Clarence Gatemouth Brown(Website)
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Label: Blue Thumb - 549 785-2
Distribution in France: Universal
At close to eighty, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown had not lost a bit of his ‘joie de vivre’ nor his musical sense of adventure. Considered a mainstay of Texax Blues, the musician (guitarist, fiddler,mouth organ and mandolin player), singer and author/composer turned towards his roots and his native Louisiana for this album. After having gotten over the initial surprise, the listener will appreciate the choice. It is accentuated by the contributions of Sonny Landreth and Zachary Richard, and by a collection of songs that include, apart from re-recordings of “Bogalusa Boogie Man” and “Folks Back Home” which Gatemouth had first recorded in the 70ies in a very different version, titles by Bobby Charles (author of, amongst others “See you later Alligator”), Lowell George, Delbert McClinton and Don Nix. A new song by Gatemouth “Dangerous Critter” concludes the album, a savoury story concerning an alligator living under the artist’s house. “My house is built directly above the water, and I can fish from the back door if I want. But the alligator does not disturb me. If I do not bother him, he does not bother me”. Gatemouth has become a blues legend, admired by the likes of Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Amos Garrett and Jim Keltner, Maria Mudaur and Leon Russell, who have all contributed to his recordings. Luckily, this legend has become known in its own lifetime.