Here is one my brother Jerry introduced me to in the late 70’s. Dan Hicks was truly unique, an exceptional performer, talented song writer and lyricist. His humor and distinctive style drew on folk, jazz and country and earned him a devoted cult following. Born in Little Rock, Hicks grew up in San Francisco’s Bay Area. For a short while he played drums for the Charlatans, one of the area’s first psychedelic bands, before changing to guitar and forming the acoustic group Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks in 1968. The Licks put out several great albums including Where’s the Money? Last Train to Hicksville and Striking it Rich. At the peak of his success, Hicks dissolved the band dropping out of the music scene for much of the next decade. He resurfaced in the mid 90’s with a new band, the Acoustic Warriors and in 2000 he reformed the Hot Licks releasing a new album, Beatin’ the Heat, which featured guests like Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones and Brian Setzer.
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks continued to perform over the next 15 years. He passed away this past Saturday following a two year battle with cancer. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, you are in for a treat. Enjoy Striking it Rich.
We have lost another great one. Dan Hicks 1941-2016