Dewey Segura, 1985

Dewey and Euphemie Seguara

I had been loving the early 78 recordings of Dewey Segura for years, so when my friend Cajun musician D.L. Menard told me he knew Dewey and where he lived in New Iberia I asked him if he would bring me there. I met D.L. at his house in Erath and we went together to the Segura house. Dewey’s daughter was there taking care of him since he was nearing one hundred years old. He sat in a chair outside and spoke French to me and played me songs. At that time I not only was photographing the artists I interviewed but also filming them so I took a really nice video of Dewey playing music and talking. I also took some portraits of him. 

– Ann Savoy

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Interviewee: Dewey Segura
Interviewer: Ann savoy
Date: September 15, 1985
Location: his home, New Iberia, LA
Language: French / français

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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.