Well what do you know? Finally, a Grammy award that made me smile. Flaco Jimenez got a Lifetime Achievement Award. While he was still alive. He's an accordionist and of the conjunto/tejano/norteño variety. When it comes to the accordion, he's pretty much the man. Or at least he is to around here. There may very well be some way out guy that dabblers like myself haven't dug deep enough to notice. Regardless, he deserves it. He's been performing since he was seven, and put out his first record, as part of Los Caporales, in 1954 at the age of fifteen. He's still performing in his mid-seventies. That is practically a lifetime, and he has achieved a lot, and he has mad skills. Now that I think about it, what took them so damn long? Grammys suck.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Flaco Jiménez - El Pata Caliente mp3 at Let's Polka
Flaco Jiménez - Laureles mp3 at Let's Polka
The Texas Tornados - Guacamole mp3 at A.Tumblr (?)
The Texas Tornados - Que Paso mp3 at The Rising Storm
Peter Rowan & the Mexican Free Air Force with Flaco Jimenez - Maria Elana (live) mp3 at Gary Faller (?)
Flaco Jimenez - El Pantalon Blue Jean at YouTube Border town baddassery.
Flaco Jiménez - Interview at PBS
Flaco Jiménez at Wikipedia