[lastfm]Dan Hicks[/lastfm] is more than just a man – he’s an institution. Up and down each of this country’s fine coasts he is known as an entertainer, a clever songwriter, and someone who’s a darn good time to be around. After a lifetime in the music business, one might think there’s no new territory for Hicks to conquer. But as sure as the sleigh bells are a-ringin’, Hicks is on the verge of becoming a Christmas institution as well. He and his band the Hot Licks have created a holiday album that defines the term “instant classic.” Street Date persuaded Hicks to visit our studio this holiday season to perform tracks off Crazy For Christmas. Click through to watch their performance.
Riding into town just as the year’s first cold snap fell on New York City, [lastfm]Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks[/lastfm] arrived at the studio full of holiday cheer and ready to rock ‘n roll. Their setup includes a fiddle, a stand-up bass, two guitars and two sublimely sweet singers. Hicks’ demeanor and vocal style are closer to Garrison Keillor than Burl Ives, but make no mistake – these songs are pure Christmas bliss. And they’re completely original. There’s nothing even remotely resembling a sample on the two holiday songs they performed: “Christmas Mornin'” and “Christmas By The Tail.”
“Christmas By The Tail”
Dan Hicks is a born storyteller, and that was evident right from the start of this interview. If you liked what you heard on the two Christmas songs, give Hicks another minute of your time and listen in on his interview. ‘Witty’ and ‘charming’ are both words that would describe [lastfm]Dan Hicks[/lastfm], though neither adjective comes close to describing the twinkle that winks from this man’s eye. We’ll let him explain…
Dan Hicks Interview
As a special treat for the Street Date readers Hicks performed a non-holiday tune, the toe-tapper he calls “Canned Music.” Check it out.