"I like to take the Willie Nelson approach to music.
You can’t really pigeonhole me.
And I love that because down deep inside that really makes me feel unique.
I have no one genre, it’s tough to pinpoint my music and it’s because I’ve grown up on all kinds.
And I try to have all kinds of influences in my music.”
The blues came out to play in this gem of a video from Taylor Hicks' Pearl River concert!
I love the blue coloring that enhances the video, and Taylor's superb performance, I've tagged it The Blue Pearl!
"The Right Place" ~ Taylor Hicks
with the Little Memphis Blues Orchestra
(formerly The Taylor Hicks Band)
and his Tour Band guitarist Josh Smith
Pearl River Resort
Video capture: turk711
Pearl River photo credits: Ragsqueen
The View screencaps: Twitter
Yesterday's blog title was 'The Real Deal', and by coincidence today I happened across what Jim Vallance had to say about Taylor Hicks and "The Right Place" in a previous blog entry titled 'The Right Place ~ The Right One'.
You can read the entire post from November here ... but this is what jumped out at me:
On July 17, 2007 Taylor performed "The Right Place" on the popular morning television show, 'The View'.
It was "back to basics", with Taylor on vocals and harmonica and Loren Gold on piano, similar to the way the song had originally been written and demo'd.
It was apparent that Taylor had developed an affinity for the song in the ten months since he'd recorded it.
On 'The View', his vocal performance digs even deeper than it did on the recorded studio version, and Loren provides solid support on the piano.
For anyone who ever doubted the legitimacy of his American Idol success, this performance proves, beyond a doubt, that Taylor Hicks is the "real deal".
Another coincidence I'd like to share with you is a Swedish group I ran across, with their roots planted in the blues, who just happen to be called The Blue Pearls!
The Blue Pearls are a band from Sweden playing the music they love.
They communicate their own blues and rock feeling, which is improvisational innovative music - rooted in blues.
The Blue Pearls mainly play compositions written by bandleader/guitarist Bela Stephens altered with Fleetwood Mac classics.
Bela Stephens is the powerhouse of The Blue Pearls being guitarist, composer & bandleader.
He can take you to guitar heaven with a superb lyrical solo on his vintage Les Paul or an adrenalin charged high-octane wild wah-wah solo.
"People" ~ The Blue Pearls
“My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood,
musical roots buried in the darkest soil.”
I hope you have enjoyed today's blusey stroll down musical memory lane!