Live from Austin, TX
1. Leftover Blues
2. Things Ain't What They Used to Be
3. Early in the Mornin'
4. There You Are
6. Bits and Pieces
7. Dark End of the Hallway
8. Born in Louisiana
9. Ain't That Daddy
10. Up Jumped the Devil
Performer: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Engineer: Billy Lee Myers, Jr.; David Hough; Mark Tullos...
Producer: Terry Lickona; Cameron Strang; Gary Briggs...
Distributor: Relativity (Label)
Notes: Personnel: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (vocals, guitar, fiddle, viola); Eric Demmer (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Dennis Taylor (tenor saxophone); Bill "Foots" Samuel (baritone saxophone); Terry Townson (trumpet); Chris Belleau (trombone); Joe Krown (Hammond b-3 organ, keyboards); David Peters (drums). Audio Mixers: Chet Himes; Gary Briggs . Liner Note Author: Terry Lickona. Recording information: 02/06/1996. Director: Gary Menotti. Editor: Justin Barclay. Photographer: Scott Newton. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown was a versatile and crowd-pleasing entertainer throughout his long career, but it's easy to overlook just how explosive a guitarist he was, and his style mixed an elegant, jazzy tone with a rough rustic edge, and the same could be said of his fiddle playing, or Brown on any of the other instruments he played, from mandolin to harmonica to piano. Brown pretty much invented his own bayou-tinged and jazzy Texas swing style, and if it centered on the blues, it didn't always. Brown was a maverick musician, with a raconteur's attitude and talent to burn, whether he was playing blues, jazz, honky tonk, Cajun, R&B, funk, or one his own wild fiddle breakdowns, and he kept at it all the way through to his death in 2005 at the age of 81. There was no one quite like him. This CD/DVD set presents a live show Brown did for the Austin City Limits TV series in 1996, the last of his four appearances on the show, and it makes for both a fine farewell and a well-recorded introduction to this one-of-a-kind musician. Brown commands the stage with personality and vigor, bringing a funky sway to "Born in Louisiana," big-band jazz to "Bits and Pieces," and gloriously ragged fiddle to "Up Jumped the Devil," with his signature guitar leads scattered all through. Granted, this is Brown reined in just a bit because of the various restraints of television, but it still documents an American treasure doing what he always did, delivering a show like no one else's, a literal tour of American music by a wonderfully unique musician. ~ Steve Leggett
The multifaceted Louisiana roots guitarist Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown had a Hollywood start, filling in for the absent T-Bone Walker at a 1947 gig and winning over both the audience and the club's owner, impresario Don Robey. Robey went on to record Brown's Cajun-flavored, bluesy guitar instrumentals and R&B songs, whose fiery intensity presaged rock-&-roll. Not content to stick to one style, Brown also experimented with country and even calypso music, and mastered a wide range of instruments. He was popular overseas and went on many tours sponsored by the U.S. State Department, and even in his later years--his career boosted by some critically acclaimed albums on Rounder Records--he enjoyed a full touring and gigging schedule. The legendary musician died in 2005 of a combination of cancer, emphysema, and heart ailments.
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