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The eclectic multi-instrumentalist from Texas, who prides himself on his mastery of a variety of styles including jazz, country and Cajun music, gets ruffled when he's called a blues guitarist. Nonetheless, that's the role he plays on this scalding recording. He revisits his home state, and his own primary six-string influence, by covering T-Bone Walker's swinging "Strollin' with Bones," then gives a nod to one of his own students with Albert Collins' hot-riffing "Frosty." Brown revisits the catalog of his first label, the notorious and legendary Duke/Peacock imprint, performing close-to-the-bone versions of Junior Parker's "I Feel Alright Again" and Percy Mayfield's poetic "Give Me Time to Explain." His original tunes "Dollar Got the Blues" and "Sometimes I Slip" here are sterling examples of his elegant craftsmanship and flair for wringing raw emotion from deft, clean-toned solos.


Born: April 18, 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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