DAN HICKS R.I.P. 1941-2016

February 7, 2016 – 11:37 am

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DAN HICKS R.I.P. 1941-2016

Dan Hicks, who helped keep the traditions of rock’s roots in country, bluegrass and swing alive with his band the Hot Licks, has died on February 6, 2016. He was 74 and had been battling throat and liver cancer for two years. With a style called “folk jazz,” the Hot Licks, which Hick formed in 1967, recorded their first album, 1969’s Original Recordings, for Epic, but when that proved unsuccessful, they moved to the acclaimed boutique label Blue Thumb Records. The three discs they recorded between 1971 and 1973 - Where’s the Money?, Striking It Rich and Last Train to Hicksville… the home of happy feet - saw them build their audience thanks to their combination of pre-rock sounds, musical virtuosity and, as evidenced by their album titles, off-beat sense of humor. But before they could further build upon Last Train‘s No. 67 chart placement, Hicks broke up the Hot Licks. Hicks is perhaps best known for the songs “I Scare Myself”, “Canned Music” and “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?” - ultimateclassicrock.com

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DAN HICKS
Eureka, CA 1986 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Old Town Bar & Grill, Eureka, CA; December 22, 1986. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to johnieappel for sharing the show at Dime.

Thanks also to purdyshawn for helping out with the setlist.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Along Come A Viper 3:14 (5.4MB)
Track 102. Blue Yodeler 7:24 (12.4MB)
Track 103. Up Up Up 6:02 (10.1MB)
Track 104. Bottoms Up! 5:06 (8.6MB)
Track 105. You Wouldn’t Want To Be In My Shoes 5:26 (9.1MB)
Track 106. I Scare Myself 10:43 (18.0MB)
Track 107. Hell I’d Go 4:24 (7.4MB)
Track 108. Milk Shakin Mama 7:08 (12.0MB)
Track 109. Payday Blues 5:00 (8.4MB)
Track 110. Level with Me Laurie 5:07 (8.6MB)
Track 111. The Buzzard was Their Friend 5:38 (9.5MB)
Track 112. I Saved My Lovin’ 6:07 (10.3MB)
72 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. My Sweet 3:14 (5.4MB)
Track 202. Hummin’ To Myself 5:10 (8.7MB)
Track 203. I Hear That Train A Comin Now 4:44 (7.9MB)
Track 204. Texas Kinda Attitude 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 205. Who Are You 8:30 (14.3MB)
Track 206. O Reilly at the Bar 6:38 (11.1MB)
Track 207. A Magician 5:17 (8.9MB)
Track 208. The Guy with the Cool Come On 7:50 (13.2MB)
Track 209. Sweet Lorraine 7:01 (11.8MB)
Track 210. Barstool Boogie 6:39 (11.2MB)
Track 211. How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away? 7:39 (12.8MB)
68 mins

Lineup:
Dan Hicks – rhythm guitar, vocals
Danny Carin – guitar
Fingers – violin
David K Rose - bass

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  1. 10 Responses to “DAN HICKS R.I.P. 1941-2016”

  2. Thanks Big O. Sheesh the Grim Reaper is relentless huh? This is miserable, what a year. Although a life long fan of Dan Hicks’ sound one cannot help but raise a smile too. Anyone who can pen a song called ‘How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away’ was alright in my book
    Rest Easy Dan

    By swappers on Feb 7, 2016

  3. I scare myself and the buzzard..have loved those songs for decades..r.i.p. mr hicks.

    By sluggo on Feb 7, 2016

  4. Long-time Dan fan. Thanks, Big-O. You can never have enough Dan Hicks.

    By stevo58 on Feb 7, 2016

  5. its always a pleasure to listen to Dan Hicks music. RIP. Thanks bigO.

    Pokey LaFarge might be a worthy successor, but Dan Hicks is the original.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXzEVLSoVqw

    By barth on Feb 7, 2016

  6. Dan and his joyful, moody and tuneful songs will be missed. Thanks for sharing this show. ‘How do you make that thing fly?’

    By Rex Chickeneater on Feb 8, 2016

  7. Saw him several times. Used to play how can I miss you, to the ex, all the time. She finally DID go away. RIP Dan.

    By jimg on Feb 8, 2016

  8. 74 seems to be the new 27. A lot of performers are now dying of natural causes at an age when a lot of people, of all stripes, die of natural causes.

    By MrBill on Feb 8, 2016

  9. To be honest dont know a lot about Mr Hicks and his music but ill give it a listen,another loss to the music world in such a short time this new year very sad RIP Mr Hicks

    By COREY M on Feb 8, 2016

  10. The Charlatans were OK, but the Hot Licks heightened and ruled the genre. They reminded everyone about basic “old timey” roots music. They were very cool and Dan will be missed! Thanks for this show. If you like this, look for some R.Crumb shows with the “Cheap Suit Serenaders”.

    By Richard Galuppo on Feb 8, 2016

  11. Thanks for posting. I had the opportunity of catching Dan way back in the 70’s in Cowtown Ballroom in KCMO. It was a memorable evening.

    By Tony Quintero/KCMO on Feb 11, 2016

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