“A Kiss” from Anja McCloskey

  DesMoines, Iowa based singer and musician, Anja McCloskey moves between cultures. Deliberate and straightforward as a songwriter, she could be called distinctly American. But her musical sensibilities are European. With amazing clarity, her voice wraps itself around her lyrics and with her skillful accordion, she carries one away to a place of mystery and … Continue reading “A Kiss” from Anja McCloskey

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Natalia Tena and the Explosive Molotov Jukebox

You take one actress of “Harry Potter” fame, a piano accordion, excellent musicians, then add a little touch of theatrical Burlesque--stir it up, shake, and voila! Natalia Tena and her five piece band, Molotov Jukebox, add a shot of Gypsy spirit, then create their own potent blend with a mix of original compositions with Americana and … Continue reading Natalia Tena and the Explosive Molotov Jukebox

The Time Jumpers: Any time is ‘Jumpin’ Time’!

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’!

West Texas’ Own, Ponty Bone

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

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, in towns and in the country....in the deserts of the West, and in Mexico.... on the Great Lakes and the Great Plains...in all states and Canadian provinces....North to Alaska and West to … Continue reading A History of the Accordion in Americana Music

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!”