BAR BAND (compound noun) A workmanlike, blue-collar musical assemblage most often comprised of four players (usually male) wielding, in order of importance, guitar, drums, vocals, bass (and sometimes but not often, keyboards). Frequently cited reference points include the Rolling Stones, Small Faces, Chuck Berry, Crazy Horse, and other acts working in guitar-based four-four blues-derived chukka-chukka. Found in virtually every town in America, the best are often found in out-of-the-way spots far from the big cities. Tend to be most effective in short, concentrated bursts such as a 45-minute live set, or a five-song EP consisting of four solid originals plus a homage-paying classic-rock cover (Neil Youngs Buffalo Springfield-era Mr. Soul, for instance). SEE: Patty Hurst Shifter from Raleigh, North Carolina.