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Dan Hicks, Marins most famous homebody
Paul Liberatore in the Marin Independent Journal
|Santa Rosa Press Democrat Obituary -- Dan's Hometown|
|San Francisco Chronicle Obituary|
|New York Times Obituary|
Dan Hicks: An Appreciation
Jim Bessman at examiner.com
|NPR's "Fresh Air" Remembers Dan|
"Hickss way was like nobody elses. "
Record Producer Tommy LiPuma Replies
"Dan was short on bullshit, and long on talent, and I loved him like a brother."
Records' Alec Palao Remembers Dan
Alec captures Dan well
Stone Magazine: "Enigmas on Thin Ice"
Charles Perry's definitive 1973 article about the early breakup of Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks
Roberta Donnay Interviews Dan in Outlaw magazine, 2013
"I get inspired by doing something well."
Dan & The Hot Licks sell out Yoshi's, Oakland, CA Feb. 18 2015
Blakesburg's Photos of Dan's 70th Birthday Bash + Set List
Held at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, April 6 2012
Examiner- April 7 2012
A Review of Dan's 70th Birthday Bash, by David Becker
Francisco Chronicle - April 3 2012
"Fete for a King: Dan Hicks at 70"; Joel Selvin promos Dan's 70th Birthday Bash.
Acorn - October 1 2009
Cary Ginell has interesting things to say about Dan & The Hot Licks' Sept. 24, 2009 performance at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California.
Portraits - August 2009
Dan is interviewed about "Tangled Tales"
of National Public Radio - July 2009
Dan is interviewed by NPR's Liane Hansen.
Interview with Dan from 2008
Francisco Examiner - July 18, 2008
In a promo piece for Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks' July 18 appearance in Denver, Colorado, Mr. G. Brown asks Dan questions and gets answers. "A more precipitudinous type of envelopment."
- June 20, 2008
Michael Hochanadel's well-done promo piece for Dan & The Hot Licks' June 22, 2008 appearance at the Linda Norris Auditorium of the WAMC Performing Arts Studio. Includes amusing interview excerpts. "Hicks has always taken the long view and made it work by sheer wit and time-defying hipness."
American Magazine Issue 58, 2007
Arrow Radio Dec 10 2007
Walt Gnedislow, host of a jazz-fusion program on WSUM, the University of Wisconsin-Madison student-run radio station, reviews Dan & the Hot Licks' Dec. 9 2007 "Holidaze in Hicksville" show at the High Noon Saloon in Madison. His review features audio links to two interviews he's done with Dan. "...a true treat, as a matter of fact, this one goes down as a classic."
Magazine Jan 2008
Promo piece for the Christmas Jug Band, featuring Dan's answers to a list of questions about life in California's Marin County, and about life in general. Dan's favorite journey? "Going to the post office to check my mail."
Exponent (Purdue University), Lafayette IN, Dec 07 2007
Promo piece for Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks' "Holidaze in Hicksville" show, Lafayette Brewing Co., Dec. 7 2007.
"Hot Licks is an ancient jazz term meaning 'inspired musical phrases,'" Hicks said. "One name I wrote down and rejected was 'The Rag-a-Muffins."
Independent Journal Oct 19 2007
Promo piece for "Ascension of the Blues" at the 142 Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley. Dan sang and provided narration.
"Dan Hicks sang and danced through a Cab Calloway Hi De Ho number..."
April 14 2007
Review of Dan & The Hot Licks' "Salute to the Folk Years" show, McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica CA, by Rex Butters
"Hicks' tribute will inform those not familiar with the subject, and be a welcome reminder for period veterans."
News & Reviews June 15 2006
Review of Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks' June 11 appearance at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA
"...Hicks' masterful manipulations of nostalgia are more a form of psychedelic art than a simple evocation of a [nonexistent] simpler era."
Radio, New York: Dan Hicks -- Words and Music
Dan brought his full band to WFUV's Studio A for a visit with Claudia Marshall. Recorded Feb. 13, 2006
Sound Forever Dec. 18 2005
"The Red Dog Saloon and The Amazing Charlatans - 40 Years Later" by Andrew Lau
An enjoyable history of the Charlatans' groundbreaking 1965 engagement in Virginia City, Nevada.
"The Charlatans weren't the first batch of musicians to take LSD, they just happened to be the band to do it at a point in history when it would have the biggest impact."
Radio (download) February 28
There's great music and informal chat aplenty when Dan and the Hot Licks join host Irene Trudel in the New Jersey studios of WFMU. Dan's live segement begins at about 38:00 into the program.
Radio "Soundcheck" February
Dan joins host John Schaefer in the studio for a chat about things musical. Dan's segment begins about 28:00 into the program.
Old Time Radio Hour (download)
February 07 2005
Hosted by folksinger Michael Johnathon, WoodSongs is the world's first multi-camera, weekly series broadcast on the Internet. The audio is carried on over 400 radio stations. The netcast and taping takes place at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington, KY. Dan and The Hot Licks appeared with Amy Rigby. The above link will take you to WoodSongs' huge program archive of Grassroots, Folk, Americana, Blues, and Bluegrass performances.
News & Review Dec. 09 2004
A kind of non-review of "Selected Shorts",by Jackson Griffith
"...Im just a loner with a boner tonight.
Review of "Selected Shorts" November
National Public Radio music critic Ashley Kahn reviews "Selected Shorts" in general, and the song "Hey Bartender" in particular. He notes Dan's "eccentric attention to detail", and calls "Shorts" "...easily of one his best recordings to date".
Loafing "Sharp Dressed Man" May 20
Nice short piece by Atlanta's Todd A. Prusin, who talks with Dan about the Charlatans, dressing well, and other things.
Hams Radio, UK, July 23 2003
Rob Wheeler of South Hams Radio interviews Dan via mobile phone during Dan & the Hot Licks' UK tour. Also heard are Lickette Susan Rabin and UK Hixter Harry Fulcher. Click the link above for mp3 download. Many thanks to Harry for making this available.
News-Letter), October 15 2002
Actually three short articles/interviews in one. Online magazine Triviana caught up with members of the classic Hot Licks shortly before Dan's 60th Birthday Bash.
July 13 2001
"Fast Train to Hicksville", an article featuring Classic Lickette Maryann Price, who gives us some personal history along with her slant on working with Dan in the 1970s ("A boyfriend told me about a guy who was hard to get along with but needed backup singers...").
Scroll down past the review of techno-pop band 'Air' to read Joel Selvin's review of "The Most Of...", featuring a mention of the often-overlooked tune "Shorty Takes A Dive".
This interview with Dan was published in Atlanta's Creative Loafing weekly, to promote the Hot Licks' appearance at the Music Midtown Festival.
May 06 2001
From National Public Radio. Includes a description of the art in Dan's bathroom, and barbecue grill cleaning tips.
An excellent in-depth interview with Dan from Puremusic monthly music webzine.
December 21 2000
From "...the magazine of global culture" comes this online review of "Beatin' The Heat", that fine CD by our favorite "high-minded maverick".
Weekly, December 21 2000
This article, published in SF Weekly just before the "Christmastime in Hicksville" show at the Great American Music Hall, also quotes Bay Area rock journalist and liner-note writer Alec Palao ("The Amazing Charlatans" and "Early Muses"): "There is no one else who is as unique as he is. There's no one else who sounds like Dan Hicks, who writes like him, who has that dry sense of humor, or has that manner onstage. He's really one of a kind." Lawrence Kay, the author of this article, also has a page about Dan on Slipcue E-Zine, a quirky and interesting music site.
Metro is published in various areas of Northern California; this piece appeared in the Sonoma edition. Dan enjoys a plate of hamburger and onions as the interviewer picks up on his "slightly seedy, surfer boy good looks".
Very nicely done. Pithy words from Dan, with selections from "Beatin' The Heat" in the background.
Francisco Chronicle, September 17 2000
Dan on the Hot Licks name: "It had some other connotations, if you want to think about your tongue. I don't."
Scelsa's Live at Lunch Webcast, Sept. 7, 2000 (download)
Excellent interview, done in Vin's New Jersey living room.
Nice review of "Beatin' The Heat" from an attractive online "cultural arts magazine" which covers folk and traditional music.
Francisco Chronicle, August 29 2000
Joel Selvin gives the Chronicle's highest entertainment rating to "Beatin' The Heat".
Professor of Yodelology, October 05 1997
Dan tries to teach Leah Garchik of the San Francisco Chronicle how to yodel -- with mixed results.
Francisco Chronicle, October 07 1996
Joel Selvin on the rise, demise, and resurrection of the Charlatans; the occasion being the world premiere of "The Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon" at the 1996 Mill Valley Film Festival.