Down South 1960 — The beginning of a record label.

In the summer of 1960 Chris Strachwitz took the first of many trips that would start his long career as a "song catcher".  He wrote about his journey in an article for the International Blues Record Club Bulletin shortly after his return to California where he would issue the first Arhoolie Record  "Mance Lipscomb - Texas Sharecropper and Songster".  His travels and encounters with Mack McCormick, Bill Quinn (Gold Star Records), Paul Oliver, Mance Lipscomb, Bob Pinson,  Lil' Son Jackson, Jasper Love, Bo Carter, Gus Cannon, Clifton Chenier, Sam Chatman, Black Ace, the Hodges Brothers, and others describe a world long gone .  Read the article...

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