The Maverick, Pauline Oliveros–Don’t Call Her a ‘Lady Composer’

Pauline Oliveros always thought outside of 'the box.' During her sixty-year career as a composer, musician, performer, researcher, writer and educator in the field of sound, she utilized a "conventional instrument," the piano accordion, as an unconventional tool in her work.  Not only did she focus on music as a sequence of sound, but she … Continue reading The Maverick, Pauline Oliveros–Don’t Call Her a ‘Lady Composer’

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The Electrifying Cathie Travers

Music changes along with new discoveries, major social or political events or technological developments.  Art and music reflect our reaction, because human beings are impacted by change, and have a deep need to express it through the arts. As part of the continuum of adjusting and adapting, some artists naturally look back to tradition, as … Continue reading The Electrifying Cathie Travers

Debra Peters, Where The Lone Star Meets The Big Easy

Austin, Texas is a "music city", but wouldn't be one without its musicians. Cultural development in Texas, the Southwestern region and even the entire United States is influenced by the Austin music scene. The diatonic and piano accordions are components of the Western musical aesthetic and Debra Peters has been a part of that identity … Continue reading Debra Peters, Where The Lone Star Meets The Big Easy

The Legendary Buckwheat Zydeco

Sad news was received about Buckwheat Zydeco. He passed away on September 24, 2016 from cancer. Stanley Dural, also known as Buckwheat Zydeco, will be greatly missed.  To mark his passing, I am running the following article that I previously posted  on this site, September 2015. Rest in peace. As a young child growing up in Lafayette, Louisiana, Stanley Dural, … Continue reading The Legendary Buckwheat Zydeco

The Extraordinary Dick Contino

  I have sad news to share about the great Dick Contino. We are sorry to learn that he has passed away,  April 19, 2017. In honor of his memory, I am sending you this post that I wrote previously Rest in peace, Soldier. By Christa T. for Accordion Americana Memorial Day is a day … Continue reading The Extraordinary Dick Contino

Nashville’s Influential Game Changer: Pee Wee King

    The late Country Music Scholar, Charles K. Wolfe wrote of Pee Wee King, "Pee Wee never picked cotton, never hopped a freight train, never worked as a song plugger in Nashville…unlike so many of his fellow members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Pee Wee King was not known as a guitar … Continue reading Nashville’s Influential Game Changer: Pee Wee King

Danny Federici, Founding Member of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band

  Danny Federici was never one to try to steal the spotlight. It was not in his character. But, though sweet-natured and shy, his presence was always felt by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and by their fans. After over 40 years The E Street Band was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll … Continue reading Danny Federici, Founding Member of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band