Happy birthday, Texas accordion star Flaco Jimenez! (DOB: March 11, 1939.)
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:
- Flaco Jimenez, Ry Cooder: That’s the way the girls are from Texas! (music video)
- Flaco Jimenez vs Los Gabachos: ‘El Mojado Sin Licencia’ (music video)
- NPR Audio: Flaco Jiménez and the Legacy of Conjunto
Flaco photo courtesy Texas Lutheran University. Gracias.