Flaco Jimenez Awarded Nation’s Highest Folk Music Honor


Flaco Jimenez was awarded the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowship at the Lincoln Library in Washington, DC by the National Endowment for the Arts.  He was also given the Lifetime Achievement Award By Hohner for his incredible career that includes 5 Grammys. The 73 year old founding member of the Texas Tornados has performed and recorded with some of the most prestigious artists in the world including the Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder and Willie Nelson.  More importantly, Flaco is internationally renowned and has played a monumental role in making conjunto (Tex-Mex) music known throughout the world.  He is indeed the ambassador of Conjunto music.

"Hohner has been a part of my life and music from the very beginning. I'm talking about my grandfather, my father, and me- three generations. All of the many recordings throughout the years including 78s, LPs, 8 Tracks, Cassettes, 45s, and CDs have been music that was created with Hohner accordions.

My sound, my signature sound, could not be possible without the Corona II. It is with great honor and humility to be recognized by Hohner with the Lifetime Achievement Award. I also want to thank Hohner for supporting me and always being there throughout the years. As they continue to remind me: it's not about the product, but the music and the musician. Because of this, I will forever be loyal to such a great organization that cares of what I think and feel. I also love my Hohner accordions."

– Flaco Jimenez

Flaco's bio on the NEA website