Accordion Babes Pinup Calendar & CD-2017!

Thank god for accordion babes. And women who keep writing music; the world is going to be a better place for it. This is unquestionably the best holiday gift I’ve given family and friends;  practical and fun, they love me more for it each year.  R.D.- Alaska

2017accordionbabescalendarGive the gift that keeps on Squeezing!!

Yes- after an eventful year off, traveling states and Provinces, evading authorities, accepting marriage proposals, recording and touring the world- the Accordion Babes are BACK with accordions in tow!

Now in its 8th year, this underground 2017 Accordion Babes Calendar and CD  of 12 female-led bands featuring at least one “babe” playing accordion- is now a global tradition!  This new 2017 Calendar/CD features Accordionistas from the Bay Area to Brazil, from Louisiana to France, all doing what they do best: taking the accordion into NEW territory while squeezing their way into hearts and homes around the world!

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Showcasing the talented, fun, sensual, often underground, and ALWAYS entertaining Accordion Babes, the Calendar includes a pro-compilation music CD- with one original new song that each of us has written and recorded the previous year. You’ll hear everything from Cumbias, French rock, Celtic-tinged madness, to sea shanty torch, Plus!

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Thank you!~ For supporting women musicians and our newest, lively and original musical creations. Always made with Love.  Get your calendar here!

Photos featured are from previous years calendars. Here is one of me mailing from the road; the Elvis Elves and I are all caught up with orders.

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Best Last Minute Gift-Accordion Babes Pin-up Calendar/CD! & Auction Winners

Are you stumped for the perfect gift? Are you ready to give up because youve missed posting that holiday gift? Wait! It’s all OK, because you are actually still ahead of the game for New Years!! Your friends and family will forgive all transgressions just for finding them the most unforgettable gift Ever!… the 2014 Accordion Babes Pin-up Calendar and CD!

Time to shout out winners for the silent jewelry auction to benefit Typhoon Haiyan victims: Margriet Schnabel for the Moss Memories earrings, and  JAK for – the 1920 Holiday Ball– Marcasite/pearl earrings. Yay! Contact me soon as possible so I can get your funds to CARE. Thank you for bidding & to Andrew Thornton for the idea. I will be dedicating other jewelry in my shop to continue raising money past the holidays.

Speaking of holidays, it’s that time of year again! Time to remind you that if you are stumped for the perfect gift, or if you’ve missed holiday posting deadlines, it’s OK, because you are still ahead of the game for New Years!!  Your friends and family will forgive all transgressions just for finding them the best, most unforgettable gift Ever!… the 2014 Accordion Babes Pin-up Calendar!

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I’m pretty sure that this is the ONLY calendar on the planet that features 12 accordion-toting femmes~ real musicians, who front bands, write music and tour~ all while demonstrating in genres and countries worldwide, that accordions are officially COOL again! Ha! Imagine that! Producer Renee de la Prade seriously jumped the pond this year by including accordionistas as far away as Canada ;), Norway, and France. 

Happily, the calendar comes with music! a 12 song CD featuring a tune from each musician in the calendar. And after 6 years of doing this- from posing, to sponsoring, assembling, distributing, and promoting with other accordionistas- I can attest (promise!) that this years musical compilation is the best yet. Seriously! Music ranges from rock, to jazz, pop, zydeco, cabaret and more surprises that will beckon your ear with every note. Unbelievably, this calendar/CD bundle of Joy is a mere $15, plus $5 Priority shipping (US only). Please order yours here: You will be supporting the arts and paying my heating bill at the same time 😉 

Here is my first photo submission that got rejected for being too artistic. 😉

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And I am thrilled to say that I’m up-to-date shipping out my orders!! This is me, with more clothes on, mailing them from the road, in a tiny, cold town somewhere in the wild west. 

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You can’t tell, but the building is about 20 x 20ft big. Wait, can you believe it?! Near the middle of nowhere in the wild west, they limit parking to 10 minutes? Shocking!

You can also find my music on CDBaby, I-tunes, and digitally nearly everywhere you look. Thank you, so much, for supporting a world with music. xox!

NAMM 2013

Just back from NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) in LA. NAMM is a huge 4 day extravaganza, a tradeshow of every conceivable music manufacturing company, from all countries, showing their newest wares- with bands and celebs teaching workshops, signing, sauntering through, and performing.

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Just back from NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) in LA.   NAMM is a huge 4 day extravaganza, a tradeshow where every music manufacturing company, from all countries, comes together under one roof to show their newest gear,

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with bands and celebs teaching workshops, signing, sauntering through, and performing.

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Attendees are largely distributors who decide what products to buy in the coming year- like the big dealers (Guitar Center, Hermes Music, Sam Ash) to all the smaller dealers and educators. The event is closed to the public, but each music company gives out a set # of passes to its representatives and endorsees (musicians who endorse their products). The bulk of the audience, to me, seem to be musicians or their reps.  Over 100 countries are represented, every instrument and musical genre you can imagine, and more performance stages this year. They say last year’s crowd was around 95,000.

This was the first year that I wasn’t working the booths for my endorsing companies for the entire event, which gave me some time to check things out. Like new gear:

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Inspiring musicians,

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and a chance to connect with folks I haven’t seen in awhile;

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I came back really inspired to connect more with the uke community,

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and to expand the genres I play on both uke and accordion in (I got a viheula pattern lesson on uke!!)

 

Most Memorable Holiday Gift: The Accordion Babes Pin-up Calendar and CD!

Your friends will always remember you if you…Give the gift that keeps on squeezing, and help us transform the image of the accordionista! Your friends and mates will never forget you for this crazy fun gift: a calendar that features 13 ‘Accordion Babes’ AND bonus CD with songs from each of the musicians; from folk to sea shanties, Baltic dance, experimental cabaret, and French Rock. Only $15! Order here before it’s too late.” This year’s theme: “Heroes, Villains, and Divas.”

Pardon my pitch… just taking a short break from shipping music and calendars (new jewelry next post:)) to let you know about a fun musical gift…

Give the gift that keeps on squeezing, and help us transform the image of the accordionista!  Your friends and mates will never forget you for this crazy fun gift: a calendar that features 13 ‘Accordion Babes’ AND bonus CD with songs from each of the musicians; from folk to sea shanties, Baltic dance, experimental cabaret, and French Rock. Only $15! Order here before it’s too late.”  This year’s theme: “Heroes, Villains, and Divas.”

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We had our first sold out “Accordion Babes Pin-up Show” last weekend (yes!), at the Rhythmix Theater on a very rainy night. Thank you friends for coming out ;-).

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I book this night as a cabaret every year to feature multiple accordion players, all women- who front a plethora of bands around the Bay, and Paris too ;), and/or who are in this accordion calendar.  With the revival of roots music and our continued global cross-pollination, we too are enjoying the comeback of those historically maligned instruments: the banjo, theremin, saw, ukulele, and accordion. Interesting, eh?  And we’re writing lots of new music with them, in new ways, across more genres.  Personally, I want the world to see beyond the cabaret kitsch (will that ever go away?!), and show that the accordion can be downright cool, even sexy at times: it can have you dancing (Zydeco & Celtic stomps), make you swoon (tangos & boleros), make you cry (think The God Father score), or transport you across borders (rancheras & Norteño, Baltic & French rock).  That’s what these shows are all about: to show the world what’s new with accordion, and to help us celebrate the next big one…  The 2013 Accordion Babes Pin up Calendar and companion CD! Can’t believe this is our 5th year. Renee de la Prade is the mastermind, producer, editor of the babes calendar every year.  A group of us help her out with sponsorship, fundraising, and such.

New accordion joke! What’s the definition of optimism?  ……………………

An accordion player with a publicist.  😉

This is my 2012 pic for this year’s calendar- I sat out 2013.  Previous years below. (Photos: J.Tinger, & Tony R.)Tara Linda 2012 Final 5_15 Small-tl2

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So, If you need a highly unusual and Über affordable gift this year– make it this 2013  Babes Calendar and CD: diverse music, unusual pics (rated PG/R), and you will be supporting the Arts for 13 female musicians featured in the calendar.  Geez; we should have charged more… 😉

Check out more COOL accordionistas:

Favorite Baltic musician:  Nada Lewis

Entertaining! French Chanteuse:  Jet Black Pearl

Songstress  Ms. July   Onah Indigo

Irish Jigs and Celtic:   Maggie Martin

Sassy Folk-Ms. August  Amber Lee Baker

Zydeco & Celtic: Cover Grrl:    Renée De La Prade

Ms. January:  Diana Strong

Canadian Cool & Ms. November:  Katheryn Petersen

Slow Down~ It’s raining… & 2 Cool Give-Aways ~ for Beads

Music update and 2 Bead GiveAways!! yay!

Today’s rain is a great reason to slow down just a bit…

Mixing songs for the new CD came to a halt last week when the 13th Muse showed up with another song. All the way from Cuba (more on him later- I had a poem ready to post about the encounter when my computer crashed.  But I’m not going to complain since it was the day the world was meant to end…).

So we started recording this fun new son Cubano tune “One Sweet night” on Monday, and I’ll be  writing/singing this one in Spanish. Hopefully back in the studio early next week.

Over the weekend we started shooting a fun new music  video- all over San Francisco. yay! Rehearsing new music last night. Bringing  new bandmates into the fold.  Life is spilling over.

Since I can’t post finished songs yet- or make much jewelry now, I’m going to start posting more about the artists who are über inspiring & prolific where & when i’m not 😉  like in jewelry.

Here is an artist/designer whose work I adore now- Kristen Gluckman (Matsudabunch) makes these cool sterling silver charm necklaces that are edgy & fun. I treated myself to one because this weekend I have a gig sitting in w/ SF punk band Ready! Ricochet. On accordion!  This is a lil’ ironic- because i started on drums in punk bands.  And let’s just say that punks don’t normally wake up thinking about accordion players.  😉

And here are 2 very cool give-aways!  If I could stop to learn anything right now (beyond jazz chords on my accordion)- HOW to enamel metal beads is high on my jewelry todo list. And the artist i would want to learn from, Barbara Lewis, is  publishing a new book about it Called “Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: A workshop in Painting with Fire”. To celebrate the release of her book, she is hosting this giveaway- a $75 value!  Go to her blog here to find out the details of how to win. 

And here is an uber cool Give-away of wares thrown in by a BIG group of amazing artists and hosted by Art Bead Scene: Check it out here & enter to win!  Winner will be picked on May 30th

Photo is from Lorelei’s Blog.