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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown: Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Rocks (CD)

1-CD (trifold digipak) with 36 page booklet, 29 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min.

T-Bone Walker, the 'inventor of the electric blues guitar', opened the gate and young guys like Johnny 'Guitar' Watson and Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown raced through!

  • In the late 1940s, young Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown first conquered the stages of his home state of Texas with incredible energy and speed.
  • Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown revolutionized the way of playing the electric guitar and remains a role model for whole generations of blues guitarists to this day.
  • Recordings from 1947 to 1960 for Aladdin and Peacock.
  • Compilation of Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown brilliant, up-tempo numbers - both instrumental and vocal!
  • Carefully mastered from the best possible sources.
  • Detailed and enjoyable biography by Bill Dahl in an extensive and illustrated booklet & discography.
 
One evening in 1947 T-Bone Walker and his band headlined the then popular and huge Bronze Peacock Club in Houston. Walker had to interrupt his show for health reasons - an opportunity that the 23-year-old did not miss. On the instructions of the club owner he took T-Bone Walker's guitar and went on stage. "It was the first time I played guitar in public. Well, this crowd, man, we had about 800 people in there, and it was an all black audience. And I went up there and immediately invented 'Gatemouth Boogie'. I made about $600 in tips in about 15 minutes. That was a lot of money back then."   

Don Robey, the club owner, became his patron and producer. Dissatisfied with the first recordings produced for Aladdin in Los Angeles in 1947, he founded his first own record company, Peacock Records, for which Gatemouth produced exclusively until the early 1960s.
Chicago music historian and blues expert Bill Dahl has put together this luxuriously crafted CD album for Bear Family Records®, featuring the most exciting and innovative faster guitar recordings of Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown.  This is the most comprehensive and competent story about a chapter in Texas blues guitar history, which became so important for the future development of modern blues. The fat booklet contains the excitingly told biography, plus many photos, illustrations and a discography of the recordings on this album.

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Brown, Clarence 'Gatemouth' - Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Rocks (CD) CD 1
01Okie Dokie StompClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
02Baby Take It EasyClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
03Pale Dry Boogie -part IClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
04Without Me BabyClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
05I Live The LifeClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
06Too Late BabyClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
07Mary Is FineClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
09She Walks Right InClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
10Just Got LuckyClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
11Midnight HourClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
12Ain't That DandyClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
13Boogie RamblerClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
14You Got MoneyClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
15Gate Walks To BoardClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
16Pale Dry Boogie -part 2Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
17Hurry Back Good NewsClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
18It Can Never Be That WayClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
19Gatemouth BoogieClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
20Gate's Salty BluesClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
21She Winked Her EyeClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
22Slop TimeClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
23That's Your Daddy Yaddy YoClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
24Atomic EnergyClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
25Depression BluesClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
26Dirty Work At The CrossroadClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
27Just Before DawnClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
28Swingin' The GateClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
29Rock My Blues AwayClarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
Clarence Gatemouth Brown Copeland wasn't the only Texas blues guitar great undergoing a... more
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Clarence Gatemouth Brown

Copeland wasn't the only Texas blues guitar great undergoing a Rounder recording renaissance. Clarence ‘Gatemouth' Brown had maintained a fairly low profile during the 1960s and ‘70s after cutting some of the most innovative blues platters of the late ‘40s and early ‘50s for Don Robey's Peacock Records in Houston. Now he was back, equally conversant on guitar and fiddle and fiercely opposed to being classified as a bluesman. Country, jazz, calypso, swing—Gate played ‘em all proudly.

"I'm a musician. I play it all," said the late Brown. "I hate to be stuck in one bag. I don't ever want to be labeled, and I'm making sure of that!" Another highly versatile guitarist, country picker Roy Clark, got the ball rolling for Gate's big comeback by enlisting him to do a '79 duet album, ‘Makin' Music,' on MCA. "Roy walked in and asked me, ‘Let's do an album!"said Brown. "It was just a jam session, but it was pulled off very well."

Gate was on his own at Rounder. Produced by Jim Bateman and Scott Billington at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana, ‘Alright Again!' was Brown's first album for the firm in 1981, cut with his touring rhythm section including pianist Larry Sieberth, bassist Myron Dove, and drummer Lloyd Herrman along with a five-piece horn section. Brown got a trifle funky on his own droll Dollar Got The Blues, Stanton Davis, Jr. stepping up for a two-chorus trumpet solo. Gate's guitar sound had changed dramatically from his blasting early ‘50s attack. He was as fast as ever, but his advanced chops were now being utilized on a Gibson Firebird in an understated, jazzy way that sounded like nobody else.

"What I do is play horn lines on whatever instrument I'm playing," he said. "Whatever I'm playing, I try to bend it to the sound of myself. Then I don't use no pick, see. I can control my instrument, rather than the instrument controlling me."Brown always used a capo."That's my trademark,"he said."That's the way I learned, that's the way I play."

Gate made many more discs for Rounder, Alligator, and Verve/Gitanes before he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2004. Hurricane Katrina interrupted his final days in Slidell, Louisiana, and Brown died in his original hometown of Orange, Texas on September 10, 2005. His artistic scope was truly unmatched.

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Tracklist
Brown, Clarence 'Gatemouth' - Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Rocks (CD) CD 1
01 Okie Dokie Stomp
02 Baby Take It Easy
03 Pale Dry Boogie -part I
04 Without Me Baby
05 I Live The Life
06 Too Late Baby
07 Mary Is Fine
09 She Walks Right In
10 Just Got Lucky
11 Midnight Hour
12 Ain't That Dandy
13 Boogie Rambler
14 You Got Money
15 Gate Walks To Board
16 Pale Dry Boogie -part 2
17 Hurry Back Good News
18 It Can Never Be That Way
19 Gatemouth Boogie
20 Gate's Salty Blues
21 She Winked Her Eye
22 Slop Time
23 That's Your Daddy Yaddy Yo
24 Atomic Energy
25 Depression Blues
26 Dirty Work At The Crossroad
27 Just Before Dawn
28 Swingin' The Gate
29 Rock My Blues Away