The Arhoolie Foundation has a new website. Visit it here....
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.


A nonprofit organization rooted in the life's work of its founder Chris Strachwitz and his acclaimed independent label Arhoolie Records. Our mission is to help keep blues, Cajun, zydeco, gospel, jazz, Tejano/Norteño, old-time, and other tradition-based styles of music alive and well through archival preservation, live performance, community and educational outreach, exhibits, public programming, and direct support to artists.

Manuel Peña & Chris Strachwitz - May 30, 2007 at Arhoolie Recods

Manuel Peña & Chris Strachwitz

Arhoolie Foundation News:

  • Remembering Manuel Peña (1942 – 2019)

    The Arhoolie Foundation’s good friend and colleague Dr. Manuel Heriberto Peña passed away on March 9th, 2019. Here’s a remembrance from Arhoolie Foundation’s president Chris Strachwitz. “My condolences go out to the family of Manuel Peña and I am sorry … Continue reading →Read More »

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...

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 March 1 you can listen to over 20,000 videos of music from our 78rpm collection and we are adding more daily along with playlists to more easily navigate the collection.  Read More....

Amari Szi Amari   –   1999


View a Selection of Regional Music Catalogs from the Arhoolie Foundation's Archive

Mauricio Calderón's Legendary Music Store

Mauricio Calderón's Legendary Music Store

Clifton Chenier & Bonnie-Raitt -1974

Clifton Chenier & Bonnie Raitt - 1974

The Strachwitz Photo Archive

Chris Strachwitz, founder of  the Arhoolie Foundation, has been documenting vernacular music since the 1950's. Click here to view...

Bill Monroe - 1985

Harry Choates

Tales of Harry Choates

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..

R.I.P. Paul Oliver

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". more...

D.L. Menard Interview

D.L. MenardChris Strachwitz, Maureen Gosling, and Les Blank talk to the late D.L. Menard about his first guitar, Cajun music, meeting Hank Williams, world travel, song writing, and making chairs in this 1988 interview. Click here to listen.