On Blind Uncle Gaspard

I drove the two hour trip to the Avoyelles region in search of traces of Blind Uncle Gaspard and Delma Lachney. The recordings of Blind Uncle Gaspard had always been my favorite Louisiana recording due to their uniqueness and haunting, strange quality of sound. I was lucky to find some of the people who Blind Uncle had lived with and who had know Delma Lachney and from these interviews pieced together the lives of these two artists who had ended up recording together in the 1930’s, though they didn’t normally play music together.

– Ann Savoy

  • Addie Guillory 00:00
Interviewee: Addie Guillory
Interviewer: Herself
Date: –
Language: English
  • Dan Duplantis on Blind Uncle Gaspard 00:00
Interviewee: Dan Duplantis
Interviewer: Ann Savoy
Date: September 9 1986
Language: English

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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.