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July 31, 1998 | MIKE BOEHM
Barrelhouse hasn't exactly been on a roll in its five-year career. Instead of flowing with the trends, the Orange County band's blend of traditional blues and '60s-vintage rock and soul influences is staunchly classicist. Except for a handful of high-profile gigs at local blues festivals, the seven-member band hasn't been able to break out of the grass-roots club-circuit or attract the interest of record companies.
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January 4, 2001
LAGUNA BEACH 8pm Theater Family obligation is the issue in "The Price," Arthur Miller's play first staged in 1968. Victor Franz is a middle-age New York City cop who gave up his dream of becoming a scientist to support his father during the Great Depression. His older brother, Walter, left the family behind and emerged as a wealthy and respected surgeon.
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November 23, 1996 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Getting your pink slip from one of the biggest rock bands of the decade is enough to give a boy the blues. And that's just what guitarist Slash has come down with following Guns N' Roses' latest (and according to many reports final) sayonara. Rather than brood, he threw together a six-man blues band and returned to fundamentals as laid down by such masters as . . . the James Gang and Alice Cooper? Nobody can accuse Slash of being a purist.
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October 27, 1994 | MIKE BOEHM
*** Barrelhouse "Soul Pimps 'N' Blues Pushers" Steady Rollin' Records A cheesy title isn't enough to detract from this classy, spirited homage to the definitive Southern soul sound of Stax Records. As unlikely as it might seem that an Orange County-bred white guy in his mid-20s could walk with the ghost of Otis Redding, Barrelhouse's Steave Ascasio does it with confidence and convincing soulfulness.
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January 12, 1998 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Could it be that when Lee Rocker was a kid listening to Elvis Presley's "Sun Sessions," he got some lyrics garbled? On "Mystery Train," Presley sang, "Train I ride . . ." Rocker may have heard it as "Bass I ride." It seemed that way Friday at the Galaxy Concert Theatre, where the former Stray Cat treated his handsome upright bass as if it were a conveyance to be clambered aboard or a dance partner to be swung about.
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May 3, 1994 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One can't quite picture Peter Wolf on a NordicTrac. Thin as a rail, scraggly black hair, pallid complexion, tiger-print shoes: No, this is the sort of fellow who, one senses, only stays in trim at the spotlight gym--leaping, dancing, gyrating, pole-vaulting off a microphone stand, pumping glass in the form of a Cuervo bottle onstage night after night. So it's understandable if Sunday night, after a 10-year hiatus from touring, the former J. Geils Band front man wasn't in peak condition.
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January 7, 1997 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You can almost hear Barrelhouse paraphrasing Bob Dylan's desperate refrain: "Oh, mama, can this really be the end, to be stuck inside of O.C. with the Memphis blues again?" While this potentially major band stews locally, waiting for a fairy godmother to take it out on the roots-rocking H.O.R.D.E. tour, where it belongs, it has continued to grow. The most impressive development on the self-financed "Peach" is Barrelhouse's decision not to get stuck inside of Memphis as well as Orange County.
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October 27, 1994 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seated at the dining table in his apartment, a pouch of roll-your-own tobacco beside him and a quart of Jim Beam at the ready, Steave Ascasio had girded and provisioned himself for some serious yarn-weaving on the theme of how he came to be the singer in a suburbanite band that plays authentic-sounding Southern soul music. "I'd call it fate on my part," Ascasio said expansively, leaning back and starting at the beginning. "For some strange reason, when I was about 7 or 9. . . ."
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March 26, 1994 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Today's crop of local album reviews finds Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers visiting Memphis (not to see Graceland, but to play the blues for their new live album) and Barrelhouse drawing its inspiration from Memphis via the Stax soul sound. Fu Manchu goes cruising with a hard-rock album about fun on wheels, and Atomic Boy tunefully vents its frustration at not getting the desired chain reaction from big-label deal-makers.
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