April 29th, 2010, 3:00 pm by Greg
April 21st, 2010, 2:02 pm by Greg
Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks
“We understand Dan is in the building,” the big man with the untamed duck-tail haircut and weight-challenged Elvis sideburns informed us at the start of the show. “Stay tuned for further developments.”
Our helpful announcer was, of course, Dan Hicks, who has been doling out Texas Swing and deadpan humor for over forty-five years, ever since (as he so diplomatically put it) “I was living in San Francisco (and) you were living in Troy!” Regional smackdown aside, the Arkansas native had the eventually-packed Swyer Theatre laughing and clapping from the opening Django Reinhardt instrumental “Avalon” to the easy blues closer “Four or Five Times.”
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“I remember that my parents had some sort of console record player – a big, blond console deal. I remember that we had real kind of straight-sounding stuff like Lawrence Welk and Ferrante & Teicher – that kind of stuff.
I don’t really remember whether it was the first album that I ever bought, but one of those very first ones was a Benny Goodman album that I bought when I was in high school. It was called ‘The King of Swing’ or something like that. I may still have that album. Jazzy stuff, that’s what I liked back then.”
Dan Hicks leads the current edition of his band the Hot Licks into The Egg in Albany on Friday night, sharing the stage with bluesman John Hammond.