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Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown Video of The Week

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown w Dizzy Gillespie

Performing at the Montreaux Jazz festival in France, Brown takes the stage performing on guitar, vocals, harmonica and fiddle along with one hell of backing group! Although Dizzy Gillespie performs his set earlier in the week he stays awhile longer and ends up joining Brown on stage during his performance to perform “Frosty”. 

Hanging out with the band, he starts jamming with Brown. Although this is a wonderful match-up, Gillespie performs with the band either without a microphone or has it turned down. Either way, festivals like this just show what kind of unique collaborations can happen on an impromptu basis.

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – Video of The Week

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown is an American musician known for his work as a blues musician. Although the Blues is what people associate him with, he also embraces other styles of music. Such as country, jazz, Cajun music and R&B styles. Furthermore, his work encompasses rock and roll, rock music, folk music, electric blues, and Texas blues. 

Gate Moves To Nashville

In the 1960s, Gate calls Nashville home and becomes a fixture there. While there, he appears on a syndicated Country music TV show, and lays down some Country tracks. Gate even shows up on the TV show ‘Hee Haw’. He and Roy Clark becomes friends and record an album together. 

Becoming a Deputy Sheriff

In the late ’60s, Gate tired of the music scene and heads to the desert of New Mexico.  He turns in his guitar for a badge by becoming a Deputy Sheriff.  In the ’70s, American Roots music swept Europe, once again and Brown is in demand. While he tours Europe extensively, in 1977, he receives a request to perform at the Montreux jazz festival.  And this is where this fantastic collaboration happens!

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