June is Accordion Awareness Month

June is Accordion Awareness Month. My parents’ generation loved Myron Floren who was on the Lawrence Welk show. Brave Combo plays rock polkas.

The great Clifton Chenier popularized Zydeco. Stanley Dural, better known as Buckwheat Zydeco, played with Chenier before he founded his own band. I saw Buckwheat in concert several times – he was great. He played a huge accordion. Amade Ardoin and others used the accordion in Creole music.

Garth Hudson of The Band played accordion on their records and Bob Dylan’s “On a Night Like This”.

Flaco Jimenez, the Tex Mex accordionist has also played on records by Ry Cooder and Dwight Yoakam. Europeans from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic brought the accordion to Texas and Mexico. Los Lobos from Los Angeles also uses the accordion (played by David Hidalgo).

Those Darn Accordions emphasize humor.

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