torsdag 12 maj 2016

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Okie Dokie Stomper - Peacock Records Years 1949-59)

220:- (Blues Album från OLDAYS Records, limiterad utgåva. Endast ett exemplar i lager.)

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (April 18, 1924 - September 10, 2005) was an American musician from Louisiana and Texas. He is best known for his work as a blues musician, but embraced other styles of music, having "spent his career fighting purism by synthesizing old blues, country, jazz, Cajun music and R&B styles". His work also encompasses rock and roll, rock music, folk, electric blues, and Texas blues.

He was an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, who played an array of musical instruments such as guitar, fiddle, mandolin, viola as well as harmonica and drums. He won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 1983 for his album, Alright Again!. He is regarded as one of the most influential exponents of blues fiddle and has had enormous influence in American fiddle circles.

Brown's two biggest musical influences were Louis Jordan and T-Bone Walker.

Born in Vinton, Louisiana, Brown was raised in Orange, Texas. His professional musical career began in 1945, playing drums in San Antonio, Texas. He was given the nickname "Gatemouth" by a high school teacher who said he had "voice like a gate". His career was boosted while attending a 1947 concert by T-Bone Walker in Don Robey's Bronze Peacock Houston nightclub. When Walker became ill, Brown took up his guitar and quickly wrote and played "Gatemouth Boogie," to the delight of the audience right on the spot.

In 1949 Robey founded Peacock Records in order to showcase Brown's virtuoso guitar work. Brown's "Mary Is Fine"/"My Time Is Expensive" was a hit for Peacock in 1949. A string of Peacock releases in the 1950s were less successful commercially, but were nonetheless pioneering musically. 

Particularly notable was the 1954 instrumental "Okie Dokie Stomp", in which Brown solos continuously over a punchy horn section (other instrumentals from this period include "Boogie Uproar" and "Gate Walks to Board"). Okie Dokie Stomp was also recorded by Cornell Dupree in the 1970s and he had success with it as well. As for his gutsy violin playing, Robey allowed him to record "Just Before Dawn", his final release on the Peacock label, in 1959.

In the 1960s Brown moved to Nashville, Tennessee 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. In 1966, Brown was the musical director for the house band on the short-lived television program, The !!!! Beat.

The album of Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Peacock Records Years is now Released as a Japanese Cardboard Sleeve CD 2014, Recorded in 1949-1959.

01. Mary Is Fine (1950)
02. My Time Is Expensive (1950)
03. Did not Reach My Goal (1950)
04. Atomic Energy (1950)
05. Mercy On Me (1950)
06. Boogie Rambler (1950)
07. I've Been Mistreated (1950)
08. I Live My Life (1951)
09. Two O'Clock In The Morning (1950)
10. It Can Never Be That Way (1950)
11. Justice Blues (1951)
12. Just Got Lucky (1952)
13. She Walks Right In (1950)
14. Win With Me (1950)
15. Too Late Baby (1951)
16. Taking My Chances (1951)
17. Baby Take It Easy (1952)
18. She Winked Her Eye (1951)
19. Sad Hour (1951)
20. Pale Dry Boogie pt1 (1951)
21. Pale Dry Boogie pt2 (1951)
22. Dirty Work At The Crossroads (1952)
23. You Got Money (1952)
24. Gate Walks To The Board (1953)
25. Midnight Hour (1954)
26. Okie Dokie Stomp (1954)
27. Gate's Salty Blues (1955)
28. Ain't That Dandy (1956)
29. Just Before Dawn (1958)