Taking a little vaca…

I’ve been on a little vacation to the beach…I’ll be back tomorrow. I saw Will Hoge…again. Awesome!! Until tomorrow, ponder this:

The latest tweet from Will Hoge:

photo for possible corporate sponsors from our Sirius/XM Loft session. Sony? CocaCola? Gibson? Anyone?

I wonder if Taylor could find some corporate sponsors in the same classy understated way that Will Hoge has. 🙂

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103 Responses to “Taking a little vaca…”

  1. LOL. Cute post! My post is a little off topic but I can’t believe the article I just read. AI Ken Warwick actually admitted Lambert’s career was not going too well and that is why they are pimping him on AI this week. Hmmmm is this a good thing or a bad thing for his career? GOOD that he’s back on Idol.. But BAD to have the Executive producer openly state he career is not going too well.?

    This an exerpt from the Entertainment Weekly article.

    AMERICAN IDOL
    APR 12
    2010
    11:33 PM ET

    ‘American Idol’ exclusive: Executive Producer Ken Warwick on helping Adam Lambert
    by Michael Slezak
    Categories: American Idol, News, Reality TV

    Interviewer:
    Okay, so how are you feeling about the show overall? There’s obviously been criticism that season 9 got off to a sleepy start. Do you think having Adam Lambert come in this week is going to shake things up and infuse the show with that added bit of drama that he generally manages to bring to the screen?

    Ken’s answer:
    I sincerely hope so. Because the guy is an incredible talent, and he had an incredible following. And it kind of upsets me that at the moment
    he’s not doing quite as well… [Pauses.] I don’t know what possessed him to do what he did at the AMAs, but he’s still struggling to live it down. And everybody says to me every week, ‘When are you gonna bring back Adam?’ They want to see him as he was. And hopefully we’re gonna do that for him this week, and we can start putting him back firmly where he belongs, as a major star. Because the guy is an incredible talent. He genuinely is. And it kind of breaks my heart to see someone with that much talent struggle a bit. So hopefully we can do back for him as he can do for us.

    ME:
    HIS HEART IS BROKEN??? NOW HE KNOWS HOW WE FEEL ABOUT TAYLOR. TAYLOR SHOULD A MAJOR STAR!!

  2. OMG! In the spring of 07, when Tay wasn’t doing as well as expected, the PTB decided to step up their promo of D and diss Tay on finale night. Meanwhile Tay had represented himself and Idol well and was touring the country on a family friendly promo of his CD. Adam has shown he is vulgar and all about promoting himself. He could be part of the reason that DWTS has been winning the ratings. It has nothing to do with being gay, it has to do with being vulgar. Seems tptb, did not and do not get, that they had a good thing going with a show that allowed the viewers to choose the winner, the one they wished to be a star above the rest of the pack.

  3. casualfan Says:

    I have complete faith that Adam will overcome this and have an incredible career. Many celebs have done far worse than what he’s done but have moved on and found success.

    As far as Taylor goes….according to him and his fans, he’s on top of the world and living his dream so what does it matter if AI promoted him or not? Let it go and move on! Taylor has….

  4. Attention everyone, Taylor will be playing on the grounds of a High school on July 17th!

    http://www.cityofsouthside.com/Default.asp?ID=185

    Wow.

  5. Hi Felicia, see you are spreading the Taylor love. CF, Some fans say he is on top of the world and living his dream and anyone with a shread of common sense, knows he expected more from his win. On a lighter note, the feedback on the EW article is massive, and I had a gay old time browsing the back and forth fighting. AI fans are a breed unto themselves. I have no clue as to why Ken made his comments, but he struck a raw nerve with the Adam fans. The reality is his comments were praising Adam and showing that tptb expected him to be all over the radio and selling vast numbers, and they think he will help them tonight in the ratings and they will help Adam. They did not help Taylor and tried to hurt him. I think that is why the comments from Ken struck a raw nerve with Dee and myself.

  6. casualfan Says:

    I remember not so long ago peeps were trashing Daughtry for performing at those things. Those festivals are small, but they can be loads of fun.

  7. casualfan Says:

    I understand Rosie and it’s all good. Just sayin that it’s way in the past and Taylor has moved on.

  8. casualfan Says:

    Not sure if anyone has seen this, but Elliott is doing his part at the LA Food Bank. Kuddos to the celebs for helping out those in need.

    http://tweetphoto.com/18323371

  9. casualfan Says:

  10. ALSO, I think Ken’s statement illustrates just how out of wack their thinking is about musical artists. They expect to have a best selling artist right from the beginning. They rush them into recording a CD to get it out there and expect their sales to soar. What happened to letting an artist grow and pay their dues on the way to building a fan base. It’s too bad. The music industry was already bad enough but AI just brought it down to a whole new lower level.

  11. spinshack Says:

    It’s why the show’s not doing as well as they think it should be with churning out instant stars, Dee. As you noted Ken Warwick and company seemed to forget about Taylor right after he won and did not immediately shoot thorugh the stratosphere.

    Rose, AI people can be maniacs. lol I know. Girl, I know. Changed my entire life getting caught up with some of them a while back.

    That pic of Will and the product placement is hilarious. hehehe Great f*cking sense of humor.

  12. spinshack Says:

    *through*

  13. casualfan Says:

    AI’s days are numbered. They rode high on the waves of success but now the waters are calming down. The show had an excellent run, introduced us to Taylor and others that I enjoy, but their reign is coming to an end. Will be interesting to see how Simons upcoming talent show measures up.

  14. OT: I just discovered Fairhope Alabama on realtor.com and now know where FH got her name. It looks nice down there near all that water. So Fair, do you live in the fruit and nut section of town? Some realtor said a house was in the fruit and nut section. lol

  15. casualfan Says:

    Southern Alabama is very beautiful and has some of the best music in the state. The “Soul Kitchen” is fantastic and one of T’s little hangouts.

  16. casualfan Says:

    Adam did an awesome job tonight as mentor-as I knew he would. He’s seriously talented and his star shined brightly tonight. Congrats to Adam for a job well done.

    On another note…hope some of T’s fans can get to the festival in July. Those events can be loads of fun and no doubt Taylor will have a blast. It’s keeping his music out there while he shows support for his state. Would love to be there.

  17. Fairhope Says:

    Rosie: The Fruit and Nut Section is nick-named that because all the streets in that area are named after fruits and nuts. It’s one of the more popular areas of town. I actually live south of Fairhope down on Mobile Bay. I live between Mullet Point and Pelican Point. Fairhope is a beautiful, quaint little town right on Mobile Bay. Very artsy…you would like it.

    CF: I saw Amos Lee at the Soul Kitchen. Awesome!

  18. Fairhope Says:

    Someone tell Taylor the house next door to me is for sale and the lot on the other side of me is for sale. Hmmmmm…wonder if we’re running people off???

  19. Fairhope Says:

    CF: I had never heard of Southside, AL. Googled it…it’s at the top of the state. Too far for me to drive!!!

  20. casualfan Says:

    Guess Southside is a tiny little town. I would like to go, but I can’t justify flying all the way to AL for that. Besides, my summer schedule is packed solid with my own events going on.

    I agree about FH being a nice little town. I lived in that area in the mid 80’s and it was growing back then. No doubt Mobile has taken on a whole new look. I worked across the bridge from downtown Mobile in a small town (can’t remember the name of it), but it was a really nice little place…very upscale.

    On another note…I DVR’d AI last night and replayed it back. I really liked all the contestants last night but I seem to favor Lee the best. Crystal is good-has a nice blues rock thing going on, but she’s not my pick to win this thing. AI’s decision to have Adam mentor for Elvis week was perfect.

  21. casualfan Says:

    I really like this guy…he’s a hottie

  22. taylorfan06 Says:

    Sorry cf, but lee is lacking. Dull boy with an average voice. Looks alone aren’t enough for me with this one.

    I actually like Casey, though I doubt he’ll win. He won me over last week on “Jealous Guy”, which was the only decent performance, for me, last week. (Actually the first time i watched the show all the way through.) He really is a great guitar player and, atr this point, i mighrt consider seeing him live, if that’s ever the case after the season. i see him a bit like Tay, in that he would really work a song live using he guitar playing in all it’s glory. He would let the song breathe and work his soulful in his performances choosing the songs that picks himself. He does have something that works for me, at this point anyway. He better choose better fitting songs from here on out if he has a chance to go to the end.

    I don’t know why he chose “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” – it’s a bit too obscure and not even a top 40 hit. Maybe he could have gone with “Big Boss Man” or something else.With so many EP songs, i’m curious why many of the contestants sang what they sang…

    Elvis Week – Round 1 (S5) was waaaay more entertaining than last night’s Round 2. No surprise on that re-hash. If the judges are complaining about the singers sounding”old fashioned”, stop them from singing 50 year old songs! I don’t mind the old songs myself, but the songs choice can really make or break, bottom line.

    I really found it interesting that many comments on the performances were as positive as they were (even from Slimon). I think they’re trying to spin that these so called “singers” are better than they were to create a positive buzz to help in their sagging ratings.

    I mean really, did big mike actually do a good job with “In The Ghetto” ??
    I really believe that most would say no, especially when listening to it side by side with tay’s version. We all know here how great that performance was! Mike should have gone last week. I mean he’s not going to win. Some people i talked to thought it would have been a “race” thing if they hadn’t saved him. Could be. The politics of AI continue….

    Sorry cf, but lee is lacking. Dull boy with an average voice. Looks alone aren’t enough for me with this one.

    I actually like Casey, though I doubt he’ll win. He won me over last week on “Jealous Guy”, which was the only decent performance, for me, last week. (Actually the first time i watched the show all the way through.) He really is a great guitar player and, atr this point, i mighrt consider seeing him live, if that’s ever the case after the season. i see him a bit like Tay, in that he would really work a song live using he guitar playing in all it’s glory. He would let the song breathe and work his soulful in his performances choosing the songs that picks himself. He does have something that works for me, at this point anyway. He better choose better fitting songs from here on out if he has a chance to go to the end.

    I don’t know why he chose “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” – it’s a bit too obscure and not even a top 40 hit. Maybe he could have gone with “Big Boss Man” or something else.With so many EP songs, i’m curious why many of the contestants sang what they sang…

    Elvis Week – Round 1 (S5) was waaaay more entertaining than last night’s Round 2. No surprise on that re-hash. If the judges are complaining about the singers sounding”old fashioned”, stop them from singing 50 year old songs! I don’t mind the old songs myself, but the songs choice can really make or break, bottom line.

    I really found it interesting that many comments on the performances were as positive as they were (even from Slimon). I think they’re trying to spin that these so called “singers” are better than they were to create a positive buzz to help in their sagging ratings.

    And lastly, can randy PLEASE omit the following words from his vocabulary: YO, DUDE, DAWG, BABY, PITCHY, and especially “for me, for you”…. Better yet, can he just stay silent. He’s such a broken record. I would love for him to just speak like an adult. In the ghetto, indeed…

    other than that, i’m loving S9. *walks away laughing*

  23. taylorfan06 Says:

    ooops! sorry about the duplication, btw.
    i wondered why that post was sooooooooooooo long! MY BAD!
    *scratches head*

  24. taylorfan06 Says:

    …so anyway… i was, like, moving a paragraph, and didn’t realize that i had copy and pasted waaaaaaaaaaay toooooooo MUCH! (not to mention the lack of proofreading). i’m like, SOOOOOO embarrassed. Airhead to the third power. all apologies..

  25. taylorfan06 Says:

    To clarify my point comparing Casey to Taylor:

    I can see Casey doing 5-8 minute jams in concert, like Taylor and infuse his soulful blues. He’s a guitar virtuoso who would really show his skills in a live setting (like a Josh Smith). His vocals are good also. And he has an entertainment value.

    I would love for this scenario to be the case since I am so jonesing for a new talent to follow. (In addition to Taylor, you understand).

    In regards to being commercial, I think Casey would be on the same boat as Taylor. It just may not fit in today’s music scene, even though I wish it would. Damn sheep out there. Look outside the box people (stupid pop fans). I think I would buy Casey’s cd if that ever became a reality. Time will tell how it eventually plays out….

    Casey also seems like a cool guy. I like his vibe. I just talked to a friend earlier who feels the same way as me. I was surprised she was high on Casey since the buzz seems to be on others in the competition. Outside the box, yes indeed.

  26. I have to say, CF… that clip of Dancing in the Dark CRACKED ME UP!! I had forgotten how Taylor dragged Paula up to dance and you can just see the emotion on his face as he (over??!?) acts out the lyrics! Cheesy? Oh maybe, but fun?? Most definately!!

    Damn. I must be in a good mood!! I’m not even drunk!!
    Hahahahhahahahhahaha… god, I enjoyed that!!

  27. taylorfan06 Says:

    I would love to hear Adam sing “Sure Fire Winners” tonight on AI. It’s definitely one of the best songs off his cd, next to “Soaked”. Unfortunately, he’ll probably sing WWFM, which i find very so-so. JMO

    A likable chap that Adam is, indeed.

  28. I’m not high on any of them, although I think Crystal is great at what she does. I’m not sure how a Cd by her would sell, but I love that she is different. Katie is not as good a singer as Kat was or as pretty, but I was pleased by her and Crystals song choices. I know the music of Elvis more than I know any artist and the rest of the 9 picked lame song choices, the worst being Andrew with Hound Dog. They are one hell of a lazy bunch. I’m still a fan of Siobhan and Tim is so likeable and ballsy for never letting the judges or the press get to him and he keeps improving. I thought Casey did well last week, but I prefer Elvis rockabilly version of LMC which he did with grit and great sex appeal in his 68 comeback TV special. Casey, Lee, Mike, Aaron and Andrew did not choose songs which could showcase their talent. Little Less Conversation, was not an Elvis hit song, was not well known and was remastered about 6 yrs ago. There are at least 50 Elvis originals or covers that would have been more suitable to the voices of this group. Casey and the rest of this group can’t sell a song or themselves in 90 seconds and that is why the ratings are down. AI used to be about some unkown reaching out and grabbing viewers by the balls with their voice and talents. Now viewers have to reach to find anyone worth while dialing or texting a vote or two for.

  29. Didn’t Clive choose Dancing In The Dark for Taylor? Tay made the most of it, although I wouldn’t have voted for him based just on that song. I think Clive had chosen it for the vacated Daughtry. Wasn’t the F word, thought to have been heard by some from Tay’s lips on the lawn of the Capitol, when he sang DITD?

  30. Sorry, just watched the vid and it was old man Clive. There have been some very talented guys and girls that have been discovered on AI. Fans of each of them seem over the top with their enthusiasm and passion. Thank goodness only Taylor got to me. What a strange event in my life!

  31. taylorfan06 Says:

    Nice commentaries there Rosie.

  32. Well it seems MTV has taken the Crown off Taylor for being the Idol with the lowest selling CD and bestowed that honor on to Kris.

    “And while Adam Lambert’s debut, For Your Entertainment, holds relatively steady at #76 (6,000) — with a likely bump next week, following the “American Idol” season 8 runner-up’s mentoring gig on the show this week — the self-titled bow from the man that beat him, Kris Allen, falls off the charts for the first time since its release in November. At less than 300,000 copies, Kris Allen is officially the lowest-selling debut album from an “Idol” winner in the show’s history.”

  33. hicksaholic Says:

    I’m surprised Taylor is doing a school festival but whatever. I guess it gets his name out there. I know the guy that is head of Bayfest and sent him a message about getting Taylor at Bayfest. He sent me back a message asking if I thought he would be a good draw, that Taylor had expressed an interest in playing Bayfest, that he would consider Taylor. I told him Taylor sold out Beau Rivage and he could get the stats from the casino I was sure. I hope he gets him. Taylor has played Bayfest before I believe but it was as a local act not a main stage event.
    I think Adam has done well but I can understand how frustrating it is to Taylor fans that he was not treated as well. But don’t you think it goes back to the relationship between TPTB and Taylor as far back as the attempt to organize the top 12?
    Fairhope, real estate’s tough right now so your neighbor’s property may sit for a while. It’s a great time of the year to live on the water. It’s been beautiful on Fowl River so far this spring.

  34. hicksaholic Says:

    I really hope Taylor has a few good things either musically or tv or movie related after Grease. For some God forsaken reason, I worry about his career. Being in real estate I need to worry about mine.

  35. taylorfan06 Says:

    Amen to that! I saw that coming when it debut @ #11 (missing the Top 10)
    Where are the follow up singles? Touring?

    Maybe Taylor will earn a bit more respect???

    So many people are blind to what we know.

    IT’S GREAT TO BE A TAYLOR HICKS FAN!!!

    On a side note, Madonna only sold 38K her first week out with “Stick & Sweet”. Tay’s first week 9K for “The Distance” doesn’t seem so bad now, comparing it to the big star herself. Not that she really cares too much, if at all… like SHE needs the money at this point.

  36. Shit and Suck, and the rest of the 4 letter words, Taylor should be a draw anywhere, but is not. I have no interest in comparing AI contestents or winners. He planned, he sung, he won the most watched season of the biggest TV show in decades. That was a feat. Oh hell, what can I say, the present situation sucks. Off to see which two untalented singers/personalities go home on AI.

  37. I’m confused. Isn’t it a City Festival that is just held on school grounds.. Not a school festival?

  38. hicksaholic I’m really beginning to think that nothing Taylor did was the cause of the poor treatment he got from AI. Seems to me they are not going out of their way to promote Kris either. As I said above they even admitted Idol was pushing Adam this week to boost his career. Could this be be a repeat of season 5 giving the bigger push to a non winner rather than the winner. Since Kris has done nothing to bring this on himself maybe nothing Taylor did explained the treatment he got either. I think they just want to push the artist they think can sell the most with the smallest amount of money outlay on their part.

  39. casualfan Says:

    Dee Says:

    April 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm
    I’m confused. Isn’t it a City Festival that is just held on school grounds.. Not a school festival?
    ===============================================
    Dee-It’s my understanding that it’s a Festival for the CITY and only being held on the school grounds because that would be the only adequate facility to hold it. My grandparents lived in a really small town in Louisiana that each year held the Italian Festival which was always held on the school grounds. That event was HUGE with lots of good music, food and fun things to do. Those small venues can pack a serious punch. Taylor is getting his music out there, so I think it’s great! 😉

  40. casualfan Says:

    I think they just want to push the artist they think can sell the most with the smallest amount of money outlay on their part.
    ==============================================
    American Idol is a business and they want to make money. Of course they are going to advocate for the musician who they know can bring in the cash for them. I knew when Kris won that he would be a hard sell but America voted, so they got their wish. Just because one wins the title doesn’t entitle them full support from American Idol afterwards. The winner has the responsibility of where he/she wants to go from there. I read early on that Kris was bucking against them in the recording of his music, probably the same as Taylor did. AI is only after their own interest as is the major labels. They want instant hit machines like the Carrie Underwoods, Kelly Clarksons, Taylor Swifts and so on. IMO-Carrie Underwood is the poster child for wind-up toys that come from AI. It looks like both Taylor Hicks AND Kris Allen haven’t sold themselves all the way to the devil, so congrats to them!

    Also, Taylor producing his own music, having his own label and in charge of distribution may not garner him billions of dollors, but he holds control of his own music, his own distribution and effectively cuts out the middle guy. Instead of only getting pennies per cd, he now gets dollors. He did it right! It’s just sad that he isn’t being consistent with it. I’m glad that Grease is winding down and there’s some music somewhere close by.

  41. casualfan Says:

    And that would be “dollars” and not dollors…sorry

  42. I’m 100% done with comparing one AI winner or runner up with another. They each had enough talent to get on a super duper platform of exposure to several million. I’m not quite done bitching about the AI machine but I’m getting there. As far as festivals, the one advertised for mid July, is held in a somewhat rural area of Alabama, is an annual fun event, a fair with entertainment, food, booths, and mostly local Bama singers and fireworks. Taylor will be the big star there this year. No one knows what else is in his post Grease schedule. I upset a few fans elsewhere and was just mouthing in writing, a thought that popped into my head. No shame in that on my part.

  43. Like the way you think CF.
    But I hate that the Idol labels, along with a lot of other Labels too, don’t see any value nurturing a talent. Sure they are a business out for a profit but how many successful artists in the past would we have missed out on if they were only given one CD or two CD’s to make it big. The labels also may be missing out on bigger money down the road by jumping ship too soon on artists that take a little longer to catch on with the public. They might be missing out on years and years of successful CD’s by taking such a short term view.

  44. casualfan Says:

    Rosie-Good for you! The hell with what they think. If you piss someone off, they’ll get over it. I piss off alot of peeps but I believe in expressing what I feel and if someone doesn’t like it, they have the problem and not me. It’s all opinions anyway.

    Dee-I agree with you 100% but it is the way it is. I think Idol should support the winners, but in truth they aren’t obligated. They follow the money and that’s why Daughtry got the royal treatment and Taylor was dissed. But as Taylor himself said: He’s in it for the long haul and not wanting to be the flavor of the month. Hopefully he’ll have the staying power…he certainly has the talent!

  45. hicksaholic Says:

    “IMO-Carrie Underwood is the poster child for wind-up toys that come from AI.”

    perfect description CF.

  46. taylorfan06 Says:

    Totally agree 100%!

    She reminds me of a terminal prom queen/barbie doll.
    ALWAYS made up TOO much. Kind of stepford-ish.
    She could really reduce her make-up by half.

    I don’t get her appeal. Shania’s my girl! I’d love a new cd from her.

  47. taylorfan06 Says:

    I just read that Phil Collins will be releasing a cd of soul covers. I didn’t see a release date, but i definitely plan to buy it.

    I hope that Taylor follows suit someday…

  48. Snowstorm Says:

    taylorfan, Taylor has said more than once his next album will be country. He wants to be like Keith Urban. Forget about blues/soul music coming from Taylor. He does not want it anymore. Either accept this or leave.

  49. casualfan Says:

    Shania’s the reason I started listening to country music TF6! She’s the one who broke down the barriers between country, soul and rock. Love her!

  50. casualfan Says:

    Taylor will never leave behind his blues/soul roots Snow. Country music is often infused with it. I think that if T sticks to his plan-if there really is one, he will succeed. All he really needs is massive exposure like touring with a major artist as Daughtry did. It was a smart move on Chris’s part and IMO-Taylor should have taken the chance he had in doing just that early on…I think things would have been different for him.

    But it’s in the past and I’m looking forward to what he’s got in store. Hopefully, it’s the music!

  51. I dig Casey too, taylorfano06, found out yesterday one of my assistants… she’s new – her Mom knows him from church… very stoked about following that aspect. ha.

    I think Tim Urban is doing welll too, have a soft spot for that Timmeh.

    Lee looks like Lon Chaney and sings like that guy from Hinder or something. *yawn*

    Snow babe, chill. Who cares what he does (Taylor) let’s just hope it’s a decent sounding compilation of tunes… oh an cohesive, not a mish mash like The Distance…

  52. I’m in moderation… oops I said a weather related word. ha.

  53. taylorfan06 Says:

    can i just make some commentary, you know who. keep your negative pie hole shut. it’s been so nice here for a while. i forgot about your crystal ball. i said that i “hope” he follows suit… get over your self righteous self already. weren’t YOU leaving btw??
    i did some celebrating when i read that before.
    “Heart and Soul”? I really doubt he’ll be turning his back on that completely. It bothers me to no end to even address you.

    cf – right on about shania. clint back broke me in 20 years ago. he is a treasure. it’s too bad that his shine faded. i recommend any, and all, of his cd’s!

    sorry to hear about your woes sunny. i hope this post clears…

  54. taylorfan06 Says:

    re: clint black – ….that his STAR faded… but i think he’s doing ok with the beautiful lisa hartman and their baby girl (actually she’s a young lady by now).

  55. Snowstorm Says:

    What crystal ball? The words came out of his own mouth. His next cd will have a country flavor. It’s what he should have done from the start. Just hope it’s not too late for him. There is no way in hell he’s going to have any success with blues/soul. I’m glad he finally realized that.

    It snows in April but you won’t be seeing me very much anymore.

  56. taylorfan06 Says:

    blah blah blah blah blah!

  57. casualfan Says:

    TF6-another country artist who successfully crossed over is Garth Brooks. I didn’t care for him at first, but he grew on me.

    Again, T will never leave his blues/soul roots. It’s embedded in his DNA and he will forever carry it with him in whatever he does musically. He can record a country flavored album, but trust me when I say that their are alot of spices in the cabinet of Hicks Kitchen. 😉

  58. taylorfan06 Says:

    Nice analogy cf. I like the way you talk.

    I’m a big fan of early 90’s country: Vince, Clint, Shania, Alan , Trisha, among others. Garth was so-so. I grew tired of his aw-shucks demeanor. I did think it was a brilliant marketing strategy to retire time and again. He had fans foaming at the mouth and buying his mediocre cd’s hand over fist. Meanwhile, he laughed all the way to the bank over and over and over again. All the while, he kept his “humble” demeanor.

    Re: winning awards, he ALWAYS had to act like someone else should have rec’d it, like he had an allergy to awards. Just accept the award gracefully and say your thanks you. The whole “deer in the headlight” drove me nuts. I do appreciate him a bit more today, but in his heyday, I wasn’t loving gb. But i do stillbelieve he’s a markeying genius and more power to him. I can take the high road.

    Fast forward to country music today. all i can say is ugh! too much filler, not much substance. And i won’t EVEN comment on that other taylor….

  59. casualfan Says:

    Fast forward to country music today. all i can say is ugh! too much filler, not much substance. And i won’t EVEN comment on that other taylor….
    ============================================
    Very well said and agree 100%. Music is manufactured today in a way that is unappealing to me, although I appreciate all types of music and the artists but they are merely “entertainers” and not what I would call musicians. Very few have stayed with the recipe that has shaped the true integrity of what music is and I find that very sad. Simon Cowell wants to find another Taylor Swift, but one would think that he would want someone who can actually sing. The true meaning of music has been lost. Music sooths the soul of the savage beast, but one have talent to play it well.

  60. Well, Taylor said “Country Flavor” when he discribed his last CD so we’ll see how it goes for this next one. Personally, I think maybe it’s time for him to stop trying to produce a radio friendly CD and record the songs as he will do them on stage. Just a thought.

  61. datilpepper Says:

    Yes, to the Clint Black kudos…..he had too little time in the spotlight..one of my favorites. As a performer and a song writer. Clint is old school country with a Texas twang in his voice, and some wickedly wonderful word twists in his songs. I think he’s another one who’s happy with his career even though it may not be as high profile as some.

    As to Taylor abandoning his soul/blues and embracing the country genre, I don’t think it will be as drastic as some expect. Didn’t Ray Charles lean toward country later in his career? I have a recording of Ray and Willie Nelson singing “Seven Spanish Angels” that is one my favs. If country stations will play his music, I’ll be one happy fan.

    I think it all boils down to the mystery of airplay…how do you accomplish it?…who do you have to kill?…what dirty secrets do you have to threaten to tell?…it can’t be simple requests, because we all know the “Soul Patrol” was asked to cease and desist requesting Taylors songs be played on Pop and AC stations. How do you accomplish getting your voice on radio??? No one really knows, but I suspect it’s politics….entertainment business politics. Power, and most assuredly MONEY$$$$

    Maybe country music stations are the answer. It will be interesting to find out.

  62. casualfan Says:

    7MB was country and still didn’t get the airplay. Shame too…one of my favorite songs by T.

  63. Snowstorm Says:

    Why does it feel like Taylor Hicks threw in the towel? Seems like so many Idols are getting attention and making all kinds of appearances and Taylor has walked off the face of the earth. He wasn’t even included in Idol Gives Back. Something is very wrong here. The masses have completely forgotten him. I wonder if he’s had enough and just wants a job and a paycheck. Sad for his fans who have more or less given up.

  64. Snowstorm Says:

    Go read MJ’s. Taylor Hicks is not mentioned, not once. Hmmm, he’s the forgotten Idol.

  65. taylorfan06 Says:

    I always felt that the original “Hell of a Day” from UTR had a country flavor with its steel guitar. Taylor is definitely capable of producing “country flavored” music.

    Regarding 7MB, that roadhouse sound is also in the country vein. I’d love to hear more songs like that from our boy. Taylor is so capable of writing and finding songs that fit any style and ones that will be signature for him. Whatever the case, I’ll be buying whatever he releases. He hasn’t let me down yet and i doubt he’ll start. I just want some new music!

    The politics of the music are something i don’t have a clue about, i mean what gets played, what doesn’t get played… oy vey! most of what is played sucks and songs i’d like to get played probably don’t fit the “format”. There are so many songs of Taylor’s that deserved airplay and promotion but unfortunately things haven’t gone so well for him in that department. At least we all know how great his songs are.

    I really don’t understand the popularity of some artist that aren’t really getting airplay but seem to be selling cd’s – namely Jack Johnson. I mean, who is this guy? I don’t know one of his songs, yet he always seems to debut at #1 on the album charts. I’m thinking he fits in with the “college music” of this generation. Dave Matthews also seems to fit in the category. No virtual airplay but big sales.

    And who the hell is buying Michael Buble. I always think of Bill Murray on SNL doing his karaoke act in the ski lodge. MB is a very poor man’s Frank Sinatra IMO. He just does hacky covers, but people seem to love him. I just don’t get it. And he’s not even attractive. Again, I just don’t get it.

    Anyway, I hope Taylor just stays true to himself and gets a break on radio with his next release. He deserves a bigger audience, but regardless of the outcome, i’ll still be hanging around. Proudly!

  66. I liked Hell of a Day too. I wish he could get Willie Nelson to record it. I can so hear him singing it. LOL.

  67. casualfan Says:

    A lot of peeps love Michael Buble TF6. He’s not my choice. He has an old school style that people like-much like Harry Connick, JR has his own style. They both seem to bring back the Frank Sinatra era back but each in the own unique way.

    T’s 7MB is considered country but it still has that southern rock/bluesy flavor to it because that’s who Taylor is. IMO-Taylor wouldn’t be a good all-country musician per say. His sound is unique and very flavorful. and he doesn’t need to go mainstream to be successful. He’s already there-just needs to be fine tuned is all.

  68. I liked the sound of 7Mb, but for the life of me couldn’t figure out any meaning to it….and the video was even more confusing and may I say esoteric?
    Maybe You Should was the number that should have headlined and led the album. Interesting lyric and great sound from Taylor.
    And as far as post AI success or non… I remember Taylor saying that he was ‘paying the devil’. I think, because of the AI contract, he had to pay whatever they were due with his time, appearances, and maybe even music. But, he did not sell his soul. And I say, good for him….nothing is worht that price.
    In the case of the AI album, The Maze, released as the first single to pop would have done it for him. Production was good, his voice was strong….the concept was sort of appropriate for one of those post Idol songs (like Breakaway).
    2 cents of the month from me. Cheers!

  69. *worth* You guys always correct your spelling, to your credit.

  70. casualfan Says:

    I have to disagree with the production of his post Idol CD. Production sucked, mixing sucked. The cd was way over produced and it came across as being slapped together in a hurry. Perhaps if he went back in and did some remixing, it would improve the quality but I doubt it. But it’s my understanding that he’s done with that cd-I don’t blame him.

  71. I love the song 7MB but HATE the video. Makes Tay look creepy and boring.

    Snow always says she’s leaving and then she shows back up again. I think she wants attention.

  72. casualfan Says:

    Intersting article about Bryan Adams….ENJOY! 😉

    http://www.spinner.com/2010/04/16/bryan-adams-defense/?ncid=webmaildl2

  73. taylorfan06 Says:

    I so agree w/ suze that “The Maze” could have been a hit for Taylor. It’s funny that I remember the initial comments on that cd from the fans and “The Maze” was the least liked by most. I can’t remember my initial thoughts of the song, but it definitely became one of my top favorites from that cd. It’s actually the most played song on my ipod from the cd.

    I think it also became a song that grew on you for many people, mainly from T performing it live. I heard sort of a Maroon5 vibe on that song, who were hot at that time, and i feel that it would have been a great fit for the songs that were on the charts at that time.

    They just didn’t work the singles right on that cd. “The Runaround” should have been released just before the cd release, especially since that was the song that he was performing on every show. It could have been a hit, if only minor. “The Maze” would have been my choice for single #2. Taylor must have really liked the song himself, since he has made it just a centerpiece in concert. He created so many great tags primarily with that song.

    Most likely, it would have been a been a bigger hit (with an added video) than “The Runaround”, building a momentum, and then going with “The Right Place” (with another video) for single #3. As we know, that was not the scenario, but i wonder how the sales of the cd, AND the perception of Taylor Hicks, would have changed.

    And yes, “Maybe You Should” should have introduced “The Distance”, followed by “Woman’s Gotta Have It”, (of course with a video featuring Elliott Yamin – duh). “Seven Mile Breakdown” with a different video, and “Nineteen” could have been perfect follow ups. IMO

    This is all here nor there (not hide nor hair) since that’s not how it turned out. …just putting in my two cents. …again! I hope Taylor picks the “right” first song to release from his next cd, (with a killer video, AND a “happy” Taylor on the cd cover) that takes hold to pick up the momentum of his career, which i feel WILL definitely be continued…

  74. I really don’t know how this hit song stuff works. It seemed to me it didn’t matter what single Taylor started with, it still was not going to get much air play. Was it because he was an Indie without the big cash to promote? I don’t know. Will he have to make a deal with a label to get any credibility and help to promote the next CD ? Again, I don’t know? Seems he’s made a lot of connections with people who should know so I hope they tell him. LOL.

  75. Snowstorm Says:

    Did you all read the latest interview from Hicks? Now he says he’s heading to Calif. and hiring an acting coach after Grease. That means he has NO acting gigs after Grease. What about the album he said he was going to work on in Nashville over the summer? He either has no money for that or nobody wants to work with him or sign him. At this point, his only chance at fame is to hook up with a Hollywood starlett. Hey, Kate Gosselin’s available. What a boob!

    http://blog.pennlive.com/go/2010/04/american_idol_winner_on_board.html

  76. Ange Bleu Says:

    Right after his appearance on Idol last year Simon Cowell sat to Taylor’s right on a bench, Randy Jackson stood in front of them. Simon told Taylor to forget the Blues/Soul thing and to venture into country. Randy Jackson concurred saying he also felt Taylor should go into country. Taylor later said that Simon also said he should go into movies. I guess he’s taking their advice.

  77. Fairhope Says:

    I vote for porn.

  78. casualfan Says:

    LOL!

  79. I recently read an article where (I’m paraphrasing) Tay said he’d tried many different “sounds” and that he would keep experimenting until he found the right “voice”. So if Country doesn’t work, I’m sure he’ll be trying something else. Maybe hip hop next! LOL

  80. casualfan Says:

    Sounds more like Taylor is trying to find an audience who will listen more than his voice. Usually musicians know their genre and work at perfecting their craft. It seems a bit sad that T feels like he has to do that, but that’s only my opinion.

  81. taylorfan06 Says:

    It gets so frustrating with all the genre talk. Taylor HAS a voice. But i guess without airplay no one knows that. I just hope for that break for him with the next release that could bring a resurgence of that “voice” that so many appeared to love when it all started.

    There are so many artists i love where i love 90% of their output. Taylor definitely fits in that group. Any other artist in the last 5 or 10 years? NO! It’s just such a shame that so many of these hacks that are popular, and not all that talented, get so much undue recognition. The majority of these artist are just carrying themselves with one or two hits and that’s it. Good for them i guess. I just think that many of those hits truly pale in regard to songs of Taylor’s that they’ve never gotten the chance to listen to. It’s a plain shame don’t cha think? People’s taste in music just scare me.

  82. I agree that it is a bit sad that he has to go along with whatever works just to get heard. To me is obvious that blues and soul is where he truly shines.

  83. Ange Bleu Says:

    Some of the best actors in the business work with acting coaches. It’s absoutely necessary if they are either required to have a regional or foreign accent or get rid of an accent. Australian actors are especially good at doing all types of American accents, southern, western, mid-west, etc. They don’t acquire these accents on their own, it takes months or years of work. Taylor doesn’t have that much acting experiience. Even if he were signed for a part, he would have to work diligently with a acting coach for his part to be believable. He might look the part, but he also must act the part.

  84. taylorfan06 Says:

    ” To me is obvious that blues and soul is where he truly shines.”
    _______________________________________________________

    Well said sierra. If it ain’t broke… I look forward to the the “Taylorizing” of any song or genre he chooses. Just “GRAB IT BY THE BALLS” and make them take notice.

    W0000000000000000000000! H0000000000000000000000!!!

  85. Ahhh Snow your negativity abounds. LOL. Yes, I did read about the acting coach and no, it does not necessarily mean anything has changed. I remember when he was planning the last CD and he said he was getting ready to work on it and then he’d talk about something else in the next interview and before long the Grease news exploded. Everyone was saying well that means no CD, no shows, no video, no this or that. BUT he got the songs picked out and wrote or co-wrote some, went to France, Nashville, recorded the CD, released it, did the video, piggybacked quite a few shadow shows along with Grease not to mention keeping us enthralled with constent interviews on TV and radio. The man seems to have no limit to his energy. I’d say instead of him probably having NOTHING going on that once again he has mutliple things going on.

  86. hicksaholic Says:

    Did y’all read Taylor is coming to Wind Creek Casino(Atmore, AL) in May to perform? Tickets go on sale today at 10 AM. I knew he was supposed to judge a contest similiar to AI that has a $100000 prize for first place but I assume he must be performing too if they are selling tickets. I’ll be getting mine since he’s right up the road from me.

  87. casualfan Says:

    Cool beans! Seems if someone wants to see T in concert, they have to travel or move to AL these days. What’s up with that? LOL

  88. hicksaholic Says:

    Well…. I’m not quite as excited now. I called the casino and Taylor will only be performing one or two songs. He will be there primarily to judge the contest. Good news is tickets are only $10 each. I’ll probably buy a couple and then decide if I want to drive an hour or so to see him perform a max of two songs. I’d probably want to spend the night so it gets a little expensive once you do that.

    I also read on the Boogie Board, the City Fest event is a no go for Taylor. He told a fan that in the last couple of days.

    Taylor is apparently going to southern California to work with an acting coach post Grease per an article in the Canadian press.

    Watching Carrie Underwood’s success last night on the CMA’s made me a little jealous for Taylor. I swear that guy that won best new artist was not as good as Taylor. Just don’t get it.

    I will say that Carrie’s success has loosened her up on stage and she is much more comfortable. She still pumps that damn microphone though and that drives me crazy.

    LOL…. was reading my post back before posting and I had miswrote acting coach as acting couch. Maybe I’m on to something and I have discovered what Taylor really needs to do to be successful commercially.

  89. For some reason my comments from yesterday are stuck in Moderation?
    The acting coach comment from Taylor does not necessarily mean he has no offers or his new CD is on hold. I remember when he was planning the last CD and he said he was getting ready to work on it and then he’d talk about something else in the next interview and before long the Grease news exploded. Everyone was saying well that means no CD, no shows, no video, no this or that. BUT he got the songs picked out and wrote or co-wrote some, went to France, Nashville, recorded the CD, released it, did the video, piggybacked quite a few shadow shows along with Grease not to mention keeping us enthralled with constent interviews on TV and radio. The man seems to have no limit to his energy. I’d say instead of him probably having NOTHING going on that once again he has mutliple things going on.

  90. This started my day out with a smile. A review of Taylor’s DVD and comments on his talent from a music lover not a Die-Hard Talor Hicks fan.

    http://bluesman2001.blogspot.com/2010/04/blues-historian-review-taylor-hicks.html

  91. datilpepper Says:

    TY, Dee that put a smile on my face,too…and I agree with everything the reviewer said. Taylor is the real deal, but today’s pop music scene is not for him. He is so much more talented than the majority of peeps ( I won’t call them singers…you gotta be able to sing, not just shriek in an echo chamber to be called a singer!) who are selling music and getting airplay. Funny Taylor should be compared to Tom Jones, who could also sing his brains out, but never got the recognition he deserved. Great review.

  92. Snowstorm Says:

    Tom Jones ridiculous fans killed his career my throwing panties at him. It wasn’t about the music… it was about sexually objectifying him. The soul patrol did the same thing to Taylor. I would say the majority of his fans just want to go to bed with him, have a relationship with him, date him, marry him or whatever delusions they might have. Taylor can sing the worst songs on earth and his fans would still say how wonderful he is. Taylor probably thought he could get fame based on admiration from fans. WRONG! He hasn’t proven that he can do anything in music because everything he has done up to this point has been WRONG! You cannot get by on your looks alone… that formula has never worked!

  93. taylorfan06 Says:

    …what a BITCH (session)!!!!!!!

  94. taylorfan06 Says:

    FYI – Tom Jones performed at The Belly Up the week after Taylor performed there to a SOLD OUT crowd. Tom does ok, not to worry.

    And HELLO, Taylor’s show was SOLD OUT also!!! I was there and a GREAT show it was!

    Don’t they call people that want to sleep with rock stars “groupies”. Many sleep them, and many wish they could. That concept goes way back before Tom Jones and continues today. Par for the course when you’re on the road. Don’t be SO jealous!

    You’re obviously illiterate also. The majority of critics have been quite positive regarding the music and performing of Taylor. If don’t “get it”, just go away. I thought this site was for fans.

  95. datilpepper Says:

    Good Lord…can’t believe anything anymore!

  96. Snowstorm Says:

    The majority of music critics hate Taylor! Stop with your delusions. You’re not doing Taylor any favors!

  97. Snowstorm Says:

    taylorfan06, what the hell are you doing here? Doesn’t Taylor have fan sites where you can drool and fantard to your heart’s content? Go there! This blog isn’t right for you!

  98. taylorfan06 Says:

    “someone” said,

    The majority of music critics hate Taylor! Stop with your delusions. You’re not doing Taylor any favors!

    _______________________________________________________

    ..and i guess you are??? i’d rather be a “fantard” than a retard, missy!

    i’ve read MANY positive articles on Taylor (i.e., concerts, cd’s, AND a certain dvd)

    i love sooooooooooooooo many songs and artists and taylor is definitely part of that! listen to who you like and i’ll do the same. have a nice day.

  99. casualfan Says:

    Tom Jones is doing great! He has had a very successful career and still performs to a sold out crowd anywhere he goes. Same holds true for Neil Diamond-they BOTH attract fans of ALL AGES.

  100. taylorfan06 Says:

    Hi cf. You are correct! Isn’t this common knowledge?
    (for most, i guess)

  101. casualfan Says:

    Dee Says:

    April 19, 2010 at 7:46 am
    For some reason my comments from yesterday are stuck in Moderation?
    The acting coach comment from Taylor does not necessarily mean he has no offers or his new CD is on hold. I remember when he was planning the last CD and he said he was getting ready to work on it and then he’d talk about something else in the next interview and before long the Grease news exploded. Everyone was saying well that means no CD, no shows, no video, no this or that. BUT he got the songs picked out and wrote or co-wrote some, went to France, Nashville, recorded the CD, released it, did the video, piggybacked quite a few shadow shows along with Grease not to mention keeping us enthralled with constent interviews on TV and radio. The man seems to have no limit to his energy. I’d say instead of him probably having NOTHING going on that once again he has mutliple things going on.
    ==============================================
    Hmmm, I don’t think Taylor knows what Taylor’s doing at this point. All of his years pre Idol he had a plan and diligently followed it. During Idol, he had a plan and diligently followed it. After Idol, he had a plan and diligently followed it up until his summer tour in 07 when things started to unravel. He became scattered and unsure of himself. Taylor reminds me of a traveling Gypsy who has no self direction or discipline at this point.

    The guy is all over the map….just sayin.

  102. What fun to be away and come back and find that the Beat Goes On. Tayfan06, I hope you are just joshing with SS. I never heard that music critics hated Taylor, but perhaps SS hears voices. I agree that by the summer tour 07, the Idol Winner 06 fame started to unravel a bit for Taylor. Had to have thrown him for a loop. Back then, not being online, I thought he owned that tour bus. I expected he’d travel with it for years and was hoping his single JTFTW got radio play. I was still ignorant of blogs discussing CL and online fans and brewing splits and mass fan exits. In retrospect we know things went not just smooth as silk, with Carrie’s career, but bigger and better than Simon or anyone expected. We know about Pickler and Daughtry almost four years post AI5. However, one would be mistaken or caught up in the hype, to now say Tay should not have won or can’t sing. He does not get radio play. He is not mainstream or current in music and The Distance was a bit scattered. So he has had to unexpectedly recouped if he wants a career in the entertainment/show business world. He has not had the fame of Tom Jones, or had the top of the charts, the covers of his songs done by others, such as Elvis, as T.J. once had. He has not done Vegas. He has had to recoup, re think and plan. Tom Jones, had way more success than Taylor has had so far. People rise and fall in show business. If one want a career they need to just keep working, trying and reinventing themselves.

  103. casualfan Says:

    It’s important to reinvent oneself Rosie-especially in the entertainment industry. But usually those folks have a solid grip on their careers. Taylor is all over the map in not knowing which direction to go.

    People who actually takes what he says at face value should know better. He loves to throw out the catnip in different directions just to keep everyone talking…and it obviously works. 😉

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