Steve Riley &
The Mamou Playboys
Joel Guzman Sarah Fox &
Los Aztex features accordionist Joel Guzman and singer-composer Sarah Fox. Their music is a blending and melding of the music of the roots music of the border country. Together, their stunning cohesive performances have propelled them into the national stage garnering them 3 Grammy nominations in the Best Tejano Album category in 2009, 2010, and 2011 as well as Grammy wins in 2004 and 2005.
Guzman was once considered a child prodigy, known among fellow (much older) accordion players as "El Pequeno Gigante." or the small giant. Today he is one of the world's most prominent accordionists in the world, playing music spanning and bending genres such as Conjunto, Americana, Jazz and Traditional Folk.
Ponty Bone &
Ponty Bone was born in Dallas, raised in San Antonio, lived 15 years in Lubbock and has been a huge part of the Austin scene for the last 25 years, accordionist Ponty Bone is, after all, completely unique... just like Texas. To define his style of music in a word is a difficult task, but, describing his mastery of his instrument, the word most often used is "awesome". Playing the accordion all his life has given him chops enough to mix his Texas blues with Louisiana Zydeco and, then mix Mexican or Caribbean rhythms with his own wry originals. His career is documented on many recordings, from old friends Joe Ely's and Jimmie Dale Gilmore's, to his own as leader of The Squeezetones, to other, newer artists like Chris Gaffney from California and fellow Texan, Robert Earl Keen. Always giving something new to each project, he is often called a musician's musician.