We welcome your comments!

This is the new Arhoolie foundation website which we will be filling with all sorts of photos, interviews, discographies, videos, and other information. At the bottom of most pages there is a place for comments. Please contribute and tell us your thoughts.

Comments (2)

I’m writing to request that you guys do something with the Peruvian records in the Frontera Collection to make them more visible. All the press related to it mentions only Mexican. Perhaps showcasing them in the En Vivo series with an episode dedicated to Peru? As a young foreign fan of this music I have not yet seen anyone make this music available, with insight, to an English-speaking audience by utilizing the internet. I hope you consider something like this because this music is sorely under-appreciated. Thank you from Australia.

Hi Danny!! Yes! I totally agree with you and I am working on some collaborations. I hope to share and present this beautiful music with the respect it deserves. :).

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.