Frontera Collection ¡En Vivo! / June 30, 2022

Trenes – Trains


All aboard! In this month’s episode of Frontera Collection ¡En Vivo!, we will listen to songs about trains and discuss the ways these mechanical beasts of burden manifest in song. As a ubiquitous part of life in the 20th century, trains transcended class lines and became a common symbol in music. Whether in songs of farewell or homecoming, trains show up often throughout the Frontera Collection. Come join us as we explore this special theme and listen to a wide range of musical styles revolving around trains

En la muestra de este mes de Frontera Colección ¡En Vivo! Escucharemos y discutiremos cómo los trenes se manifiestan en el canto. La relación con esta bestia mecánica de carga trasciende todas las estructuras de clase de la sociedad. Ya sea una despedida o un regreso a casa, las referencias a y sobre los trenes ocupan espacio de muy diversas maneras en la Colección Frontera. Acompáñenos durante estas dos horas de música donde exploramos este tema especial y escuchamos varios de estilos musicales que giran en torno al tema de los trenes.

When/Cuando: Thursday/Jueves 6/30/22 6-8 pm PST
Where/Donde: Frontera Collection YouTube Channel
Who/Quien: Frontera Collection Curator/Curadora de la Colección Frontera – Juan Antonio Cuéllar




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.