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BoDeans and Taylor Hicks Prove Fan Favorites at Genesee Theatre: Part 1

Review contributed by Louise Uznanski and Holley Dey. Photography by Louise Uznanski for OnTapBlog.

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Seemed an odd pairing when the show was announced, but on Sunday night at Genesee Theatre the performance bill suddenly made good sense and more importantly, made for good music.

American Idol winner Taylor Hicks opened the show. Perhaps best known for debut single “Do I Make You Proud,” Taylor’s post Idol career has also included lengthy and successful Broadway and Las Vegas runs. Now several years away from his 2006 reality show triumph, Hicks continues to work steadily with an album of new “country soul” music anticipated in 2015.

Legendary rock band the BoDeans headlined the Sunday evening show in Waukegan. The “Closer to Free” hitmakers continue to tour the country nearly thirty years after their smash debut, playing to devoted audiences who know and readily sing back the words. From roots to alternative to mainstream rock and back again, the BoDeans and their music have conquered the test of time. The band’s appropriately named twelfth album, I Can’t Stop, is targeted for a spring 2015 release.

Both Hicks and the Bodeans claim a foundation in American roots music and a sound that represents the fusion of rock, country, soul and blues influences. While the relative contribution of those influences differ between the artists, both careers reflect a dedication to craft that has found the ultimate reward – staying power.

On Sunday the audience stayed as well, and appeared to thoroughly enjoy both music sets. Hicks offered a mix of tunes and a mix of genres from his own catalog and his American Idol run, as well as a few select covers. The audience responded most strongly to a performance of “Nineteen”, the story of a young football player and fallen soldier that Hicks earnestly dedicated to first responders, police and firemen. An emotional, soul-filled rendition of the song prompted an equally heartfelt standing ovation.

Some may have remembered Taylor’s televised performance of Elvis Presley’s “In the Ghetto”. Sunday night the audience was treated to the Simon Cowell backstory that led to the song’s selection, and to a jazzier, updated version of the song. Other standouts from the set included a clap-along performance of Timmy Thomas’ “Why Can’t We Live Together”, the mid tempo opener “Country Living”, and roadhouse rocker “Seven Mile Breakdown” that featured a silky smooth solo from in-demand Nashville guitarist Guthrie Trapp.

He sang with soul and played his trademark harmonica, but Hicks also showed his skill at the organ, on guitar and tambourine, surprising many. At intermission the audience poured into the lobby where “so unexpected”, “such a good voice” and “he can play that harp” were among the comments overheard. The Idol winner and band proved a fine complement to the strong musicianship of the Bodeans.

A gallery of photos from the opening set is found below. Review and photographs of the Bodeans’ headlining performance in Waukegan, Illinois will follow shortly.

Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Photo by Louise Uznanski

Photo by Louise Uznanski

Guitarist Guthrie Trapp

Guitarist Guthrie Trapp

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Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks Photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks Photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

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Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks and Band photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks and Band photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Guthrie Trapp and Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Guthrie Trapp and Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Taylor Hicks photo by Louise Uznanski

Photo by Louise Uznanski

Photo by Louise Uznanski

Coming up next! Part 2, The BoDeans! 

Link to Part 2 featuring headliner BoDeans.

30 Comments Post a comment
  1. Debbie Troxell #

    Great write-up Louise, & Holley. So happy to read your review & hear about the great response from the audience. Beautiful pictures, too, of course, from Louise! Hope to see you both soon at a concert! It’s been a long time. Happy for Taylor!

    December 30, 2014
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Debbie. Both Taylor and the BoDeans put on a fabulous show. Really a great night of performances. Thanks again for reading and commenting. Happy New Year!

      December 30, 2014
  2. Looks like 2 guitar players (unless one is playing the bass)? Any idea, besides Guthrie Trapp & Matt Wiley on keys, who the drummer and other guitar player are?

    December 30, 2014
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, sweetsmoke1. Yes, Guthrie Trapp was the lead guitarist. The other guitar was a bass but the artist’s name was not mentioned during the show and no one could tell me his name. If you find out, please let us know so we can add his name. Thanks again.

      December 30, 2014
  3. Pattie #

    So great to see this!! Beautiful pics and glad you were there to represent!!! Thanks!!

    December 30, 2014
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, Pattie. It was great to finally be able to see Taylor in 2014. The BoDeans feature is coming up soon. BTW: They were fantastic! So much fun to be part of their show. Thanks again and Happy New Year!

      December 30, 2014
  4. Clarice Kinzer #

    Thanks Louise and Holley I appreciate you sharing the evening and pics with us. It seems as though the shows are few and far between. I miss the tours and of course…..new music. Hopefully in 2015. Ü

    December 30, 2014
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Clarice. So glad to be able to attend this show. 2015 will bring new music. We’re patient but we’re ready and believe Taylor is ready to deliver. Happy New Year!

      December 30, 2014
  5. Judy Morton #

    Wow! Blown away by your pictures Louise. The review and pictures are fantastic. Can’t wait for 2015! Love the dark blue shirt. So glad to hear great audience responses.

    December 30, 2014
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you so much, Judy. I haven’t seen Taylor since New Orleans in Dec. 2013 so I was happy to have been able to go to this show. The outfit was all blue and stylish. Nashville is wearing off on him. The audience took to him immediately. So happy for Taylor. Happy New Year to you and Dave. The BoDeans feature is coming up soon. They are fantastic!!

      December 30, 2014
  6. Linda #

    AlWays great pictures and write up. Thanks Louise

    December 30, 2014
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Linda. A pleasure to do. Happy New Year and thanks for reading and commenting. Looking forward to more of Taylor in 2015.

      December 30, 2014
  7. timewarpnut #

    SO happy you were there to experience this combined show! Terrific review and fantastic photos, as always!

    December 30, 2014
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks so much, timewarpnut. I was really fortunate to see two great but very different shows. Thanks again for reading and the comment. Happy New Year!

      December 30, 2014
  8. mouser #

    Am hoping for a stellar 2015 from Taylor . It is time for a resurgence and he is just the musician who can do it . PS. Pics are great.

    December 31, 2014
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks for reading and commenting, mouser. So nice to hear from you. Agreed it’s Taylor’s year. He has the right pieces in place with new management, etc., and now we wait to hear what he has. Confident that it will be great. Thanks again and Happy New Year.

      December 31, 2014
  9. Tammy #

    Louise, you always take the most intriguing, fun filled photos. For those of us who cant be there, this is truly a treat. Thanks for the recap of the show! Happy New Year!

    December 31, 2014
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, Tammy. I appreciate the kind words. Taylor had a lot of fun on the stage so I felt lucky to have been there to capture some of it. Here’s to a prosperous 2015. Happy New Year!

      December 31, 2014
  10. tishtx #

    You really captured Taylor’s unique style of music with your photos Louise. I’m so glad you were able to attend the concert. It’s good to hear that the BoDean’s fans enjoyed Taylor. I am looking forward to the 2 part of the article about their music. Believe it or not there is a lady that works with me that actually knew who the BoDeans are and said they were great musicians. I think 2015 will be a great year for Taylor’s fans. 🙂

    December 31, 2014
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, Tish and Happy New Year! The BoDeans fans did enjoy Taylor from the very start which warmed my heart. The band has been on the road and recording for many years but I’m just discovering them now and I’m glad I did! I agree about 2015 being a good year for Taylor and his fans. Thanks again.

      December 31, 2014
      • ontapblog #

        PS: I am so impressed with the management teams who combined these two bands for a great night of music. It was brilliant scheduling this so that all the fans who hear great music. Even though the styles were somewhat different, there were more similarities than one might expect.

        December 31, 2014
  11. azure (Kathy) #

    Louise and Holley – I always love reading your reviews (actually, I enjoy reading anything you write). Of course, the wonderful pictures speak for themselves! Here’s hoping 2015 is a spectacular one for Taylor and his fans. Whatever he does, I look forward to reading what you two have to say about it! Happy New Year!

    December 31, 2014
    • ontapblog #

      Kathy, you are so very kind! Thank you for your generous words and support. It’s a pleasure to photograph and write about events as enjoyable as this one. Hope to share much good music with you in 2015. Happy New Year!

      December 31, 2014
  12. jonibug #

    What can I say that hasn’t already been said??? Been a long time between sets of great photos so these really filled a void! Like everyone else I’m hoping that 2015 is a super year for music, pictures and road trips for all of us “Taylor starved fans”!!! Great job, as always, gals! And, as I said elsewhere in a comment about this…..blue is definitely my favorite color! 😉

    December 31, 2014
    • ontapblog #

      Well, thank you Joanie for reading and commenting. After so much time has passed and the prospect of new music looms larger, hoping 2015 brings all of us, including Taylor, a prosperous new year filled with road trips, music and yes, photos. Thanks again. Happy New Year!

      December 31, 2014
  13. RagsQueen #

    Very nice pictures & recap! Sorry I couldn’t be there!

    January 1, 2015
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Mandy, and Happy New Year! Sorry that you missed it, too, but 2015 is looking pretty good for more Taylor Hicks music and concerts. We’re certain to see you on the road again in the new year. Thanks again!

      January 1, 2015
  14. Thank you so much for a great article with amazing photos. 2015 is going to be exciting to follow. Thank you for introducing me to the Bodens too. Taylor’s music is my kind of music and his producer is doing a great job in getting Taylor out there beginning with “Please Come Home for Christmas”. Thank you again and Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all lovers of great music.Taylor and 2015. Yeah!

    January 3, 2015
    • ontapblog #

      Thanks, Mavis. The BoDeans made a new fan out of me and the two shows in Illinois was brilliant scheduling. Looking forward to 2015 for big things for Taylor. He’s on his way with the great Mickey Jack Cones in his corner. Happy New Year!

      January 3, 2015

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