Chris Gaffney, Sweet Southwest Soul

Soulful singer, gifted songwriter and accordion player Chris Gaffney, was all about the music of the American Southwest.  Although Chris did not make many inroads into the pockets of pop music consumers, he is credited as having been influential among musicians and fans in the Southwest regions of Arizona and California where he was both … Continue reading Chris Gaffney, Sweet Southwest Soul

Johnny Sansone, Blues for The Big Easy

  “The blues is all right with” Johnny Sansone.  For nearly 30 years, New Orleans has been home to this electric blues singer, songwriter and musician. Born in West Orange, New Jersey in 1957, Johnny left his home state in 1975 to attend college and then moved around the east, west, Midwest and then the … Continue reading Johnny Sansone, Blues for The Big Easy

Mosquito Cabaret, “Music Without Borders”

Miles Hoyle’s mission statement is clearly thought out.  As the visionary accordionist and multi-instrumentalist of the group “Mosquito Cabaret” explains, “our goal is the make music that knows no borders.” Their intention is to extract “a grab bag of sounds” from various cultures to create a unique sound for their band. With the use of … Continue reading Mosquito Cabaret, “Music Without Borders”

Jen Gunderman, in Harmony with “Guitar Town”

Jen Gunderman has been a musician nearly all of her life. Hailing from Topeka, Kansas, Jen made her way to the stages and studios of Nashville, Tennessee as a keyboardist and vocalist.  Now, as a touring and session multi instrumentalist and Assistant Professor of Musicology, Jen earns respect among the artists and musicians in Nashville … Continue reading Jen Gunderman, in Harmony with “Guitar Town”

Jon Hammond, the “Hot Kid” on the Block

  As a talented young musician, Jon Hammond took his surname seriously. Not to be confused with a different John, the blues guitarist, or Laurens, the inventor, Jon Hammond also earned his own standing among professional musicians in America and abroad.  He is considered as one of the premier Hammond B3 players in the world … Continue reading Jon Hammond, the “Hot Kid” on the Block

The Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band, a Kansas City ‘Happening’

Long ago in the 1980’s, there lived a bold band of ribald music makers who used the piano accordion as the backbone of their sound. Known as the Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band, they combined elements of bawdy, bravado and bayou and became the foremost dance band in Kansas City. The prairie folk journeyed from … Continue reading The Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band, a Kansas City ‘Happening’

The Accordion Americana Project

  Like a brilliant quilt, music is the fabric of a culture's shared experience. The piano accordion is a part of the fabric.  The pop songs of today become the folk songs of tomorrow, and ultimately, a piece of the quilt. Music binds all North Americans together, and adds to an ever-changing, bigger picture of … Continue reading The Accordion Americana Project