“Barrelhouse Chuck” Goering
July 10, 1958 – December 12, 2016
Barrelhouse Chuck plays piano on Louis Myers’ Earwig CD 4919, Tell My Story Movin.’
Barrelhouse Chuck received the 2014 Living Blues Magazine Critics Poll Award for “Most Outstanding Musician” (Keyboards), and was a Grammy Awards and often-nominated Blues Music Awards nominee. Barrelhouse Chuck, whose real name was Charles Goering, was the only Chicago blues pianist to have studied under Pinetop Perkins, Sunnyland Slim, Blind John Davis, Detroit Junior and Little Brother Montgomery. Barrelhouse Chuck drew on this distinguished lineage to create a blues, boogie-woogie and barrelhouse piano style that placed him at the forefront of this celebrated tradition.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, he had formed his own band as a young man and by the mid-1970s was opening for Willie Dixon, B.B. King and Muddy Waters. In 1979, he moved to Chicago to immerse himself in the blues scene, where he spent years listening, learning and becoming friends with piano greats and performing and recording with most of the notable Chicago blues musicians.
Barrelhouse Chuck died at the age of 58 in Libertyville, Illinois, after a prolonged illness.