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Various Artists - The Rough Guide To Barrelhouse Blues LP

Various Artists - The Rough Guide To Barrelhouse Blues LP

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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.


1. The Dirty Dozen (1929) [Speckled Red]
2. Slow and Easy Blues (1939) [Jimmy Yancey]
3. Strut That Thing (1935) [Cripple Clarence Lofton]
4. Heifer Dust (1929) [Will Ezell]
5. Watcha Gonna Do? (1933) [Walter Roland]
6. If You Haven't Any Hay Get on Down the Road (1931) [Skip James]
7. Hoodoo Man Blues (1926) [Victoria Spivey]
8. Cow Cow Blues (1928) [Cow Cow Davenport]
9. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie (1928) [Clarence "Pinetop" Smith]
10. Honky Tonk Train Blues (1936) [Meade Lux Lewis]
11. Barrelhouse Boogie (1941) [Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons]
12. Detroit Rocks (1929) [Montana Taylor]
13. Barrelhouse Woman No.2 (1934) [Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell]

About this product: this release is pressed on black vinyl.