Good morning everyone! I hope you’re doing well! My parents might have already forgotten this talented musician but I haven’t. Back then, I didn’t think he was that talented whenever his music played on the stereo at home or in the car! I was always thinking to myself, “What the hell are they listening to? Where did they even find this man’s music?” I figured they bought it at one of the local swap meets or a friend gave them the CD. (Going to a swap meet in El Paso is another post I’ll have to include here sometime.) To this day, I still haven’t asked where they found this man’s music. Apparently, his music and words still make me laugh today!
I wasn’t having such a great day yesterday so I decided to look for his music on YouTube. After listening to his music for awhile, I couldn’t stop laughing. Today, I’m introducing you to Tex-Mex music or Tejano music (Texan-Mexican music). I’m also introducing you to singer and accordion player, Leonardo “Flaco” Jimenez. Tex-Mex music originates from the Mexican-American population mostly in central and south Texas. Tejano music includes a variety of mariachi music styles, polka, pop rock, country, jazz, R&B and blues. According to Wikipedia, it has three main categories of music and bands: conjunto, orchestra and band. A conjunto band consists of an accordion, bajo sexto (six-bass), bass and drums. The other two types of bands include an accordion player at times.
This song always makes me laugh! Country superstar Alan Jackson even has his own version of the song.
San Antonio native Flaco Jimenez has collaborated with several big names. He’s performed with Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, Los Lobos, Carlos Santana and several others. He was also a member of the Tejano fusion group, Texas Tornadoes. Flaco Jimenez has won six Grammy Awards (one was when he was Texas Tornadoes). In 2015, he won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Today, I’m including some of his solo work, along with collaborations. Have a great day, everyone! I hope the music makes you laugh and/or dance.