- “Zydeco Joe” Mouton Dies at Age 64
Popular zydeco accordionist “Zydeco Joe” Mouton passed away on Saturday, due to complications from pneumonia. He didn’t pick up the accordion until he was 45, but earned a reputation for energetic, old school zydeco and his ability to improvise lyrics in Creole French.
- NPR Music: The New Pornographers: Acoustic ‘Showstopper’
Further proof the accordion is the instrument of choice for rock bands doing acoustic sets: the New Pornographers’ Kathryn Calder uses one in this in-studio performance for KEXP. (Photos here.)
- Liberty Bellows: Accordion Inventory Videos
I usually discourage people from buying accordions online because it’s so hard to know what you’re getting. Liberty Bellows in Philadelphia has a novel approach to this problem, though: they’re posting videos of used accordions they have for sale, giving a brief demonstration of each.