I first heard Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks on an episode of Austin City Limits in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s:
This encounter led me to the Mills Brothers, The Andrews Sisters and, especially important, to Django Reinhardt. Suddenly that hokey old music seemed cool… and Hicks’ dry humor delivery only made it more appealing.
I got a chance to see the reunited Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks in the beautifully restored Grand Theater in Ellsworth, Maine in around 2007… two things about that show stand out; #1 he did a version of the standard “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”:
“Missed the toilet last night
Peed all over the floor
Cleaned it up with my toothbrush
Don’t Brush my teeth much anymore”
Which had me rolling and I still serenade towards my unappreciative wife and;
#2 we were from a small town 200 miles north of this theater and some of the local drunken obnoxious residents of this small town also managed to show up at this concert, small world.
Anyway, I have a fair copy of Last Train To Hicksville… the home of happy feet and it is freeking awesome! The standout song for me is The Euphonius Whale, invite your kids, they’ll love it!