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Clifton Hicks / Press

"I have been a professional musician for 50 years; have been the featured soloist with a professional symphony orchestra; with a United States Military Band; and, at the White House in Washington, DC; yet, this guy, Clifton Hicks, is the musician I like to listen to best. He is amazingly and electrifyingly expressive, Clifton makes that banjo tell an interesting, holds-you-spellbound story every time he plays. It is that wonderful artistry of Clifton's that is the purest essence of insightful, performance mastery. I am awestruck every time I listen to him; just like everybody else."

“I'd seen some of Clifton Hicks's videos on YouTube, and could tell he was an accomplished old-time player. But the sound quality on those tiny videos doesn't do his playing justice - it's extremely good. He plays a few tunes on low-tuned fretless, and his voice has world-weary edge to it. A couple of the tracks have some background noise, but otherwise this is a truly fantastic album. ”

“Though most artists performing at the event are based in Brooklyn, some, like Clifton Hicks (from North Carolina) and the Tillers (from Cincinnati) will travel some distance to perform.”

“Clifton Hicks of Boone, North Carolina will be making a second appearance at the festival following his debut last year, playing his style of traditional banjo music of the Southern Appalachian mountains.”

“On the May 14 episode of Down Home Radio, host Eli Smith speaks with Clifton Hicks, a talented young banjo player from Florida and Georgia who now resides in Boone, N.C. Hicks is a protégé of George Gibson, an older Eastern Kentucky banjo player who is the living link between the old mountaineers and a younger generation of talented southern traditional musicians, such as Hicks.”