There is more than one artist with the name Barrelhouse. 1. A blues band from the Netherlands (1974 – 1986, 1993 – present)
2. A band from Richmond, VA, United States
"Sounds like what it used to be before amps but with juice!! " Billy Branch has followed a very non-traditional path to the blues. Unlike many blues artists, he isn't from the South. Billy was born in Chicago in 1951 and was raised in Los Angeles. He first picked up a harmonica at the age of ten and immediately began to play simple tunes.
In 1976, guitarist Jan Akkerman left progressive rock act Focus and teams up again with vocalist Kaz Lux to create a concept-album LP named "Eli", which was released on Atlantic records in the same year. Akkerman and Lux both played in psychedelic blues act Brainbox in the late 60's / early 70's.
Jan Akkerman collaborates with composer/arranger Claus Ogerman to produce this beautifully recorded and brilliantly arranged guitar and Orchestra project which features compositions from Rodrigo, Ravel, Villa Lobos as well as one composition each from Akkerman and Ogerman.