Long ago in the 1980’s, there lived a bold band of ribald music makers who used the piano accordion as the backbone of their sound. Known as the Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band, they combined elements of bawdy, bravado and bayou and became the foremost dance band in Kansas City. The prairie folk journeyed from … Continue reading The Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band, a Kansas City ‘Happening’
Austin, Texas is a "music city", but wouldn't be one without its musicians. Cultural development in Texas, the Southwestern region and even the entire United States is influenced by the Austin music scene. Both the diatonic and piano accordions are components of the Western musical aesthetic and Debra Peters has been a part of that … Continue reading Debra Peters, Where The Lone Star Meets The Big Easy
News was received that Ponty Bone has passed away on July, 13, 2018. Thank you, Ponty, for making music your own unique way. Rest in peace. 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 … Continue reading West Texas’ Own, Ponty Bone
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!”
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
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
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