Nashville’s Influential Game Changer: Pee Wee King

    By Christa T. for Accordion Americana 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 … Continue reading Nashville’s Influential Game Changer: Pee Wee King

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List of Bands that Feature the Accordion

Punk’s 10 Best Accordion Players: A Tribute to accordion Rockers Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM (PST) by connor_maoil The sound of the accordion is, in my opinion, one of the best, weirdest, and most unique additions to the punk genre. For most it’s easy to see the instrument as nothing more than a novelty … Continue reading List of Bands that Feature the Accordion

Jeff Taylor, Nashville’s “Go To” Accordionist

Bio Courtesy of TheTimeJumpers.com Professional accordionist and multi-instrumentalist, Jeff Taylor, grew up in Batavia, New York, and began playing accordion and keyboards in his dad’s band when he was 10. He studied classical piano at the Eastman School of Music and was leader of a small jazz/rock group when he was in the Air Force in Ohio. … Continue reading Jeff Taylor, Nashville’s “Go To” Accordionist

Will Holshouser: Exploring the Space between Folk and Jazz

    By Christa T. for Accordion Americana Just as brilliant colors of a sunset blend, and blur together, music genres converge. While all have characteristics in common, each is distinct from the other, and each possesses its own dynamic, its own musical parentage and its own spirit. Virtuoso Accordionist, Will Holshouser, in his restless pursuit of … Continue reading Will Holshouser: Exploring the Space between Folk and Jazz

Wilene “Sally Ann” Forrester, First Woman in Bluegrass

Wilene "Sally Ann" Forrester By Christa T. for Accordion Americana She was born, Wilene Russell, in 1922. Her family called her Goldie Sue. Her classmates called her Billie. She performed as Sally Ann Forrester. Was the confusion created by having too many names the reason why Wilene Forrester is slow to be recognized as the "First Woman in Bluegrass"? All … Continue reading Wilene “Sally Ann” Forrester, First Woman in Bluegrass

The Inspiring Edward Jay

By Christa T. for Accordion Americana There is something about American music, as Leonard Bernstein said, in its expression of "wide open spaces" that describes an innovative mindset, a resilient optimism and a bold spirit of our people. At its roots, American music draws from the influences of many that have migrated here, willingly or … Continue reading The Inspiring Edward Jay

Jason Webley, Travelling Troubadour and Monster of the Accordion

 Jason Webley By Christa T. for Accordion Americana Not many people embrace the accordion, and then abandon their day job. It's just not done. But, Jason Webley did just that. Maybe it was a reaction, at that time,to his belief that his life was falling apart. Maybe it was a response to a yearning for another … Continue reading Jason Webley, Travelling Troubadour and Monster of the Accordion