A Tribute to Dan Hicks, plus modern swing, and lots of yodeling!
Written by Randy Black on February 16, 2016
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
Jacob Miller & the Bridge City Crooners
Texas Kitty Prins
Viking Twang Episode 78, February 16, 2016
Good morning, welcome to Viking Twang Episode 78. My name is Randy Black. So did you watch the Grammys last night? Yeah, me neither. I was too busy putting together this swinging show. We’re going to play a tribute to the late Dan Hicks, who passed away a week ago last Saturday, in the second set, followed by a set of yodeling, because you can never have enough yodeling! But first, a set of modern day swing music, starting with Portland’s own Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners.
1 – Turkey Red, W.C. Beck & the Portland Country Underground
2 — A Love Like This; Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners. The title track from our local favorites’ new album; Jacob wrote that song.
3 – The Devil Ain’t Lazy; Pokey LaFarge. That’s a Fred Rose song from 1947, Pokey released it on his self-titled 2013 album.
4 – When Your Lips are Playing My Kazoo; The Two Man Gentlemen Band. Andy Bean and Fuller Condon from their 2007 album, Heavy Petting; Andy wrote this song.
5 – It’s A Good Thing; Dom Flemons. The former Carolina Chocolate Drop from his 2014 album, Prospect Hill; the song is from about 1928 by Frank Stokes and Dan Sane of the Beale Street Shieks.
6 – Why Don’t You Do Right? Carolina Chocolate Drops. Rhiannon Giddens sings this 1936 song written by Kansas Joe McCoy, who was Memphis Minnie’s husband, and made a hit in 1942 by Peggy Lee.
7 – Swingin’ With Django; Pete Krebs & the Kung Pao Chickens. The longtime Laurelthirst stalwarts; that’s a Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli song from Kungs’ 2000 album, Hot Ginger and Dynamite.
Dan Hicks passed away Feb. 6 at the age of 74. He was a member of the first great San Francisco hippie band, the Charlatans, before spending most of the rest of his life as the leader of Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, bringing a swing edge to hippie music. Thanks to his old bandmate, Turtle Vandemarr, for suggesting the songs in this set.
8 – I’ve Got A Capo on my Brain; from his 2003 album, San Francisco Live.
9 – Cowboy’s Dream No. 19; from 1973’s Last Train to Hicksville.
10 – News from Up The Street; An early recording released on 2001’s The Most of Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks.
11 – Reeling Down; From 1971’s Where’s the Money.
12 – Fujiyama; that’s from 1972’s Striking It Rich.
13 – The Buzzard Was Their Friend; Live from the Troubadour in Hollywood in 1971, from Where’s the Money?
14 – I Scare Myself; probably his most popular song; from Striking It Rich.
We’ll finish this with a set from the humongous, 99-song collection, American Yodeling.
15 – She Taught Me To Yodel; Kenny Roberts. Called the America’s Yodeling Cowboy; he gave Bill Haley his first break. This is from right around 1950.
16 – Mule Train Yodel Blues; Texas Kitty Prins. From the Netherlands; she recorded this in 1958.
17 – Hawaiian Cowboy; Roy Rogers. The great cowboy star; this is from 1947.
18 – That’s How the Yodel Was Born; Elton Britt. The writer of the WWII song, “There’s a Star Spangled Banner Flying Somewhere;” this is from 1955.
19 — Twang Theme; the Countrypolitans.