Barrelhouse Chuck, Legendary Chicago Blues Piano Player

At the Terrassa Blues and Boogie Reunion, 2012–Watch on YouTube


Charles “Barrelhouse Chuck” Goering was a dedicated student of the blues from the time he bought his first Muddy Waters album. He started collecting as many blues albums as he could, and followed Waters and his pianist Pinetop Perkins throughout the South as they played at clubs.

He eventually migrated to Chicago, home of the electric blues, where he met more of his heroes. He learned the techniques of legends Perkins, Sunnyland Slim,  Blind John Davis, Detroit Junior and Little Brother Montgomery.

His apprenticeship paid off. Goering (July 10, 1958-December 14, 2016) got to perform with blues royalty, opening for Waters, B.B. King and Willie Dixon and playing with Bo Diddley. He joined musicians  on the soundtrack of the movie Cadillac Records, a movie based on the history of Chess Records, and participated in an all-star lineup to promote the film’s music at the Apollo Theater.

He was nominated for a traditional blues Grammy in 2010 and received the 2014 Living Blues Magazine Critics Award for “Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboards).”

“Salute to Sunnyland Slim” on Spotify