Santiago Jimenez Jr.
Like father, like son. Santiago Jiménez Jr. preserves the conjunto music outlined by his father, a pioneer of the genre. Unlike his innovative brother, Flaco Jiménez, Santiago, 73, steers more traditional with an accordion attack swirling above forcefully plucked strings and tight basslines. 2012’s Corazón de Piedra garnered the San Antonio mainstay multiple Grammy nominations and a National Medal of Arts.– Alejandra Ramirez