Flaco Jiménez speaks on Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

10.02.2015

Legendary accordionist Flaco Jimenez not only pioneered conjunto music, he introduced it to the world, helping to spread the rich heritage of South Texas.

And Jimenez was honored with his 6th Grammy award Sunday night.

Before his trip to Los Angeles, he invited KENS 5 into his home to talk about this milestone in his life

"I was playing the accordion because I knew the tunes by just watching him i knew the polkitas and waltzes," Flaco reminisced about learning his craft.

Flaco was only 7 when he first picked up his father's accordion and began to play the sounds that came to him so naturally.

"My dad, Santiago Jimenez, is considered a pioneer of this Conjunto Tex-Mex music," Flaco said.

Flaco inherited a gift that would take him to places he never imagined.

He's had recording sessions with acts like Dwight Yoakam, and Bob Dylan. "One of my highlights was the Rolling Stones and Voodoo Lounge," said Flaco.

Flaco's career spans nearly 7 decades. He's received countless awards, including his 5 grammys -- the first one he won in 1986 . Number six is a special one, it's gonna go right in the middle of his trophy case. "This one, the lifetime achievement, is top of the line," Flaco said referencing the latest Grammy. "You can't go higher than that one."

When asked what's next, Flaco said, "I'm just going a day at a time. If there's some offers for some recording sessions with some guys, I'll do it."


Originally posted on kens5.com

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