- Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Born in Orange, Texas, Gate came into early contact with Louisiana Cajun and Lone Star State blues and country. It was a short hop to swing and R&B. With a closetful of blues awards, Gate also became a known quantity in Nashville.
Brown first made his rep during the late '40s and early '50s, knocking down nonstop one-nighters and cutting classic sides that would end up influencing the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan. These days, he's as sure-handed as ever, as evidenced by last year's Timeless, on which Brown navigates a tasty set of blues, country ballads, jazz standards, and swing fare in front of a solid lineup of horns and rhythm. As it is with Robert Lockwood, it's our good fortune to have a musical treasure like Gate still takin' the stage.