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1North American A cheap or disreputable bar.
- ‘Brown played the song at a brisk pace, imitating the piano blues so common in the jukes and barrelhouses of the South.’
- ‘He soon began to work in barrelhouses and jukes in Helena, Arkansas often working with pianist Lee Green.’
- ‘The Seagram Lofts condominiums occupy the two former barrelhouses, and there's almost five acres of land on the site waiting to be developed.’
- ‘As an itinerant musician in his early life, Pickens played in barrelhouses across the southern states.’
- ‘Starting in the barrelhouses and places of even lower repute, piano players provided entertainment often by themselves in places that required music in high spirits.’
- ‘The Blue Highway - winds past the plantation barrelhouses of the Delta to the clubs and tenements of postwar Chicago.’
- ‘Boogie-woogie was generally confined to barrelhouses, dance halls, and houses of ill-repute.’
- ‘Every day these barrels of Jack Daniel's whiskey are rolled up into barrelhouses that are scattered throughout the hills.’
- ‘Though he received a crash course in the ways of women, more important was his exposure to the blues and boogie woogie music which was popular in the barrelhouses at the time.’
- ‘By the time Albert was eleven, he was already playing parties and barrelhouses whenever he could slip away.’
- ‘There will be a whole array of local and international artists playing gigs in barrelhouses cross town, and hosting workshops to boot.’
- ‘He worked parties, roadhouses, jukes, and barrelhouses in the South and Midwest, notably Memphis into the 1920's.’
- ‘He rode the rails from the Mississippi Delta to St. Louis, where he played poolrooms, barrelhouses, and parties for food and tips during the 1910s and 1920s.’
- ‘Patton ruled the Delta blues circuit during the 1920s and early 1930s, packing the barrelhouses and selling loads of records to prove it.’
- ‘Aubrey ‘Moon’ Mullican encountered Holiday frequently in the honkytonks and barrelhouses around Houston.’
- ‘Johnson left home around 1930 and for the rest of his life traveled the country, playing and singing at parties, juke joints, barrelhouses, and other venues.’
- ‘Like I say, I was hangin’ around a lot of churches, barrelhouses, speakeasys, I just mix my ideas up and call it a gumbo.’
- ‘There are some eye-opening glimpses into the business of recording, musical discoveries with amplification, sharecropping life, and the get-down funkiness of the juke joints and barrelhouses.’
2mass noun, usually as modifier An unrestrained and unsophisticated style of jazz music.‘neither took formal music lessons—they developed their barrelhouse style through playing by ear’
- ‘The results are a delirious jumpcut odyssey where fragments of styles collide and splinter apart; ambient drones, barrelhouse piano, funk, jazz, even a snatch of ‘Roll Out the Barrel’ played on an accordion.’
- ‘They've got this one organ sound that mimics a growling, overdriven axe with startling fidelity, and which, along with the deep waves of the low end, ballasts the mutant barrelhouse boogie.’
- ‘‘Monk's Dream’ perches perfectly between barrelhouse boogie woogie and rippling Conlon Nancarrow player piano.’
- ‘‘Tuesday Afternoon’ is constantly shifting from gloomy, melancholic folk rock to jumpy, jolly barrelhouse rock, for just a few seconds each.’
- ‘It's not impossible for them to start off with a barrelhouse boogie and, by the end, be dragging through a New Orleans funeral dirge with a singing saw leading the charge.’
- ‘Gelb stays away from jazz or barrelhouse blues, preferring to stay in the classically influenced realm with a few diversions into Kurt Weill territory and that of movie soundtracks.’
- ‘The funky barrelhouse piano that stomps all over ‘Cats vs. Dogs’ fits perfectly with the song's aggressively playful mood.’
- ‘The title track's a barrelhouse rocker, dripping attitude, about how she can use what she's got to get what she wants.’
- ‘Hell, I love ‘Drug Squad’ - love the barrelhouse piano and Strummer's near-Dylanesque delivery, because it's one of the only times they sound like they're having fun on Rope.’
- ‘As well as some bluesier tracks - not many of them showcased per se; there's some unreal barrelhouse piano played in one of the churchy scenes that makes me wish I had hands with a foot-long reach.’
- ‘The former is given and laid back with an almost reggae rhythm and the French lyrics hilariously slurred through, and ‘Ruby Tuesday’ is given a barrelhouse piano reading by Johnston.’
- ‘The disc's second half comes across like Coney Island arcane arcadia by way of clattering barrelhouse piano and broken merry-go-round melodies.’
- ‘On album opener ‘Let me Put my Suitcase Down,’ Ethier lays himself down to rest on top of the track's lazy barrelhouse piano.’
- ‘Of course round these parts we all love Mr Holland, with his cheeky east-end banter and barrelhouse joanna-thumping style.’
Late 19th century: so named because of the rows of barrels along the walls of such a bar.
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