Clarence Gatemouth Brown, RIP


The blues/country/Cajun/jazz/funk/miscellaneous musician survived the hurricane, then died of natural causes on Saturday. Like the fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements, who passed away last month, Brown played American music without regard for genre boundaries, especially after he left the R&B-oriented Duke/Peacock Records.

I saw him on a bill with Taj Mahal and Michelle Shocked back around 1991, and it's still one of the best concerts I've ever attended. Rest in peace.