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Encyclopedia > Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (born April 18, 1924) is generally categorized as a blues artist and guitarist, although he describes his own music as "American music, Texas style." He plays many styles of music (jazz, blues, bluegrass, zydeco, cajun, calypso), often blending elements from different styles into one tune, and is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, violin, harmonica, piano, mandolin, viola, drums). April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... 1924 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... For the emotional state, see Depression (mood). ... Steve Howe playing lead guitar for Yes in 1977 A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. ... Jazz is a musical art form characterized by blue notes, syncopation, swing, call and response, polyrhythms, and improvisation. ... Bluegrass has three principal meanings, the second two both deriving from the first listed. ... Zydeco is a form of folk music, originated in the beginning of the 20th century among the Creole peoples of south-west Louisiana and influenced by the music of the French-speaking Cajuns. ... The Cajuns are an ethnic group consisting essentially of the descendants of Acadians who came from Nova Scotia to Louisiana as a result of their refusal to swear allegiance to the British Crown. ... Calypso might refer to one of several things: In Greek mythology, Calypso is the name of a sea nymph; Calypso music is a style of Caribbean folk music; Calypso is the name of a moon of Saturn; The Calypso was a ship sailed by Jacques-Yves Cousteau; John Denver wrote... The classical guitar typically has 3 nylon and 3 nickel-wound strings. ... The violin is a stringed musical instrument that has four strings tuned a perfect fifth apart. ... A harmonica A harmonica is a free reed musical wind instrument (also known, among other things, as a mouth organ, french harp, simply harp, or Mississippi saxophone), having multiple, variably-tuned brass or bronze reeds, each secured at one end over an airway slot of like dimension into which it... This article is about the modern musical instrument. ... Carved and round backed mandolins (front) A mandolin is a stringed musical instrument. ... The viola is a stringed musical instrument which serves as the middle voice of the violin family, between the upper lines played by the violin and the lower lines played by the cello and double bass. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ...

Although he started his career as a drummer, he gained attention as a guitarist in 1947 when he substituted for an ailing T-Bone Walker at a club show in Houston, Texas. The club's owner saw an opportunity, and he signed Brown to his label and sent him out on tour. Although well-known in the American South and Southwest, Brown had trouble reaching a national audience, and recorded for several different small labels in the early part of his career. Aaron Thibeaux Walker or T-Bone Walker (May 28, 1910 – March 16, 1975) was an American blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter, and one of the most influential musicians of the early 20th century. ... Skyline of Downtown Houston from Eleanor Tinsley Park Located in southeast Texas, Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and one of the two largest economic areas in Texas. ...

In the 1960's he moved to Nashville to participate in a syndicated R & B television show, and while he was there recorded several country singles. He struck up a friendship with Roy Clark and made several appearances on the television show Hee Haw. By the late 60's he had decided to leave the music business and he moved to New Mexico and became a deputy sheriff. However, in the early 1970's several countries in Europe had developed an appreciation for American roots music, especially blues, and Brown was a popular and well-respected artist there. He toured Europe twelve times in the 1970's and recorded nine albums. He also became an official ambassador for American music, and participated in several tours sponsored by the U.S. State Department, including an extensive tour of Eastern Africa. For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Roy Linwood Clark (born April 15, 1933) is one of the most versatile and well-known country music musicians and performers. ... Hee Haw was a long-running television variety show hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark and featuring country music and humor with rural Kornfield Kounty as a backdrop. ... State nickname: Land of Enchantment Other U.S. States Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Governor Bill Richardson Official languages English and Spanish Area 315,194 km² (5th)  - Land 314,590 km²  - Water 607 km² (0. ... Sheriff is both a political and a legal office held under English common law, Scots law or American common law, or the person who holds such office. ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the people. ... The United States Department of State, often referred to as the State Department, is the Cabinet-level foreign affairs agency of the United States government, equivalent to foreign ministries in other countries. ...

In the 1980's, a series of releases on Rounder Records and Alligator Records revitalized his U.S. career, and he toured extensively and internationally, usually playing between 250 and 300 shows a year. He won a blues Grammy in 1982 for the album Alright Again! and has been nominated for five more. He has also been awarded eight W. C. Handy Awards and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Heroes Award. Rounder Records was founded in 1970 by Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin, and Marian Leighton-Levy. ... Alligator Records is the record label set up by Bruce Iglauer with his own savings torecord and produce his favorite band Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The W. C. Handy Awards (also called The Handys) are presented annually in Memphis, Tennessee, by the Blues Foundation to recognize the best blues music recordings and performances of the previous year. ...

In September 2004, Brown was diagnosed with lung cancer. Already suffering from emphysema and heart disease, he and his doctors decided to forgo treatment. Lung cancer is a malignant tumour of the lungs. ... There are different forms of heart disease: Coronary heart disease Ischaemic heart disease Cardiovascular disease The study of heart disease is Cardiology This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

External Links

  • Gatemouth's website (http://www.gatemouth.com/)
  • Alligator Records' biography (http://www.alligator.com/index.cfm?section=artists&artistid=12)



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