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Take Your Time, Mr. Brown Take Your Time, Mr. Brown
The Sugar Kings
2000

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CD: Contact Clint
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Song Name (Composer)
Time
1.
Papa's On The House Top (Leroy Carr)
2:48
2.
Ice Cream Man (Tom Waits)
2:51
3.
Gillum's Windy Blues (Jazz Gillum)
2:30
4.
Furniture Man (Traditional)
3:27
5.
Fixin' To Die (Bukka White)
3:43
6.
Sad Sap Sucker (Fats Waller, Ed Kirkeby)
2:50
7.
Bad Luck Blues (Blind Lemon Jefferson)
3:34
8.
Crazy About You (Jazz Gillum) State Street Boys
2:54
9.
Leavin' Home (Charlie Poole)
3:07
10.
Get Up Off That Jazzophone (Blues Birdhead) The Bubbling Over Five
3:53
11.
Oh Lonesome Me (Don Gibson)
2:25
12.
Darling's Dream (Clint Hoover)
4:33
13.
Bear Cat Mama (Gene Autry) W. Lee O'daniel
2:46
14.
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby) (Billy Austin, Louis Jordan)
3:12
15.
On The Road Again (Memphis Jug Band)
2:38


Between 1997 and 2002, the Sugar Kings were a popular group that performed their unique brand of traditional and original Americana music throughout the upper midwest. A decidedly left of center trio, they were dedicated to taking American roots musical forms out of the archives and infusing them with the spark and vitality they deserve. This attitude is evident on their only release, Take Your Time, Mr. Brown.

Released in early 2000, it became an instant hit on acoustic radio programs throughout the midwest, as well as a critic's favorite. Using a big, greasy serving of blues and jug-band music as a starting point, then adding for additional flavor everything from pre-World War II Jazz and Western Swing to Tom Waits to their own off-kilter imaginations, The Sugar Kings wound up with one of the freshest releases of acoustic music to be heard in far too long.

The CD features Cam Waters on vocals, guitar and hi-hat cymbal whacking, Clint Hoover on diatonic and chromatic harp and vocals; and the tuba and trombone of Steve Sandberg.

This CD will be of special interest to fans of pre-war harmonica. Having studied the styles of early pioneer harpists such as Jazz Gillum and Blues Birdhead, Clint Hoover goes about reinvigorating this tradition with his own unique approach.


The Sugar Kings are a new generation of players in the tradition of Koerner, Ray and Glover, yet with a spirit and sophistication that is uniquely theirs. Listening to this collection, I concluded that the Sugar Kings are cooler than a gin rickey sipped on a New Orleans balcony on a warm spring evening.
Tom Hendrickson, Twin Cities Blues News
 
Best of the Box: What could be more fun than a retro combo with tuba, resonator guitar, old-school ragtime harmonica riffs and clanky washboard rhythm?
Ed Ivey, Blues Revue
 
Take Your Time, Mr. Brown ties these vintage tunes together into a cohesive, easy-going piece that goes down like fine sippin' whiskey. And despite the antique vintage of the bulk of the selections, the vocal deliveries of Waters and Hoover manage to at once respect the sources while keeping the presentation engaged and alive. This is a real winner and highly recommended.
Jim Musser, Iowa City Press-Citizen

Clint has a style that virtually transcends the instrument. His work offers a breath of fresh air that avoids the clichés of harp playing...probably the best test of a CD is that even after countless listenings the songs still sound fresh and interesting, never predictable or plodding.
Phil Lloyd, American Harmonica Newsmagazine

Take the time to give the Sugar Kings a Listen.
Dirty Linen Magazine
 
All three members play music from old 78s as if it were their birthright...Guitarist Cam Waters is a confident and colorful enough singer to bridge all those backroads of Americana, Clint Hoover quietly amazes with an assortment of harps and Steve sandbergs tuba lines give the band its special jolly bounce and character.
Tom Surowicz, Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
...refreshing...It manages to be both respectful of the musical traditions that inspire it snd at the same time revisit these standards with arrangements that sound different and new.
Benoit Felten, Planet Harmonica
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