Ten Things You Can Do to Promote the Accordion

  If you want to be noticed as a performer, play the accordion. If you already have a working knowledge of the piano--you may not realize that you already understand how to play the piano accordion--you just need some lessons and a lot of practice. So, to get started, and especially if you are serious … Continue reading Ten Things You Can Do to Promote the Accordion

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The Extraordinary Dick Contino

  I have sad news to share about the great Dick Contino. We are sorry to learn that he has passed away,  April 19, 2017. In honor of his memory, I am sending you this post that I wrote previously Rest in peace, Soldier. By Christa T. for Accordion Americana Memorial Day is a day … Continue reading The Extraordinary Dick Contino

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

  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 inducted into the Rock 'n Roll … Continue reading Danny Federici, Founding Member of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band

List of Bands that Feature the Accordion

Punk’s 10 Best Accordion Players: A Tribute to accordion Rockers Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM (PST) by connor_maoil The sound of the accordion is, in my opinion, one of the best, weirdest, and most unique additions to the punk genre. For most it’s easy to see the instrument as nothing more than a novelty … Continue reading List of Bands that Feature the Accordion

The Inspiring Edward Jay

There is something about American music, as Leonard Bernstein said, in its expression of "wide open spaces" that describes an innovative mindset, a resilient optimism and a bold spirit of our people. At its roots, American music draws from the influences of many that have migrated here, willingly or against their will, as well as from … Continue reading The Inspiring Edward Jay

Johnny Kongos, of the band, KONGOS

Sometimes a song begins slowly. It trips, then tumbles, and then gradually begins to spin, climb and pick up speed.  Finally, it ascends and roars across the airwaves.  Such is the song, "Come With Me Now" on its path to becoming the best selling pop song of all time that features a strong accordion presence. By using the piano … Continue reading Johnny Kongos, of the band, KONGOS

Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys

Rosie Ledet Accordionist, Singer and Songwriter, Rosie Ledet IS the Zydeco Sweetheart. But, make no mistake, there's nothing sweet about the way she can rock and roll with her diatonic accordion. Yes, that's what I said....the accordion. She is quite unique among accordionists, of any stripe. But if Zydeco is a man's world, and if … Continue reading Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys