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.
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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.
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
Arhoolie Foundation News:
- Dear Friends of the Arhoolie Foundation, In light of the horrific tragedies which have befallen so many fellow Californians as well as people around the world this year, you probably have already given hard-earned money to your favorite charities. But … Continue reading →Read More »
"...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..
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...