Tião Carreiro & Pardinho

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Tião Carreiro e Pardinho
Origin Monte Azul, Minas Gerais, Brazil (Tião Carreiro)
São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil (Pardinho)
Genres Sertanejo
Years active1958–1993
MembersTião Carreiro (José Dias Nunes)
Pardinho (Antônio Henrique de Lima)

Tião Carreiro & Pardinho (also known as Tião Carreiro e Pardinho) is a Brazilian sertanejo musical duo.


Tião Carreiro (real name: José Dias Nunes), born in Monte Azul, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, started to learn how to play the acoustic guitar at a very young age. Later, only 13, he went to work in the Giglio Circus, where he made a music pair with his cousin Waldomiro. The circus owner encouraged Tião to learn the viola caipira (a kind of steel ten-string acoustic guitar). Tião Carreiro played along with various other violeiros ( viola caipira players that create música caipira or Brazilian country music).

He reached fame with Pardinho (real name: Antônio Henrique de Lima), consolidating the music double as Tião Carreiro e Pardinho. Alongside Pardinho, Tião Carreiro is credited as the inventor of the Pagode (not to be confused with the Pagode style of Samba), the rural Pagode (Pagode Caipira).


Among the violeiros such as César Menotti & Fabiano, Chitãozinho & Xororó, Milionário e José Rico among others, Tião Carreiro e Pardinho are viewed as one of the most influential songwriters/singers of the Música Sertaneja style of Brazilian popular music.

Major Hits

Between their major hits we have: Pagode em Brasília (en.: "Pagode in Brasília"), their first success (recorded in 1959), Boi Soberano (en.: "Sovereign Ox"), Filhinho de Papai (en.: "Daddy's Little Son") and Cochilou o Cacimbo Cai (en.: "If You Sleep You Lose the Pipe"). The complete discography sums to up to 45 albums, being, nowadays, considered to be one of the most influential Brazilian caipira pairs of all time.

Discography (albums)

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