DAN HICKS AND THE HOT LICKS’ “Tangled Tales”

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks(Surfdog, 2009): Hicks was the ultimate hipster when he launched his recording career back in the ’70s with a unique blend of acoustic swing and Gypsy jazz that was at once nostalgic and surreal. Other than the members of the Hot Licks, nothing much else has changed over the years, and even the band’s sound has remained intact despite the revolving musicianship. This new batch of a dozen delightful tunes includes Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” the campfire classic “Ragtime Cowboy Joe” and the jaunty jug band gem “The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me.” In true fashion, the laconic Hicks makes them all sound like his own.

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks: Tangled Tales

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