James Felice and The Felice Brothers

  By Baron Lane,"Twang Nation" Sometimes, rarely but sometimes, a concert can really floor you. Just surprise you in ways you had no idea you still could be. I’m glad to say this last Saturday I attended a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom that did just that. Omaha Nebraska’s McCarthy Trenching opened … Continue reading James Felice and The Felice Brothers

The Remarkable Garth Hudson of The Band

  Garth Hudson and members of The Band were contemporaries of both Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan  and came of age during a magical era in American music. Tired of war and depleted of creative energy, America, after World War II became highly focused on regenerating and moving forward. It was a time of reinvention … Continue reading The Remarkable Garth Hudson of The Band

The Talented Ginny Mac

Photo by Ed Steele https://youtu.be/PJ-vBW2huXU Hailing from Fort Worth, Texas, Ginny Mac is a former member of the two-time Grammy Award winning group named Brave Combo, based in Denton, TX.  Brave Combo has been noted for its rabid cult following across the country, a notable fan being David Byrne, who chose them as his wedding … Continue reading The Talented Ginny Mac

Remembering Art Van Damme, America’s Foremost Jazz Accordionist

Born in the tiny town of Norway, Michigan, Art Van Damme was not expected to become a serious American Jazz musician. Classically trained as a pianist and motivated to become a professional musician, Art was a performing musician by age nine in a local theatre in upper Michigan. His family moved to Chicago when he … Continue reading Remembering Art Van Damme, America’s Foremost Jazz Accordionist

Punk’s 10 Best Accordion Players

  Punk’s 10 Best Accordion Players: A Tribute to Squeezebox 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 … Continue reading Punk’s 10 Best Accordion Players

A History of Blues Accordion

ACCORDION By Edward M. Komara The accordion reached its peak popularity with African American musicians between the end of Reconstruction (1865-1877) and the early twentieth century. Clarence Tross, a West Virginian musician, reported that it was ''mostly the colored man'' playing accordions in that period, and a contemporary from coastal Virginia remembered that accordions were … Continue reading A History of Blues Accordion

Clifton Chenier, Louisiana Blues Accordionist

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