Lindsey Treffry, Inland360.com
Since winning the fifth season of “American Idol” eight years ago, Taylor Hicks
has released three albums, performed on Broadway, sung at a Republican
National Convention, acted in “Law and Order: SVU” and secured gigs at
both Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas. But for him, that was just a start.
The Southern soul singer with pepper-gray hair will make his way to
the Clearwater River Casino event center Saturday in Lewiston.
It’s part of a long list of his 2014 gigs, including tours around the country, the finale of his Paris Las Vegas residency and a new country album, which Hicks, 37, said should be released in spring.
“The common thread will be my voice and the instrumentation,” Hicks
said of the Nashville-recorded album, which features more country music
than his previous soul, blues and funk albums. “I’m just really excited,
because I’ve picked great songs on this record. I’m going to have a few
surprises along the way.”
Plus, he has some TV surprises, too.
Hicks played himself on an episode of “Law and Order: SVU”
along with season two “American Idol” winner Clay Aiken and R&B
performer Ashanti, who all parodied voice competition judges, much like
Simon Cowell. Since then, Hicks has looked to other TV and film roles.
“I’m looking at a little bit more serious roles for next year,” Hicks
said. “It’s interesting. Having caught my break on television, I’ve
kind of been exposed to that art. It’s always smart to revisit it.”
While performing with Willie Nelson and the Allman Brothers were
highlights of his career, Hicks said he hopes to one day collaborate
with Paul Simon, one of his favorite artists.
“Those are opportunities; you have to make the best of them,” he said.
Hicks said the Clearwater River Casino
audience can look forward to hearing songs from “American Idol,” off
his records and some “great cover songs,” such as Elvis hits or “Taking
it to the Streets” by Michael McDonald.
“Just some really great live music,” Hicks said.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. Saturday concert are available through TicketsWest outlets, by calling (800) 325-SEAT or visiting TicketsWest.com. Tickets, $20-$60, can also be purchased through the Clearwater River Casino box office.
As seen in the Jan. 9 issue of Inland 360.