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"Without eschewing the gritty soul of traditional blues, guitarists Hooper and Null break stereotypes by sidestepping standard shuffles and stomps for fresh takes on classic tunes that buoy their sweet molasses vocal performances with jazz informed chord changes, rhythms and melodies. And Hooper's original "Itchin' To Be Your Man" has the hip, sophisticated vibe of a lost Mose Allison gem."
- Ted Drozdowski, Nashville Scene
"I just received the newest release, HooDoo Blues from Sam Hooper & Mike Null and I really like it. Hooper and Null take classic blues and contemporary blues tracks and make them fresh."
- Bman's Blues Report [Read More]
"A song like "Messin' with the Hook" features a terrific mid-song jam punctuated by some back and forth between Hooper and keyboardist Sakait Baksar. And Null delivers a gritty mid-song guitar solo too."
- Jeff Niesel, SCENE Cleveland [Read More]
"Lead guitarist Sam Hooper...is outstanding; his fills and solos are wonderfully melodic and his tone is excellent."
- Mike Baldino, Northeast Performer
"Sam Hooper has developed his own breed of blues, blending the signatures of driving soul and funk with tight, focused chops-intensive musicianship."
- Ted Drozdowski, The Boston Phoenix
"a fine singer with a smooth but tough manner bringing to mind Robert Cray or Bobby Bland at their best"
- David Kish, The Martha's Vineyard Times
"…a great blues band that could really engage the crowd and bring them to their feet … need I say more?"
- John L. Chan, ChinaStreetSmart.com
"a fiery player, clearly influenced by Jimi Hendrix & Living Colour’s Vernon Reid"
- Steve Morse, The Boston Globe