Dan Hicks, the singer/showman behind such old-timey delights as "Where's the Money?" and "I Scare Myself" (RealAudio excerpt) , is back with his first album of new material in six years.
The new CD, due June 27 on Surfdog Records, will feature an all-star cast of duet partners, including Hicks fans Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Rickie Lee Jones and Bette Midler.
"These are people who have dug my tunes. I wouldn't say they're acquaintances I don't really party with them," Hicks said with his typical dry wit during the recording of the album in Santa Monica, Calif.
Midler was an especially notable addition to the project, which Surfdog owner Dave Kaplan who also manages Brian Setzer, a contributor on the LP has worked on for three years.
Midler's backup singers, the Harlettes, were based on Hicks' backup band the Hot Licks, who will be revived at least in name on the new disc. Midler recorded Hicks' song "Up, Up, Up" as a B-side, and features his "Hell, I'd Go" in concert.
Hicks last released Shootin' Straight (On the Spot).