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As we develop our new site, this archived site will continue to house all the interviews, image galleries, videos, blog posts, on-line exhibits and other content.
Arhoolie Foundation Benefit Concert
Featuring Taj Mahal
and Fantastic Negrito
Join us on October 13 at The UC Theatre in Berkeley for a special night with blues legend Taj Mahal and rising star Fantastic Negrito as they take us back to their roots with rare solo performances. All proceeds to benefit the Arhoolie Foundation and its programs. For more information and tickets....
Arhoolie Foundation News:
- If you’re traveling through the San Francisco International Airport anytime soon, make sure to check out SFO Museum’s new exhibit Down-Home Music: The Story of Arhoolie Records. … Continue reading →Read More »
The Arhoolie Foundation has started a Frontera Collection YouTube Channel to make accessible some of the rare 78rpm recordings in our Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican American and Mexican Recordings.
As of August 21 you can listen to over 10,000 videos of music from our 78rpm collection and we are adding more daily along with playlists to more easily navigate the collection. Read More....
The Savoy Family Band
“La Danse Carrée/McGee’s One-Step”
"...We played for white people...I still think about that...You go play dances, you could get in the front, or anywhere. The next day you wanted to buy a drink, you had to go in the back, if you was black."
"George Jones, I’m the one who put him where he’s at…That man was poor. He begged me to play. I didn’t need him, I had a 7 piece band. I hired him anyway…five dollars a night...After the dance he would just sleep on the table ‘til daybreak and get a ride back to Beaumont."
Listen as record producer J.D. Miller and musician Abe Manuel talk with Chris Strachwitz about the legendary Cajun fiddler Harry Choates. Choates had a unique style that combined Cajun music and Western Swing, and was best known for his 1946 hit recording of Jolie Blon. Listen to the interview here..
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...
Chris Strachwitz — "Paul was a remarkable person and devoted educator who taught me so much and inspired me to become serious about the music and the musicians who continued to create the Blues and who were willing to record for my microphone with which I attempted to document their ever changing music yet which retained a marvelous tradition". ...read more...