Old West saloon - Circa 1840

The old West saloons (1840’s +) were generally a gathering place for fur trappers, lumberjacks, lawmen, gamblers, soldiers to drink, eat and relax after after a hard days work or traveling. A big part of the allure of the saloon was the entertainment; gambling, dancing, prostitution. But the to keep all of that going, saloons owners (just like today’s bars & clubs) relied on the soundtrack of traveling musicians, bands or solo instrumentalists to provide a jovial atmosphere or mood.