ASCAP Audio Portrait: Dan Hicks

"I'm gonna be making a slow comeback," he wise-cracked to Rolling Stone in 1973. 27 years later, Dan Hicks has released "Beatin' The Heat". The album continues that unique blend of psychedelic-laden jazz and swing, clever songwriting and hot instrumentation which drew underground acclaim in the late 60's and early 70's. Ricky Lee Jones, Bette Midler, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Brian Setzer put in appearances, along with the odd cast of imaginary characters that populate Hicks' uniquely original songs.