Los Texmaniacs

Los Texmaniacs


Contact: Sarah Rucker, Program & Events Manager

srucker@texasfolklife.org; (512) 441-9255



Show features Los Texmaniacs and accordion champions Los Morales Boyz

Austin, Texas - July 25, 2013 - Texas Folklife announces the release party for “Accordion Kings & Queens

Live!” CD on Sunday, August 4

award-winning Los Texmaniacs and state-wide up and coming accordion champions, Los Morales Boyz

will open the show.

This action-packed 14 track CD captures the energy and excitement of Texas Folklife’s annual Accordion

Kings & Queens concert in Houston, TX. The disc includes Grammy Award winners Los Texmaniacs, Flaco

Jimenez, and Mingo Saldivar as well as Houston zydeco queen Dora & Her Zydeco Entourage and polka

stars The Ennis Czech Boys. The Big Squeeze accordion contestants are also featured including 2011

winner Nachito Morales and Michael Ramos who was just crowned Big Squeeze champion this year.

Both Morales and Ramos will perform August 4 in their conjunto band, Los Morales Boyz from Dallas.

Accordion Kings and Queens is a cornerstone program of Texas Folklife which features accordionbased Texas traditional music – conjunto, Tejano, Norteño, Cajun, zydeco, polka, and country western.

Each year 6,000 accordion-loving music fans gather at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston the first

Saturday of June to enjoy the best sampling of this Texas music. The historic SugarHill Recording Studios

captured the magic of the performance by recording onsite at the 23

award-winning engineers went on to mix and master our Accordion Kings & Queens Live! CD.

“We are very proud to partner with Antone’s Night Club in hosting our release party immediately

following the club’s 38

Folklife and former research assistant to the late Clifford Antone. “Antone’s is known worldwide for its

promotion of American roots music so we’re excited to present this uniquely Texan music at this venue.

Please join us at Austin’s Home of the Blues on August 4 to celebrate the release of our first live concert


Doors open at 6 PM and show starts at 7 PM. Cover charge is $7.00 or $5.00 for Texas Folklife members.

Pre-sale tickets available at www.antonesnightclub.com. All ages are welcome! CDs will be for sale and

bands will be available for autographs.


at Antone’s Night Club in Austin. The evening will feature Grammy


anniversary,” says Sarah Rucker, Program and Events Manager for Texas

More about Los Texmaniacs: Los Texmaniacs present only the best in musical fare. Founded by Max

Baca, the Texmaniacs are a product of his wide-ranging experience touring and recording with everyone

from his father's family conjunto to the Rolling Stones. Los Texmaniacs mix the simplest yet finest

ingredients of Texas music to create a sound solidly rooted in tradition, exploding with contemporary

vitality. Texmaniacs versatility has led them to performances such as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival,

Kennedy Center, Governor of Texas Ball and many festivals in countries such as Germany, Holland, and

Spain. They have two Smithsonian Folkways recordings, the most recent being 2012’s “Texas Towns and

Tex-Mex Sounds.” www.texmaniacs.com

Los Texmaniacs Facebook page

More about Los Morales Boyz: Breaking onto the conjunto scene in 2012, this group of under 18 yearolds is comprised of three brothers and a close family friend from Dallas. Lead singer and accordionist

Nachito Morales (17) attends the prestigious Booker T. Washington School for the Performing Arts and

won Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze state-wide youth accordion contest in 2011. Younger brother Rudy (12)

plays bajo sexto, while eight year-old brother Cheque plays drums. Michael Ramos (17) plays electric

bass but is also the 2013 reigning Big Squeeze champion! The Boyz recently won the Young Conjunto of

the Year Award at the South Texas Conjunto Association Awards. They released their first CD “Conjunto

Nunca Muere” this year.

Los Morales Boyz Facebook page

About Texas Folklife:

Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the

diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. For more than 25 years, Texas Folklife has

honored the authentic cultural traditions passed down within communities, explored their importance

in contemporary society, and celebrated them by providing accessible and joyful arts experiences. It

is located in Austin, Texas, in the SoCo neighborhood—one of the city’s vibrant commercial and arts

district. www.texasfolklife.org

Texas Folklife Facebook page

Special Guest Flaco Jimenez

Few if any artists in conjunto and Tejano music have received the level of critical acclaim Flaco Jimenéz has enjoyed over the course of a career that's spanned six decades, and it's certain that no one has taken the accordion-fueled Tex-Mex sound to a larger audience than he has. Without compromising his musical vision, Jimenéz has introduced the traditional conjunto sound to mainstream pop and country listeners thanks to his collaborations with the Texas Tornados, Dwight Yoakam, and the Mavericks, and he is celebrated by adventurous rock fans through his work with Ry Cooder, Carlos Santana, Doug Sahm, and the Rolling Stones. Flaco Jimenéz was born in San Antonio, TX in 1939, and raised in a musical family; his grandfather Patricio Jimenéz was an accordion player who embraced the polkas and waltz tunes that are conjunto's stylistic precursors, and Flaco's father Santiago Jimenéz, Sr. was a pioneering Tex-Mex musician who cut one of the first conjunto records, "Dices Pescao" b/w "Dispensa el Arrempujon" in 1936. Flaco's first instrument was the bajo sexto, a Mexican variation on the 12-string guitar which he started to play at age seven, but after he became proficient enough to join his father on-stage, Flaco's interest turned to the accordion, and he developed a joyous, expressive style that was influenced by zydeco master Clifton Chenier as well as his father and his Tex-Mex peers. At 15, Jimenéz formed his first band, los Caporales, and the group soon won a sizable following in San Antonio, cutting records for a local label and earning a weekly spot on a local television variety show. By the early '60s, Jimenéz was already a Texas legend, playing clubs across the Lone Star state and regularly filling dance halls in San Antonio with music that fused the classic Tejano sound with elements of blues and country. Jimenéz gained a loyal fan in Doug Sahm, founder of the Sir Douglas Quintet and a fellow Texas maverick with a taste for crossbreeding rootsy sounds, and in 1973, when Sahm was recording his first solo album for Atlantic Records, he invited Flaco to join him for the sessions (which also included guest spots from Bob Dylan and Dr. John), giving him his first serious recognition outside of the Tejano scene. In 1976, Ry Cooder included Flaco on his album Chicken Skin Music, and the groundbreaking folk and roots music label Arhoolie Records released Flaco Jimenéz & His Conjunto in 1978, finally giving his own music distribution outside of the Southwest. Jimenéz continued to record and tour extensively, broadening his reach across the country and around the world, and in 1988 Dwight Yoakam brought Flaco into the studio to add an accordion part to a duet he recorded with Buck Owens. The tune, "Streets of Bakersfield," became a major country hit, and as Flaco joined Yoakam on tour, he found himself a rising star at the age of 49. In 1989, Jimenéz and his old friend Doug Sahm teamed up for a new project with country legend Freddy Fender and fellow squeeze box man (and one of Sahm's partners in the Sir Douglas Quintet) Augie Meyers; calling themselves the Texas Tornados, the band scored a deal with Reprise Records and they hit the charts with a re-cut of Meyers local hit "(Hey Baby) Que Paso." A track from the Texas Tornados' debut album, "Soy de San Luis," won a Grammy as Best Mexican-American Performance of 1991, and it would be the first of five Grammys Flaco would receive before the decade was out. Now that Flaco was a bona fide star, he signed with Warner Bros. and released a 1992 solo set, Partners, which included guest appearances from Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and los Lobos. In 1994, the Rolling Stones tapped Flaco to add an accordion solo to their album Voodoo Lounge, and the same year Jimenéz released a self-titled solo set for Arista, a rootsy effort that included vocals from Raul Malo of the Mavericks. A year later, Jimenéz and Malo appeared on record together again when Flaco added a hot accordion solo to the Mavericks' "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down" from their album Music for All Occasions, which once again brought Flaco's sound to the upper reaches of the country charts. 1996 saw the release of the last studio album from the Texas Tornados, but Jimenéz joined up with another supergroup in 1998, los Super Seven, a collection of top Latin American musicians including members of los Lobos and Joe Ely. Since then, Jimenéz has continued to maintain a busy recording and touring schedule that would tax men half his age as he upholds his status as one of the world's leading ambassadors of Tex-Mex music.

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