Okay - who's your pick for American Idol? I'm going for an underdog right now. Why? Because he's old like me, and he's quirky.
Described as a soul singer, Taylor Hicks is known for setting "soul fires" from panhandle Florida honkey-tonks to the modern day chitlin-circuit of the old South. He's entertained with high profile artists such as James Brown, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Drive by Truckers, and Robert Randolph. Taylor is currently collaborating with contemporary blues legend Keb Mo.
UPDATE: Taylor Hicks is featured on the current season of American Idol. As of this writing, he is still part of the show.
UPDATE: (Feb. 8th) On Thursday, February 9th, Taylor Hicks' CD "Under the Radar" will be available at Laser's Edge Compact Discs in Homewood, Alabama. Orders can be taken via telephone or e-mail with a credit card. Purchases are limited to two copies. Contact Laser's Edge Compact Discs at 1-800-626-6495 or email@example.com for more information.
You can listen to three mp3's on that site as well. Woo-hoo. Though, note that his official website is "down" - maybe it's a American Idol rule.