The Ann Savoy Cajun Interviews Collection consists of over 200 recorded interviews Ann Savoy conducted with Louisiana musicians over the past 45 years. The interviews are collected in her  seminal books: Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People Volumes 1 and 2, available from If you are interested in the history of Cajun Music and the people who make it, these books are simply indispensable. As Ann writes in her introduction “This book is a story, or a portrait of a past world that in part no longer exists. It is a story of artists who were playing music before the current influences of television and the internet changed their sounds.” To hear directly from the musicians as they tell their story visit our website.

Marc Savoy on Austin Pitre – Austin Pitre first recorded in 1948, and later with his band the Evangeline Playboys, including recording in 1971 on an album released by Arhoolie.  Marc Savoy recalls him as a strong man who had an imposing presence and played like no one else. Pitre could tear it up “all night long.”

Austin Pitre in the Ann Savoy Collection

Doc Guidry – Doc Guidry was a sought-after fiddler with many Cajun and Country bands, including playing on Arhoolie 5023 with Marc Savoy and Michael Doucet. A homage to his style is included on the “Sam’s Big Rooster” by the Savoy-Doucet Band. He started playing in his teens and never finished school so Happy Fats, leader of the Rayne-Bo Ramblers, conferred his title of Doc.

Doc Guidry in the Ann Savoy Collection

Ambrose Sam – Ambrose Sam was a creole accordion player born in 1919. Originally from Grand Coteau, Louisiana, he played zydeco in Los Angeles from 1950-73. Uncle to Arhoolie Recording artists Sam Brothers Five, Ambrose recalls picking cotton by the moonlight and then playing the LaLa dance where a dollar went a long way.

Ambrose Sam in the Ann Savoy Collection

Chuck Guillory – Chuck Guillory was one of the best traditional Cajun fiddlers who started playing during the late 1920s, at a time when the accordion began to push the fiddle from the Louisiana Cajun music scene. His band, the Rhythm Boys, included Papa Cario on steel guitar, Jimmy Neman on guitar, and Pork Chop on drums. His Arhoolie release “Grand Texas” includes members of the band. He loved Louisiana and here tells how he resisted all efforts to go to Nashville.

Chuck Guillory in the Ann Savoy Collection

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.