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

Helen Carter of Mother Maybelle and The Carter Sisters

Helen Carter   The Carter Family, among the original Americana performers, were the first to become well-known outside of their region. Though they were unassuming and humble people, they had an enormous impact on music both within, and outside of America and brought American Country and Roots music to the forefront. Helen Carter continued their … Continue reading Helen Carter of Mother Maybelle and The Carter Sisters

Jenny Conlee of the Indie band, The Decemberists

 Jenny Conlee There is a point where a band can evolve from a regionally identified indie folk rock band to that of a mainstream pop group. For The Decemberists, whether for good or bad, such an evolution is currently underway. The Decemberists The Decemberists had been a relatively high profile band but chose to abruptly … Continue reading Jenny Conlee of the Indie band, The Decemberists

James Felice and The Felice Brothers

  By Baron Lane,"Twang Nation" Sometimes, rarely but sometimes, a concert can really floor you. Just surprise you in ways you had no idea you still could be. I’m glad to say this last Saturday I attended a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom that did just that. Omaha Nebraska’s McCarthy Trenching opened … Continue reading James Felice and The Felice Brothers

The Remarkable Garth Hudson of The Band

  Garth Hudson and members of The Band were contemporaries of both Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan  and came of age during a magical era in American music. Tired of war and depleted of creative energy, America, after World War II became highly focused on regenerating and moving forward. It was a time of reinvention … Continue reading The Remarkable Garth Hudson of The Band

The Many Facets of Kate Dunphy

Photos by Johnson Sarkissian Kate Dunphy brings to music a skill set envied by many, but possessed by few.  She is a gifted musician and performer and an emerging young composer and arranger. Kate is not only reviving the accordion but, reinventing it. With her artistic vision, she is also changing perceptions by allowing us to … Continue reading The Many Facets of Kate Dunphy