You're watching an old western on TNT. Our hero makes his way down the dusty main of rumble tumble frontier town, eyes sharp for ne'er-do-wells and gunslingers with an agenda. Thirsty at the end of a long day, he pushes through the swinging doors of the local saloon and shouts an order for whiskey over the din of voices and piano that fills the air.
Question: What style of music is that guy playing on piano!?!?! If you grew up in the US, you know that sound by heart, but I've never heard a name for it.
My first thought was that it was ragtime, but that's more of an African-American/early 20th century/urban style of music. Is that style of music simply an invention of Hollywood studios?