Eva Ybarra, Queen of Conjunto

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

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The Time Jumpers: Any time is ‘Jumpin’ Time’!

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 skills between gigs. But, it … Continue reading The Time Jumpers: Any time is ‘Jumpin’ Time’!

The Insightful Charlie Gillingham of Counting Crows

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 a very talented musician and … Continue reading The Insightful Charlie Gillingham of Counting Crows

West Texas’ Own, Ponty Bone

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 years later to study the … Continue reading West Texas’ Own, Ponty Bone

Steve Conn: Music with a Mission

There is no place in America that is more "about the music” than Louisiana.  While it is true that New Orleans was the sweet spot for those responsible for the birth of several distinct genres of music, Louisiana, in its own right, has served as a fountain of inspiration for generations of musicians and songwriters. … Continue reading Steve Conn: Music with a Mission

New England’s Jeremiah McLane: Simply “The Best!”

Bio courtesy of jeremiahmclane.com  Jeremiah was raised in a family with deep ties to both its Scottish heritage and its New Hampshire roots. Traditional New England music and dance were a part of his parents and grandparents generations. After an early formation in classical piano, Jeremiah spent his teenage years playing blues and jazz. Following … Continue reading New England’s Jeremiah McLane: Simply “The Best!”

Making Music, Texas Style: Debra Peters and The Love Saints Band

Photo by Jay Hudson By Christa T. for Accordion Americana   Austin, Texas is home to one of the most diverse musical landscapes in the United States. The accordion has always had a role in the local music scene from the advent of the town's German Beer Halls in the 1800's, through the evolution of Tex-Mex music. … Continue reading Making Music, Texas Style: Debra Peters and The Love Saints Band