Barrelhouse emerged out of a shared obsession with the raw authenticity of blues in the summer of 2006. On the top floor of a vintage music store in downtown Richmond, VA, three of the six members exchanged numbers after a community jam session. A few short years later, Barrelhouse has shared stages with ZZ Top, Gregg Allman, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Herring, and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. In 2011 the band represented their home town on Beale Street at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
Harvesting influences from Chicago, Texas and the Mississippi Delta, Barrelhouse entered the studio to record their first full-length album of original music in 2012. The self-titled debut contains ten original songs that show “flashes of brilliance and promises of great things to come,” according to John Porter of WCVE FM’s Time for the Blues.
With two guitars, an overdriven harmonica, a notoriously tight rhythm section, and three vocalists, Barrelhouse strives to create something unique, all while giving a respectful nod to the celebrated blues tradition that brought them together.