Dan Hicks rocks at Twisted Oak

By July 04, 2013

Twisted Oak Winery is pleased to announce the next concert of the 2013 Twisted Folk Concert Series — the unique and legendary Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks.

“Just like many of our wines, Dan Hicks takes many different elements and fuses them into a new whole that is both tasty and fun,” said winery co-owner Jeff Stai. “Whether it’s folk, jazz, country, swing, bluegrass, pop or even gypsy music, Hicks makes it his own unique sound.”

Beginning as a drummer in the seminal ’60s San Francisco rock band The Charlatans and continuing with his unique and legendary Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Hicks is widely acknowledged as one of the defining figures in American roots music.

Having earned a reputation as a true original with his signature eclecticism and humor, Hicks continues to carve his way through a number of genres from proto-psychedelia to western swing and jazz, from Tin Pan Alley to country blues — all the while cultivating his own unique sound.

The original Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks recorded five ground-breaking and Billboard-charting records for the Columbia, Blue Thumb and Warner Bros. labels. They toured worldwide and Hicks appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine three times.

Throughout the ’60s and ’70s there was no one who sounded at all like Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, and remarkably, nearly 40 years later, there still isn’t.

Hicks has re-assembled the Hot Licks and getting back into the swing of regularly recording and touring, he has proven once again that the king of hipster-chic will always be Dan Hicks.

This newest incarnation of Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks released the wildly successful “Beatin’ the Heat” in 2000, featuring collaborations with Bette Midler, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Rickie Lee Jones and Brian Setzer. That release was followed by the live CD “Alive & Lickin’” in 2001.

Late 2003 saw the DVD/CD release of “Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks — Featuring An All Star Cast of Friends,” a spectacular concert and video project that reunited Hicks with virtually every musician he has ever played and recorded with.

In 2005 the next studio release was “Selected Shorts” featuring special guests Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, Gibby Haynes, Jim Keltner and Van Dyke Parks. It was widely touted as the band’s best CD to date.

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks 10th studio CD in 2009,” Tangled Tales,” was produced by Grammy-winner Chris Goldsmith. The widely acclaimed release on Surfdog Records features all new Dan Hicks original songs and special guests David Grisman, Roy Rogers and Charlie Musselwhite, among others.

The very first and long-awaited Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks Christmas album was released in October 2010 — “Crazy For Christmas,” also produced by Goldsmith. Called one of the Best of 2010 by the Village Voice, “Crazy For Christmas” also landed on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart.

A hot dinner will be available for purchase, along with yummy Twisted Oak wine, brownies by Wren Catering, popcorn and soft drinks. Concertgoers are welcome to bring their own picnics but no outside alcoholic beverages should be brought in.

Seating at Twisted Folk concerts is outdoor festival style, first-come, first-served – bring a low beach-type chair or a blanket. On top of a hill, there is always an evening breeze and it can be chilly after dark so concertgoers should plan ahead.

Twisted Oak Winery is located at 4280 Red Hill Road, Vallecito, in the foothills of Calaveras County.

The concert is Saturday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are $25 and $22 for Twisted Few wine club members, or $30 at the gate, if available. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

For more information or to purchase tickets call 209-736-9080 or visit the Website at

Twisted Oak

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