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Past and Present
The intentions of Accordion Americana are to tell the stories of working accordionists, some well known and not yet, or even never heard of, and to share their contributions to live and recorded music within the last fifty years. Because the diatonic “button box” accordion is a different instrument, with a few special exceptions, the focus is on the piano accordion and the role that it has played in Americana music, from Roots, Folk, Blues, Country and Pop to Jazz.
It is my intention to tell a new story about the piano accordion, not the same old story with the same cast of characters. I am seeking to inspire by presenting the piano accordion as an “American Heritage” musical instrument, and also show that it has a place in the 21st Century in American music, accessed more and more by emerging musicians, singer/songwriters and bands in their work today.
I believe that our musical heritage is a critical link between all of us. We should do all we can to engage with it, cultivate it and it should not be taken for granted. As time progressed, Americana music has become our heritage. The pop songs of today become the folk songs of tomorrow. I intend to show the piano accordion as an option for the next generation of Americana music makers, for it is through them that this instrument has a chance to survive and participate in the new music that is yet to be composed and performed.
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It’s all about the music!
In his introduction of Aaron Copeland, Leonard Bernstein may have been the first to define Americana music. Please listen…