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The Rough Guide to Barrelhouse Blues

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Released: 28th Sep 2018



Released: 25th Jan 2019


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.

The Rough Guide to Barrelhouse Blues

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