A History of the Accordion in Americana Music

  Invented in 1829, the accordion came to North America early on, and as westward expansion took place, was heard in the mountains and bayous….in cities, in towns and in the country....in the deserts of the West, and in Mexico.... on the Great Lakes and the Great Plains...in all states and Canadian provinces....North to Alaska and West to … Continue reading A History of the Accordion in Americana Music

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The Music of Rachel Bell: Traditional and Treasured

Bio courtesy of Rachelbellmusic.com Rachel Bell is an accordion player, tunesmith, and music teacher from the wilds of Pennsylvania. She is in demand throughout the United States and beyond for concerts, contra dances, English country dances, French dances, and workshops. Over a decade of musical travel has landed her smack-dab in the middle of some … Continue reading The Music of Rachel Bell: Traditional and Treasured

The Revolutionary Cory Pesaturo

  By Christa T. for Accordion Americana If Cory Pesaturo has a "mission statement", it likely states that this American jazz performer intends to take on the world using, as his arsenal, the piano accordion.  With his "mad scientist as musician" persona along with his startling talent, Cory Pesaturo is one of the most amazing … Continue reading The Revolutionary Cory Pesaturo

Ami Saraiya & The Outcome

By Christa T. for Accordion Americana 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 … Continue reading Ami Saraiya & The Outcome

Boogie Woogie and Blues Master, Christian Dozzler

By Christa T. for Accordion Americana Those folks who know Texas and know the Blues probably know that Christian Dozzler plays a sultry Blues piano and organ and a mean harp. What they may not know is that Dozzler, also known as "Vienna Slim", is a master of the Boogie Woogie and Blues and also an enormously talented accordionist. Standing … Continue reading Boogie Woogie and Blues Master, Christian Dozzler

Ten Things You Can Do to Promote the Accordion

By Christa T. for Accordion Americana  As a performer, if you want to be noticed--play the accordion, but read this first. (Please note that I am not creating a list of 'rules', but, rather, 'talking points'. Use what you can, but it's expected that there may be some point that you don't agree with, or have … 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