Arhoolie Foundation Receives NEA Grant to Increase Public Access

It’s our great honor to announce that we have received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to continue our work of creating curated online access to treasures from our archives.

National Endowment of the Arts logo in honor of their grant to the Arhoolie Foundation to create public access to roots music, blues, cajun, zydeco, jazz, tejano and norteno music

Their announcement states, “These digital and physical offerings are not only a celebration of the sounds of roots music itself, but provide entry into the cultures that have shaped them, practiced them, and passed them on…Regional music is inextricably tied to the people who create it, from their beliefs and histories to the food they eat, the work they do, and the weather outside their door.

For those from a particular community, listening to music of that community can be a homecoming of sorts, serving as an aural link to familiar ways of life, and as a point of connection with their heritage…Discovering Arhoolie can be just as meaningful for those who might be approaching a certain musical genre as a stranger. As outsiders listening to the music of a particular place, we’re given an intimate invitation into another culture, which can bring a new sense of appreciation for a community different from our own, and illuminate our shared humanity.”

Our vision is for this website to serve as a virtual museum, shining light on our diverse musical heritage and the power and beauty of regional and roots music. We thank the NEA for its unwavering support and encouragement.



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Buenas tardes para mí es un honor que su Fundación incluya en sus Archivos Música del Trio Los Cometas. Yo soy hijo de uno de los integrantes Mi Padre tocaba el Acordeón, Mi Tio Pablo la Guitarra, mi Tío David primera voz y las Maracas y finalmente El Patriarca del grupo Mi Abuelito Martín tocando el Contrabajo. Si usted gustan en Facebook hay una página que cree donde está toda su historia y fotos. De antemano les agradezco este Gran Honor que la Fundación nos distinga en sus Archivos Gracias

Statement on the passing of Chris Strachwitz

Arhoolie Records Founder
July 1, 1931 – May 5, 2023

We celebrate the life of our founder, friend, and great record man Chris Strachwitz. He died peacefully at home in Marin County, CA, surrounded in his last days by dear friends and family. Over his 91 years, Chris captured the music that represents the best “down home music” the world has to offer.

He was at the forefront of nearly all the roots revivals over the last 60 years including blues, zydeco, Cajun, Norteño and Tejano music. His drive to document traditional music helped introduce the nation to our diverse musical heritage. He had the foresight to save music that might have otherwise been lost to obscurity and played a role in strengthening cultural traditions through his records, films, and most recently the Arhoolie Foundation. He cared for those around him, fought for royalties and recognition for Arhoolie artists, and provided counsel to countless musicians, writers, film makers, and academics.

Plans for a public celebration of his life will be announced in the coming weeks. Today we’re thinking of all that Chris brought to our lives and the lives of the musicians and fans with whom he shared his passion.