I remember reading that Jimmy Stewart got his start by playing accordion, but I had never him play until I found this clip from the 1957 Western, Night Passage. In the film, Stewart plays an ex-railroad man (and traveling accordion player) who tries to prove himself by defending a payroll train from a gang of outlaws. Unfortunately, this clip is dubbed in Spanish, but you can still hear Stewart squeezing and singing “You Can’t Get Far Without a Railroad”:
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The Accordion Teachers Guild's 74th annual competition and festival will be in San Francisco, July 23-26. http://t.co/KGKYQWmLhG
Excellent LA Times piece on the accordion's comeback: http://t.co/HGpyUIAOYc
"The accordion player is like a jazz musician: He improvises in between verses... and Flaco Jiménez is a master." http://t.co/si7FRUd62F