BATH – Louisiana-born, Texas-raised musician Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at The Chocolate Church Arts Center.

Brown has been playing his blend of blues, rhythm and blues, country, jazz and Cajun music for more than 60 years.

A virtuoso on guitar, violin, harmonica, mandolin, viola and drums, he has influenced performers as diverse as Albert Collins, Frank Zappa, Lonnie Brooks, Eric Clapton and Joe Louis Walker.

In recent years, Brown has cut a string of albums. Among those who have joined him on the discs are Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Amos Garrett, Jim Keltner, Maria Muldaur and Leon Russell.

Besides being a Grammy recipient, he has been inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and is an eight-time winner of the W.C. Handy Award.

He has also received the prestigious Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation.

“Gate’s last two albums emphasized the big band, Texas swing side of his music,” said co-producer Jim Bateman. “This time, we were more song oriented with an emphasis on a Louisiana and Southern feel.”

For more information about the arts center, people can visit chocolatechurcharts.org.

Concert tickets are $20 for members of the arts center, $25 in advance for the general public and $28 at the door. They may be purchased by calling the arts center, 442-8455.


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