“A Kiss” from Anja McCloskey

  DesMoines, Iowa based singer and musician, Anja McCloskey moves between cultures. Deliberate and straightforward as a songwriter, she could be called distinctly American. But her musical sensibilities are European. With amazing clarity, her voice wraps itself around her lyrics and with her skillful accordion, she carries one away to a place of mystery and … Continue reading “A Kiss” from Anja McCloskey

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Natalia Tena and the Explosive Molotov Jukebox

You take one actress of “Harry Potter” fame, a piano accordion, excellent musicians, then add a little touch of theatrical Burlesque--stir it up, shake, and voila! Natalia Tena and her five piece band, Molotov Jukebox, add a shot of Gypsy spirit, then create their own potent blend with a mix of original compositions with Americana and … Continue reading Natalia Tena and the Explosive Molotov Jukebox

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

C.J. Chenier, Louisiana Blues and Zydeco Accordionist

John Mayall had no goal other than "to make a normal blues album" , which is what the veteran artist and bandleader has done over the course of his 51-year recording career. And if you start adding it up, after 50 years, it's obviously quite a career." Mayall recorded "A Special Life," his first release in … Continue reading C.J. Chenier, Louisiana Blues and Zydeco Accordionist

The Enigmatic Crystal Bright and The Silver Hands

By Christa T. for Accordion Americana Sometimes a performer emerges with the potential to completely redefine our impression of musical performance using the piano accordion. Crystal Bright has shown she has courage to dare to push the envelope a little farther, dig a little deeper and forge a path to go beyond what is merely expected and acceptable. Crystal … Continue reading The Enigmatic Crystal Bright and The Silver Hands

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