A History of the Accordion in Americana Music

  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

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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!”

The “Bandito Country” style of Anthony Ortiz, Jr.

There is a courageous young man, from Austin, Texas who is attempting to overcome all barriers placed before him. An accordion player and the descendant of immigrants, Anthony Ortiz, Jr. is smart and sophisticated; the winner of awards that recognized his exceptional talent as a musician, performing from the age of nine.  But, in addition … Continue reading The “Bandito Country” style of Anthony Ortiz, Jr.

The Music of Rachel Bell: Traditional and Treasured

Bio courtesy of Rachelbellmusic.com Rachel Bell is an accordion player, tunesmith, and music teacher from the wilds of Pennsylvania. She is in demand throughout the United States and beyond for concerts, contra dances, English country dances, French dances, and workshops. Over a decade of musical travel has landed her smack-dab in the middle of some … Continue reading The Music of Rachel Bell: Traditional and Treasured

The Magnetic Adrian Dolan of The Bills

Bio courtesy of AdrianDolan.com  Adrian Dolan is a multi-instrumentalist and composer perhaps best known for his work with the award-winning roots ensemble The Bills over the past 13 years. His skills as an accordionist, violinist, fiddler and pianist have landed him on stage with some of the best in the business, and along with a … Continue reading The Magnetic Adrian Dolan of The Bills

The Revolutionary Cory Pesaturo

  If Cory Pesaturo has a "mission statement", it likely states that this American jazz performer intends to take on the world using, as his arsenal, the piano accordion.  With his "mad scientist as musician" persona along with his startling talent, Cory Pesaturo is one of the most amazing piano accordionists in the world, and … Continue reading The Revolutionary Cory Pesaturo