Summary: New Orleans Calling, Episode 7: "The Squeezebox"
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This week we take a look at an instrument that might be old fashioned in much of the world -- but very much alive in New Orleans and Louisiana. It's the accordion. And you're going to be surprised by just how versatile and beautiful the accordion really is, with music by Bruce ‘Sunpie’ Barnes, Clifton Chenier, Johnny Sansone, Buckwheat Zydeco and many others.
Every week on NEW ORLEANS CALLING, we provide additional material online to accompany each show, in case you're interested in finding out more... Sometimes it's going more in-depth, sometimes it's something cool we didn't have time to go into, and sometimes it's just plain fun.
Here's a list of interesting links and information about the stories and music in this week's show, "The Squeezebox."
Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes plays the accordion and six other instruments, has a degree in marine biology, played in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs, and is a naturalist at the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park outside New Orleans.
Johnny Sansone is more than just an accordion and harmonica player -- he also cooks. Here's his recipe for White Bean and Cabbage Power Pot, from WWOZ"s cookbook, That Sounds Good!
Aurora Nealand sings and plays saxophone, clarinet, and accordion with many different musical projects. Here's a partial list::
Panorama Jazz Band
Panorama Brass Band
Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship
Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses
Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers
Here's a video of Buckwheat Zydeco performing Bob Dylan's "On a Night Like This":
This is an excellent short video profile of Bruce Daigrepont, and you get to see a lot of his famous accordion:
Here's a video of highlights of the making of Lost Bayou Ramblers' latest album Mammoth Waltz, featuring Scarlett Johansson (yes, really, that Scarlett Johansson), Dr. John, Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes, and Nora Arnezeder: