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Taylor Hicks: Daryl’s & The Flying Monkey

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June 16, 2016: Daryl’s House Club, Pawling, New York 


Opening his New England tour last week with stops at Daryl’s House Club in New York and The Flying Monkey Performance Center in New Hampshire, Taylor Hicks, along with Brian Less and special guests Jamie McLean and Joshua Logan, performed two memorable acoustic sets to large, enthusiastic audiences.


Brian Less

Jamie McLean got the music started with his solo performance, infusing his new music with his well known originals before joining Taylor’s headlining set.  His guitar virtuosity added depth to the headlining set especially on his ‘In The Ghetto’ solo.


Jamie McLean

What made this show different?  Taylor mixes new songs and covers with his familiar set list but it is his talking and reflecting in between songs on his life since winning Idol that enriches the experience. His story telling centers on the songwriting he has done with some of the best, most prolific and happy songwriters in the industry.

Taylor’s new travel and food show ‘State Plate’ on INSP TV has started filming around the country and with it comes a new and different litany of stories from the road. If you have ideas for an interesting food experience, Taylor said he wants to hear it. You never know. You might be part of the Story Teller Tour.


Taylor Hicks

June 17, 2016: The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center, Plymouth, NH

The Flying Monkey is a little jewel of a theatre in historic Plymouth, New Hampshire. Taylor invited season 5 finalist Josh Logan to open. Josh’s voice is strong and his guitar playing unique. He played original music and covered soul artists, including Justin Timberlake. He said he was so glad to see Taylor, a brother in soul music, win Idol. Being a local favorite encouraged the audience and his performance made him new fans.


Josh Logan


Brian Less and Taylor Hicks

The set list came with twists and familiar turns. Songs were added on the fly. Bob Seger’s ‘Main Street’, done acoustically, was a spur of the moment addition. The music ebbed and flowed over the hour and a half Taylor and Brian were on stage with love ballads sung tenderly and road songs sung with vigor.


The ‘take ’em to church moment’ came at the encore. With Taylor singing and Brian on keyboard, the audience joined en masse to sing the chorus to Bill Withers’ ‘Lean on Me’. The duo disappeared backstage as the audience walked from their seats humming, ‘we all need somebody to lean on’ all the way to the lobby. Catch a show on the tour that extends through December. By then, the new stories will be interwoven into the music and hopefully someone, somewhere, is writing a song about the road travelled.


Next up: June 24th in Natick, MA; June 25th in Boothbay Harbor, ME; July 8 in Rutland, VT; July 9 in Old Saybrook, CT.

Taylor Hicks: Mixin’ It Up This Summer

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From New York to New Hampshire, Michigan to Maine, Taylor Hicks will be mixin’ it all up this summer! Between traveling across the country with pianist Brian Less and various musical special guests, filming his new TV show, ‘State Plate’, for INSP TV and dusting off and performing music from his personal vault, Taylor will be bringing his variety of skills to theaters and film sets from shore to shore.

Here is a preview of what’s currently in the mix for Taylor and his fans as he travels in June and July for seven shows on the #StoryTellerTour. And, who knows? You might get a singing chef in a town near you!

For additional info and dates, check out Taylor’s official site


Saturday, June 11*: Flat Rock Summer Blast Headliner, Flat Rock, Michigan 9:30 PM

*This is a free concert! Michigan! It’s your turn for a night of soul and country blues.

Flat Rock Summer Blast and River Fest 

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Thursday, June 16*: Daryl’s House Club, Pawling, NY with special guest Jamie McLean Band (Jamie solo at 7 pm; Jamie joins Taylor’s set approximately 8 PM)

Daryl’s House Club *General admission tickets still available at the link.

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Jamie McLean Band

Jamie McLean

©Photo by Louise Uznanski

What a musical treat it will be to see Taylor, Brian and Jamie reunited at Daryl’s House, a venue owned by musical icon Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates fame.


Friday, June 17*: The Flying Monkey Performance Center, Plymouth, NH, with opener Josh Logan (from The Voice) 7 PM

The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center *Tickets still available at the link.


Opening for Taylor will be a star from season 5 of NBC’s’The Voice’,  Josh Logan.


Friday, June 24*: Center for the Arts, Natick, MA. with alt-country recording artist Sarah Borges opening at 7 PM.

Center for the Arts Natick *Orchestra tickets still available at the link.

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Sarah Borges

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Perhaps the fans will be treated to a duet with Sarah joining Taylor onstage. Her alternate rock and country vibe might blend well with the jazzy/blues renderings from the soul man.


Saturday, June 25*: The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, Maine 7 PM

To date there is no opener listed for this show.

The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor * General admission tickets available at the link.

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How long has it been since Taylor traveled  to the shores of Maine for a night of music followed by the treats of Maine? Lobster, anyone?

Friday, July 8: Taylor Hicks at Downtown Rutland, Rutland, VT. 8:30 pm 

Downtown at Rutland, VT Facebook page

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Taylor will be performing at this outdoor, free, concert in conjunction with the ‘Downtown in Rutland’ concert series.

Saturday, July 9*: The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook, CT 8 PM

The Kate * Tickets still available at the link


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The beautiful performing arts center named after local movie star and theater icon Katharine Hepburn will be a perfect setting for an intimate night of music.

That’s a wrap for June and July on the Taylor Hicks #StoryTellerTour. Time to get out and mix it up on the road with Taylor this summer!


Brian Less Photo ©Louise Uznanski









Review: The Gossip Table Returns to VH1 with Cheeky Good Humor

gossip table 4by Holley Dey

TELEVISION:  Review::  The Gossip Table, airing weekdays 9:30 a.m. ET on VH1

No sooner had Marianne bemoaned the single life than colleague Chloe Melas announced her own recent engagement.  For a fleeting  moment, the disconcerted look on Ms. Garvey’s face and satisfied expression on Chloe’s belonged to sisters or close girlfriends rather than industry pros.  But then again, the five men and women seated at The Gossip Table feel like a modern day family come together for the holiday.  They’re excited and excitable; they all talk at once, and each has a pressing story to tell. Read more