"GATEMOUTH" BROWN
 


A living monument to the melting pot of American regional styles, Gatemouth Brown (1924-2005) dished up his personal gumbo of blues, R&B, country, swing, bebop and Cajun for more than half a century. Born into a musical family in Vinton, Louisiana and raised in Orange, Texas, close to the Gulf Coast, “Gate”, as he was known to friends and fans, has been a headliner for most of his 80 years. In 1947, Gate's impromptu fill-in for an ailing T-Bone Walker at Houston entrepreneur Don Robey’s Bronze Peacock nightclub convinced Robey to inaugurate his own Peacock label in 1949 to showcase Brown's blistering riffs, which proved influential to a legion of Houston string-benders (Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Cal Green, and many more have pledged allegiance to Brown's riffs). Acclaimed records for Rounder, Alligator, Verve, and Blue Thumb in the '80s, '90s, and 2000s have proven that Gatemouth Brown is a steadfastly unclassifiable American original.

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