Nashville’s Influential Game Changer: Pee Wee King

    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 was not known as a guitar … 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

Josh Kaufman, The Blasting Company

It's not a stretch to call the Petrojvic Blasting Company an Americana band. While strong inflections rich in Eastern European folk tradition are identifiable, their music possesses a 'here and now' sensibility, drawn from genres rooted in North America. It is music that is original in style, and combines a consistent jazz groove with an infectious exuberance that propels it forward, like a … Continue reading Josh Kaufman, The Blasting Company

Wilene “Sally Ann” Forrester, First Woman in Bluegrass

Wilene "Sally Ann" Forrester 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 humor aside, in 1943, Wilene was … Continue reading Wilene “Sally Ann” Forrester, First Woman in Bluegrass

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

Jason Webley, Travelling Troubadour and Monster of the Accordion

 Jason Webley 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 place, and another kind of life. … Continue reading Jason Webley, Travelling Troubadour and Monster of the Accordion

Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons

Ben Lovett Born in Cardiff, Wales in 1986, Ben Lovett met Marcus Mumford while they were students at Kings College in London.   Along with Englishmen, Ted Dwane and Winston Marshall, they magically came together in 2007, to form Mumford and Sons, a name more evocative of an old time blacksmith or haberdashery, rather than a … Continue reading Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons