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Who does it better? The late Rumel Fuentes or Tex-Mex superstar Flaco Jimenez?

Here’s Rumel:

And here’s Flaco: [Mas…]


It’s a sad, sad country music tale of a “mixed love affair” gone bad. He needs America, America needs him, Rick Trevino sings, but I Am A Mexican. There’s also La Migra to keep things interesting.

Tex-Mex legend Flaco Jimenez backs Trevino up on accordion, and as chance would have it sings a song on the very same subject: [Mas…]


Roots rock singer/guitar slinger and East Los homie (Downey) Dave Alvin sings a classic ode to America, folky roots, broken hearts, independence and Mexican kids shooting fireworks Hey, baby, it’s the Fourth of July! Alvin is backed in this version by Los Cenzontles, Tex-Mex accordion superstar Flaco Jimenez and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos.

Here’s the original music video, so old it’s in black and white! [Mas…]

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San Antonio Valentine’s Day Shout Out!

“Hey, baby – que paso? I thought I was your only vato!” The Texas Tornados perform in a 1992 BBC video at the Gruene Hall, in Gruene, Texas.

Want to sing along? We’ve got lyrics! [Mas…]

flacory“Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone,” Ry Cooder sings. “Let’s pretend that we’re together all alone. I’ll tell the man to turn the juke box way down low. And you can tell your friend there with you HE’LL HAVE TO GO.” And then Flaco Jimenez plays. [Mas…]


Ry Cooder on guitar and vocals and Flaco Jimenez on norteño-style accordion make magic with the Ben E. King classic oldie but goodie Stand By Me.

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Listen: Why does Mexican music have polkas, waltzes and accordions?

by Soy Capitan March 12, 2015 Audio
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Happy 76th birthday, Texas accordian star Flaco Jimenez! Why is Mexican music filled with polkas and waltzes and accordions? It’s about immigration, according to Felix Contreras of NPR’s Alt.Latino and Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records on Morning Edition:   PREVIOUSLY ON FLACO JIMENEZ:

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The Texas Tornados Live: ‘Hey, Baby – Que Paso?’ (video)

by Soy Capitan February 27, 2015 Cultura
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“Hey, baby – que paso? I thought I was your only vato!” The Texas Tornados perform in a 1992 BBC video at the Gruene Hall, in Gruene, Texas. Want to sing along? We’ve got lyrics!

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Flaco Jimenez, Ry Cooder: That’s the way the girls are from Texas!

by Soy Capitan January 28, 2015 Cultura
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“You shoulda told me you was married, baby,” she said. Those were the last words he ever heard. Flaco Jimenez and Ry Cooder explain: That’s the way the girls are in Texas! If not, we’ve got lyrics:

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NPR Audio: Flaco Jiménez and the Legacy of Conjunto

by MOON GUAC March 3, 2014 Audio
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NPR writes: Flaco Jiménez is in his seventh decade as a performer. He’s played with Ry Cooder, Dwight Yoakam, and even The Rolling Stones. Jiménez’s newest album, Legends & Legacies, is a collection of songs that illustrate the legacy of the Latin music style for which he is so well known: conjunto.

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Flaco Jimenez vs Los Gabachos: ‘El Mojado Sin Licencia’ (music video)

by GUERILLA ICE August 16, 2013 Cultura
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The wetback drove from Laredo to San Antonio to see his girl — and that’s when the trouble started.

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RIP Johnny Perez, drummer for original Sir Douglas Quintet (videos)

by QUESO QUESEM September 13, 2012 Cultura
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Johnny Perez, the original drummer for Tex-Mex superstar band Sir Douglas Quintet, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 69. This 1965 video shows Perez and his bandmates performing their hit She’s About A Mover on NBC’s Hullaballoo. Here’s the band with Mendocino:

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