Beatin' the Heat

Beatin' the Heat

by Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks



For the first time in a quarter century, veteran acoustic warrior Dan Hicks reconstitutes his legendarily eclectic combo, the Hot Licks, for a new album. The result, which frames Hicks's distinctive voice with smoothly blended vocal harmonies and supple grooves, was worth the wait. Hicks opens the soulful 15-track collection with "My Cello," an airy, flirtatious bit of business that leads the way to a sizzlingly jazzy duet with Bette Midler on "Strike It While It's Hot." Elsewhere, Rickie Lee Jones weaves shimmering harmonies around Hicks's lead on a new version of the Hicks classic "I Scare Myself." The album's stellar musical cast also includes Brian Setzer, Tom Waits, and Elvis Costello, but it's Hicks's relaxed tenor and edgy, versatile jazz phrasing that form the heart of the music here. As the artist sings while negotiating an outer-space journey in "Hell I'll Go!," this may just be his hippest trip yet.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2000
Label: Surfdog Records Ada
UPC: 0720616711328
catalogNumber: 67113

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks   Primary Artist
Bette Midler   Vocals
Elvis Costello   Vocals
Rickie Lee Jones   Vocals
Tom Waits   Vocals
Karla DeVito   Vocals
Brian Setzer   Guitar
Sid Page   Violin
Gary Hoey   Guitar
Gregg Bissonette   Drums
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Brian Godchaux   Mandolin,Violin
Dan Hicks   Guitar,Vocals
Jay Leach   Banjo,Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Paul Robinson   Guitar
John Rosenberg   Piano
Red Young   Keyboards
Brie Darling   Percussion
Randy Landas   Bass
Novi Novog   Violin
James Dorsey   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jessica Harper   Vocals,Background Vocals
Eugene Hudson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tom Mitchell   Guitar
Dave Darling   Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Vibes
Kevin Smith   Upright Bass
Bucket Baker   Drums
David P. Jackson   Accordion,Keyboards
Wendy Mull   Tap Dance
Darrell Reynolds   Vocals

Technical Credits

Gary Hoey   Arranger,Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Gregory Leroy Dewey   Composer
Dan Hicks   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes,Illustrations
John Holbrook   Engineer
Jeff Peters   Engineer
Jim Wirt   Engineer
CJ Eiriksson   Engineer
Dave Kaplan   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Donat Kazarinoff   Engineer
Peter Walberg   Art Direction
Jim Danis   Engineer
Ciaran Cahill   Engineer
Joel Kaufman   Engineer
Dave Darling   Producer,Vibe Master
Laura Pebsworth   Art Direction

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Beatin' the Heat 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks in Cowtown Ballroom in Kansas City, MO. in the mid 70's. He transformed that fabled concert hall into a new musical dimension. It was swing, it was blues, it was country & it was all rockin'. In Charlie Parker's hometown, he gave us a lesson in musical diversity that I'll never forget. ''I Scare Myself'' is one of the best songs of the last 100 years.