The Legendary Buckwheat Zydeco

Sad news was received about Buckwheat Zydeco. He passed away on September 24, 2016 from cancer. Stanley Dural, also known as Buckwheat Zydeco, will be greatly missed.  To mark his passing, I am running the following article that I previously posted  on this site, September 2015. Rest in peace. As a young child growing up in Lafayette, Louisiana, Stanley Dural, … Continue reading The Legendary Buckwheat Zydeco

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Ami Saraiya & The Outcome

It has long been a challenge to bring the piano accordion to a new generation of Americans. But, by using the instrument more and more, Alternative musicians, or artists who write and perform outside of the present musical mainstream, are giving the accordion  a lot of exposure.  Artists such as Ami Saraiya and her band, The Outcome, are … Continue reading Ami Saraiya & The Outcome

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

The Enigmatic Crystal Bright and The Silver Hands

Sometimes a performer emerges with the potential to completely redefine our impression of musical performance using the piano accordion. Crystal Bright has shown she has courage to dare to push the envelope a little farther, dig a little deeper and forge a path to go beyond what is merely expected and acceptable. Crystal Dawn Bright was born in Annapolis, … Continue reading The Enigmatic Crystal Bright and The Silver Hands

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

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

Nashville’s Influential Game Changer: Pee Wee King

    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 was not known as a guitar … Continue reading Nashville’s Influential Game Changer: Pee Wee King