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Definition and background:
A slang term for bar rooms in the late 19th and early 20th centuries which also became synonymous with a style of jazz piano performance from the 1920s through the early 1940s. The barrelhouse music was similar to boogie-woogie and was characterized by a loud, raucous sound with a fast tempo.
For more information on the music term "Barrelhouse" check out these other resources:
Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology
Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary
ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary