Frontera Collection ¡En Vivo! / August 5, 2021

Falcon Records

Spearheaded by visionary Arnaldo Ramirez Jr., Falcon Records became a powerhouse in the post-war record-making business.  His penchant for spotting talent and signing those musicians like Los Alegres De Teran, Baldemar Huerta, Lydia Mendoza, Rita Vidaurri, and the Reina Del Bolero Chelo Silva.  In this week’s “Frontera Collection En Vivo” we listen to the artists that became the backbone of this label as well the young upstarts that eventually carried on the Falcon Records torch well into the 60s and 70s with the help of the Fanfarria Falcon TV show hosted by Mr. Falcon himself. 

Con Arnaldo Ramirez Jr., El jefe de Falcon Records se convirtió en una potencia en el negocio de la creación de discos de la posguerra. Su afición por detectar talentos y agregar músicos talentosos como Los Alegres De Terán, Baldemar Huerta, Lydia Mendoza, Rita Vidaurri y la Reina Del Bolero Chelo Silva. En el show de “Frontera Collection En Vivo” de esta semana escuchamos a las artistas que se convirteron en la columna vertebral de este sello, así como a los jóvenes musicos que finalmente llevaron Falcon Records hasta los años 60 y 70 con la ayuda del programa de televisión “Fanfarria Falcon” alojado por el propio Sr. Falcon.

When/Cuando: Thursday/Jueves 8/5/21 6-8 pm PST
Where/Donde: Frontera Collection YouTube Channel
Who/Quien: Digitizing Engineer/Ingeniero de digitalización – Juan Antonio Cuellar



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.