does Barrelhouse mean? What the hell is a barrelhouse, anyway? This is how Bruce Cockburn answers the question,
in regard to his song "Mama Just Wants to Barrelhouse All Night
"I don't know, actually. The
question was: how do you barrelhouse? And I actually don't know the
answer to that. I think it's sort of whatever you think it is.
Barrelhouses were road houses in the old days. They were places where
you went and they had barrels of booze sitting there and you bought
booze and did whatever booze prompted you to do. So, you know, its kind
of up to you what barrelhouse is. There are old blues songs that do
make references to barrelhousing and some of those references are
metaphorical and don't pertain literally to being in a place with
sawdust on the floor and a barrel of booze."
So what is Barrelhouse?
We hope you like
what you read in our pages and here in our little corner of the web
universe. More importantly, we hope you'll keep on barrelhousing, all
- Barrelhouse is a print journal featuring
fiction, poetry, interviews, and essays about music, art, and the
detritus of popular culture.
- Barrelhouse is also a web site that
regularly posts new short fiction, nonfiction, interviews, and random
- The print journal is biannual -- issue
number two will be released in Fall 2005. The web site is updated
almost constantly. Well, regularly. Even now, as you are reading these
words, the web site is probably be being updated all around you. If you
listen closely, you can hear it. It sounds kind of like a computer hum
type of thing.
- We are not affiliated with a university
or writing program: Barrelhouse is produced by writers for readers who
are looking for quality writing with an edge and a sense of humor.
- Our only goal is to publish great
writing. Well, that and world domination via the sport of dodgeball.
For now, at least, we'll concentrate on the great writing thing.
- We will try, despite the inevitable
financial windfall and worldwide fame that accompany the launch of an
independent literary journal, and even as we trail Demi Moore down the
streets of Aspen shouting "No papparazzi" and "Kisses, Gwynnie" -- to
retain our humble roots and sense of humor.
- If you are thinking of submitting your
work to Barrelhouse, please do. Send us your best stuff, and we'll
promise to give it our undivided attention.