ARHOOLIE FOUNDATION COLLECTIONS:Audio Interviews
Audio interviews by Chris Strachwitz during his research into the music he was recording for his label Arhoolie Records as well as for his radio programs on KPFA-FM (Berkeley, CA) in the 1960’s through 1980’s, and by Dr. Manuel Peña during his research for his several books on Mexican American music.
Born in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi in 1903, Joe Lee “Big Joe” Williams is a renowned blues musician known for his use of a nine-string guitar. He talks to Chris about making his living traveling with medicine shows, playing with a young Muddy Waters, and making records.Listen Here
I met Elton Noble in the early 1990s, when he was learning the House of God, Keith Dominion steel guitar tradition from Aubrey Ghent, under the Florida Folklife Program’s Apprenticeship Program, which I coordinated. Today, Elder Nobel is a talented steel guitarist and a compelling preacher who serves as pastor for House of God No. 2 in Fort Pierce, Florida, and is in high demand as a guest speaker at revivals and other large church meetings throughout the geographic range of the House of God.Listen Here
A resident of Rochester, New York when we met in 1996, Chuck Campbell was one of the first steel guitarists from outside Florida I documented. As a pioneering pedal-steel guitarist in the House of God who possesses a solid knowledge of music theory, he led the way in incorporating the pedal-steel guitar into the House of God musical tradition, which the non-pedal or “lap” steel guitar had dominated for decades.Listen Here