At Janie’s Record Shop, Juanita Esparza is a legend to her customers. They come from all over to pick “Miss Janie’s” brain on everything conjunto or Tejano, and she doesn’t disappoint.
“People come in here to test her,” says her daughter Rebecca “Becky” Deleon. “She’s never failed. People say, ‘Janie doesn’t have it? You don’t need it!’”
Esparza was honored earlier this month with the 2011 Tejano Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award alongside Flaco Jimenez for being a pioneer and trendsetter in Tejano music. She has also been inducted into the National Hispanic Music Hall of Fame and has appeared in Billboard Magazine, thanks to her record shop, now 26 years old.
Read more: – San Antonio Express-News.