Backroads of Montana

Since 1991, the Backroads crew has traveled across Montana visiting its unique people and places. The series airs regularly on MontanaPBS.

Music and Memories (No. 112)

First Aired Saturday, May 01, 1999

Visit an Accordion Festival, a bucking bronco school, and a grain elevator photographer.

The Backroads crew takes us along on visits to the Accordion Festival in Philipsburg, the Ross Cedars in Northwest Montana, a bucking bronco school in Arlee and historic Mann Gulch near Helena. And we get to know a grain elevator photographer in Bozeman. 

Program Updates

The Rocky Mountain Accordion Festival in Philipsburg is still going strong.  The event is usually held in late July or early August.  Accordion aficionado Tom Collins died in 2004.  He was 82.  Don Coburn died in August, 2007, at age 80.  As a member of the Montana National Guard in 1949, Coburn took fathers of the victims of the Mann Gulch tragedy to see the site of their sons’ deaths.  He was never able to return to the site afterwards.