Sleepytown

Sleepytown

by Flaco Jiménez
     
 

In his long and storied career, renowned Tex-Mex accordionist (and five-time Grammy-winner) Flaco Jimenez has recorded and performed with such luminaries as Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Ry Cooder, Bryan Ferry, the ClashSee more details below

Overview

In his long and storied career, renowned Tex-Mex accordionist (and five-time Grammy-winner) Flaco Jimenez has recorded and performed with such luminaries as Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Ry Cooder, Bryan Ferry, the Clash and the Rolling Stones. More recently, he's reached a wider audience as a member of Latino supergroup the Texas Tornados. The veteran squeezebox master's own recent albums have largely traded his classic style for a slick gringo sound, and Sleepytown is the musician's most overt crossover bid to date. As is often the case on Jimenez's self-consciously commercial recordings, the participation of various, mostly Anglo guest vocalists threatens to overshadow the putative star, and the commercially-oriented material has little in common with the distinctive sound that put Jimenez on the map. Still, the album isn't without its bright spots, including the Dwight Yoakam/Buck Owens duet on the nifty two-step honky-tonker "Alright, Alright," and Lee Roy Parnell's swaggering guest spot on the randy "A Little Drink, a Little Dance." There's also a twangy, tongue-in-cheek reading of the Beatles' "Love Me Do" that's likely to raise a smile. The musician's ethnic roots finally assert themselves on the album's final two tracks, the lilting acoustic ballad "Amor" and the exuberant dance number "Baila la Gente."

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
Flaco Jimenez once again shows off his classic Texas style in Sleepytown. His rollicking band is a great backup for his catchy songs that feature performances from great musicians like Dwight Yoakam, Doug Sahm, and Buck Owens. The latter is featured on a cover of the Beatles' "Love Me Do," which is only one of this album's gems. Steeped in fun throughout, this album will remind fans why they love Jimenez.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2000
Label:
Back Porch
UPC:
0724384966126
catalogNumber:
49661

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Flaco Jiménez   Primary Artist,Accordion,Vocals
Buck Owens   Vocals
Dwight Yoakam   Vocals
Michael Morales   Background Vocals
Pete Anderson   Guitar
Jonathan Clark   Background Vocals
Skip Edwards   Keyboards
Ron Morales   Background Vocals
Taras Prodaniuk   Bass
Joe Reyes   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim Christie   Drums
Max Baca   Bass Guitar,Bajo Sexto
Jim Kalson   Bass Guitar
Gabriel Zavala   Percussion
Billy Carey   Drums

Technical Credits

Michael Morales   Producer,Engineer
Pete Anderson   Arranger,Producer
Sally Browder   Engineer
Michael Hanson   Engineer
Ron Morales   Producer,Engineer
J. Bienemann   Composer

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