The Dynamic Professor Louie and The Crowmatix

In the world of entertainment, the word "play" has been used, forever. As athletic games are played on fields and in arenas, music is similarly played on a live stage or in a recording studio.  The indefatigable Accordionist, Aaron Hurwitz, known as 'Professor Louie', has participated in the game for a long time, as a multi-instrumentalist, … Continue reading The Dynamic Professor Louie and The Crowmatix

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

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 Innovative Joel Guzman

Photo by Bob Zink Grammy Award winning Accordionist, Singer and Producer, Joel Guzman was born and raised in the state of Washington.  Migrating to Texas in 1978, the birthplace of his parents, the first person Joel met upon his arrival was Sarah Fox, who would later become his wife. They found an immediate musical connection and … Continue reading The Innovative Joel Guzman

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

The Brilliant Rachelle Garniez

Bio by rachellegarniezcom.virb.com Native New Yorker Rachelle Garniez has been described as "a certified free spirit" (The New Yorker) and a "diva with a difference"(Billboard Magazine). She has produced and released 5 cds on her own label, Real Cool Records, as well as a vinyl single produced by Jack White on his label, Third Man … Continue reading The Brilliant Rachelle Garniez

Remembering Art Van Damme, America’s Foremost Jazz Accordionist

Born in the tiny town of Norway, Michigan, Art Van Damme was not expected to become a serious American Jazz musician. Classically trained as a pianist and motivated to become a professional musician, Art was a performing musician by age nine in a local theatre in upper Michigan. His family moved to Chicago when he … Continue reading Remembering Art Van Damme, America’s Foremost Jazz Accordionist