The Maverick, Pauline Oliveros–Don’t Call Her a ‘Lady Composer’

Pauline Oliveros always thought outside of 'the box.' During her sixty-year career as a composer, musician, performer, researcher, writer and educator in the field of sound, she utilized a "conventional instrument," the piano accordion, as an unconventional tool in her work.  Not only did she focus on music as a sequence of sound, but she … Continue reading The Maverick, Pauline Oliveros–Don’t Call Her a ‘Lady Composer’

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Debra Peters, Where The Lone Star Meets The Big Easy

Austin, Texas is a "music city", but wouldn't be one without its musicians. Cultural development in Texas, the Southwestern region and even the entire United States is influenced by the Austin music scene. Both the diatonic and piano accordions are components of the Western musical aesthetic and Debra Peters has been a part of that … Continue reading Debra Peters, Where The Lone Star Meets The Big Easy

Eva Ybarra, Queen of Conjunto

Eva Ybarra, the “Queen of the Accordion,” is one of only a few professional women accordionists in conjunto music. Conjunto originated in the late 19th century in working-class communities along Texas-Mexico border, and is distinct to that region. Using the accordion as the lead instrument, conjunto bands perform dance music based on Mexican and Czech-German … Continue reading Eva Ybarra, Queen of Conjunto

West Texas’ Own, Ponty Bone

News was received that Ponty Bone has passed away on July, 13, 2018. Thank you, Ponty, for making music your own unique way. Rest in peace. Ponty Bone always knew he was different. "...I always thought of myself as some sort of artist...a character in a novel, all my life...I knew something was up." Harry … Continue reading West Texas’ Own, Ponty Bone

The “Bandito Country” style of Anthony Ortiz, Jr.

There is a courageous young man, from Austin, Texas who is attempting to overcome all barriers placed before him. An accordion player and the descendant of immigrants, Anthony Ortiz, Jr. is smart and sophisticated; the winner of awards that recognized his exceptional talent as a musician, performing from the age of nine.  But, in addition … Continue reading The “Bandito Country” style of Anthony Ortiz, Jr.

Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band

  COREY LEDET KICKS UP HIS GAME WITH "STANDING ON FAITH" Parks, LA -- CPL Records proudly announces the release of Grammy-nominated Zydeco innovator, singer/songwriter/accordion player COREY LEDET & HIS ZYDECO BAND's "STANDING ON FAITH" (his ninth album) on MARCH 3, 2017. "STANDING ON FAITH" was co-produced by Cecil Green and Jesse Delgizzi and recorded … Continue reading Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band

Out of Houston’s Heat, Emerges the Very Cool Band, Buxton

In Houston, Texas, the weather is frequently hot and the tamales are even hotter. But,  those who choose to live in such a climate don't shrink from heat, they just find cool ways to compensate for it.  One of the coolest bands to arise from steamy Houston is Buxton. Originating from LaPorte, Texas, the Americana band is comprised of Sergio Trevino on guitar … Continue reading Out of Houston’s Heat, Emerges the Very Cool Band, Buxton