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Dwayne Verheyden: ‘infected’ early by Flaco’s conjunto style

According to accordion virtuoso Dwayne Verheyden, he got ‘infected’ at an early age by Flaco Jimenez’s conjunto style.

“Actually, it was my dad. Ever since the time he got infected with the ‘Flaco virus,’ more than 18 years ago, he listened nothing but Flaco,” Verheyden said recently. “After a little while he also bought albums from the Texas Tornados

and after that a few from Santiago Jimenez.

“But, Flaco is his ‘God.’ I guess you can imagine that I also got ‘infected’ at a very young age! My mum took videos showing me walking round our dining table on Flaco’s music, and even saying his name after being asked ‘who is that’!! At that time I was two years and three months old. “

Verheyden will show off his chops tonight Saturday (10/3) in his first US appearance when he performs at Ruben’s Place, 15069 IH 35. Tickets are $10.

(Photos courtesy of Amie Castillo)

He is also performing Oct. 8 at the Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. For reservations call Amie Castillo at 210-872-1812. Castillo, a veteran of the Central Texas music scene, is Verheyden's manager.

Verheyden is an 18-year-old accordion virtuoso from Europe who is on his first visit to the U.S. Verheyden is being backed up by several local musicians, including Rodney Galindo and Roger Garza and others.

Verheyden, originally from Limburg, Netherlands, performed with Flaco Jimenez during Jimenez's 2008 European tour.

Verheyden said his group’s strength lies in their devotion to the Tex-Mex sound.

“My group, which was a result of Flaco’s

advice to start my own band, was put together by myself. The majority of the songs we play is Tex-Mex conjunto,” said Verheyden. “Besides that, we play songs which also were played by Flaco and the Texas Tornadoes. That is why we called the band Tex-MeXplosion.

“Songs not being Tex-Mex are for instance: “Streets of Bakersfield” where Flaco plays the accordion, “Lucille” (rock version), “Together Again” etc. Both guitar players have a wide experience, but mainly rock music. Our present drummer, the oldest one in the group, did “it” all and toured all over Europe for a long time when he was drumming to make a living. Nowadays he is a caretaker on a school, were he also does some music teaching.”

MORE interview details coming in advance of his Cadillac Bar showcase.

MORE: Dwayne Verheyden: Accordion virtuoso to make first US appearance

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