We're a rotating cast of musicians, based around Austin vocalist and keyboardist Clifton Tipton.
We gathered in Austin from many points in North America with the intention of creating music pleasing to our ears and to the ears of others. We play our music in a style first developed and popularized by African-American musicians of the early 20th century. Our repertoire consists of reinventions of classic American standards and original compositions.
We play some swing songs but we're not a swing band. We play some blues songs but we're not a blues band. Based on our members, we could probably most accurately be described as a jazz band, but we play very few jazz songs.
The best way to determine what it is that we do is to give our tracks a listen, or better yet, check out our events page and come out and see us play!
That's what we have to say for ourselves, here's what a few others have said:
“They have been known to channel Lawrence Welk, the Grand Ole Opry and Tom Waits all in one song. This is the essence of the genre-warped experience of Austin's own BLUESQUEEZEBOX. Gravely-voiced frontman Clif Tipton plays his blue accordion with a soulful saunter that underscores the blues-soaked psychobilly sound of this gloriously eclectic sextet. Tipton and his squeezebox are backed by a motley crew of young musicians who play stand up bass, electric jazz-surf guitar, tuba, banjo, trumpet, drums and a slew of other instruments collected along the way. No American folk or popular musical genre is spared the BLUESQUEEZEBOX treatment. Guaranteed for fun and frolick!”
Cathy Ragland - Artistic Curator IAF 2011 - International Accordion Festival website
“The sun was beating down and I went around back to where the music was coming from and saw BLUESQUEEZEBOX. These guys have a frontman playing a blue accordion and singing in an absolutely perfect voice that you've got to hear to believe. Backed up by a stand up bass player who also killed on tuba...an electric banjo player who was good enough that it forced me to enjoy banjo...a killer semi hollow body electric jazz guitar guy that understood perfectly how lead works on that kind of rig....one knocked out trumpet guy in back that should of been up front....and a young drummer who played these old timey sounding songs like he was from that era. ...or the Lawrence Welk show while you were on acid.”
Fred Mitchim - austin.com