The Happiness Quotient

#71 - Do NOT Call This The Blues! Interview and Epic Performance with the Legendary Clarence Gatemouth Brown

February 25, 2021 Thom Pollard Season 3 Episode 71
The Happiness Quotient
#71 - Do NOT Call This The Blues! Interview and Epic Performance with the Legendary Clarence Gatemouth Brown
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The Happiness Quotient
#71 - Do NOT Call This The Blues! Interview and Epic Performance with the Legendary Clarence Gatemouth Brown
Feb 25, 2021 Season 3 Episode 71
Thom Pollard

The Happiness Quotient #71

The Legend of CLARENCE GATEMOUTH BROWN

This episode of the The Happiness Quotient can be found in audio only format at:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/268133/8029682

And on YouTube at this address:
 https://youtu.be/BDXmcezMIwQ

Clarence Gatemouth Brown did not want to be known as a bluesman. He called his brand of music "American and World Music, Texas Drive and Swing"

In a previous lifetime I was a television reporter for an NBC affiliate in western Massachusetts, WWLP, Channel 22. I was hired as a features reporter, wherein I’d produce, shoot, edit and report in a series that I called IN TOUCH WITH WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. 

Today, I’m bringing you an inspiring, honest never-before-heard interview conducted by myself in 1988 with the amazing, Grammy winning, Blues Hall of Fame legend of the blues (for lack of a better word) CLARENCE GATEMOUTH BROWN. I first met Gatemouth to interview him at his hotel, the Red Roof Inn in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, the morning before a show at the now defunct Sheehan’s Cafe in Northampton, Massachusetts. I’m going to play for you everything from that interview and impressive performance that evening, which took place during a time that many would say was the peak of his storied career. 

Gatemouth, who lived on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, was diagnosed in 2004 with lung cancer. When the notorious Hurricane Katrina moved into the region in August 2005, he hurried away to stay with his brother in neighboring Texas. His home was ruined during the hurricane, and his guitars and instruments washed away. Gatemouth passed shortly after.

Please enjoy this 1988 interview with the incredible Gatemouth Brown, including music from his performance that night. In the interview, Gate schooled me on what The Blues really is, and how he is most assuredly NOT a bluesman. He plays a special kind of music, and it’s not the blues.

For more information about Clarence Gatemouth Brown on Alligator Records:
https://www.alligator.com/artists/Clarence-Gatemouth-Brown/

Gate’s iconic 1966 Gibson Firebird guitar:
http://legacy.gibson.com/news-lifestyle/features/en-us/legendary-guitars-clarence-708.aspx

Gate’s NY Times obituary:
https://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/12/arts/music/guitarist-clarence-gatemouth-brown-dies-at-81.html

Grateful Dan Tie Dye's Etsy page for Jerry Garcia glow-in-the-dark T:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/GratefulDanTieDye

Tom Reney, producer/host of Jazz a la Mode on New England Public Media:
https://www.nepm.org/people/tom-reney#stream/0

For more information about Thom Pollard:
www.eyesopenproductions.com

For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:
www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient

Our theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.

For more information about The Wood Brothers:
https://www.thewoodbros.com/

The Wood Brothers on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQ

Happiness Jones video can be seen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5A

For more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, find him at: 
www.eyesopenproductions.com

To join his mailing list for The Happiness Quotient, email him at [email protected]





Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)

Show Notes

The Happiness Quotient #71

The Legend of CLARENCE GATEMOUTH BROWN

This episode of the The Happiness Quotient can be found in audio only format at:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/268133/8029682

And on YouTube at this address:
 https://youtu.be/BDXmcezMIwQ

Clarence Gatemouth Brown did not want to be known as a bluesman. He called his brand of music "American and World Music, Texas Drive and Swing"

In a previous lifetime I was a television reporter for an NBC affiliate in western Massachusetts, WWLP, Channel 22. I was hired as a features reporter, wherein I’d produce, shoot, edit and report in a series that I called IN TOUCH WITH WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. 

Today, I’m bringing you an inspiring, honest never-before-heard interview conducted by myself in 1988 with the amazing, Grammy winning, Blues Hall of Fame legend of the blues (for lack of a better word) CLARENCE GATEMOUTH BROWN. I first met Gatemouth to interview him at his hotel, the Red Roof Inn in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, the morning before a show at the now defunct Sheehan’s Cafe in Northampton, Massachusetts. I’m going to play for you everything from that interview and impressive performance that evening, which took place during a time that many would say was the peak of his storied career. 

Gatemouth, who lived on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, was diagnosed in 2004 with lung cancer. When the notorious Hurricane Katrina moved into the region in August 2005, he hurried away to stay with his brother in neighboring Texas. His home was ruined during the hurricane, and his guitars and instruments washed away. Gatemouth passed shortly after.

Please enjoy this 1988 interview with the incredible Gatemouth Brown, including music from his performance that night. In the interview, Gate schooled me on what The Blues really is, and how he is most assuredly NOT a bluesman. He plays a special kind of music, and it’s not the blues.

For more information about Clarence Gatemouth Brown on Alligator Records:
https://www.alligator.com/artists/Clarence-Gatemouth-Brown/

Gate’s iconic 1966 Gibson Firebird guitar:
http://legacy.gibson.com/news-lifestyle/features/en-us/legendary-guitars-clarence-708.aspx

Gate’s NY Times obituary:
https://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/12/arts/music/guitarist-clarence-gatemouth-brown-dies-at-81.html

Grateful Dan Tie Dye's Etsy page for Jerry Garcia glow-in-the-dark T:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/GratefulDanTieDye

Tom Reney, producer/host of Jazz a la Mode on New England Public Media:
https://www.nepm.org/people/tom-reney#stream/0

For more information about Thom Pollard:
www.eyesopenproductions.com

For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:
www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient

Our theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.

For more information about The Wood Brothers:
https://www.thewoodbros.com/

The Wood Brothers on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQ

Happiness Jones video can be seen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5A

For more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, find him at: 
www.eyesopenproductions.com

To join his mailing list for The Happiness Quotient, email him at thom.dharma.pollar[email protected]





Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotient)