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The Sounds of America: Flaco Jiménez’s Partners album

BMPAudio April 5, 2021


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Flaco Jiménez is a third generation button accordionist and songwriter who represents the best of Conjunto Tejano or Tex-Mex music. He has been performing for over 75 years.

Released in 1992, Partners features Flaco Jiménez’s many collaborations with vocalists and players such as Linda Ronstadt, Ry Cooder, Stephen Stills, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt and Los Lobos. The album combines Tejano Conjunto styles with Country and Rock, all centered around Jiménez’s masterful accordion playing and harmony vocals.

On this installment of The Sounds of America:

Flaco Jiménez lovingly remembers collaborating with his musical “partners” for the album, Ry Cooder compares Flaco to the best Jazz musicians, Linda Ronstadt relives the joys of singing in Spanish, while author and educator Juan Tejeda highlights the history of the music and Jiménez’s cultural impact.

In March 2021, Partners was inducted into the National Recording Registry. Every year, the U.S. Library of Congress selects 25 recordings to preserve for all time in the National Recording Registry. These recordings include music, speeches, public events, native languages, historical moments, sporting events… audio that’s important to our American culture and heritage. The Sounds of America profiles Registry selections every year.

Our Peabody Award-Winning Series is produced by Ben Manilla and Jennie Cataldo.

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