Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks
Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks  1972



 

MARYANN PRICE

Maryann Price, the voice behind Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, The Kinks and Asleep At The Wheel, is currently a successful solo artist staying busy in the fertile Austin music scene as the leader of her own band and half of the eclectic duo Ethyl 'n' Methyl, featured on the Texas Connection TV show. She appeared with Dan Hicks in the Gene Hackman film Class Action and organized the first reunion in 17 years of the original Hot Licks in 1991. Drawing more than 1,000 to Austin's Paramount Theater, the show culminated in an appearance on Austin City Limits which generated unprecedented viewer response, according to ACL producer Terry Lickona. 

After years of singing commercial jingles in her native Baltimore (beginning at age 17) and jazz in Las Vegas showrooms, Price moved to San Francisco in 1969. At a time when female singers were imitating Janis Joplin or Grace Slick, Maryann possessed the most individual vocal approach on the scene. Part Chet Baker, part Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, with touches of Anita O'Day, Keely SmithThe Modernaire's Paula Kelly and a whole lot of wit and style that can only be described as Maryann Price. Appropriately, she was immediately hired by the most original band in town, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks. The inventive harmonies of  Maryann Price and Naomi Ruth Eisenberg, ("The Lickettes") added to Hicks' songwriting genius as did the gypsy violin style of Symphony Sid Page and made the Hot Licks one of the best groups in the city ... and one of the most popular. Maryann's fresh approach to Johnny Mercer's "I'm An Old Cowhand" (Strikin' It Rich 1972) redefined the term hip and her version of Ken Burgan's "Sweetheart" (Last Train To Hicksville 1973) inspired  the title for Maria Muldaur's 1974 album "Waitress In The Donut Shop"

Upon hearing of the Hot Licks' breakup in 1973, The Kinks' Ray Davies asked Maryann to move to England and join the legendary British rockers. She stayed with The Kinks  for a year, touring extensively and recording Preservation Act II (recently reissued on Rhino Records). Davies, one of rock's most prolific songwriters penned several songs specifically for her voice, including Preservation's "Scrapheap City".  

Returning to America, Maryann formed The Girtones with former Hot Licks guitarist and then husband, John Girton. The group expanded on the Hot Licks brand of eclectic swing and Maryann, already a serious percussionist, added the cocktail drum to her arsenal. In 1980 Price was contacted by long time fan and leader of Asleep At The Wheel, Ray Benson. She stayed with The Wheel for  two years, logging countless road miles and recording the album "Framed"(1982). 

After leading The Millionaires in San Francisco and later Sophisticated Swing in Baltimore, Price moved to Austin, Texas in 1988 and embarked on her busiest period to date. In addition to her many live and studio dates, Maryann  sings on pianist Floyd Domino's acclaimed children's records, "The White Album", "The Four Tots" and "Peggy Sue"

Maryann's career came full-circle with her long awaited solo album "Etched In Swing" (1993). "Etched" runs the gamut from samba to boogie, from ballad to be-bop. Whatever the song or style, the unifying element, the glue that bonds it all together is the one-of-a-kind voice of Maryann Price. 

"Hot 'n' Cole" is Maryann's release for 1997. It was recorded live at the Cactus Cafe at The University of Texas in Austin on Cole Porter's birthday. The band is directed by Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff and features the best of the best jazz and swing musicians in Texas. Guided by Maryann's cool, upbeat and sensual vocalization, "Hot 'n' Cole" creates a seductive, swingin' style of music. For an unforgettable musical experience, Maryann Price is a MUST.

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