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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Texas Barrel House Piano Program, 1987



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Durst, Albert Lavada, 1913-1995
Creator: Moore, Alex, 1899-1989
Creator: William, Roosevelt T., 1903-1996
Title: Texas Barrel House Piano Program
Dates: 1987
Abstract: 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.
Extent: 7 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

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).

Source:

"Austin Music Memorial 2008 Inductees." City of Austin. Accessed April 25, 2011. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/music/memorial08.htm.

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Scope and Contents

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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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use of audio materials by appointment only; please contact sound archivist for more information.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Durst, Albert Lavada, 1913-1995.
Moore, Alex, 1899-1989.
William, Roosevelt T., 1903-1996.
Subjects
Blues (Music) -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Piano music (Barrelhouse) -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Places
Texas -- History -- 20th century.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas Barrel House Piano Program, 1987, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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Sound archives Five reels and two audiocassette tapes, 1987

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