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Grady Kirkpatrick's Interview With The Late Dan Hicks

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Dan Hicks, musician singer and songwriter, died Saturday February 6, 2016 in Mill Valley after a long battle with throat and liver cancer. He was 74.

Mr. Hicks emerged in the San Francisco folk scene in the late ‘50’s and in 1965 became the drummer for the Charlatans, an early folk rock band. Two years later, he formed Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, the group with which he was best known.

Dan Hicks was truly an American original. Since the early 1960s, Hicks deftly blended elements of Swing, Jazz, Folk and Country music to create the appealing sound he sometimes called "Folk Jazz".

WPR’s Grady Kirkpatrick interviewed Mr. Hicks in December of 2004 while at WNKU Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati. The interview includes a live version of Barstool Boogie.

Grady has taken a circuitous route from his hometown of Kansas City to Wyoming. Sometime after the London Bridge had fallen down, he moved to Arizona and attended Arizona State University and actually graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. ("He's a Lumberjack and he's OK……..!") He began his radio career in Prescott in 1982 and eventually returned to Kansas City where he continued in radio through the summer of 1991. Public Radio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky beckoned him to the bluegrass state where he worked as Operations/Program Manager at WKMS in Murray and WNKU in Highland Heights just across the Ohio from Cincinnati.