Popular in the Marlborough area, regulars at MantonFest and headliners at last year’s Christmas Lights Switch-On, Barrelhouse are achieving widespread acclaim thanks to their new album ‘Mainline Voodoo’ which has been getting airplay across the world and has now broken into the UK’s national Blues Top 40.
“Before Lockdown we would describe ourselves as a hardworking band” explained Stuart Whant, Barrelhouse’s Manton-based bass player.
“‘Mainline Voodoo’ was ready for release and we had a range of gigs lined up, all of which just disappeared” he added. “But it was picked up by Blues radio stations as far away as Canada and Australia, getting plenty of plays, then with lots of downloads on Spotify, YouTube and other music sites and now it’s hit the national blues chart”…. “It’s a real honour”.
‘Mainline Voodoo’ was recorded and engineered locally at band member Nick Beere’s Mooncalf studio in Chiseldon (as was ‘Mooncalf Blues’ their first album) and contains a mix of original material (six tracks) and a further three covers – due to demand from fans.
Even the striking original artwork was created locally, by Stuart’s son, artist and musician Nick, which has attracted plenty of comment.
Click below to sample the title track:
To pick up a copy of the CD it will be in Sound Knowledge (when they are able to open again), or visit the Barrelhouse FaceBook page.