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The Rough Guide to Barrelhouse Blues

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The Rough Guide to Barrelhouse Blues
The Rough Guide to Barrelhouse Blues


Named after the rough and ready bars where labourers gathered to drink and dance, barrelhouse was a raucous form of piano blues that got the juke joints swinging. From early pioneers such as Cow Cow Davenport and Speckled Red to the boogie-woogie legends Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons, this collection charts the rise and incredible influence of this good-time blues.

Featuring many legendary blues pianists including Leroy Carr, Cripple Clarence Lofton and Montana Taylor, this album highlights how the piano has always been at the very core of the blues. It includes many forgotten gems by artists shrouded in mystery.


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  2. Speckled Red - The Dirty Dozen
  3. Jimmy Yancey - Slow And Easy Blues
  4. Cripple Clarence Lofton - Strut That Thing
  5. Will Ezell - Heifer Dust
  6. Walter Roland - Watcha Gonna Do?
  7. Cow Cow Davenport - Cow Cow Blues
  8. Romeo Nelson - Head Rag Hop
  9. Roosevelt Sykes - 32-20 Blues
  10. Clarence "Pinetop" Smith - Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
  11. Skip James - If You Haven't Any Hay Get On Down The Road
  12. Turner Parrish - Fives
  13. Bert Mays - You Can't Come In
  14. Meade Lux Lewis - Honky Tonk Train Blues
  15. Charlie Spand - Soon This Morning Blues
  16. Herve Duerson - Avenue Strut
  17. Victoria Spivey - Hoodoo Man Blues
  18. Henry Brown - Henry Brown Blues
  19. Little Brother Montgomery - Vicksburg Blues
  20. Jabo Williams - Pratt City Blues
  21. Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons - Barrelhouse Boogie
  22. Bob Call - 31 Blues
  23. Freddie "Redd" Nicholson - You Gonna Miss Me Blues
  24. Montana Taylor - Detroit Rocks
  25. Louise Johnson - On The Wall
  26. Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell - Barrelhouse Woman No.2
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