Q - 9/01, p.1083 stars out of 5
- "...It kicks in every direction, switching from blues to zydeco with alacrity..."
Down Beat - 1/02, p.723 stars out of 5
- "...Finds him sizing up the songs and music of his beloved Louisiana in his inimitable manner..."
Living Blues - 11-12/01, pp.52,55
"...A characteristically eclectic but resolutely southwest-flavored set....another savory, well-seasoned smorgasbord..."
Personnel: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (vocals, guitar, fiddle, viola); Mike Loudermilk (acoustic & electric guitars); Sonny Landreth (slide guitar); Zachary Richards (accordion); Eric Demmer (alto, tenor & baritone saxophone); Brent Rose (tenor saxophone); Barney Floyd (trumpet); Brian O'Neill (trombone); Joe Krown (piano, Wurlitzer piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Harold Floyd, David Hyde (bass); David Peters (drums, congas, quika drum, percussion); Pat Bickham, Renee Brown, Gene Gunulfsen, Mike Pace (background vocals).
Producers: Jim Bateman, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.
Recorded at Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana between November 2000
and February 2001.
Personnel: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (vocals, guitar, fiddle, viola); Mike Loudermilk (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Sonny Landreth (slide guitar); Zachary Richard (accordion); Eric Demmer (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Barney Floyd (trumpet); Brian O'Neill (trombone); Joe Krown (piano, Wurlitzer organ); Harold Floyd, David Hyde (bass guitar); Renee Brown, Gene Gunulfsen, Mike Pace, Pat Bickham (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Gene Foster.
Recording information: Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, LA (11/2000-02/2001).
Photographer: Michael Wilson .
In 1995, septuagenarian Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown moved from the independent blues label Alligator to Verve, then to the jazz division of PolyGram, part of Universal. In his five albums for the label (the last two of them released on the Blue Thumb subsidiary) -- The Man (1995), Long Way Home (1996), Gate Swings (1997), American Music, Texas Style (1999), and now Back to Bogalusa -- he has been able to pursue his eclectic inclinations more fully than he did when his label bosses were trying to emphasize his blues guitar playing. The center of Brown's taste is post-World War II jump blues and R&B with a distinctly Southwestern feel. Tasty as his guitar playing is, he likes to add horns and even a bit of country fiddle to the mix. As its title indicates, Back to Bogalusa particularly investigates the Louisiana influences on this Pelican State native, notably on the tracks "Going Back to Louisiana," "Breaux Bridge Rag," "Bogalusa Boogie Man," and the Cajun-styled "Louisian'." He adds in some sympathetic songs by writers of a later generation, notably "Lie No Better," co-written by Delbert McClinton and Little Feat's "Dixie Chicken," co-written by Lowell George. And he sounds most at home in the funky instrumentals "Grape Jelly" and "Slap It." Brown has taken hits from blues critics for the perceived apostasy of his golden years, but with a singing and playing ability that belies his years he sounds like he's having a wonderful time. ~ William Ruhlmann