The Arhoolie Awards honor musicians, organizations, and individuals who carry on and uplift tradition-based music. Recipients are nominated by experts in the field and selected because of the extraordinary work they do to keep diverse roots and regional music thriving. The award is accompanied by a $10,000 prize.

Meet the recipients of the fifth annual Arhoolie Awards:

Celebrate the 5th Annual Arhoolie Awards at our Benefit Concert on Friday, April 14, 2023 at the Chapel in San Francisco. Enjoy a night of down-home blues, authentic Tejano conjunto music and the best in Americana. The concert features Dave Alvin, Santiago Jiménez Jr. and Jerron Paxton. Purchase tickets at


Formed in 2009, New Orleans-based Tuba Skinny stands out as one of the most exciting traditional jazz groups playing today. Mixing well-known standards with original compositions and outstanding interpretations of rhythm and blues, Tuba Skinny has crowds moving wherever they play.

Jerron “Blind Boy” PAXTON

Jerron Paxton is a master of acoustic blues, early jazz, ragtime, and old-time country music, which he plays on guitar, piano, banjo, fiddle, and harmonica. He can channel Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Franklin George, Vess Ossman, and even Ray Charles. Born in Compton and now living in Queens, NY, Jerron can be found on Jalopy Records.

Santiago Jimenez Jr

A member of the illustrious Jimenez family of accordion players, Santiago Jimenez Jr. has maintained the traditional style of Tejano conjunto for over 60 years. Faithful to the music of his father Don Santiago Jimenez, Santiago Jr. has been awarded a National Heritage Fellowship and a National Medal of Arts. A traditional music leader and teacher, Santiago Jimenez Jr. first recorded for Arhoolie in 1982 and has remained a friend ever since.