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Photo Focus Plus:: Taylor Hicks Covers His Idol

By Louise Uznanski for Ontapblog.  

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Taylor Hicks, Glens Falls, NY

Before Bally’s, and before his current residency at Paris Las Vegas, Taylor Hicks toured the country for long stretches of time in a Prevost bus.  One of those May 2011 road shows stands out for me.  Taylor covered a song by Irish singer-songwriter and musician Van Morrison, and at the end of the performance had a story to tell.  He recalled a scheduled appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly, and why his performance was canceled.  Watch to the end of the video below to hear Taylor share the story of being ‘bumped’ for his idol, Van Morrison.

As a fan who was fortunate enough to have tickets for Regis and Kelly that day, I will long remember the look on Taylor’s face as he watched his ultimate idol sing “Brown Eyed Girl”.  Taylor’s performance of “What’s Right Is Right” was then taped; Van Morrison and band watched from the wings.  How lucky was I to see both of these events, a television show and concert connected by Taylor Hicks’ passion for the blues and the music of Van Morrison?  The Glens Falls, New York show took place two years ago this month.  Taylor performed the following acoustic rendition of Van Morrison’s “Rough God Goes Riding”.  It remains a favorite.

28 Comments Post a comment
  1. charlotte davis #

    Love anything Taylor Hicks does…such a great singer and human being….Heart and Soul…

    May 16, 2013
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks for your comment, Charlotte! We love this Van Morrison cover, performed with heart and soul. 🙂

      May 16, 2013
  2. That concert and that particular song are in rotation with Taylor’s original music and the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis constantly for me. You have no idea how grateful I am that Louise recorded that video. 🙂

    May 16, 2013
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, tishtx! This video is one of our favorites as well, and we hope that Louise will have the opportunity to capture another performance soon!

      May 16, 2013
  3. Tammy Krebs #

    absolutely wonderful! I am a huge Van Morrison fan and this story was and video was wonderful. Louise, Thank you as always for all the work you do to keep us wanting more! You’re the best! 🙂

    May 16, 2013
    • ontapblog #

      Ah, you’re so nice, Tammy! Both the TV taping and Glens Falls show were special times that I feel so lucky to have enjoyed, and it’s my pleasure to share with other fans. Thanks again!

      May 16, 2013
  4. Somehow I have never seen this! It is so great! Why is he not doing this every night in Vegas? Thanks for posting this Louise…..love it.

    May 16, 2013
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, Connie, and great idea! He might just have to make those Vegas shows a little longer…. 🙂

      May 16, 2013
  5. Taylor is the absolute best and that saxophone player is pretty good too! Thanks Louise!

    May 16, 2013
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks for reading, Sharon! The whole band did such a wonderful job that night in Glens Falls. Taylor’s voice really shines against the acoustic accompaniment, and I agree, it’s good to hear Jeff’s sax as well!

      May 16, 2013
  6. Linda T #

    Oh man….I have no words for that video, that performance. Thanks for posting this. It was a much-needed shot in the arm.

    May 16, 2013
    • ontapblog #

      One of my favorite Taylor Hicks performances, for sure. So glad that you enjoyed the video, Linda. Thanks for taking the time to watch!

      May 16, 2013
  7. Vicki minger #

    Never gets stale ty

    May 16, 2013
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Vicki! Yes, this one is a keeper. I’ve watched it over and over myself! Thanks for reading and commenting.

      May 16, 2013
  8. ParleyBlue/Henry #

    One of my most favorite covers by Taylor. He is a genius at work.

    May 16, 2013
    • ontapblog #

      A favorite cover, especially because the performance is just a little different every time it is performed! Thanks, ParleyBlueHenry!

      May 16, 2013
  9. Cathleen Mallett #

    Fer me, I feel yer “The One” to bring quality content back to the music industry.

    May 16, 2013
    • ontapblog #

      Wow, high praise indeed! I know Taylor would be honored. Thanks for reading and commenting, Cathleen!

      May 16, 2013
  10. skate #

    This is one of my favs of Taylor’s performances – and there are many. Love to see Jeff, Brandon and the boys. Wish he would add it to his Las Vegas show!

    May 16, 2013
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, skate! Well, maybe if there are enough requests, the song will be added to the Vegas setlist! Taylor’s voice and this song arrangement are a winning combo for sure.

      May 16, 2013
  11. Gerri Segal #

    I met him in D.C. at a Grease performance….. I was so typically a fan..acted like a fool…he was very nice !! got my picture with him and he signed every darn piece of paper I had..lmao I told him he was cuter in person….. (shaking my head)…what a lame thing to say……..lol

    May 16, 2013
    • ontapblog #

      I think we can all safely say…..we’ve been there. So articulate until it comes to being in front of Taylor. But, it does get easier because he makes it so. And, he IS way cuter in person. Thanks Gerri!

      May 16, 2013
  12. jonibug #

    That may not be “the best show ever” that i’ve seen but it ranks very very close to the top!!! It was certainlly different and in a very GOOD way. Thought many times Taylor was going to fall off that stool but he always managed to keep his balance! Love the search for the right harmonica….and then there were two and one goes in the pocket! LOL Definitely miss Jeff too! Last, but not least, I’m also very glad you videoed that one in HD. As much as I love the Vegas shows….shows like Glens Falls are unforgettable!

    May 17, 2013
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, jonibug! The show ranks highly because it was all acoustic. What a great show to see from Taylor after seeing so many hard driving, animated shows. The little things that you see when you watch a video over and over really make what’s truly great about seeing Taylor. The Vegas shows are so up close and intimate it’s hard to compare them to a concert venue but media really does equalize the experience. I think we can agree that with Taylor, it’s all good!

      May 17, 2013
  13. timewarpnut #

    I absolutely loved watching this acoustic performance video! Thank you so much! (Taylor sure does feel the music with every fiber of his body, doesn’t he?)

    May 17, 2013
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you so much, twn. We loved the acoustic show. Such a treat. Taylor is the supreme emoting machine on stage!

      May 17, 2013
  14. Gr8fulheart #

    Only have one comment: That Man is Mesmerising! ♥

    May 18, 2013
    • ontapblog #

      One comment is enough especially when it’s right on the money! Thanks Gr8fl!

      May 18, 2013

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