Music with Marty Duda
Music of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks emerged from the late 1960s San Francisco scene that included The Grateful Dead & Jefferson Airplane. Hicks was drummer for The Charlatans, a band considered among the first to feature "The San Francisco Sound". Hicks formed The Hot Licks in 1968 combining Western Swing, country, rock, folk, jug band and jazz into something truly unique at the time, paving the way for artists like Tom Waits, Leon Redbone and Rickie Lee Jones. Their first album, 1969's Original Recordings is an overlooked classic. Hicks struggled with the idea of being a band leader and the band went through several incarnations throughout the 1970s, releasing a series of albums and establishing themselves as a superior live act. Dan Hicks has been performing constantly with various versions of The Hot Licks until recently, when he was diagnosed with liver cancer this year.