Frontera Collection ¡En Vivo! / March 23, 203

Artist Spotlight and Interview: Santiago Jiménez Jr.

In this month’s Frontera Collection ¡En Vivo! series, we will be featuring an exclusive interview with Santiago Jimenez Jr., one of the most celebrated and influential Tejano musicians in the history of conjunto music.  The interview was conducted in Spanish.

During the interview, Santiago Jimenez Jr. will share his personal experiences and insights into the rich cultural heritage of conjunto music, including the unique blend of Mexican and Texan musical styles that have come to define the genre. He will also discuss his own musical career, which spans several decades and has earned him numerous accolades and awards.

This event is a must-see for anyone who loves conjunto music or is interested in learning more about this vibrant cultural tradition. Whether you’re a lifelong fan or a newcomer to the genre, you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to hear from one of its most iconic figures.

We will also be playing Santiago’s music from all the decades he recorded.  From his earliest records on Corona Records all the way to his recordings on Arhoolie Records.

En la serie ¡En Vivo! de la Colección Frontera de este mes, presentaremos una entrevista exclusiva con Santiago Jiménez Jr., uno de los músicos tejano más celebrados e influyentes en la historia del conjunto.

Durante la entrevista, Santiago Jiménez Jr. compartirá sus experiencias personales y sus conocimientos sobre la rica herencia cultural del conjunto, incluyendo la mezcla única de estilos musicales mexicanos y texanos que han llegado a definir el género. También hablará de su propia carrera musical, que abarca varias décadas y le ha valido numerosos reconocimientos y premios.

Este evento es imperdible para cualquier amante del conjunto o para aquellos interesados en aprender más sobre esta vibrante tradición cultural. Ya sea que seas un fanático de toda la vida o un recién llegado al género, no querrás perderte esta rara oportunidad de escuchar a una de sus figuras más icónicas.

También estaremos tocando la música de Santiago desde sus primeras grabaciones en Corona Records hasta sus grabaciones en Arhoolie Records de todas las décadas.


When/Cuando: Thursday/Jueves 3/23/22 6-8 pm PST
Where/Donde: Frontera Collection YouTube Channel
Who/Quien: Digitizing Engineer/Ingeniero de digitalización – Juan Antonio Cuellar

Statement on the passing of Chris Strachwitz

Arhoolie Records Founder
July 1, 1931 – May 5, 2023

We celebrate the life of our founder, friend, and great record man Chris Strachwitz. He died peacefully at home in Marin County, CA, surrounded in his last days by dear friends and family. Over his 91 years, Chris captured the music that represents the best “down home music” the world has to offer.

He was at the forefront of nearly all the roots revivals over the last 60 years including blues, zydeco, Cajun, Norteño and Tejano music. His drive to document traditional music helped introduce the nation to our diverse musical heritage. He had the foresight to save music that might have otherwise been lost to obscurity and played a role in strengthening cultural traditions through his records, films, and most recently the Arhoolie Foundation. He cared for those around him, fought for royalties and recognition for Arhoolie artists, and provided counsel to countless musicians, writers, film makers, and academics.

Plans for a public celebration of his life will be announced in the coming weeks. Today we’re thinking of all that Chris brought to our lives and the lives of the musicians and fans with whom he shared his passion.