In 2001, Jimenez
Jr. joined Willie Nelson, Debbie Allen, Tommy Lee Jones and others as
recipients of the first Texas Medal of Arts Awards.
Heritage Fellowship in the Folk & Traditional Arts
Ramon Hernandez, musicologist
Santiago has performed all over
Europe, at New York's Carnegie Hall, Grant Park in Chicago, Washington,
D.C., Philadelphia plus many other major cities.
Yet Santiago Jr. humbly states, "I don't have much to offer, just
the music in my heart until I die.
That's what I'm going to do, play and give of myself until I die.
Just like my father."
The Library of Congress, September 25, 2002
conjunto songs are lively and direct and deal with real-life
situations-work, love and dance. Jimenez Jr. is a living memory of a
time when the Mexican-American people of South Texas were making their
presence known amid social oppression, forced assimilation and economic
difficulty. His music represents the experience of a people and a
culture, and it is celebrated for having helped shape a society that
retains a strong cultural identity.