Sara Hickman Tangos to Her Own Beat

Don’t label the Texas singer-songwriter folk, country, bluegrass, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll or pop, because she plays them all and a whole lot more.


During the late ’80s and early ’90s, the music scene in Dallas was in full bloom. Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, Dixie Chicks and later The Toadies and Old 97’s all performed in and around Deep Ellum before hitting the big time.

Sandwiches in the mix was a fresh-faced singer with a wide grin and a head full of sun-tossed hair named Sara Hickman. Her acoustical guitar-driven music offered a sound at once captivating, poetic and poignant. Hickman’s area performances cultivated a base of loyal fans who loved her beautifully crafted songs with sunny pop hooks. Soon she was getting FM radio play, appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and, like some of her Dallas-based peers, starting out on a pretty terrific career.

So where is Sara Hickman today? “I guess I followed my journey,” says the 50-year-old performer from her home in Austin when she spoke with DHM recently. True to her roots, she never stopped pushing boundaries and growing her music. Her voice still sparkles clear and lovely. The songs on her new album, Shine, set for release on July 23, remain socially powerful and relevant. “Ever since I could talk, I wanted to do exactly what I’m doing,” says Hickman.

Hickman is also still in demand: She’s recorded 15 studio albums, several on major labels, plus a few independent releases. Hickman works with tons of Texas artists, having appeared on at least 25 albums by other musicians. “When people talk about me, they don’t really know my songs,” she says. “But they know me. I guess that’s the best satisfaction. To me, that’s success.”

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