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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by kplamann, Oct 8, 2018.
Love this guy's accordion playing. No, I'm not kidding. And he's got real pipes too.
super catchy folk music
I like the accordion in Zydeco music and I like Polkas, I watch "Molly B. Polka Party" on RFD every week. In fact; while living in Northern Illinois in the "70's I played in a Nashville country band, we played LOTS of polkas; the guitarist had played in polka bands and kept his connections. One night I played the tuba parts on my Jazz bass with the "Six Fat Dutchmen" for a date when the tuba player was out; quite an experience; I think they would rather have had a tuba but I put a bit of vibrato on and got thru the night. Kind of off track there, but..........
Anyway you can't describe how to play an accordion without moving your arms.
Painter Song - Norah Jones
AKB - disco klezmer
If it's good enough for Mark Knopfler, it's good enough. Period.
I grew up in Houston with the neighbors playing Conjunto/Nortneo music on the weekends, so I love it through osmosis.
End of the month I make the pilgrimage to Austin and the Continental Club to see the Reverend Horton Heat with Flaco Jiminez.
I have to say this is a bucket list type show for me.
Flaco with Dwight
It's in Punk music too
When its just the melody
I've heard that in East Texas they play button accordions due the the early German immigrant population and in West Louisiana they play key accordions due to the early French immigrant population. Any validation for this? Total nonsense?
That's the way I get it as well. Though I am not expert.
You might watch the documentary, "this aint no mouse music"
Great flick and they talk about Music in Texas and Louisiana, though they may discuss a detail like that.(been a few years since I watched it)
I love conjunto and flaco!
Young Welsh group, Calan... accordion doesn't come in till the second half, and as with most Celtic there is not a lot of improvisation, but still...
John Kirkpatrick on the button accordion...
Flaco Jimenez with Ry Cooder and others.
Gotan Project's slinky dub/hip-hop/tango rendition of Frank Zappa's "Chunga's Revenge" -
I knew conjunto was the result of german settlers, but I didn't realize the piano accordion was french. It seems to be common in accordion music in general these days. Maybe even taking over?
There is a concertina bar in milwaukee that does not allow piano accordions. Only button boxes.
Wow... I guess a concertina bar was inevitable, in Milwaukee no less.
There was a mean old guy, guitar teacher (I wouldn't go there) and hear he would say to the underperforming student:
"Don't do to the six string guitar, what Lawrence Welk did to the accordion".
Well, the German and Czech influence in Texas is actually a little further west, Hill Country and points North.
And a lot more of the people in South Louisiana assumed to be French are in fact German. Hence the name of one town "Des Allemans". I wish I would pay more attention to this - I've seen one heck of a lot of buttonboxes in Louisiana. But what percentage?
I think people freak out about "Accordion Music" when it is the music and not the accordion that's the problem. As long as the music is actually compelling, I don't mind either way:
Use it in place of an electric rhythm guitar.
It's been around a while. I saw a great polka documentary somewhere interviewing the owner, and piano accordion players who didn't like him. Pretty funny. I think he was right about the concertina having a sweeter sound, but I love the big bass from the piano accordion.
I would bet the reason for the popularity of the piano accordion's popularity is the ease of transferring piano skills. The accordion player in my own band picked it up because she could play piano. Now she's gotten pretty good at the button side too.
Plus Moravians and other somewhat obscure people who peopled Texas. Who knows what musical influences they brought?
Joey Miskulin "The Cow Polka King"