Song of the Day: Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, “Milk Shakin’ Mama”

Singer-songwriter Dan Hicks was born on this day in 1941. Dan’s music ws hard to explain, so I’ll let him explain it…

My music is kind of a blending. We have acoustic instruments. It starts out with kind of a folk music sound, and we add a jazz beat and solos and singing. We have the two girls that sing, and jazz violin, and all that, so it’s kind of light in nature, it’s not loud. And, it’s sort of, in a way, kinda carefree. Most of the songs are, I wouldn’t say funny, but kinda maybe a little humorous. We all like jazz, so we like to play in a jazzy way, with a swing sound you know, so I call it “folk swing”. There are a lot of original tunes that I’ve been writing through the years, so that has its personal touch on it. (Source: Wikipedia)

Here are Dan and His Hot Licks from The Flip Wilson Show in 1972 or 1973 with "Milk Shakin’ Mama."

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