San Antonio Express-News
October 6, 1997/by Jim Beal, Jr.
"No fake or flash, just classic Ponty"
When Ponty Bone & the Squeezetones kicked off their first set
...the San Antonio-bred accordion icon, the man who helped return the instrument to
pop-music respectability through his work with Joe Ely ...fused blues, zydeco, Cajun and
conjunto for a sound that showed the power and the playfulness of roots music and the
subtle talents of the band.
Unconcerned about musical boundaries - and secure in his knowledge of the range of his big
Italian piano-key accordion - Bone easily moved from his own "Frio City Road
Polka" to a cover of Don Santiago Jimenez's classic "Viva Seguin"; from the
blues of Memphis Slim to "Don't You Lie to Me" by zydeco king Clifton Chenier
and back to originals such as "Flattown Boogie."
There's nothing fake, flashy or faddish about the music - or the
presentation - of Ponty Bone & the Squeezetones. The man and the band play enduring,
endearing Texas folk music with a driving beat."