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Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks' Crazy for Christmas out now

Hailed as, “The eternal hipster, purveyor of the drollest and most swingin' tunes the rock generation ever enjoyed” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks have hijacked the holidays and created a Christmas album you’ll enjoy all year long. Released on October 12, 2010 through Surfdog Records, Crazy For Christmas is classic Hot Licks, full of the same dry wit and musical brilliance that has defined Dan Hicks’ music for the past four decades and established him as one of American music’s true cult heroes.

“We wanted to have the Hot Licks sound going, with our signature violin and guitar and two girls backing me up and the tongue-in-cheek approach to the material and the delivery. Keeping it swingin’, keeping it light, with lots of good solos and some cool scat stuff,” explains Dan Hicks. “It’s a Christmas album, yes, but first and foremost it’s a Hot Licks album.” Crazy For Christmas covers it all - with Hicks originals “I’ve Got Christmas By The Tail” and the humorous “Santa’s Workshop” nestled in with classics (done Hicks’ style) like “Here Comes Santa Claus” and an amazing original take on “Carol Of The Bells.” Of course, no Dan Hicks holiday album would be complete without a few irreverent parodies including “Christmas Mornin’” (done in the tune of Hicks’ hit “Where’s The Money”) and “Santa Got A Choo-Choo” (a Hicks re-write and salute to “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie”).

Crazy For Christmas comes on the heels of Hicks’ critically acclaimed 2009 release Tangled Tales. The recording, dubbed an “irreverent, rowdy, even dangerous distillation of real American music,” by the East Bay Express, proved once-and-for-all that Hicks’ undeniable musical legacy is still evolving. “Talk about a rugged, all-American individual,” the LA Weekly reviewed, “Dan Hicks has plowed deep furrows through some of the most fertile pop music territory known to man, and during it all has maintained both his own distinct, light yet emphatic touch and a pace that's always kept him more than a few steps ahead of his colleagues.”

Dan Hicks began his career in 1965 as the drummer for psychedelic San Francisco rock band The Charlatans before forming the acoustic ensemble Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. His unique songwriting and blend of styles, masterful folk-swing guitar playing, and unmistakable sense of humor have made him a cultural icon, landing Hicks on the cover of Rolling Stone twice and provoking Tom Waits to say, “Dan Hicks is fly, sly, wily and dry” while Elvis Costello proclaimed him “an American treasure.”

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks are on tour this fall with their always over-the-top “Holidaze in Hicksville” extravaganza.

The complete list of tour dates is as follows:

Friday, November 19 O'Shaughnessy Center Whitefish MT

Saturday, November 27 Appel Farm Arts and Music Center Elmer NJ

Sunday, November 28 The Turning Point Piermont NY

Tuesday, November 30 City Winery New York NY

Wednesday, December 1 Barns at Wolftrap Vienna VA

Thursday, December 2 Greensburg Garden and Civic Center Greensburg PA

Friday, December 3 Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA

Saturday, December 4 The Met Cafe Pawtucket RI

Tuesday, December 7 Wood Fire Dowagiac MI

Wednesday, December 8 Wealthy Theatre Grand Rapids MI

Thursday, December 9 Kent Stage Kent OH

Saturday, December 11 McCabe's Guitar Shop and Concert Hall Santa Monica CA

Wednesday, December 15 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA

Friday, December 17 The Center for the Arts Grass Valley CA

Wednesday, December 22 Yoshi's Oakland CA

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks Release Crazy For Christmas

Hailed as, “The eternal hipster, purveyor of the drollest and most swingin' tunes the rock generation ever enjoyed” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks have hijacked the holidays and created a Christmas album you’ll enjoy all year long. Set for release on October 12, 2010 through Surfdog Records, Crazy For Christmas is classic Hot Licks, full of the same dry wit and musical brilliance that has defined Dan Hicks’ music for the past four decades and established him as one of American music’s true cult heroes.

“We wanted to have the Hot Licks sound going, with our signature violin and guitar and two girls backing me up and the tongue-in-cheek approach to the material and the delivery. Keeping it swingin’, keeping it light, with lots of good solos and some cool scat stuff,” explains Hicks. “It’s a Christmas album, yes, but first and foremost it’s a Hot Licks album.”

Crazy For Christmas covers it all - with Hicks originals “I’ve Got Christmas By The Tail” and the humorous “Santa’s Workshop” nestled in with classics (done Hicks’ style) like “Here Comes Santa Claus” and an amazing original take on “Carol Of The Bells.” Of course, no Dan Hicks holiday album would be complete without a few irreverent parodies including “Christmas Mornin’” (done in the tune of Hicks’ hit “Where’s The Money”) and “Santa Got A Choo-Choo” (a Hicks re-write and salute to “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie”).

Crazy For Christmas comes on the heels of Hicks’ critically acclaimed 2009 release Tangled Tales. The recording, dubbed an “irreverent, rowdy, even dangerous distillation of real American music,” by the East Bay Express, proved once-and-for-all that Hicks’ undeniable musical legacy is still evolving. “Talk about a rugged, all-American individual,” the LA Weekly reviewed, “Dan Hicks has plowed deep furrows through some of the most fertile pop music territory known to man, and during it all has maintained both his own distinct, light yet emphatic touch and a pace that's always kept him more than a few steps ahead of his colleagues.”

Dan Hicks began his career in 1965 as the drummer for psychedelic San Francisco rock band The Charlatans before forming the acoustic ensemble Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. His unique songwriting and blend of styles, masterful folk-swing guitar playing, and unmistakable sense of humor have made him a cultural icon, landing Hicks on the cover of Rolling Stone twice and provoking Tom Waits to say, “Dan Hicks is fly, sly, wily and dry” while Elvis Costello proclaimed him “an American treasure.”

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks are on tour this fall, including a run of his always over-the-top “Holidaze in Hicksville” extravaganza beginning in late November. This year, Holidaze in Hicksville shows will feature a live performance of Crazy for Christmas in its entirety, as well as several Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks classics. A complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is included below.

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks Crazy For Christmas Track List

1. Christmas Mornin’
2. Santa Gotta Choo-Choo
3. Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit
4. Carol Of The Bells
5. Run Run Rudolph
6. Santa’s Workshop
7. Old Fashioned Christmas
8. Cool Yule
9. I’ve Got Christmas By The Tail
10. I Saw Mommy Kissin’ Santa Claus
11. Here Comes Santa Claus
12. Under The Mistletoe

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks tour dates are as follows:

Friday, October 22 The ArtsCenter Carrboro NC
Saturday, October 23 Gibson Theatre Shelby NC
Sunday, October 24 Eddie's Attic Decatur GA
Friday, November 19 O'Shaughnessy Center Whitefish MT

Holidaze in Hicksville performances:

Saturday, November 27 Appel Farm Arts and Music Center Elmer NJ
Tuesday, November 30 City Winery New York NY
Wednesday, December 1 Barns at Wolftrap Vienna VA
Thursday, December 2 Greensburg Garden and Civic Center Greensburg PA
Friday, December 3 Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA
Saturday, December 4 The Met Cafe Pawtucket RI
Tuesday, December 7 Wood Fire Dowagiac MI
Wednesday, December 8 Wealthy Theatre Grand Rapids MI
Thursday, December 9 Kent Stage Kent OH
Saturday, December 11 McCabe's Guitar Shop and Concert Hall Santa Monica CA
Wednesday, December 15 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA

(More dates to be added soon…)

Steve Kimock News: Holy Kimoto, Furthurmore, Harmony, GOTV & more!

Beginning this Monday May 31st @ Furthurmore, Steve Kimock hits the 2010 festival circuit with full-band appearances, special guest performers and a string of intimate sets and workshops scattered around the beautiful countryside.

Some news for you East Coasters...Steve Kimock Crazy Engine welcomes long-time friends and very special guests Bernie Worrell and Bobby Vega for a number of select festivals from July 30-Aug 1, which include Gathering of the Vibes, the 25th Annual Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash as well as a show at the Sellersville Theater. This special cast of characters is sure to bring a funky backbeat to the engine.

Other unique scheduled performances include: an intimate show in his home town of Bethlehem at Godfrey Daniels on June 4th; special guest appearances with 7 Walkers, Galactic and Slightly Stoopid at Harmony Festival (June 11-12th); Wavy Gravy's All Star Jam at the Great American Music Hall; a rare musical experience with Marco Benevento at the River Street Jazz Café on June 17th; a California & Colorado debut of Holy Kimoto! at Furthurmore (also playing with Everyone Orchestra) and Ned Fest (Aug 29th); a reunion with Youssoupha Sidibe and the Mystic Rhythms Band at the Starbelly Jam in BC; guest artist at the National Guitar Workshop; and of course, a number of other shows and festival appearances with his touring project Steve Kimock Crazy Engine featuring Melvin Seals, which include Grateful Fest at Nelson Ledges, Targhee Fest, the Summer Music Festival, Hoxeyville Fest and Ned Fest.

For full SUMMER SCHEDULE visit www.kimock.com/shows


Steve Kimock News: 4/20, NYC Acoustic- VIP tickets, SKCE tour

Beginning on 4/20, Kimock joins long-time collaborator Bobby Vega for a very auspicious performance at their old stomping grounds in Fairfax, CA. The last allotment of tickets was released today and the remaining will be available at the door.

This one-night event will serve as a launching pad for the Steve Kimock Crazy Engine tour kicking off the next day at the Hopmonk in Sebastopol, CA.The Hopmonk performance will also include Bobby Vega as a special guest.

Crazy Engine continues down the track on April 22nd for an Earth Day celebration at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz, CA. This three-set show boasts a rare Kimock solo opener - the first of its kind in California, followed by Steve Kimock Crazy Engine featuring the legendary Melvin Seals on Hammond B3 and keys (JGB) with John Morgan Kimock on drums and Trevor Exter, on bass and vocals. The Crazy Engine run then heads south to Hermosa Beach and San Diego, with a stop in between in Phoenix, AZ for a late night performance at the Compound Grill as part of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival - marking Kimock's first show in the southwest for over three years.

April 21 Hopmonk - Sebastopol, CA
April 22 Earth Day in Santa Cruz! @ Moes
April 23 St. Rocke - Hermosa Beach, CA
April 24 The Compound Grill - Phoenix, AZ
April 25 Belly Up - San Diego, CA


Steve Kimock will premiere solo performances for fans in New York City, with a very intimate and musical experience at the The Stone on Friday, May 7th. This will be a Kimock show like no other.

There will be two shows, one at 8PM and one at 10PM (capacity 75 people per show).

Tickets were originally only available at the door but we were able to obtain VIP access and tickets for a small allotment of fans! If you purchase advance VIP tickets, you will have priority seating and a guaranteed ticket(s). Please arrive 1/2 hour early. Tickets will also be available.

Steve Kimock Crazy Engine Summer Tour

Steve Kimock Crazy Engine moves ahead and picks up steam, as the musical train continues on down the tracks toward select summer dates, including a show at the The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, and stops at several festivals throughout the summer. Melding rock, rhythm and blues, gospel and soul, and much more, the latest project teams up Steve Kimock with legendary Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band. As the hype surrounding Crazy Engine grows, so too does the passion of the band itself and the desire to push the boundaries, meaning fans can expect new material, revisited Kimock installments and crafty covers. Crazy Engine kicks off August in Denver, CO, with the Dancin' In The Streets festival before heading to New Jersey for the Aug. 14 show at the Stone Pony. The next day the band is set to play Bear's Picnic in Milton, PA, before heading off to Europe for a two-week tour.

kimockKimock’s life passion is the art of guitar and for nearly 40 years he has influenced countless musicians and put his signature on melodic improvisation. As testament to his skill as a guitar artisan, Relix Magazine coined Kimock the “guitar monk” for his relentless pursuit of the art of guitar and Jerry Garcia touted Kimock as his favorite guitar player in Rolling Stone Magazine. Kimock explores all facets of music and captures the spirit of his audiences with his eloquent six-string voice and mastery of tone.

The long-awaited project features legendary Hammond B3 player Melvin Seals, best known for his work with the Jerry Garcia Band. It is a true honor for Kimock to be joined on stage by his son and drummer, John Morgan Kimock.

Through his storied career with bands such as ZERO, the Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends, RatDog, Rhythm Devils and the Steve Kimock Band, Kimock has also shared the stage with such a long list of luminaries it would be impossible to include everyone. Highlights include: John Cipollina, Steve Winwood, Peter Frampton, Little Feat, Jerry Garcia and all members of the Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, Buddy Miles, Buddy Cage, Trey Anastasio and all members of Phish, Jorma Kaukonen, Vassar Clements, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Joe Satriani, Baaba Maal, Angélique Kidjo, Stephen Marley, Grant Green Jr., Elvin Bishop, Derek Trucks, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Keller Williams, Grace Slick, Papa John Creach, Todd Rundgren, Norton Buffalo, Amos Garrett, Terry Haggerty, Hadi Al Sadoon, Jesse Colin Young, Stephen Perkins, John Kahn, Nicky Hopkins, Freddie Roulette, Sonny Landreth and many more.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.kimock.com.

TOUR DATES:
Aug 7-9 – Dancin’ in the Streets – Denver, CO
Aug 14 – The Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ
Aug 15 – Bear’s Picnic @ Friendship Park – Milton, PA

Steve Kimock Crazy Engine feat. Melvin Seals @ Tips FQ!

Please join us on Friday, May 1st at Tipitina's French Quarter with a performance by "The Guitar Monk" Steve Kimock and his new band Crazy Engine featuring Melvin Seals.

kimockSteve Kimock is one of today's most talented guitarists and composers, a master musician known for his uncanny ability to balance passion and power with soaring grace. Truly a Renaissance man, Kimock's guitar prowess has been heard in dozens of bands and special guest appearances including many Grateful Dead-family bands. For nearly four decades Steve Kimock has earned a reputation as a guitarist with an enlightened approach to melodic improvisation and has captured audiences from around the globe with his tasteful guitar speak and brilliant tone. Relix magazine recently dubbed Steve Kimock "The Guitar Monk" for his relentless pursuit of 'Zen and the art of guitar.'

Exploring a new direction, Crazy Engine is a Steve Kimock project unlike any other. The long-awaited new nationally touring band features legendary Hammond B3 wizard, Melvin Seals, best known for his work with the Jerry Garcia Band, and Kimock's son John Morgan Kimock on drums. This is Steve Kimock unleashed, pushing the limits of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, gospel and soul for undeniably feel-good music.

Don't miss this incendiary musical performance at Tipitina's French Quarter!

And remember, this year the Backbeat Jazzfest Series will be offering music lovers and the musicians they love smoke-free environments at all shows.

Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.backbeatpresents.com or www.ticketweb.com.

Additional details and information about the events can be found at www.backbeatfoundation.org or by visiting the Foundation's Myspace and Facebook. Additional information and updates about the series can be found at the Backbeat Jazzfest Series 2009 group page.

For information about please visit www.kimock.com. To find out more about please visit www.myspace.com/melvinsealsandjgb.

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Steve Kimock Crazy Engine Heads East

Steve Kimock will be hitting the road this spring with his new project Steve Kimock Crazy Engine. Exploring a new direction, Crazy Engine is a Steve Kimock project unlike any other. Pushing the boundaries of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, gospel and soul, the repertoire will include Kimock classics as well as an energized catalogue of covers and fresh material.

For nearly four decades Steve Kimock has earned a reputation as a guitarist with an enlightened approach to melodic improvisation and has captured audiences from around the globe with his tasteful guitar speak and brilliant tone. Labeled the “guitar monk” by Relix Magazine for his relentless pursuit of the art of guitar, Steve Kimock blends all of his influences, capturing the spirit of the music wherever he goes, while tuning into sounds from some unseen dimensions.

The long-awaited project will also feature legendary Hammond B3 player, Melvin Seals, best known for his work with the Jerry Garcia Band. The glistening new line up also includes the cookin’ rhythm section of Janis Wallin on bass (Family Groove Company) and Kimock’s own son, John Morgan Kimock on drums. Rounding out the configuration with their soulful crooning are “The Girls” on vocals, featuring Cheryl Rucker and Shirley Starks (Melvin Seals and JGB).

Crazy Engine will begin the ride on the West Coast in late March of 2009. With dates filling in quickly from coast to coast, there is no stopping the tour-de-force that moves Steve Kimock and his dynamic band.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.kimock.com.

TOUR DATES:
April 16 Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
April 17 Fairfield Theatre - Fairfield, CT
April 18 BB Kings Blues Club - NYC, NY
April 19 State Theatre - Falls Church, VA
April 20 Ramshead - Annapolis, MD
Aprill 22 Visulite - Charlotte, NC
April 23 Pour House - Charleston, SC
April 24-25 Revolution* - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
April 26 Skippers Smokehouse - Tampa, FL
April 28 Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
April 29 Workplay Theatre - Birmingham, AL
April 30 Tipitinas Uptown - New Orleans, LA
May 1 Tipitinas French Quarter - NO, LA
*venue change from City Limits

Steve Kimock & Crazy Engine Added to more Fests

In addition to the previously announced All Good, Wakarusa, Grateful Fest and Hookahville festivals, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine has been added to the line-up of High Sierra, Harmony Festival, 10K Lakes, and Bear Creek. It's going to be a memorable 2009 with this band... so get on board now!

Mar 26 Crystal Bay - Crystal Bay, NV
Mar 27-28 Great American Music Hall - SF, CA
Mar 29 Mystic Theatre - Petaluma, CA
Mar 31-April 1 Red Fox Tavern - Eureka, CA
April 2 The Domino Room - Bend, OR
April 3 Aladdin Theatre - Portland, OR
April 4 McDonald Theatre - Eugene, OR
April 5 Big Room @ Sierra Brewing Co –Chico, CA
April 16 Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
April 17 Fairfield Theatre - Fairfield, CT
April 18 BB Kings Blues Club - NYC, NY
April 19 State Theatre - Falls Church, VA
April 20 Ramshead - Annapolis, MD
April 22 Visulite - Charlotte, NC
April 23 Pour House - Charleston, SC
April 24-25 City Limits - Delray, FL
April 26 Skippers Smokehouse - Tampa, FL
April 28 Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
April 29 Workplay Theatre - Birmingham, AL
April 30 Tipitina’s Uptown - New Orleans, LA
May 1 Tipitina’s French Quarter – New Orleans, LA
June 6-7 Toad Rock Campground – Balfour/Ainsworth BC
June 16 Old Rock House – St. Louis, Mo

FESTIVALS:
May 23 Hookahville- Thornville, OH **
June 4 Wakarusa - Ozark, AR
June 12 Harmony - Santa Rosa, CA
July 3 Grateful Fest - Nelson Ledges, OH
July 4-5 High Sierra- Quincy, CA
July 11 All Good Festival - Masontown, WV
July 24 10K Lakes- Soo Pass Ranch, MN
Aug 15 Bears Picnic – Milton, PA
Nov 14 Bear Creek - Live Oak, FL
More summer dates to be announced soon!

**w/ George Porter Jr.!

Steve Kimock Crazy Engine Heads West

Kimock- for the Grateful Web

Steve Kimock will be hitting the road this spring with his new project Steve Kimock Crazy Engine. Exploring a new direction, Crazy Engine is a Steve Kimock project unlike any other. Pushing the boundaries of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, gospel and soul, the repertoire will include Kimock classics as well as an energized catalogue of covers and fresh material.

For nearly four decades Steve Kimock has earned a reputation as a guitarist with an enlightened approach to melodic improvisation and has captured audiences from around the globe with his tasteful guitar speak and brilliant tone. Labeled the "guitar monk" by Relix Magazine for his relentless pursuit of the art of guitar, Steve Kimock blends all of his influences, capturing the spirit of the music wherever he goes, while tuning into sounds from some unseen dimensions.

The long-awaited project will also feature legendary Hammond B3 player, Melvin Seals, best known for his work with the Jerry Garcia Band. The glistening new line up also includes the cookin' rhythm section of Janis Wallin on bass (Family Groove Company) and Kimock's own son, John Morgan Kimock on drums. Rounding out the configuration with their soulful crooning are "The Girls" on vocals, featuring Cheryl Rucker and Shirley Starks (Melvin Seals and JGB).

Crazy Engine will begin the ride on the West Coast in late March of 2009. With dates filling in quickly from coast to coast, there is no stopping the tour-de-force that moves Steve Kimock and his dynamic band.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit kimock.com.

TOUR DATES:
03/26 – Crystal Bay Club – Crystal Bay, NV
03/27 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco
03/28 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco
03/29 – Mystic Theatre – Petaluma, CA
03/31 – Red Fox Tavern – Eureka, CA
04/01 – Red Fox Tavern – Eureka, CA
04/02 – The Domino Room – Bend, OR
04/03 – Aladdin Theatre – Portland, OR
04/04 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR
04/05 – Big Room @ Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Chico, CA

Steve Kimock Launches Crazy Engine

Steve Kimock Crazy Engine- for the Grateful Web

After three years, Steve Kimock announces his new nationally touring band, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine. This is Kimock unleashed. The ensuing revelry featuring Melvin Seals on Hammond B3, will push the boundaries of rock and roll, rhythm, gospel and soul for undeniably feel-good music. Known for his mind-bending versatility and intuitive guitar-speak, Kimock has enjoyed the last few years performing with the likes of Rhythm Devils, Ratdog, Allman Bros, Little Feat and Zero among others. While the complete six-person line-up won't be announced until next month, expect gigantic things from Crazy Engine in the coming year.

New Years in Colorado

 

Steve Kimock returns to Denver for a string of dates leading up to this year's New Year's Eve celebration. Kimock will join the illustrious Everyone Orchestra on Monday, December 29th at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, followed by a two-night celebration on December 30th and 31st at Owsley's Golden Road with Melvin Seals and JGB. Kimock's stop in Colorado promises to be a memorable close to an eventful 2008.