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|Conjunto tribute album to Hermanos Trevino with 1964 and 1989 recordings with Flaco Jimenez. Also contains more recent recordings of Geronimo Trevino Jr, Johnny Rodriguez and Geronimo Trevino III.||Available Now!|
Conjunto con Padres was
by Geronimo Treviño III as a tribute to his father and his
uncle. It is a history lesson in some of the earliest conjunto music
that first evolved in South Texas.
Brothers Gilberto S. Treviño and Geronimo Treviño Jr., known
by their nicknames “Beto” and “Bebe”, grew up in the South
Texas town of Laredo and were exposed to this music at an early age.
Before they reached their teenage years they had already
performed on local radio stations, honing in on their family
As they grew older, “Bebe” would learn more of this music
form in cantinas, often paying mariachi singers five dollars to write
down the words of the songs they were singing about.
He would take the words and melodies with him to learn and sing
at family gatherings on their ranch just outside of Laredo.
originated in the late 1800’s after inexpensive duty-free, German
and Italian made one-row button accordions became available in the
border regions along the Rio Grande River.
German and Czech immigrants entering the Gulf Coast region of
Texas introduced their musical style and it quickly spread across the
area and found it’s way into rural communities.
The addition of the bajo sexto (twelve string guitar) was the
final ingredient that established the conjunto sound and allowed the
accordion to become the lead instrument.
The rancheras and corridos (ballads) spoke of the common folk
and the accordion became the instrument of the people.
Ranch hands and field workers embraced this art form because it
sent a message about the hardships they endured and racial conflict to
Anglo domination became a major theme.
The folk roots of conjunto are equivalent to the hillbilly
roots music that formed country music.
“Beto” and “Bebe” and a twenty-four year old accordionist by
the name of Leonardo “Flaco” Jimenez recorded
some of the old corridos at Tanner N Texas Recording Studio in San
Antonio under the Disco Grande label.
The session captured “Bebe’s” beautiful tenor voice
harmonizing with “Beto’s” great vocals.
Flaco’s accordion gave
the songs the traditional conjunto style that he learned from his
Father, Santiago Jimenez Sr.
Santiago Sr., credited as the “Father” of modern conjunto
music, was a pioneer accordionist and songwriter who took German and
Czech influenced accordion music and created his own Mexican-American
sound that his sons, Flaco and Santiago Jimenez Jr. have carried on.
Santiago Sr. was the first to incorporate the tololoche
(upright bass) to conjunto music.
His father, Patricio, was also an accordion player, from Eagle
Pass, Texas, and Santiago Sr. became a protégé learning traditional
European dance songs while accompanying him at dances throughout South
The traditional two- row button accordion style has been passed
down through three generations.
Santiago Jimenez Jr. has dedicated himself to preserving the
traditional conjunto style his father made popular.
Flaco has created a contemporary accordion style that has no
A five-time Grammy Award winner, Flaco has become an ambassador
Under the tag
Hermanos Treviño, the 1964 recording sold about 4,000 copies through
The EP was distributed in Jukeboxes from San Antonio to Laredo
and were extremely popular during that time.
recorded by “Beto” and “Bebe” in 1963 in Fort Knox, Kentucky
on a reel to reel home recorder and transferred to acetate, were
recently found and digitally mastered.
The brother’s close harmonies and “Bebe’s” guitar
playing standout on the recording..
The traditional accordion work of Santiago Jimenez Jr. was
added thirty-six years later back at the old Tanner N Texas recording
These songs came back to life as three time Grammy nominee
Santiago Jimenez Jr. weaved his traditional accordion style to the
III joins his Dad and Flaco Jimenez on two songs recorded in 1989 at
Toby Torres’ Custom Studio in San Antonio with superb guitar and
mandolin by Jackie King and Sergio Lara.
Father and son are featured on the Cesar Rosas’ song Estoy
Sentado Aqui recorded in 1992 at the Fire Station Studios in San
Marcos, Texas and again on the Grammy winning song Soy
de San Luis, written by Santiago Jimenez Sr. and recorded in 1993
at Pedernales Recording Studio in Spicewood, Texas.
Johnny Rodriguez joins Geronimo III and the Geronimo Band at
C.A.M. Studio in Bulverde, Texas on the tribute song Mira
las Polomas, written by songwriter and western novelist Mike
This album is a great example of the route conjunto music has taken over the years and with the family harmonies of the Trevino brothers and the master accordion style of Flaco and Santiago Jimenez Jr., these songs will touch the heart and soul of the listener.
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