Chris McDaniel talks about making Music City USA / Excerpt taken from OnTap
....When he learned that the proceeds from the film will benefit flood relief charities, Taylor Hicks immediately texted the director his Nashville home address. The American Idol winner and Las Vegas headliner met the filmmaker at the door with a smile, helped carry in the camera equipment and offered his writing room for the interview. With big picture windows, natural illumination and his various awards and memorabilia displayed on the wall behind him, it was a perfect setting for the interview. Seconds into the filming Hicks described music as the universal language, and a language that runs right through Nashville, Tennessee. Chris stopped the camera. ”Man, that’s one of the coolest lines anyone has said yet!” When filming resumed, the director commented on the two or three cases of harmonicas on Taylor’s writing table, prompting the musician to “bust out a riff”. Both the line and that riff can be heard in the new documentary. After goodbyes were said and on his way to the next interview, Chris’ phone rang. It was Taylor Hicks calling to say thanks, and to offer any additional help that might be needed. ”He is a class act” says McDaniel.
Hicks had hoped to attend the Phoenix premiere of Music City USA this spring, but an unexpected scheduling conflict kept him from the screening