Thursday, September 18, 2014

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - The Nashville Session 1965

Clarence Brown was a fine singer and extraordinary instrumentalist, comfortable interpreting a wide range of genres, including the blues, cajun, country, big band, and jazz fusion. Born April 18, 1924, in Vinton, Louisiana, he was raised in Orange, Texas (near Beaumont), where his father taught him to play the guitar and fiddle. He was recruited to play drums with a traveling show prior to serving in the military.
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.



Gerard Herzhaft said...

During the 60's Gatemouth led the house band of the famous TV Show Hoss Allen's titled The !!!! Beat. Broadcasted from Nashville, The !!!!Beat was certainly the first ever R&B TV programme for during two years featured only Black Artists, some of the best blues, R&B, Soul artists of the time. Gatemouth is present at each show and this is while he was regularly in Nashville that he recorded the tracks on this record. His band was certainly Hoss Allen's house band (Johnny Jones on g; Skippy Brooks on keys ...). The show had to stop because a big amount of complaints from TV viewers about Hoss Allen's being a "niggers lover", the fact that it was "disturbing" to see so many Black people on TV and subsequently a lack of announcers. Today those programmes are highly praised all over the world. Filmed in 35m/m those shows are available thanks ro stunning DVD's at Bear Family's.

Xyros said...

Thank you Gerard for your comment. I have seen most of the The Beat shows and they are great. The most enjoyable are the interludes when Gatemouth gets to do his thing.
Als in the house band was Billy Cox from The Band Of Gypsies/Hendrix.

Anonymous said...

thnks !! never heard this one before !
Maple B

Anonymous said...

thanks for this rare lp, it was blusier than I expected from the title (and that's a good thing).