Completion of New Lost City Ramblers film

Film about the New Lost City Ramblers: “Always been a Rambler” has now been completed and is available via all better outlets as well as via our own web sites!
With the financial support from several generous sources and various fans, the Arhoolie Foundation has produced this documentary film under the direction of filmmaker Yasha Aginsky. The DVD which includes not only the 55-minute film featuring Mike Seeger, John Cohen, Tracy Schwarz and Tom Paley, but also includes bonus footage of a color film of the NLCRs from the 60s and a few more black and white songs from the 50s!
For more information check out the AF Projects page.
(July 24, 2009)

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.