Barrelhouse Jukes is a Staffordshire / Cheshire based acoustic blues and roots band putting our own unique twist on classic blues and roots covers. So far there have been no deals struck with spiky gents at dusty crossroads....but to explain things a little bit further.....Barrelhouse Jukes....
Barrelhouse - Originates from the storage of barrels of alcohol
Juke Joint - is the vernacular term for an informal establishment featuring music, dancing, gambling and drinking, primarily operated by African American people in the South Eastern United States. The term 'juke' is believed to derive from the Gullah word joog, meaning rowdy or disorderly. Classic juke joints found, for example, at rural crossroads, catered to the rural workforce. Plantation workers and share croppers needed a place to relax and socialise following a hard week. Set up on the outskirts of town, often in ramshackle buildings or private houses, juke joints offered entertainment for weary workers.
Jukebox - A jukebox is a partially automated music-playing device, usually a coin-operated machine, that will play a patron's selection from self-contained media. The classic jukebox has buttons with letters and number on them that, when entered in combination, are used to play a specific selection. The term 'jukebox' came into use in the United States around 1940, apparently derived from the familiar usage 'juke joint'.