The Quality Street Holiday Review

 

A seasonal selection of favorites for all the family courtesy of this regular english-speaking gentleman on holiday. Nick Lowe delivers cozy Christmas cheer with twelve newly minted (released is 2013) county/pop holiday classics that swing. Children go where I send thee, throw another log on the fire, heat up some coco and enjoy…Quality Street.

 

The Quality Holiday Revue Live

A Dollar Short of Happy
Raging Eyes
Christmas At The Airport
Not Too Long Ago
Linus and Lucy
(I Love The Sound Of) Breaking Glass
Sensitive Man
Somebody Cares For Me
The North Pole Express
Half A Boy And Half A Man
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
Children Go Where I send Thee
I was Born In Bethlehem

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Striking it Rich

hicks striking cover

 

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

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