Clint Howard
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Clint Howard


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Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley’s, 1960-1962 Folkways Recordings - SFW40029 (reissued 1994)

The Old Timey Concert Vanguard 1989 (originally released 1960’s)

Ballad of Finley Preston, Rounder 0009, LP (1972) (out of print)

Looking off Down the Road, Old Homestead OHS-80060 (1983)

Way Down in My Cabin Home Old Homestead OHS 90177 (1987)

Favorites of Clint Howard and Doc Watson Old Homestead OLDH-CD3010 (1988)

Passing It On Mountain Music Recording (2004) (by special request)

Clint Howard Band Live Times Two Mountain Music Recording (2004) Several tracks have received streaming and radio airplay

Now and Then 3 Decades of Old-Time Music Mountain Music Recording (2005) mmr2 Several tracks are receiving streaming and radio airplay from California to New York and Canada to Australia


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There are some bands who don’t fit in categories and who play their own brand of music they have created over years of playing. They don’t follow trends, they make them. One such band is the Clint Howard Band, a Mountain City, TN based group that plays what they call “mountain bluegrass”.

The band’s style of music holds firmly to an old-time mountain style that is alternately almost bluegrass and almost not bluegrass. The instrumental approach taken by the musicians is to keep things pretty close to the ground. They are a cohesive band, each complementing the others, and nowhere is the sound overwhelmed by extraneous licks or anything that would throw them out of balance. There is a gentleness to their style that might be mistaken for lack of drive, but the effect is quite pleasing. Likewise, the singing is straightforward, ranging from Clint Howard’s old-time ballads to Clarence Howard’s and Jack Proffitt’s grassier style.

It was back in the early 1960’s when Clint Howard first came to the attention of folks outside his home region. During that period he traveled and recorded with Clarence "Tom" Ashley , Fred Price, Doc Watson and others, making friends and developing fans in all parts of the country. Old-Time Music at Clarence Ashley's and Old Timey Concert are two albums made at that time that are still popular.

Clint and his band are a Merlefest favorite, having played there every year since its beginning in the late 80's.

Now 75, Howard and his band are going strong, having made two albums in 2004, Passing It On and Live Times 2, both by Mountain Music Recording. You can listen to Live Times 2 at
The Band's 2005 album, Now and Then Three Decades of Old-Time Music, was released March 4 and is receiving streaming and radio airplay in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
More information about Clint and the band at