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Surfdog Records honors Dan Hicks on the first anniversary of his passing

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Today, as we mark the first anniversary of Dan Hicks passing, Surfdog Records is honored to announce the release of Greatest Licks – I Feel Like Singin’, an extraordinary compilation album paying tribute and celebrating Dan’s life and legacy.

Called “An American Treasure,” by Elvis Costello, Dan created an iconic blend of hipster jazz, gypsy swing and country that still resonates as strongly today as it did when Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks came roaring onto the scene with their unique, genre-bending sound in the late 1960’s

Greatest Licks is set for vinyl, CD and digital release on February 24, 2017.   Starting February 10th, those placing pre-orders will receive a never-before-released version of, “Strike It While It’s Hot!”  In addition, the album also includes a never-before-released version of “I Don’t Want Love.”  All tracks on “Greatest Licks” were re-mastered for vinyl from the original analog tapes.

The collection was produced by Dave Darling (Brian Setzer, Glen Campbell) and Dave Kaplan, owner/CEO of Surfdog Records and a lifelong fan of Dan’s, “Some of my favorite and fun times were making music with Dan,” said Kaplan.  “I am really proud to have worked with him over the past 17 years, and to call him a friend.”

Dan Hicks and his music is revered by some of music’s beloved legends including Tom Waits, Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, Jimmy Buffett, Rickie Lee Jones, Brian Setzer, Bette Midler and so many others.

In August of 1973, after releasing three critically acclaimed albums, appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and just as the band was enjoying commercial success with “Last Train to Hicksville,” Dan succumbed to his own internal and external pressures – breaking up the band and becoming reclusive.   “Where’s The Money?”, “Striking It Rich” and “Last Train to Hicksville” were all released at the height of the band’s popularity, but for Dan, it was time to move on.  He continued to write and record, but would eventually embark on a 22-year hiatus from recording as a frontman.

Years later, Kaplan remembered Hicks as an artist who captivated and touched his heart as a youngster, whose music and performance during an appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, had reached through the television and inspired him. Hicks’ impression on Kaplan was so profound, that when Kaplan’s work allowed him the means, he tracked Dan down and convinced him to sign a new deal – releasing records for his Surfdog imprint.  It was the start to the prolific final 17 years of Hick’s career and life – with the release of Beatin’ the Heat in 2000, featuring guests Tom Waits, Rickie Lee Jones and Brian Setzer.

Sadly, at the time of Dan’s passing, he was only mid-way through finishing his memoir.  Fortunately, author Kristine McKenna (former LA Times critic and co-author of David Lynch’s “Live & Work” among many other notable books) picked up where Dan left off and has finished his extraordinary life story.  “I Scare Myself” will be published by Jawbone Press on April 18, 2017, in softcover and very limited-edition hardcover editions.  It includes a heartfelt forward by life-long fan, Elvis Costello and afterword by friend and former record label boss, Tommy LiPuma.

Since the beginning, Hicks deftly blended elements of multiple American musical art forms to create a sound that the New York Times calls “defiantly unfashionable, proudly eccentric & foot-tappingly catchy.”  His lyrics range from the simply sublime to the sublimely ridiculous, all presented with his uniquely skewed and inscrutable touch.  Songs like “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?” as described again by the Times, “display his dry and often absurd wit, as did his gently self-mocking stage presence.”  But Hicks had his serious side as well; “I Scare Myself”, described as “a longtime staple of his repertoire, was a brooding, hypnotic ballad about being afraid to love.”  Hicks’ irresistible sense of rhythm, hip lyrical styling, laid back vocalizing, and infamous on-stage wit lasted well through his final recordings on Surfdog.

Hicks was revered by his musical peers, never following the status quo.  As friend & famed producer Tommy LiPuma put it, “Dan was short on bullshit, and long on talent.”  Featuring 11 classic Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks songs (the CD & digital versions contain a 12th bonus track), this exceptional anthology from one of music’s true originals, showcases Hicks’ musical genius and encapsulates his unparalleled career.

“I will always be humble to my dying day.  On my dying day I will explain to the world how lucky they have been to be alive the same time as me.”       – Dan Hicks, 2013

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Hear a few tracks from Richard Cheese in The LEGO Batman Movie!

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Surfdog artist, Richard Cheese has not one, but TWO tracks in The LEGO Batman Movie out in theaters February 10th.

Check out the trailer!

Brian received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime achievement award on this day in ’99!

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
18 years ago today, Brian received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime achievement award! Here’s a picture of him and John Fogerty.

“The Knife Feels Like Justice” Turns 31!

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Today marks the 31st anniversary of “The Knife Feels Like Justice,” a track off Brian’s first solo album.

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks: Greatest Licks – I Feel Like Singin’ is now available for pre-order!

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

 

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Dan Hicks is an American Treasure,” so says Elvis Costello and perhaps half of the music world who worshiped Dan and his timeless tunes.  Dan Hicks created a pioneering blend of hipster jazz, gypsy swing and country that still resonates as strongly today as it did when Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks came roaring onto the scene with their unique, genre-bending sound in the late ’60s — when rock was getting louder, Dan threw it back to a simpler time.

As we mark the first anniversary of his passing (February 6th) Surfdog Records is paying tribute to the legend of Dan Hicks with a compilation album in celebration of his life and legacy.  Greatest Licks – I Feel Like Singin’ is set for vinyl & CD release, as well as digital, on February 24, 2017 with pre-orders available now.

Since the beginning, Hicks deftly blended elements of multiple American musical art forms to create a sound that the New York Times calls “defiantly unfashionable, proudly eccentric & foot-tappingly catchy.”  His lyrics range from the simply sublime to the sublimely ridiculous, all presented with his uniquely skewed and inscrutable touch.  Songs like “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?,” as described again by the Times, “display his dry and often absurd wit, as did his gently self-mocking stage presence.”  But Hicks had his serious side as well; “I Scare Myself”, described as “a longtime staple of his repertoire, was a brooding, hypnotic ballad about being afraid to love.”  Hicks’ irresistible sense of rhythm, hip lyrical styling, laid back vocalizing, and infamous on-stage wit lasted well through his final recordings on Surfdog.

Dan was revered by his musical peers, never following the status quo.  As friend & famed producer Tommy LiPuma put it, “Dan was short on bullshit, and long on talent.”  Featuring 11 classic Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks songs (the CD & digital versions contain a 12th bonus track), this amazing anthology from one of music’s true originals, showcases Hicks’ musical genius and encapsulates his unparalleled career.

“I will always be humble to my dying day.  On my dying day I will explain to the world how lucky they have been to be alive the same time as me.”       – Dan Hicks, 2013

Track Listing for Greatest Licks – I Feel Like Singin’:

  1. Strike It While It’s Hot!
  2.  Where’s The Money?
  3. That Ain’t Right
  4. I Scare Myself
  5. I Don’t Want Love
  6. Tangled Tales
  7. How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?
  8. The Piano Has Been Drinkin’
  9. That’s Where I Am
  10. Hey Bartender
  11. I Feel Like Singin’
  12. The Blues My Naughty Baby Gave To Me  *CD & DIGITAL – ONLY BONUS TRACK

Banding Together’s Annual Fundraiser

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Surfdog is a proud supporter of Banding Together, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide music therapy, mentorships, and instruments to youth with special needs. Banding Together’s annual fundraiser will be at The Belly Up, Saturday, February 4th 30th at 12:30pm. It will be a fun afternoon with live music from Tim Flannery, Barnwell Shift, and Tolan Shaw. Click here or more details and tickets!

“Badfish” was released as a single this month back in ’93!

Friday, January 13th, 2017
In true Sublime fashion, the band sent out a tin of sardines to help promote their single “Badfish” back in ’93. Check out the music video below!

 

Help out Sweet Relief Musicians and bid on a Gretsch guitar signed by Brian!

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
Help Brian support Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and bid on a chance to win a signed guitar!
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need!

Congrats to The Brian Setzer Orchestra on their most successful tour yet!!

Friday, December 30th, 2016

The 13th annual Christmas Rocks! tour presented by SiriusXM wrapped up last night in Santa Rosa. Thanks for making it the most successful one yet!! Check out some pictures below

End of year Sublime sale!

Monday, December 26th, 2016

End 2016 off right with some Sublime goods up to 40% off! Click here to check it out!