Taylor Hicks to Return as Host for ‘State Plate’ Season 2

“American Idol” season 5 winner Taylor Hicks will return for a second helping of “State Plate,” premiering Friday at 8 p.m. ET on the family entertainment network INSP. 

“Our goal is to cover all 50 states,” said Doug Butts, INSP’s senior VP of programming. “And we are well on our way. Season 2 of ‘State Plate’ will feature even more of the foods we’ve come to know and love as part of America’s cultural history. Thankfully, there is no shortage of stories to tell.” 

Hicks, an Alabama native, owns Saw’s BBQ, a barbecue and blues bar in his home state. The restaurant is getting a healthy perk this season when Hicks returns to Birmingham to give viewers a personal tour.

The concept of “State Plate” — a farm-to-table show — is simple. In the span of a season, Hicks visits specific states and fills up a plate with “emblematic state foods,” including appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts. Throughout his foodie journey, Hicks will visit farms, ranches, markets, festivals, and other diverse and unusual locales. With each stop, the singer will uncover rich details behind the state’s unique food traditions. 

In the show’s first season, Hicks visited Maine, Illinois, Arizona, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Georgia, and Wisconsin. 

This seasonHicks will visit New York, Vermont, Mississippi, Iowa, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and more (see the full lineup below). 

Aug. 11 — Alabama 
Aug. 18 — Mississippi 
Aug. 25 — Vermont 
Sept. 1 — New York 
Sept. 8 — Missouri 
Sept. 15 — Iowa 
Sept. 22 — Minnesota 
Sept. 29 — South Dakota 
Oct. 6 — Pennsylvania 
Oct. 13 — Maryland 
Oct. 20 — Oregon 
Oct. 27 — Washington 

Hicks is also hitting the road for a late summer/fall tour (see the dates below). 

Aug. 19 — Orrville Lions Rib & Music Fest, Orrville, Ohio 
Aug. 26 — Oxford Performing Arts Center, Oxford, Ala. 
Sept. 30 — Franklin Theatre, Franklin, Tenn. 
Oct. 21 — The Palace Danbury, Danbury Conn. 
Nov. 14 — BB King Blues Club, New York, N.Y. 
Dec. 8 — Red Rock Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nev. 
Dec. 9 — Blue Water Resort & Casino, Parker, Ariz. 
Dec. 10 — The MIM, Phoenix, Ariz. 

More Music

  • J. Cole

    Apple Music Launches 'Rap Life' Playlist

    Apple Music announced the launch of “Rap Life,” a new global playlist focusing on contemporary rap artists and culture. It replaces the former “The A-List: Hip-Hop” playlist. Said Ebro Darden, Apple Music’s Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&B: “We flipped it to dig deeper into into the lifestyle [and to] keep pushing the culture [...]

  • New York City NYC Placeholder

    CityFM Podcast Takes a Deep Look at New York’s Music Scene (Listen)

    First among the many projects listed at the beginning of New York Music Month in June was a WNYE radio show and podcast called CityFM that promised to “explore the city’s music culture, emerging artists and trends, and upcoming events told through the lens of what’s happening around the city in Summer 2019.” And while [...]

  • Black Ball

    President Trump Speaks in Support of A$AP Rocky (Watch)

    In one of the more surreal moments from a presidency filled with few not-surreal moments, President Trump spoke out today in support of rapper A$AP Rocky, who has been jailed in Sweden for more than two weeks after an altercation with fans he said were harassing him. “A$AP Rocky is a situation in Sweden, a [...]

  • David Crosby and Cameron Crowe'David Crosby:

    Cameron Crowe Picks Five Favorite Underrated David Crosby Tracks

    “Music is love,” as David Crosby once sang, and nothing breeds deeper love than a sense that something is overlooked. So that’s why Variety asked Cameron Crowe to dig deep into the Crosby canon and pick not just a triad but five favorites from among the CSN singer’s most underrated tracks. Crowe, of course, has [...]

  • Live Nation Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Live Nation)

    Live Nation Confirms Placing Tickets Directly on Secondary Market at Artists’ Request

    Representatives for Live Nation, the world’s largest live-entertainment company and owner of Ticketmaster, confirmed that it bypassed conventional channels and directly placed thousands of concert tickets on the secondary market upon artists’ request, in an article published in Billboard. In a statement shared with Variety, the company acknowledged that it has facilitated the transfer of [...]

  • The Lion King The Gift

    Album Review: Beyoncé’s 'The Lion King: The Gift'

    Before touching down on what Beyoncé has called her “love letter to Africa,” it’s important to see what may have brought her to the mother of mankind, with its wide vistas and sonic planes, for “The Gift” in the first place — beyond, of course, voicing Nala in the film and whatever international marketing tie-ins [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content