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Little Joe to be appointed Texas State Musician

Little Joe | Photo: Steve Ray

Tejano music legend Little Joe will be appointed as 2019 Texas State Musician next week.

The Texas State Legislature, in partnership with the Texas Commission on the Arts, will make the appointment on Monday, March 25 in Austin.

The five-time Grammy winner joins seven other Texas artists as the legislature will also appoint the positions of state poet laureate, state musician, state two-dimensional artist, and state three-dimensional artist.

“The great talents of the 2019-2020 State Artists, along with all of those who were nominated, help contribute to a distinctive cultural identity that makes Texas a great place to live, work and visit,” said State Representative John Cyrier, Chairman of the House Committee on Culture, Recreation, & Tourism. “It is important that we celebrate the distinguished career achievements of these artists which have enhanced the lives of so many.”

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Little Joe Y La Familia has entertained audiences around the world for more than 50 years and revolutionized Chicano and Tejano music as the “King Of The Brown Sound”, winning multiple awards. He has released many successful albums and classic hits including “Las Nubes” considered by many as a Chicano/Tejano anthem.

Flaco Jimenez, whose style is Conjunto, was honored in 2014 as Texas state musician. Little Joe is the first Tejano artist to be awarded the honor in its 16-year history. More information about past winners can be found here.

Each State Artist reflects the state’s diversity and high-quality artistic offerings. Nominees must be native Texans or have resided in the state for at least five years. They must have attained the highest levels of excellence and success in their respective disciplines and earned a statewide, regional or national reputation for their high caliber work.

Any Texas citizen was able to nominate an artist in any of the four categories and self-nominations were encouraged. The Texas Commission on the Arts received all nominations and developed a list of finalists for submission to the Texas Poet Laureate, State Musician and State Artist Committee. The committee, composed of members appointed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, made the final selections. The next call for nominations will take place in the fall of 2020.

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