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Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks

Throughout his decades-long career, Dan Hicks stood as one of contemporary music's true eccentrics. While steeped in folk, his acoustic sound knew few musical boundaries, drawing on country, call-and-response vocals, jazz phrasing, and no small amount of humor to create a distinctive, albeit sporadic, body of work that earned him a devoted cult following.

Hicks was born December 9, 1941, to a military family then living in Arkansas, and grew up in California, where he was a drummer in a number of high-school bands. He attended college in San Francisco, where he switched to guitar and began playing folk music. He returned to the drums, however, when he joined the Charlatans, one of the Bay City's first psychedelic bands. Although the Charlatans were short-lived -- they issued only one single during their existence -- they proved influential throughout the San Francisco musical community and were one of the first acts to play the legendary Family Dog.

Hicks had formed the acoustic group Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks in 1968 as an opener for the Charlatans, but soon the new band became his primary project. After adding a pair of female backing vocalists -- "the Lickettes" -- the group issued its debut LP, Original Recordings, in 1969. After a pair of 1971 records, Where's the Money? and Striking It Rich, they issued 1973's Last Train to Hicksville, which proved to be the Hot Licks' most successful album yet. At the peak of the group's popularity, however, Hicks dissolved the band and did not resurface until 1978, releasing the solo LP It Happened One Bite, the soundtrack to an uncompleted feature by animator Ralph Bakshi. He then phased in and out of the music industry for more than a decade and did not issue another major recording until 1994's Shootin' Straight, a live recording cut with a new band, the Acoustic Warriors.

In 2000, over two decades after the group's dissolution, Hicks re-formed the Hot Licks and issued Beatin' the Heat. Alive and Lickin' arrived a year later and then, after another hiatus (this time for eight years), in March of 2009 he resurfaced with Tangled Tales. In 2010 Hicks brought his jazzy, hip sense of humor to bear on the holiday season with Crazy for Christmas, released by Surfdog Records. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Started listening in 1971, when a girlfriend turned me on to him. I scare myself.
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Been listenin' since '73's Last Train to Hicksville. Pandora update your list. You don't have it listed, and Strike it While it's Hot is also missing. SITWIH has Bette Midler, Rickie Lee Jones, Elvis Costello and Buster Poindexter lending vocals.
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georgec6
You probably think it's easy being up here playing and singing and everything, but it's not, it's not easy. Thenk Yew.
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How can I miss you when you won't go away?
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Dan Hicks' Laughin' Song was a life saver for me during a dark patch. Hearing the story about that misunderstoo d guy made me laugh and realize that the world has nothing on someone who laughs at it, ha ha ha!!!
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I saw them live two weeks ago!
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I rilly wish to have seen this band in person it would have been quite a performance but alas I will never see the grates
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beneamata
This music SWINGS!
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thepropernew s
Too bad this world wasn't more full of people that respect honor and listen to him and his......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S T Y L E . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Sure
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last train to hicksville
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I got my pay check today,I think I'll spend it like a crazy fool.true that back then.
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Long Live Rednecks And Lone Star Beer!! saw them in Austin 5 bucks a case back then Hippy Hollow Lake Travis..Toda y ?


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Congress needs a Euphoneous whale!
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dgpiranha
Just saw them in Annapolis on 8/8 - really nice show!
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joan_peffer
Was it, I'm going to smash his face?
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I remember and album hot licks and cold steel that had some great tunes -- but can't find it on Pandora
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katpbennett
Yeah! Where's the Money??? Where's the first album, before Naomi Eisenburg and Mary Ann Price?
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Innocent Bystander described so many people I knew.
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Why aren't Dan Hick's 1970s songs on Pandora? They are great.
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i see that they are playing at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano in mid-February . Hopefully i can make it.
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saw them at the TROUBADOR in the early 70's. Remember Larry Rhodes
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I scare myself scared me into violins and vocal harmony. How can I miss you if you don't go away is laughter galore. I say that to all my friends.
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bug_224
I think it was Milkshakin' Mama.
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delcathey
Just saw Dan & his band earlier this year in Dallas. Hot! Hot! Hot!
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hlhelmly4
Does anyone remeber a song by them called Milkshake Mama or Motorcyle Mama?
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cybermasse
I saw them live back in the '70's.Great entertainmen t great music.Can we get some older discs to get music from?
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walkingman71 7
Saw Dan and the band a few years ago - did lots of oldies. He's just as entertaining in-between songs as when he's playing. Was a great evening.
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bsmith5119
Naomi? or Miami? It makes no difference.
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bsmith5119
I Scare Myself is awesome for its violin solo. Great humor from this group.
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georgec6
I saw them last year in New Bedford MA. They were great but only did so much old stuff. I love that song "The innocent bystander" But they didn't do it. They did "I scare myself"
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has he been on "Prairie Home Companion"? His music sure sounds just like something that Garrison Keillor would play on his radio show.
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great show they will keep you smiling and wanting more
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jeanlouise33
lickettes, where are you!
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bring back the Lickettes!!!
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janet4698
gawd i love danny boy and his shows - always the best
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The Dan Hicks CDs I have are hot stuff! I hope they make it to Albuquerque or Denver someday for a concert. I'll have to live with the CDs in the meantime. Maryann Price supposedly performs now and then in or near Austin TX, but I have no idea how often she has a concert.
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shepmc1
They put on a GREAT show!
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yearsahead
Naomi rocks!!
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souza47
Have seen this band many times over the years. Even drank tequila with he and his band in an empty airport in San Luis Obispo Ca. way back when. Love his sound and always have. He can always be counted on to make me dance in my pants.
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janice978
Glad to be able to hear Dan & the Lickettes again! Hubby and I used to see them at Liberty Hall in Houston way back when. They were smokin...
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Love his backup singers,The Lickettes.
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ashlo831
Dan Hicks is finally back and im lovin every song. Cant wait for the new album and hopefully ill see you around touring!!
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sometimes I get lost on your site and can/t find the page where they show where the songs are playing....b u t I love it anyway
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You probably thing it's easy being up here playing and singing and everything. but it not, its not easy. Thenk you !
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rdtskis
Dan is the Man!

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