Yet another week. Saints be praised. Here we are with this little gem by Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, who I blogged about a couple months back. I bought this shortly after his death for what I believe was $1 from Sig’s Lagoon, which I no longer go to because I tend to leave there with 30+ records per trip. No slight against Sig’s and on the contrary, I highly recommend it for a record shop. Overall, I did well this year in really limiting my purchases but I still have a ways to go before I can really splurge again. And as previously noted, shopping for records was my favorite part of this blog.
But here we are with the first record from Mr Hicks and his Licks of Hot. Released in 1969, it features the first line up of the band with Sid Page, Sherry Snow, Christine Gancher, Jamie Leopold, and Jon Weber. This line up would break up in 1971.
I did not know this but Hicks got his start playing drums in the psychedelic rock band, The Charlatans. This is most likely the reason why we have the Charlatans UK. Anyway, towards the end of his tenure, Hicks moved to front the band.
But back to this record, here is the folk, country, swing, jazz combination that made Hicks and his Hot Licks famous. Pretty good album and it includes one of his more famous songs, “I Scare Myself”. Overall, real good effort.
For a sample, I wanted to use the song above but after hearing “Jukie’s Ball” I was drawn to it for no other reason than they name check a Jimmy in the intro, even if it is a wooden dummy.
Great little record. Satisfactory.