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Barrelhouse Buck McFarland

b. Thomas McFarland, 16 Sept 1903, Alton, Illinois, USA, d. Apr 1962. On his 1929 debut documenting, Barrelhouse Buck sang reflectively, like many St. Louis pianists, but his playing was even more percussive than that of his contemporaries. This resulted partially from his encounter like a drummer, and partially from …

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