A Guide to the Texas Barrel House Piano Program, 1987
A blues tradition that developed in the early 20th century, Texas barrelhouse blues is characterized by its loud, upbeat, fast-tempo rhythm arising from piano musicians performing in crowded, noisy barrelhouses, bars, or saloons. Also referred to as "boogie-woogie" or "fast Texas blues," notable barrelhouse blues musicians include Alex Moore (1899-1989), Lavada Durst (1913-1995), and Roosevelt T. "Grey Ghost" Williams (1903-1996).
"Austin Music Memorial 2008 Inductees." City of Austin. Accessed April 25, 2011. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/music/memorial08.htm.
Five reels and two audiocassette tapes comprise the Texas Barrel House Piano Program, 1987, documenting the performances of blues musicians Alex Moore, Lavada Durst, and Roosevelt T. Williams. Additionally, the collection contains interviews with the musicians.
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Texas Barrel House Piano Program, 1987, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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