Tangled Tales

Tangled Tales

by Dan Hicks



Dan Hicks has hardly changed a thing in the four decades since the first Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks record and, in this case, that's a good thing. Why mess with perfection? In the late '60s, after exiting San Francisco's infamous psychedelic folk-rock pioneers the Charlatans, Hicks took bits from Western swing and the regular kind, jug band music, traditional folk, bluegrass, cowboy tunes, Gypsy jazz, and even a bit of bossa nova, added female call-and-response vocals and a healthy dose of droll sarcasm and hipster humor, put it all together in impeccably written tunes and virtuosic playing, and somehow sold this unlikely package to audiences that otherwise preferred rock & roll. He's dropped the Hot Licks at times to perform solo and in other configurations, then after the turn of the century decided to return to that formula with an all new Hot Licks. The latest result is Tangled Tales, an album that could easily have been released alongside those early gems like Where's the Money? and Original Recordings instead of in 2009. Hicks' distinctly original vocal style is absolutely unchanged from back in the day, and the arrangements of the chosen tunes are in line with what he's always done. Five of these songs appeared in different versions on his 1994 album Shootin' Straight with his short-lived group the Acoustic Warriors, but here they are recast as classic Hot Licks numbers. In addition to the original Hicks compositions, the album offers a handful of intriguing covers, including a spirited take on Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and Hicks' interpretation of Horace Silver's "Song for My Father," with lyrics added to the instrumental melody by singer Leon Thomas in the '70s. For the occasion, Hicks invited several diverse guest artists to augment the current band, among them mandolinist David Grisman, harmonica ace Charlie Musselwhite, violinist Richard Greene, and blues guitarist Roy Rogers. That they all blend seamlessly into the Hicks template is a tribute to Hicks' impact in a genre that is truly his and his alone.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/2009
Label: Surfdog Records Ada
UPC: 0640424999841
catalogNumber: 517618

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dan Hicks   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Musselwhite   Harmonica,Soloist
Roy Rogers   Guitar,Slide Guitar,Soloist
Bruce Forman   Guitar,12-string Guitar,Soloist
Richard Greene   Violin
Dave Bell   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
David Grisman   Mandolin,Soloist
John Rosenberg   Piano
Brian Simpson   Percussion,Drums
Austin DeLone   Accordion
Paul Smith   Bass Guitar
John "No-One" Hunter   Strings
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott   Violin,Soloist
Paul "Scooby" Smith   String Bass
Roberta Donnay   Vocals
Richard Chon   Mandolin,Violin
John Hunter   Strings
R.C. Joe   Timpani
Daria   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Dan Hicks   Arranger,Composer
Jimmy Hoyson   Engineer
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks   Arranger
Dave Kaplan   Executive Producer
Chris Felver   Still Pictures
Grant Clarke   Composer
Charles R. McCarron   Composer
Maurice Abrahams   Composer
Chris Goldsmith   Producer
Paul "Scooby" Smith   translation
Lewis F. Muir   Composer
Carey Morgan   Composer

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