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Artist Description
Barrelhouse Bonni McKeown\'s stage name recalls the old upright pianos in the juke joints that once peppered southern cotton fields and lumber camps. Her left-hand rhythms lay the groove for her low, smoldering voice. She brings back some toe-tapping boogies plus slinky songs from the classic 1930s blues divas, throwing in some 1960s soul ballads and her own 21st century originals including train-riding songs \"Travelin On\" and \"Green Line Blues.\" She often rides the train back & forth to Chicago where she also does a lot of gigs.

Bonni plays and sings as an acoustic solo or piano-saxophone duo for parties, clubs, restaurants, senior homes and small festival stages. Featured in West Virginia\'s Arts in Education directory, she has taught blues classes and workshops for all ages, from preteens on Chicago\'s West Side and in Morgan County WV to adult continuing education students at Shenandoah University in Winchester Va.

She plays an acoustic piano whenever possible, but adapts to modern surroundings with her 88-key electric piano and sound system. The old uprights have a great percussive sound,? she says. Having 88 keys, you can be a whole band!

Often taking time out form their own gigs to accompany Bonni are some of southernW.Va\'s finest horn players: Bob Redd, Dugan Carter, Marshall Petty.

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Added 11.01.2008

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