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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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Atomic Energy (LP)
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown: Atomic Energy (LP) Art-Nr.: LPBB305

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(Blues Boy Records) 16 tracks Clarence Gatemouth Brown (April 18, 1924 - September 10, 2005) was an American musician from Louisiana and Texas. He is best known for his work as a blues musician, but also turned to other styles of music...
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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Rocks (CD)
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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'...
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Jazz Fest 2004 and 2005 (2-CD)
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown: Jazz Fest 2004 and 2005 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD171922

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(2004/05 'Munckmix') (108:46/19)
Rockin' Boogie Blues
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown: Rockin' Boogie Blues Art-Nr.: CD250267

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I can't stand these releases! The music is great, but the sound quality is lousy, ridiculously bad. As this material is free of any license in Europe, it can be released without permission and without paying the artist or his legal...
Down South In The Bayou Country
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown: Down South In The Bayou Country Art-Nr.: CD9832112

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With this album he shocked many of his hard-core blues fans. Gatemouth performs Louisiana style country music and doesn't even play guitar. The man best-known for his innovative jump blues style in a country music setting. Another great...
Dirty Work At The Crossroads
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown: Dirty Work At The Crossroads Art-Nr.: CDACR216

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(2006/Acrobat) 28 tracks.
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Standing My Ground
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown: Standing My Ground Art-Nr.: CDAL4779

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(1989 'Alligator') (37:00/09)
Live From Austin, TX  (CD-DVD)
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown: Live From Austin, TX (CD-DVD) Art-Nr.: CDNW6223

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Great live recordings. DVD: Region: USA, 4:3 picture format, 5.1 Doly Surround, Stereo, Farbe/color. Spieldauer/playing time ca. 65 mns. - CLARENCE 'GATEMOUTH' BROWN - voc/gtr/fiddle, JOE KROWN - kbds/B3, HAROLD FLOYD - bass, DAVID...
Texas Swing (CD)
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown: Texas Swing (CD) Art-Nr.: CDROU11527

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(1981/82 'Rounder') (66:39/17)
Peacock Recordings (CD)
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown: Peacock Recordings (CD) Art-Nr.: CDROU2039

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A classic 50's re-issue album. Beautiful documentation of the early works of one of the finest guitar stylists from the state of Texas. Recorded when he was powerful, creative, and innovative. 'Gatemouth' was a major influence on blues...
The Original Peacock Recordings
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown: The Original Peacock Recordings Art-Nr.: LPSUIT1314

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(2014/Mr.Suit) 12 tracks, original Peacock recordings, 1952-59. Limited to 500 copies! These fabulous 50s R&B blasters with a touch of Rock'n'Roll show Brown's versatility - his vocals, his guitar style, and of course his violin...
Boogie Rambler - Blues Essentials (LP)
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown: Boogie Rambler - Blues Essentials (LP) Art-Nr.: LPC0447

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(Goldenlane Records) 12 Tracks - S pecial Vinyl Edition by American Blues guitarist Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown! Besides the guitar he also played violin, harmonica, piano, mandolin, viola and drums. He was not only at home in Blues, but...