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

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C.J. Chenier, Louisiana Blues and Zydeco Accordionist

John Mayall had no goal other than "to make a normal blues album" , which is what the veteran artist and bandleader has done over the course of his 51-year recording career. And if you start adding it up, after 50 years, it's obviously quite a career." Mayall recorded "A Special Life," his first release in … Continue reading C.J. Chenier, Louisiana Blues and Zydeco Accordionist

Life in Parodies: Weird Al Yankovic

By Christa T. for Accordion Americana It began with a knock on the door and a promise of success. In mid-century America, many parents thought that if their child studied a musical instrument, he or she would be more intelligent, be a better student and therefore be more productive in life. So, the common practice … Continue reading Life in Parodies: Weird Al Yankovic

Nashville’s Influential Game Changer: Pee Wee King

    By Christa T. for Accordion Americana 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 … Continue reading Nashville’s Influential Game Changer: Pee Wee King

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

  By Christa T. for Accordion Americana 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 … Continue reading Danny Federici, Founding Member of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band

Josh Kaufman, The Blasting Company

By Christa T. for Accordion Americana It's not a stretch to call the Petrojvic Blasting Company an Americana band. While strong inflections rich in Eastern European folk tradition are identifiable, their music possesses a 'here and now' sensibility, drawn from genres rooted in North America. It is music that is original in style, and combines a consistent jazz groove with an infectious … Continue reading Josh Kaufman, The Blasting Company

Jeff Taylor, Nashville’s “Go To” Accordionist

Bio Courtesy of TheTimeJumpers.com Professional accordionist and multi-instrumentalist, Jeff Taylor, grew up in Batavia, New York, and began playing accordion and keyboards in his dad’s band when he was 10. He studied classical piano at the Eastman School of Music and was leader of a small jazz/rock group when he was in the Air Force in Ohio. … Continue reading Jeff Taylor, Nashville’s “Go To” Accordionist