Interview with John Stevens, Swoyersville, Pennsylvania

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John Stevens
John Stevens (Swoyersville, Pennsylvania) 

John Stevens is an accordion player and polka musician based in Swoyersville, Pennsylvania. In 1995, he founded the John Stevens Polka Band. The band has released eighteen cassettes and albums, including Doubleshot Preview (1995) and Come On Let’s Dance (1996). They have performed across the United States, appearing at festivals including Pillar Polkabration (CT), Pulaski's Big Polka Celebration (WI), Polka Spree By The Sea (NJ), The Bethlehem Musikfest (PA), Polka Fireworks (PA), and Polkamotion By The Ocean (MD). In 1997 their song “Everyone’s having Fun” was named number one tune of the year on the Jolly ST. Nick’s Polka Revolution show heard over WPHB 1260AM in Houtzdale, PA. The band has been on numerous Television shows including Pennsylvania Polka, The Jolly Joe Timmer Show, Let’s Polka, and The Bethlehem Musikfest. 

Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 09/30/2020.
Tamar Sella
Music; United States; Covid-19 Pandemic
Swoyersville, Pennsylvania
Musicians in America during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Society for Ethnomusicology

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