Taylor Hicks: Singin’ Those New Orleans Blues
Photography by Louise Uznanski; Video by Margaret Reilly ©2013 OnTapBlog All rights reserved
After Friday night’s show at Harrah’s, some of the audience found their way to the gambling floor, others looked to the restaurants and nightlife of Bourbon Street to round out the night. Headliner Taylor Hicks found another stage, joining Anders Osborne to “Rock My Nola Soul” at the latter’s 2nd Annual Holiday Spectacular at Tipitina’s. “Who dat?” he called to the crowd, and they responded in kind, “Who dat?!” during a loose, joyful rendition of “Willie Brown Blues” (see video below).
The late night party only served to energize Hicks who returned to the Theatre at Harrah’s New Orleans on Saturday night for the last of three weekend shows. Highlights of the evening included Taylor’s comfortable banter with the audience, his harmonica/organ play, and a riveting performance of Randy Newman’s “Louisiana 1927”. Man’s got those southern blues; he surely does.