Dan Hicks: A 'Folk-Jazz' Original : World Cafe Throughout Hicks' 40-year career, his eclectic persona, wily wit and quirky combination of cowboy-folk and country-swing music have endeared him to many, including legends such as as Elvis Costello and Willie Nelson. Now, after an eight-year absence, Hicks has released a new album, Tangled Tales.
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Dan Hicks: A 'Folk-Jazz' Original

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Dan Hicks: A 'Folk-Jazz' Original

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Dan Hicks: A 'Folk-Jazz' Original

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Singer-songwriter Dan Hicks is an American original. Since the early '60s, Hicks has been blending swing, jazz, folk and country to create a sound he calls "folk jazz." Hicks' eclectic persona, wily wit and quirky combination of cowboy-folk and country-swing music have endeared him to many, including legends such as Elvis Costello and Willie Nelson.

'The Blues My Naughty Baby Gave To Me'

'Song For My Father'

'Tangled Tales'

'Ragtime Cowboy Joe'

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Hicks spent much of the last eight years away from the music scene, but he's just returned. At 66, Hicks brings back his band The Hot Licks on his new album Tangled Tales, a swirling mix of swing, blues and folk-jazz. It's a knee-shaking collection of originals and covers alike. In this interview, Hicks talks about his many influences, and describes how he's working on his singing. He also discusses his aspirations to be a jazz singer.

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Album
Tangled Tales
Artist
Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks
Label
Surfdog
Released
2009

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