Definition of gutbucket in English:


Syllabification: gut·buck·et
Pronunciation: /ˈgətˌbəkit


informal , chiefly North American [as modifier]
  • (Of jazz or blues) raw and spirited in style: his gutbucket guitar solos
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    • Other highlights include the psychotramatic lullaby of ‘The Talk of Creatures’, the literally glass-shattering gutbucket blues of ‘The Coming of the Crow’, and the Martian Beatles doo-wop of ‘The Simple Song’.
    • For the 1994 film Jason's Lyric, while he was still a member of Jodeci, he hit the studio with James Mtume behind the boards to tackle Bobby Womack's gutbucket classic ‘If You Think You're Lonely Now.’
    • The rawness of these recordings suits the band perfectly, capturing the slide guitar in particular in its gutbucket glory.


early 20th century: perhaps from the earlier denotation of a one-stringed plucked instrument, with reference to its construction, or referring to the bucket that caught gutterings (streams of liquid) from beer barrels in low-class saloons where such music was played.

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