Los Texmaniacs With Special Guests Flaco Jimenez And Augie Meyers

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Over the last 12 years, Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs have established themselves as the most recognized Conjunto band in the world, delivering a traditional style fused with modern rhythms to deliver a unique and infectious brand of Conjunto. The band is led by premiere "first call" bajo sexto player Max Baca. Max has recorded on 11 Grammy winning recordings including The Rolling Stones "Voodoo Lounge", Los Super 7, Texas Tornados, etc. During 2009, Los Texmaniacs were selected by Smithsonian Folkways to document Conjunto as a form of American Roots & Folk music.

The subsequent recording titled Borders y Bailes earned a GRAMMY in 2010.

Flaco Jiménez began performing, at the age of seven, with his father, Santiago Jiménez Sr, who was a pioneer of conjunto music and began recording at age fifteen as a member of Los Caporales. He played in the San Antonio area for several years, and then began working with Douglas Sahm in the 1960s. Sahm, better known as the founding member of the Sir Douglas Quintet, played with Jiménez for some time. Flaco then went on to New York City and worked with Dr. John, David Lindley, Peter Rowan, Ry Cooder and Bob Dylan. He appeared on Cooder's world music album Chicken Skin Music and on the Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge. This led to greater awareness of his music outside America and, after touring Europe with Ry Cooder, he returned to tour in America with his own band, and on a joint bill with Peter Rowan. Jiménez, Peter Rowan and Wally Drogos were the original members of a band called The Free Mexican Airforce.

Jiménez won a Grammy Award in 1986 for Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio, one of his father's songs. He was also a member of the Tejano fusion group Texas Tornados, with Augie Meyers, Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender. The Texas Tornados won a Grammy Award in 1990, and Jiménez earned one on his own in 1996, when his self-titled album Flaco Jiménez won the Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American Performance. In 1999, Flaco earned another Grammy Award for Best Tejano Performance for Said and Done (released by Barbed Wire Records), and one for Best Mexican-American Performance as a part of supergroup Los Super Seven.

In 2012 Jiménez received a National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment of the Arts.
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By: The Kessler

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