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Sara Hickman / Press

“Trying to describe Sara to someone who hasn't heard her is a daunting task. Those who have only seen her on late night TV perhaps have a clue, but a live show such as on the Kerrville stage goes much farther. Read more..”

“Having recorded in Texas for more than 20 years, Sara Hickman is a celebrated writer and singer; most recently, she was named the Official State Musician of Texas for 2010. Having flirted with the mainstream, Hickman is every inch the independent artist. Read more..”

“Ever since Sara Hickman was named Texas’ official state musician — a torch that passed to her from Willie Nelson — life has been busier than usual. The singer-songwriter sounds anything but exhausted. If anything, Hickman sounds like she might be running on the most purposeful fuel she’s known. Hickman will be the state musician through next year, and her schedule is packed. Read more..”

“Cool aural flick chicks for your listening pleasure indeed. Ever since Sara Hickman was named Texas’ official state musician — a torch that passed to her from Willie Nelson — life has been busier than usual. The singer-songwriter sounds anything but exhausted. If anything, Hickman sounds like she might be running on the most purposeful fuel she’s known. Hickman will be the state musician through next year, and her schedule is packed. Read more..”

“Singer-songwriter Sara Hickman celebrates everyday life Friday at Neighborhood Church Taking the easy route is not Sara Hickman’s natural MO. Informed she had been chosen to succeed Willie Nelson as State Musician of Texas for 2010-11, she excitedly inquired what her responsibilities would be — only to be told the post was ceremonial. Wrong answer.”

“Overachieving Texas singer heads to Ojai for a house concert. Sara Hickman, the multi-tasking musical mom out of Texas, will make a rare local appearance in Ojai on Thursday evening at a spacious rich person’s home to be named later. Ojai singer-songwriter Rain Perry is to blame for bringing Hickman way out West; she’s the one you’ll contact to find out where the concert will be. Read more.. ”

“Austin-based singer/songwriter Sara Hickman's music is sometimes hard for me to categorize. Sometimes she writes humorous songs - in the same vein as Christine Lavin - and some times she writes a real "rocker". The photos on the package of this CD show her on a dock in a summer dress, yet the photo on the CD itself shows her lying nude on a rock. Read more..”

“ABSENCE OF BLAME is practically faultless. Whatever, let's blame Sara! Hickman's thirteen song, thirteenth adult recording, delivers six songs written on her own alongside five co-writes. Her (five) collaborators all possess Texas credentials, rather appropriate since, appointed by the State Commission on the Arts, Sara is the 2010-11 State Musician.”

“Who can turn the world on with a smile? Besides Mary Tyler Moore, try Sara Hickman. Since bursting onto the scene of 1980s Texas singer-songwriters with peers Edie Brickell, Michelle Shocked, and Kris McKay, Hickman, 47, has sparkled blond as the Austin poster girl for sugar and spice and everything nice. She's nonthreateningly attractive, intelligent, and genuinely nice. Committed, responsible, outspoken. Artist, mother, wife: She excels in all areas – going on tour, going to church, going on social crusades when it so moves her. She'll get naked for a charity calendar, then turn around as the state musician of Texas.”

““Love Is There,” the soaring, uplifting first track off “Absence of Blame” from much-loved, perennial Austin singer-songwriter Sara Hickman, is something of a bait-and-switch. With its chorus of background vocalists, it has the vibe of a gospel number, as Hickman reassures us that love is there, ever-present even “in the broken places/in the empty spaces.””

“Musician Ginger Doss remembers Sara Hickman, too, since she's the other Juliet of Hickman's "Juliet and Juliet," the tale of two young female lovers. Over the years, Doss has been involved with numerous local bands, notably Dreamtrybe with Lynda Millard. Currently, she and partner Bekah Kelso perform in GBMojo. She graciously recalled her breakup with Hickman via e-mail.”

“This is a beautiful recording with moments that sent chills through me. "The One" may be the single most wrenching song I've ever heard, and it was recorded perfectly - no frills, naked emotion, an anguished search for meaning that probably isn't there.”

“Songwriter Sara Hickman blends music and community activism. She discusses Sing Out! magazine and the recession's impact on the folk music community Since winning a Daughters of the American Revolution award for her first song at age eight, Sara Hickman has never doubted that she would always make music. Decades later with many albums and awards, she brings a community activism sensibility to her work. Sara, who replaces Willie Nelson as the Official State Musician of Texas in May, spoke to Suite 101 about her journey and Sing Out! Magazine. Read more..”

“In May 2010, Texas will crown a new reigning Official State Musician for the year, and singer-songwriter, Sara Hickman, is set to accept the prestigious award. She will be succeeding the legendary Willie Nelson as last year’s state artist, but Hickman doesn’t seem too worried about filling some Texas-sized boots. Read more..”

"...Sara Hickman, one of the most gifted singer/songwriters playing today." - Tower Records

“40 years ago at the Washington zoo, a little girl stopped to look at a caged bald eagle. When she realized that it had no room to fly and explore, she was filled with sadness. As she gazed into its regal face, a feather fell from its wing. Read more..”

“Sara Hickman's new album, Misfits, collects musical mementos, previously unreleased songs, demo recordings and other stuff that just didn't seem to fit on any of her other albums. But the title could also apply to singer-songwriters such as Hickman. A Texas cult favorite, she doesn't conveniently fit into any of the music industry's national marketing categories. "I've never really felt like a part of anything," she says. "I've always felt like this quirky outsider who gets invited in to come and play, but I'm not really part of the neighborhood. I think that's because nobody can really label me. Read more..”

“Singer Sara Hickman stands alone with her acoustic guitar before another packed house, an audience that has been stomping, screeching, squealing and even singing along to some blues and ska tunes they seem to know by heart. "I want you all to know that I love you," she says as the set reaches its climax. "Thank you for coming out and blessing me with your presence."”

“Not everyone who attended Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts went on to play the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, fight with record companies, appear on "The Tonight Show" and have thousands of adoring fans. Read more..”

“With music, activism and creativity, Sara is indeed super. Sara Hickman likes to keep busy. She's planning a concert tour with the Texas Coalition Against the Death Penalty, she's developing a TV show for tweeners called "Super Pal Universe," she's working on a one-woman show called "Another Mother For Peace" and she's on the board of Austin Area Interreligious Ministries. And she's raising a family with her husband, Lance Schriner.”