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Connecticut Country Living with Taylor Hicks & the Jamie McLean Band

Taylor Hicks Jamie McLean Band Ridgefield Playhouse OnTapBlog

Blog and all photos/video by Louise Uznanski, Richard Uznanski and Holley Dey.

Taylor Hicks Jamie McLean Band

Twas the night before Ridgefield
And all through the land
All the creatures were buzzing
Taylor’s gone to Las Vegas land.

The band made its way to the stage for the show
Jamie brought Brian, and Ben was in tow
Then rock mixed with country on drums and on bass
We thought we’re in Graceland but no, not the case.

Jamie McLean Band warmed up the crowd to a pitch
Even played a new song called ‘Virginia’, nice and rich
With Brian on skins and Ben on the gold bass
The band played their set readying the crowd for the break.

And then Lil Memphis on keyboards did say
‘Ladies and gentlemen’ here’s the leader called Tay.
In black and silver, he struts on the stage
Ready to thrill with a show for the age.

Pocky Way and The Deal and yes, Gonna Move
And Country Livin’ got us all in the groove
He made a duet with Jamie and the band
Poor guy keeps breaking down at the 7 mile spot
But, Keep on Smilin’ got him right back on top.

So, we drive and we fly and we meet on the night
We stand in line to get a spot that’s just right.
Taylor and Jamie brought their rock to the stage
While visions of Vegas played in our head.

Til the next big show on the hot Vegas strip
Where Taylor turns the Indigo into his crib
If he does for Bally’s what he did for Broadway
There will be no stopping this man we call Tay.

Thanks to Jamie McLean Band members Jamie McLean, Brian Griffin and Ben Mars for their rousing great rock and roll tinged with country and soul at Ridgefield Playhouse.

And a special thanks to Taylor’s band Lillmbo, Brian Less and Jeff Lopez. Always great to see Lil Memphis and Spiritual Sax on stage.

The following is a video comprised of photos taken by Holley Dey, Louise Uznanski and Richard Uznanski set to the excellent audio of ‘Country Living’ recorded and graciously provided by Jonibug.

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Note: If the video ‘hiccups’, click on pause, wait a minute or so for the video to load into the buffer, then click play.

31 Comments Post a comment
  1. juliegr #

    Good job on mixing photos and audio. You guys are amazing! Loving Country Living the more I hear it! Thanks

    May 1, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, Julie. The audio is especially nice as a backdrop for two great voices.

      May 1, 2012
  2. Linda T #

    Another stellar collection of pics, as usual. I love the one of Taylor and Brian at the organ and piano, right about the 2 minute mark. I caught that look between then during the song, and so happy you captured it so beautifully. Clever poem, too!

    Great seeing you guys again in CT. I won’t be able to make it to Vegas this summer, but hope to see you down the road at the next gig closer to home!

    May 1, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      We enjoyed seeing you again, Linda. Always a great show when so many loyal fans are there. We’re hoping for a Fall/Winter tour so get your traveling shoes ready to hit the road. Thanks again!

      May 1, 2012
  3. MN Sue #

    Such a treat for those of us who couldn’t be there! I always look forward to the goodies you bring back.Thank you!

    May 1, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Sorry you missed this one, Sue, but with new music we know there will be more. We enjoy doing this so it’s a win-win: Great music, good people and media to keep the memories alive.

      May 1, 2012
  4. Connie Simpson #

    Beautiful photography…..thanks so much for sharing it with us! It must have been a great concert……..aren’t they all?!!!

    May 1, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Connie. We appreciate your support. It was a great concert and we glad to share since it might be the last show in the East until the new music comes out. Had to strike while the iron was hot! Thanks again.

      May 1, 2012
  5. Excellent audio! The pictures are to die for – as always. Love the one with Taylor and Brian, especially. Thanks for sharing your talents and memories with us. (The poem was terrific!)

    May 1, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Julia! Brian and Taylor really had quite a moment when Taylor left the stage. Or tried to! So glad it was captured. Taylor’s expressions were priceless.

      May 1, 2012
  6. tishtx #

    That was just excellent!! Thanks so much for all your hard work here. I really liked the picture of Taylor and Brian at the end too. Those two have been through a lot together, brothers in the music. 🙂

    May 1, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, Tish. That was quite an episode there with Taylor pulling a credit card out of his back pocket to pay Brian. The look on his face was so cute. Yes, they are musical brothers and we are all the beneficiaries of their great talents.

      May 1, 2012
  7. Pretty pics! Thanks for sharing them with us. Looking forward to Vegas. : )

    May 1, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you. Vegas is going to be exciting for Taylor and for his fans. Looking forward to all the good things coming Taylor’s way.

      May 1, 2012
  8. I’d say this was THE best show I’ve been to!! Thanks so much for the recap!

    May 1, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      So happy to hear that, Tammy! Thanks for reading and commenting. Hope to see you again at a future show. When the new music comes out, we should be looking for a tour soon and that means New England! I hope. 🙂

      May 1, 2012
  9. Pat P #

    Great montage…and so great to hear that song again. I was at the show and it just puts me right back in my seat! Thanks for all that you do for Taylor and his fans…

    May 1, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks Pat. Next show, we have to meet! We’ll need these memories until the new music comes out and Taylor hits the tour road again.

      May 2, 2012
  10. Judy Morton #

    Very nice…putting the new song to the pictures! What a treat. You are all so talented and we appreciate it. Loved it.

    May 1, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Glad you enjoyed, Judy. Jonibug’s audio is awesome and we are proud to be able to mix the media in a new way. Hope to see you all soon! Thanks!

      May 2, 2012
  11. SegerHicks #

    Love it! Wish I could have been there. I need a Taylor fix but until I get one, your wonderful gifts in the form of audio, video, photography and blogs make me smile.

    May 2, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, Andrea. We missed seeing you but I know Taylor has new music and a tour (I hope) on the horizon. Til then, thanks for reading and commenting. We really enjoyed this show!

      May 2, 2012
  12. Debbie Troxell #

    Hi Louise, Richard, & Holley.

    You have outdone yourselves again with the cute poem, gorgeous Pictures of Taylor, Jeff, Brian, & Jamie & Band.

    It was great to see your slide show. It’s the next best thing when you can’t be there! You were all on my mind, wishing I were there.

    Hopefully next show.

    Thanks again for sharing. I’m smiling!

    Debbie Troxell

    May 2, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      We missed seeing you and your family,Debbie but we will see you down the road soon. Thanks for the nice comments. So thankful for reading and commenting. I hope it keeps us going for the long time between now and when the tour for the new CD starts. Thanks again.

      May 2, 2012
  13. jonibug #

    FINALLY getting the time to watch this. Of course, I have been listening to the show non-stop since I got home! 😉 The photos, as always, are superb. Love Taylor against a blue background…well, any color is fine but he just stands out so much more against blue IMO! May I add that the Jamie McLean Band/Taylor Hicks combo is excellent! Hope they join forces again sometime in the future.
    Sure am glad all of you enjoy doing this cause all of us sure enjoy the results! Great to see you there…on to Vegas…made flight reservations tonight!

    May 2, 2012
  14. jonibug #

    One more comment….that black and white shot at the end…..no words good enough to describe it! Thanks!

    May 2, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you so much! And thanks for the excellent audio. Loved every minute of it. Glad you enjoyed because we enjoy the whole experience. The music first, of course, but the media and how photogenic the band is in all of their expressions brings it all home for us. Thanks for watching til the end. Now I have to go back and check that one out again! We’re enjoying Jamie with Taylor. Lots of complimentary potential there that hopefully we’ll see more of. Have a great time in Vegas!!

      May 3, 2012
  15. Thank you for sharing this with all the stuck-at-homers who weren’t at the show. The JM band are really in The Right Place with our Leader and his partners.

    May 3, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Our pleasure. We agree: Jamie McLean Band is quite a find for our soul man. Hope you are able to get out to a show in the future. He HAS to tour after the Vegas run! Thanks, Dianna.

      May 3, 2012
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    May 30, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      I’m sorry you are experiencing difficulty seeing the blog on your phone. I have a Motorola Droid and can see the blog although it is small b/c of the size of the screen. Perhaps it is your carrier? I have Verizon. Your carrier may be able to help you load updates so you can see the blog.

      May 30, 2012

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