Thursday, September 18, 2014
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - The Nashville Session 1965
Once discharged he became a well-known guitarist in the San Antonio area, spurring music entrepreneur Don Robey to offer him a job at his Houston nightclub. Robey was sufficiently impressed with the reception Brown received there to arrange for a recording session with the Los Angeles–based Aladdin label on August 21, 1947. When Robey established Peacock Records in 1948, he had Brown regularly do sessions until 1961; many are now regarded as Texas blues guitar classics.
During the 1960s, Brown began negotiating a wider range of genres, recording country-inflected material for Chess (finally issued as an LP, The Nashville Session 1965, in 1983) as well as jazz and rock hybrids. While amassing an impressive studio legacy, he recorded for the French-based Black and Blue and Barclay labels, as well as Red Lightnin', MCA, Rounder, Blues Boy, and Alligator. Countless other labels, including Ace and Evidence, have reissued his vintage early work. Brown released his last album, Timeless, in 2004.