By Christa T. for Accordion Americana 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 … Continue reading The Time Jumpers: Any time is ‘Jumpin’ Time’!
By Christa T. for Accordion Americana 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 … Continue reading The Insightful Charlie Gillingham of Counting Crows
Christa T. for Accordion Americana 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 … Continue reading West Texas’ Own, Ponty Bone
By Christa T. for Accordion Americana Invented in 1829, the accordion came to North America early on and before long was heard in the mountains and in the bayous…. in big cities and small towns…. in the country, the deserts of the West, and deep into Mexico, on the Great Lakes and the Great … Continue reading A History of the Accordion in Americana Music
By Christa T. for Accordion Americana 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 … Continue reading Steve Conn: Music with a Mission
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!”
Update: August 1, 2017 It is with great sadness that Accordion Americana must report that Anthony Ortiz, Jr. has passed away in Texas. Hearts are broken among his family, his community, his fellow musicians, his friends, and all who witnessed his great talent. "Like a comet, blazing across the evening sky....gone too soon. Like a … Continue reading The “Bandito Country” style of Anthony Ortiz, Jr.