Thursday 18 April 2024

Chasing the Devil Out of Texas

 Today is the centenary of the birth, in Vinton, Louisiana, of Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown (who got his nickname from a teacher who said he had 'a voice like a gate'). Brown was a popular performer but also something of a musician's musician, a versatile multi-instrumentalist – guitar, fiddle, drums, piano – who worked in a variety of genres, though he was at heart a blues man: he won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album in 1983 (for Alright Again!). Here he is showing he could also play a mean country fiddle – and still find time to enjoy a few puffs on his pipe during the keyboard solo...


  1. The late great Norm Macdonald had a funny offhand bit about Gatemouth Brown. Skip to three minutes in here:

    1. Thanks, Anonymous, but I'm afraid I couldn't find anything on Gatemouth there – is it in the Jerry Seinfeld episode?