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Album Review

A sort of a sequel to Gatemouth's 1974 Cajun country & western cowboy album Down South in the Bayou Country, the originally issued Bogalusa Boogie Man consists of 12 tracks performed in more or less that same vein. "Bogalusa Boogie Man" was recorded in Bogalusa, LA, during March of 1975, almost exactly one year after Bayou Country. Material for this project was composed by Danny Morrison, Red Lane, Hoyt Garrick, David Craig, Jerry Hubbard, Pat Rush, Fred Martin, and Little Feat founder Lowell George, whose "Dixie Chicken" features "vocals by everyone around in the studio, including friends and neighbors and the one and only Woody Lee Lewis." George is said to have singled out this version as his all-time favorite. [Maison de Blues has done the world a favor by including five brief solo guitar performances that Gatemouth recorded "during the same period." These include a one-minute version of Duke Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," a smokin' two and a half minutes of Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman's "Flyin' Home," two minutes' worth of Fleecie Moore's "Caldonia" (a tune that virtually put Louis Jordan on the map), and a quick trot through the old "Okie Dokie Stomp." Although Gatemouth is credited as composer, "Someday" is actually a remake of "Worried Life Blues," recorded in September 1941 by pianist Big Maceo Merriweather and guitarist Tampa Red. Gate's treatment is every bit as powerful if slightly more astringent than the original.]


Born: 18 April 1924 in Vinton, LA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Whatever you do, don't refer to multi-instrumentalist Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown as a bluesman, although his imprimatur on the development of Texas blues is enormous. You're liable to get him riled. If you must pigeonhole the legend, just call him an eclectic Texas musical master whose interests encompass virtually every roots genre imaginable. Brown learned the value of versatility while growing up in Orange, TX. His dad was a locally popular musician who specialized in country, Cajun, and bluegrass...
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