Frontera Collection ¡En Vivo! / July 28, 2022

Ideal Boleros – The Lost Album

El programa de este mes destacará un lanzamiento de Arhoolie Records que nunca salió de las etapas de planificación hace unos 10 años. Justo en el momento en que comencé a digitalizar Discos Ideal en discos de 45 rpm, Chris me expresó que sería genial seleccionar un lanzamiento de Arhoolie Records en torno al Bolero, destacando al artista y las canciones de Discos Ideal. Agustín Gurza (Que en Paz Descanse) comenzó su blog de tres partes sobre el bolero con “El bolero es uno de los mejores estilos de canciones de América Latina, tan omnipresente como el tango, el mambo o la bossa nova”. Con un par de sugerencias de Chris sobre los artistas, me puse a trabajar buscando una mezcla de grandes canciones, actuaciones y una mezcla de artistas y estilos musicales reconocibles. Vengan a escuchar unos boleros bonitos de la disquera Discos Ideal.


This month’s show will highlight an Arhoolie Records release that never made it out of the planning stages some 10 years ago. When I began to digitize Discos Ideal on 45rpm discs, Chris had expressed, how it would be great to curate an Arhoolie Records release around the Bolero, spotlighting the artist and songs from Discos Ideal. The late Agustin Gurza starts his three part blog about the bolero with “The bolero is one of the top song styles from Latin America, as ubiquitous as the tango, the mambo, or the bossa nova.” Armed with some suggestions from Chris about performers, I went to work looking for a mixture of great songs, performances, and mixture of recognizable artists as well as musical styles. Come and hear some great boleros from the record label Discos Ideal. When/Cuando: Thursday/Jueves 7/28/2022 6-8pm PST Where/Donde: Frontera Collection YouTube Channel Who/Quien: Fontera Collection Curator/Curadora de la Colección Frontera – 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.