In 2015 The Arhoolie Foundation received a grant from the Grammy Foundation to digitize and put online the interviews that Chris Strachwitz recorded with musicians and friends over the past 50 years. You can listen to the following interviews and many will have transcripts as well.

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luis_acostaLuis Acosta

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: May 19, 1974
Language: English

Instrument maker, A&R man in San Antonio in the 1930s.

Folkways Records founder Moses Asch in his office. Photo by Diana Davies, Courtesy Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution. All Rights Reserved. Moses Asch

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date:
Language: English

Moses Asch (1905-1986) founder of Asch Records, Disc Records, & Folkways Records.

 Andrés BerlangaAndrés Berlanga

Interviewed By: Chris Strachwitz
Date: 1974
Location: San Antonio, TX
Language: English
Guitar & bajo sexto player, singer, songwriter. Started recording in 1934.

5635-026-copyBongo Joe (George Coleman) 

Interviewed by Larry Skoog and Chris Strachwitz
Location: San Antonio, TX
Language: English

Eccentric, unique, oil-drum pounding San Antonio street musician Bongo Joe is not very talkative in this brief interview. However, he does reveal a few glimpses into his creative personality.

36---Clifton-ChenierClifton Chenier   Along with Helen Faulk

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: October 1978
Location: Berkeley, CA
Language: English

The King of Zydeco from a radio interview with Chris Strachwitz in 1978

KC-DouglasK.C. Douglas

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Location: Oakland, CA
Language: English

A Mississippian whose country blues style helped form the postwar Oakland/West Coast blues sce

Joe Falcon

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: August 1962
Location: Crowley, Louisiana
Language: English

Cajun music pioneer and accordionist who recorded “Allons a Lafayette,” the very first Cajun record, in 1928. His wife, Cleoma Falcon, also played on that record.

Hackberry_Ramblers-lo-res-copyright-c.s.Hackberry Ramblers

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Language: English

Luderin Darbone, Edwin Duhon, and James “Glen” Croker were members of pioneering Cajun group the Hackberry Ramblers, which played an original and marvelous blend of Cajun and Western Swing.

Howlin'_WolfHowlin’ Wolf

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: April 20, 1967
Language: English

Chester Arthur Burnett (aka Howlin’ Wolf) was a legendary Chicago blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, originally from Mississippi.

 

Flaco JiménezAFIA303

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date:1973
Language: English

Few artists in conjunto and Tejano music have received the level of critical acclaim Flaco Jimenéz has enjoyed in a career that has spanned six decades.

Johnie Lewis

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: 1971
Location: Chicago
Language: English

John Littlejohn (John Wesley Funchess)

Interviewed By: Chris Strachwitz
Date: 1968
Location:Chicago
Language: English

Fred & Rose MaddoxFred and Rose Maddox

The Maddox Brothers and Rose “America’s Most Colorful Hillbilly Band”.

jeJ.E. Mainer

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: Fall 1962
Language: English

One of the great mountain fiddlers, J.E. Mainer was a fine singer and entertainer. J.E. gained his initial fame in the mid-1930s with his brother Wade but continued to play music his entire life.

Paul OliverPaul Oliver

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: September 9, 1970
Location: Berkeley, California
Language: English

Influential writer and blues historian.

patek_josephJoe Patek

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Location: Shiner, TX
Language: English

Bandleader of one of the best-known Texas Czech polka bands.

Moise Robin in 1980 photo by Chris Strachwitz - All Rights Reserved
Moise Robin

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Location: Louisiana
Language: English

Pioneer Cajun accordion player. Recorded in 1929 with Leo Soileau.

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Eddie Shuler

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Language: English

Musician, owner Goldband Records

Sonny Simmons, Barbara Donald, and Juma Sultan

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: March 1969
Language: English

Sonny Simmons is a pioneer in avant-garde jazz. Some of his most important and groundbreaking recordings were done with his wife, trumpet player Barbara Donald.

Stample-Singers-1The Staple Singers (Roebuck, Mavis and Yvonne)

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz and Barbara Dane
Date: August 3, 1963
Language: English
Location: California Hotel, Oakland, CA

Roebuck, Mavis, and Yvonne Staples talk about their early influences, the beginnings of their performing careers, racial discrimination, and choice of material; and demonstrate working up a song.

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Big Mama Thornton

Interviewed By: Chris Strachwitz
Language: English

Legendary blues singer. Made the first recording of Hound Dog

T-Bone Walker with his mother Movelia Jimerson

Interviewed By: Chris Strachwitz
Date:  August 31, 1961:
Language: English

Mercy Dee WaltonMercy Dee Walton

Interviewed by: Chris Strachwitz

Language: English

Big Joe Williams

Interviewed by Chris Strachwitz
Date: 1960
Location: Chris Strachwitz’s house, Los Gatos, CA
Language: English

Joe Lee “Big Joe” Williams was an immensely influential country blues musician famous for his emotional singing, the distinctive sound of his 9 string guitar, and his composition “Baby Please Don’t Go.”