Eva Ybarra, the “Queen of the Accordion,” is one of only a few professional women accordionists in conjunto music. Conjunto originated in the late 19th century in working-class communities along Texas-Mexico border, and is distinct to that region. Using the accordion as the lead instrument, conjunto bands perform dance music based on Mexican and Czech-German … Continue reading Eva Ybarra, Queen of Conjunto
DesMoines, Iowa based singer and musician, Anja McCloskey moves between cultures. Deliberate and straightforward as a songwriter, she could be called distinctly American. But her musical sensibilities are European. With amazing clarity, her voice wraps itself around her lyrics and with her skillful accordion, she carries one away to a place of mystery and … Continue reading “A Kiss” from Anja McCloskey
You take one actress of “Harry Potter” fame, a piano accordion, excellent musicians, then add a little touch of theatrical Burlesque--stir it up, shake, and voila! Natalia Tena and her five piece band, Molotov Jukebox, add a shot of Gypsy spirit, then create their own potent blend with a mix of original compositions with Americana and … Continue reading Natalia Tena and the Explosive Molotov Jukebox
By Christa T. for Accordion Americana In 1998, The Time Jumpers began as a garage band comprised of some of the sharpest and most respected session musicians in Nashville. It started as a practice band, with no particular concept other than as a musician's "workshop" in which each could hammer out, nail down and hone their … Continue reading The Time Jumpers: Any time is ‘Jumpin’ Time’!
By Christa T. for Accordion Americana Charlie Gillingham, a bright guy born in Torrance, California, graduates from The University of California -Berkeley with a degree in Artificial Intelligence and is quickly hired as a software engineer. He makes a good living for nearly a decade. If not for the fact that Charlie also happens to be … Continue reading The Insightful Charlie Gillingham of Counting Crows
Christa T. for Accordion Americana Ponty Bone always knew he was different. "...I always thought of myself as some sort of artist...a character in a novel, all my life...I knew something was up." Harry DePonta Bone, or "PB" to his friends, started playing the accordion when he was five years old, but dropped it several … Continue reading West Texas’ Own, Ponty Bone
Invented in 1829, the accordion came to North America early on, and as westward expansion took place, was heard in the mountains and bayous….in cities, towns and in the country....in the deserts of the West and Mexico.... on the Great Lakes and the Great Plains...in all states and Canadian provinces....North to Alaska and West to Hawaii. For … Continue reading A History of the Accordion in Americana Music