Ami Saraiya & The Outcome

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 and her band, The Outcome, are … Continue reading Ami Saraiya & The Outcome

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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

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 Dawn Bright was born in Annapolis, … 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

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

Will Holshouser: Exploring the Space between Folk and Jazz

    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 the connections between the genres, brings to … Continue reading Will Holshouser: Exploring the Space between Folk and Jazz

Johnny Kongos, of the band, KONGOS

Sometimes a song begins slowly. It trips, then tumbles, and then gradually begins to spin, climb and pick up speed.  Finally, it ascends and roars across the airwaves.  Such is the song, "Come With Me Now" on its path to becoming the best selling pop song of all time that features a strong accordion presence. By using the piano … Continue reading Johnny Kongos, of the band, KONGOS