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Gatemouth’s Texas Swing

I’ve been working my way through my last haul from the Louisiana Music Factory. This compilation with sleeve notes by non other than Scott Billington showcases a musician at the height of his game aged around 60, something he sustained right to the end hitting 81. Zappa was a big fan of Gatemouth as guitarist.…

Happy Birthday “Gatemouth”

A most versatile genius from a very special spot on the map, on the border of Louisiana and Texas. That explains his unique blend of big band, blues, country, cajun, blues, funk and swing. This sums up the man. bluesCajunClarence “Gatemouth” BrowncountryEric ClaptonfunkJazzKeith SperaSwing

The real “boss”: Gatemouth

Gatemouth died on this day in 2005. So many tributaries flowing seamlessly into this bona fide genius’s unique style which includes covering Led Zep’s “Rock and Roll” and the Stones’ “Ventilator Blues.” To give an idea of this man’s standing, Clapton was consistently upstaged by him: Clapton very graciously got Gatemouth as support on his 1995 tour…

Gate Swings

Clarence “Gatemouth” really does swing on this terrific recording. “Pops” and the “Count” would have been proud. Great to see that trumpeter Jamil Sharif is on the album. If ever you are in NOLA head to the Maison Bourbon where Jamil is resident – a great time guaranteed. I’ve just noticed that Jamil has a new…