Orange (Texas), USA – Award-winning guitarist, fiddler and
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown died Saturday, September 10, in his hometown of
Orange (Texas). Gatemouth Brown was known for his dynamic gumbo of Blues,
Zydeco, Country, and Jazz. He had been suffering from lung cancer, emphysema and
heart disease. Gatemouth Brown was 81.
A few days earlier, Gatemouth Brown and his family evacuated the Slidell area
(near New Orleans) shortly before Hurricane Katrina made landfall and made it
safely to his hometown of Orange, Texas. However, due to hurricane damage,
Gatemouth lost his home and all of his belongings. In an effort to raise money to help pay for his relocation to
Austin (Texas), and to help pay for his medical expenses, living expenses, and
the replacement of his instruments, the “Gatemouth Brown’s Disaster Relief Fund”
was established. Donations to the The Gatemouth Brown’s Disaster Relief Fund can
be made by mail: Gatemouth Brown’s Disaster Relief Fund, (c/o Celeste Biles),
3529 Cannon Road, Suite #2B, #611, Oceanside, CA 92056 or at the artist’s
He is survived by three daughters and a son.
[Color photo © Earl Perry. Black and white photo © Michael Wilson].