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Accolades

The word for his playing on this CD is “heroic.” It firmly establishes Clint as one of the handful of the world’s most accomplished jazz harmonica players.
Richard Hunter, author of Jazz Harp

...one of the very best and most inventive players of the blues around today.
Benoit Felten, Planet Harmonica

To the short list of great jazz harmonica players, you can now add the name Clint Hoover. Mild mannered off stage, he’s a monster onstage or in the studio, a smokin’ and soulful soloist who will huff and puff and cajole your house down.
Tom Surowicz, Minneapolis Star and Tribune music critic and host of Monday Evening Jazz on KBEM radio, Mpls.

Clint has a style that virtually transcends the instrument.
Phil Lloyd, American Harmonica Newsmagazine

Sterling harmonica wizard...
James Musser, Iowa City Press-Citizen

Hoover stands out, ranking right up there in the small fraternity of harmonica players (Jean "Toots" Thielemans, Hendrik Meurkens, Howard Levy).
Bob Protzman, St. Paul Pioneer Press

Clint plays the harp the way Picasso paints...
Dale King, Harmonica Player (Germany)

...a true master of the instrument. ...an amazing musician with a unique and individual voice.
David Lipkind, The Harmonica Educator

Once again, the imaginative Hoover validates his place as a world class player on the challenging chromatic harp.
Dan Emerson, The Chord / Electric Fetus, Mpls, MN

...plays at a level rarely achieved...
Scott Briggs, Twin Cities Reader

...a real master of both harmonicas.
Colin Mort, Harmonica World (England)

…the most striking thing is the skill of Clint Hoover. His solos are deft and moving and help to infuse Geezy’s songs with the raw emotion that they strive for.
The Reader Weekly, Duluth, MN

...Extraordinary player...
Mike Steele, Minneapolis StarTribune
Interviews Articles

Clint Hoover Finds Jazz in Dream of The Serpent Dog
by
Phil Lloyd, Contributing Editor
The American Harmonica Newsmagazine, January 1998

Clint Hoover was 17 years old and had listened to a lot of music when he decided he wanted to play an instrument.

"Like many people of my generation, I was initially attracted to the sound and expressiveness of the blues Harp."

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Double C Dilemma
by Clint Hoover

My first years on the chromatic were spent playing exclusively out of the C/D hole. Then I attended a Cham-ber Haung seminar at the Grand Teton Music festival and learned the method you are familiar with.

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A Harmonica Journey
By Clint Hoover
The Harmonica Educator, Winter 1997

The year was 1973 when I stopped in at a local Musicland store and bought my first Hohner Blues Harp for $3.99. Like many 17 year olds, I was attracted to the wailing sound of the diatonic harp in the current popular music.


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The Sugar Kings, a Confection of Spirit and Sound
Red Wing Republican Eagle, August 23rd, 2001
By Ruth Nerhaugen, Staff Writer

The Sugar Kings don’t play by the rules. They make their own. 

“We’re a band in the spirit of the jug band — but we don’t have a jug,” explained member Cam Waters, a former Red Wing musician.

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The Sugar Kings bring back jug band tradition
The Free Press, Mankato, MN September 13th, 2001

MANKATO - What do you get when you cross a guitar, a harmonica and a sousaphone? You get “Jug band spirit of fun and spontaneity,” said Clint Hoover of The Sugar Kings.

“It’s homemade music,” Hoover said. “There is a kind of spirit to the music - backyard fun.” The music ranges from country to swing to hard rural blues to early primitive jazz.

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