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Gatemouth Brown featured on Louisiana Masters Series at Loyola

Loyola press release - September 9, 2004

(New Orleans)—The Music Industry Studies Program at Loyola University New Orleans announces a new programming series titled Louisiana Masters Series. The first installment of the series will feature Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown on Friday, September 10, 2004 at 4:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium located on the third floor of the Monroe Science Complex on the Loyola campus.

The Louisiana Masters Series will include several elements including a performance, master class, interview and Q&A session in the style of Bravo’s “Actor’s Studio.” The series is the brainchild of John Snyder, the new endowed chair of Loyola’s Music Industry Studies Program. Snyder, who is the Conrad N. Hilton Eminent Scholar in Music Industry Studies, produced two of Brown’s Grammy-nominated recordings.

Nick Spitzer, host of Public Radio International’s “American Routes,” will conduct the interview with Brown. Snyder and the music industry students will collaborate with Dr. Mary Blue and students from the Communications Department and Media Services personnel to produce the series.

“After seeing Gatemouth Brown at the Ogden Museum in late August, I decided to ask him to do a master class at Loyola,” said Snyder. “Then it hit me, this should be a series and it should feature the greatest artists that Louisiana can claim.

“I think that a series like this would go a long way toward glorifying the ‘creative class’ that we now know is a source of economic development,” Snyder continues. “Such a series accomplishes many things at once. It draws attention to Loyola as a presenter of such programming, it draws attention to the city and the state that produces such influential and important artists, and it brings attention to the importance of the creative life and the creative enterprise in Louisiana and at Loyola.”
 
The series will be filmed in broadcast quality and will be made available for webcast as well as subsequent DVD release. The series is free and open to the public and all are invited to attend.

Louisiana-born, Texas-raised multi-instrumentalist Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown has been dishing up his unique blend of blues, R&B, country, jazz, and Cajun music for more than 50 years. A virtuoso on guitar, violin, harmonica, mandolin, viola, and even drums, Gatemouth 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 four-star albums for such record labels as Rounder, Alligator, Verve, and Blue Thumb. Among those who have joined him on the discs are Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Amos Garrett, Jim Keltner, Maria Muldaur and Leon Russell. In addition to being a GRAMMY® recipient, Brown has been inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and is an eight-time winner of the W.C. Handy Award. He’s also received the prestigious Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation and the The Recording Academy’s Heroes Award.

The Louisiana Masters Series is sponsored by Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, Loyola University College of Music, Artists House Foundation, Loyola’s Biever Guest Lecture Series, and Holbrook Multimedia Inc.

For additional information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074 or via email at wick@loyno.edu, or Melissa Guion, mjguion@loyno.edu.