lives. You have to be ‘good people’ to be able to do both as well as Taylor Hicks does.

      December 29, 2011
  3. Thank you for the year in review 2011 of Taylor, the pictures are wonderful, again thanks for sharing!:)

    JI

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, JI. We are excited about the journey Taylor took us on in 2011 and look forward to sharing more in 2012.

      December 29, 2011
  4. mrshicks #

    wow! love them lou! =] thank u

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks mrsh! We’re glad you enjoyed the timeline and photos. Look forward to more in 2012 from Taylor Hicks!

      December 29, 2011
  5. Linda T #

    “Beautiful” seems like too meager a word to sum up this photo essay, but I think it’s the best I got within the limits of the English language. Really wonderful, thought-out descriptions, and if I had a nickel for every time I said “oh” or “wow” or “holy crap” at the pictures, I may never have to work again! Thanks again to Louise, Richard and Holley for bringing us this labor of love, and to Taylor for continually bringing the passion for the music. I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks again Linda. The words and the photos are our way of reliving the adventures of the past year. Taylor and his band made it a year to remember! 2012, hurry and get here.

      December 29, 2011
  6. I really like Richard’s black and white photo where Taylor is wearing a “Taylor” t-shirt. Do you remember which concert it was taken at?

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, tish. From the looks of the background, it’s Bull Run Restaurant in Massachusetts. His other shirt was the same color as the background so when he came out in the t-shirt there was more contrast. Great show to a sold out venue!!!

      December 29, 2011
      • tishtx #

        Thanks for the info. I knew it wasn’t one of the venues I was able to attend but just couldn’t place it. I’m glad Tayor tweeted the link or I wouldn’t have seen your answer. 🙂

        January 4, 2012
  7. jonibug #

    Wonderful photos (as usual), perfect summation of Taylor’s (and our) journey thru 2011, and I join everyone who is looking forward to what he will bring to us in 2012. Happy New Year to Taylor and all his fans!

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Joanie. I know it’s going to be a great year for Taylor and his fans! Win-win!

      December 29, 2011
  8. Beautiful pics! Great blog. 🙂 Looking forward to hearing new music in 2012.

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, pf. We’ll be here with you to see and hear new music from Taylor in 2012. Thanks again!

      December 29, 2011
  9. OBG #

    Well done as usual-thanks for all you do!!!

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Our pleasure!

      December 29, 2011
  10. wings #

    So lovely! Pictures are beautiful! Thank you so much for this!!!!!

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, wings. Can’t wait for 2012!

      December 29, 2011
  11. Awesome Photos!

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. Much appreciated!

      December 29, 2011
  12. these are some of the most beautiful pictures of Taylor to date. This has been an amazing year for Taylor and the Soul Patrol. Thank you to everyone who captured Taylor in his purest form.

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Aww, thank you so much for the kind comments, Denise. I agree. A great year for Taylor and for his fans. Can he top 2011? I believe he can and will!

      December 29, 2011
  13. Lovely photographs! Thanks so much to Holley, Louise and Richard for always sharing their excellent media with us.

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Diane, for reading and commenting. We’re glad you have enjoyed the photos. It took almost a year to get that video from my phone. I’m so out of it when it comes to my cellphone. Thanks again.

      December 29, 2011
  14. RagsQueen #

    Great pictures! There’s one up there where is about to “pop” out of the picture! Louise and Richard are so talented with their cameras! Nice way to end the year

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, RQ. The end of another great year for Taylor and for us. We have enjoyed a lot of shows together and it’s going to be more of the same. We’re ready! On to 2012!

      December 29, 2011
  15. Louise and Richard — the dynamic duo did a fantastic job on the photos and commentary. Thanks for all you do with your “spare” time. Happy New Year and happy trails to you! 😀

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Julie. Wish I had more spare time to take more photos. Maybe in 2012! Didn’t Holley do a spectacular job on the descriptions?? Thanks again.

      December 29, 2011
  16. Samz #

    Thanks for all the beautiful photos. Can anyone tell me which venues each of the “newly released” photos are from? Thanks!

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you for asking, and I apologize for the late reply! I will be editing the blog to include the venue site for the newer photographs over the weekend. Thanks for reading, Samz, and thank you for your patience!

      December 30, 2011
      • Samz #

        Thank you so much for your efforts! I really appreciate all you did to try to get answers for me!

        January 2, 2012
  17. Linda #

    great pictures and nice wrap up for 2011 Thanks Louise and Richard

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you so much, LInda. 2011 was a good year to do a wrap up for!

      December 29, 2011
      • miller #

        Didnt get to see taylor this year..thanks for posting this..nice work!

        January 3, 2012
  18. Pat P #

    Thank you for the magnificent pictoral/blog about an accomplished and generous muscian. I truly enjoyed it and appreciate all that you do for Taylor and his fanbase!!

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Pat. Taylor is a generous soul with a great talent to match. Thanks again!

      December 29, 2011
  19. Love all the photos – very well done. Thank to all of you.

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, Mary! We’re glad you liked the work. We appreciate all of our readers!

      December 29, 2011
  20. san_tthc #

    Thanks for the beautiful review! Photos are stunning as always! Your thanks for being “good people” is so appropriate. And it DOES matter!

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, san_tthc! Taylor’s consistent involvement in charity and community work sets him apart; I agree.

      December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks and cheers, san! We are so glad to have you read and enjoy. Happy New Year!

      December 29, 2011
  21. Gr8fulheart #

    Amazing as always. Thanx for bringing your hard work here for us to enjoy. And~The Fall: ALWAYs brings me to tears♥

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Amazing how that song still resonates after so many years, isn’t it? Glad you enjoyed the video! Thanks!

      December 29, 2011
  22. Debbie Troxell #

    Beautiful write-up and pictures! The pictures by Richard & Louise were gorgeous! Taylor has had quite a busy year. I look forward to more music from Taylor, and more trips with Family & Friends. Happy New Year! Can’t wait.

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Hope to be writing more of the same at the end of next year about the adventures of Taylor Hicks and his fans. He does bring good people together. Happy New Year to you and yours, Debbie.

      December 29, 2011
  23. chill #

    I love the recap and pictures! Really great, thank you! My PC has a virus, so I’m on my phone, but I will be back to right-click-save. Hopefully, tomorrow. 🙂

    Great job, everyone. Thanks for all you do!

    December 29, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Sorry to hear about your PC. Hope it recovers soon. Thank you for reading and your comments, Chill.

      December 29, 2011
  24. Louise and Richard, Thank you so much for putting the year in review together. Your pictures are stunning and the recap commentary is perfect. Already looking forward to 2012 and the magic you will bring to Taylor’s performances.

    December 30, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, Judy. We agree that 2012 is a year to look forward to. We’re looking forward to new music and travels. Thanks again.

      December 30, 2011
  25. Lee #

    Very very nice!

    December 30, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Lee! Thank you for reading, and Happy New Year!

      December 30, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks so much, Lee. Glad to see you here and thanks for reading. Happy New Year!

      December 31, 2011
  26. Tammy K #

    Absolutely Fabulous!
    Thank you so much Louise! I sincerely appreciate all the hard work and dedication you put into making us smile! you do great work!

    December 30, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Tammy! The memories of 2011 make us smile, too. Here’s to more music in 2012!

      December 30, 2011
  27. Thanks so much for all the photos and the blog……Fantastic!!!

    December 30, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Our pleasure! Thanks for for reading. Happy New Year to you and yours!

      December 30, 2011
  28. Nolamar #

    Enjoyed very much the look back at the year through your first-class photography! You took many beautiful pictures of Taylor’s performances. It was nice to reflect back on the handful of concerts I was able to attend, and to see him in action at those I wasn’t.

    Happy New Year everybody!

    December 31, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Happy New Year, Nolamar! Thanks for all the wonderful photo memories that you shared in 2011 as well! Hope we’ll all be filling memory cards in 2012.

      December 31, 2011
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Nola! We agree that it was a good year for Taylor. He did a lot of unique concerts in many new venues. Hope you are well and Happy New Year to you and yours!

      December 31, 2011
  29. medolark #

    Ditto, ditto and ditto.

    I absolutely love The Fall video. Fitting end to 2011 and a beautiful beginning to 2012. Thanks. Ü

    January 2, 2012
  30. ontapblog #

    Thanks, medolark. We’re looking forward to 2012 and all the new adventures the year has in store for Taylor and for us!

    January 2, 2012
  31. Nice! You are very photogenic. 🙂

    January 3, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you! Taylor is photogenic, agreed. Why do you think that is so?

      January 4, 2012
  32. chill #

    Glad Taylor tweeted the link! Right-click-save, mission accomplished! My computer has been debugged. 🙂 These photos are more amazing the second time around. Good work!!

    January 3, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, chill. Glad to hear your computer is up and running. Sounds like you won’t have any problems catching up with your Right-click-save any more.

      January 4, 2012
  33. skate #

    Amazing photos – some of your best! Shoot, I say that about all your photos! Favorite is the b/w Richard took of Taylor in his t-shirt. Awesome recaps by Holley. I really am pulling for you and Richard to do Taylor’s upcoming album cover!! Now THAT would be a stunner!!

    January 3, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you so much, skate. It has been a terrific year and we have been so fortunate to be able to see some amazing shows by Taylor and his wonderful band. We really do enjoy capturing and writing about the incredible moments Taylor shares with us.

      January 4, 2012
  34. I am always blown away by the time and hard work that must go into your blog. Not many, if any, performers have had fans that do the professional work that Taylors can. Beautiful pictures and a great record of the year.

    January 4, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      In the last five years who would have thought that so many could do so much creatively and we have Taylor and his music to thank for that. He brings out the best in his fans! Thanks, PBH.

      January 4, 2012
  35. Lots of work with beautiful results. Thank you!!!

    January 4, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, again, hickifino. Thanks for reading and commenting. It was indeed a good year.

      January 4, 2012
  36. Awesome Pictures! Richard and Louise, we appreciate all your hard work in capturing our adventures following Taylor on tour.

    January 4, 2012
    • Louise #

      Coder: Thank you for reading and commenting. 2012 is going to be a GOOD, good year!

      January 4, 2012
      • Medolark #

        Every year IS a GREAT yr as a fan of Taylor’s. Ü

        January 4, 2012
  37. Unbelievable pictures! Taylor definitely should use y’all for his next album cover. Yours are SO much better than than the last two. So many great pictures…. hard to pick a favorite. Looking forward to a Taylor filled 2012. Happy 2012 everyone.

    January 4, 2012
    • Louise #

      Hicksaholic: Thank you from all of us for your kind remarkds. No need to pick a favorite because Taylor looks good ALL of the time! Happy New Year!

      January 4, 2012
  38. Great work by all — photographers and “blogerinas” — you guys make a fantastic trio. Plus Taylor’s continued facinating performances keep me returning to enjoy the music.

    Thanks for putting this together.

    January 4, 2012
    • Louise #

      Juliegr: Thank you so much. You’ve coined a new phrase for us in ‘blogerinas’. We love that! Taylor does draw us like flies to honey with each new performance. Here’s hoping for more new music in 2012.

      January 4, 2012
  39. MN Sue #

    This display is a wonderful act of love. I will forever be in awe of your talent and dedication to a fabulous artist.
    Sue

    January 4, 2012
    • Louise #

      Our sincere thanks for your generous comments. Taylor is fabulous, isn’t he?

      January 4, 2012
  40. Great photos, Louise and Richard! You guys take some of the best of Taylor that I’ve seen.

    And a big pat on the back to ontap for putting in so many hours to promote Taylor and keep we fans informed. The only thing you get in return are our comments and thanks. (and an occasional RT by Taylor. lol)

    THANK YOU!

    January 4, 2012
    • Louise #

      Thanks Caryl. We have enjoyed the past year. We have also very much enjoyed your writing about your Taylor adventures in the past year, as well. Thanks again and Happy New Year!

      January 4, 2012
  41. I love the song you wrote when you was 19yrs old. Song: “The Fall” amazing…

    January 4, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      It is a beautiful song, isn’t it, Imano? Glad you enjoyed it!

      January 4, 2012
  42. What a wonderful photo gallery of our favorite soul man, Taylor Hicks. Thanks so much for sharing your work with us. As always, this is beautifully done. I enjoyed it sooo much.

    January 4, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      So glad you enjoyed the recap of the year with Taylor, Barb. He IS the Soul Man!

      January 5, 2012
  43. So beautiful Louise & Richard. Extremely jealous but I am so glad you both share your adventures. I loved this, thanks and Happy New Year! =)

    January 11, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks Tricia. 2011 was a year of adventure we were lucky to be able to see. Looking forward to more shows in the Northeast we can share in 2012.

      January 13, 2012

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