Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks

By Dave McIntyre, Lyons Bluesologist

In a career that has its start in the beginnings of the San Francisco rock music scene as a drummer for the nearly forgotten rock group, the Charlatans (the band that some say, “started it all”), through a series of classic recordings in the 1970’s as leader of Dan Hicks and

the Hot Licks (a Django Reinhardt-flavored acoustic ensemble), Dan Hicks has always been brand-name musical entertainment. He is a sly, wry laconic voice of reason in an often bewildering world. Too arch, and perhaps caustic for mainstream acclaim in the long run, Hicks nevertheless endeared himself greatly to a fanatical few asking the musical questions, “Where’s The Money?

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