Tuesday, September 13, 2005

RL Burnside and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

Rest in Peace...

Where I used to live, there was a great radio station that played everything good to hear. This is where I first listened to both Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and RL Burnside. Sadly, these men died recently.

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown died at the age of 81. There's a good, short interview and sampling of his music here.

"Said Colin Walters, who is working on Brown's biography: "He is one of the most underrated guitarists, musicians and arrangers I've ever met, an absolute prodigy. I used to tell him that though he may not like the blues, he does the blues better than anyone. He inherited the legacy of great bluesmen like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, but he took what they did and made it better."

R L Burnside died at age 78. He didn't become a muscian until he was in his 40s.

"Born in Harmontown, Mississippi, Burnside became one of the perennial forbears of the Delta blues, with his thick, rhythmic slide style and graphic lyrics reflecting his life surrounded by poverty and violence. Burnside, himself, did jail time for murder."

It's Bad You Know Mp3

1 comment:

drydiggins said...

As we used to say when listening to KHJ in Southern California (a long time ag), a "boss" track!