Albert Collins and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown Archival Performances to See Release

New West Records will release two separate archival performances from music legends Albert Collins and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown as a part of its acclaimed Live from Austin, TX series on February 8.

Both performances were originally filmed for the PBS television series Austin City Limits and will be issued on vinyl for the very first time as 180 gram double LPs housed in gatefold sleeves. The LPs have been remastered from original sources and feature liner notes from Austin City Limits producer Terry Lickona. In addition to the vinyl releases, the recordings were also remastered in HD digital audio. 

Both albums can be pre-ordered here

From his liner notes to Albert Collins' Live From Austin, TX, Terry Lickona states, “They called him the ‘Ice Man’ and ‘The Master of the Telecaster,’ but above all else, Albert Collins was a consummate Texas bluesman.”

He continues, “ ‘Ice Man’ or not, Albert was on fire the night of his taping on October 28, 1991. ‘You just can’t believe how long it took me to get on this show!’ he declared, and wasted no time proving why it was long overdue. His performance was a wild ride, and the ACL stage proved too small for his antics, so with his long guitar chord in tow he took off into the audience during his ten-minute-plus finale of ‘Frosty.’ He was first and foremost an entertainer, but nonetheless belongs up front in the pantheon of great blues guitarists.”  

Albert Collins - Live From Austin, TX track list: 

Mr. Collins, Mr. Collins 

My Woman Has a Black Cat Bone 


Lights Are On But Nobody’s Home 

Put The Show On the Other Foot 

The Things That I Used to Do 

Head Rag 

Travelin’ South 


Recorded on February 6, 1996, Clarence Gatemouth Brown's Live From Austin, TX release captures the last of the guitarist’s four performances on Austin City Limits. From his liner notes, Lickona states, “Texas music has always been a melting pot of many styles, genres, cultural and ethnic influences, but Gatemouth was a one-man cauldron of sonic intensity and originality unmatched by anyone before or since. If you asked him who his musical influences were, he would say, ‘I never wanted to sound like nobody. I just play the kind of stuff that got into my blood and I’m still the only person I know who plays it.” Continuing, “...his music could swing with the best of them, as he demonstrates in this show.”  

Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Live From Austin, TX track list: 

Ain’t That Dandy 

Born in Louisiana 


Dark End of the Hallway 

Bits and Pieces 

Leftover Blues 

There You Are 

Early In The Mornin’ 

Things Ain’t What They Used to Be 

Up Jumped the Devil

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.