Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks (Sawtelle Room)
Dan Hicks' long, strange trip began in the 1960's San Francisco where his first band, The Charlatans, were an integral part of that psychedelic scene. Later he put together an acoustic combo which included two female backup singers, dubbed "Lickettes". Billed as Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks, the group went on to produce the critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums "Where's The Money?", "Striking It Rich" and "Last Train To Hicksville". They toured worldwide and Dan appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine three times.
Dan earned his reputation as the originator of lively "folk jazz," blending the best parts of jazz, swing, and country into his own unique style that fellow rocker Tom Waits calls "fly, sly, wily, and dry." Throughout the 60s and 70s there was no one who sounded at all like Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, and remarkably, 35 years later, there still isn't. Today Hicks, with female backup singers, "The Lickettes," presents his usual droll humor and impeccably-written tunes, incorporating Western swing, Gypsy folk, bluegrass, and bossa nova. Watch video HERE
"Dan Hicks is an American Treasure. 'I Scare Myself' and 'It's Not My Time to Go'... I think they're two of the best songs ever written" - Elvis Costello
"Dan Hicks is lightning in a bottle." - Bette Midler
"The eternal hipster, purveyor of the drollest and most swingin' tunes the rock generation ever enjoyed" - Minneapolis Star Tribune