“Without collector Chris Strachwitz, there’d be no record of some of America’s greatest folk music, from zydeco to the Delta blues.”
— San Francisco Chronicle headline
Chris Strachwitz Arhoolie Records
Arhoolie records played a major roll in the development of Folk, Blues, Zydeco, Cajun and Tex-Mex music. Founder Chris Stachwitz always had a lot of love for roots music. So when he started recording his heroes in 1960s the start of one of the best label around was a fact. Stachwitz is a hero for recording the artist he, and we too, like so much. He travelled around the country to find his heroes and in many cases the adventure to finding these musicians is very intersting, danger and funny.
DVD Down Home Music
On the DVD Down Home Music – A Journey Through the Heartland 1963 you will see how in 1963 German filmmaker Dietrich Wawzyn set out to shoot a series of films for German television that took him through the southern US in search of American jazz and roots music. He contacted Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz, who jumped at the chance to join him and share his enthusiasm for regional musical traditions. (source Arhoolie)
Gospel, Blues and Hillbilly music
Wawzyn made three films, dealing with blues, gospel, and hillbilly music. The negatives to those films were lost. This film re-creates the journey from the best elements still available and includes much previously unreleased footage.
This film documentary is absolutely worth watching with a pencil in your hand, because every artist in it, is worth looking up. Musicians such as Clifton Chenier, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, George Lewis, Los Pinguinos, Big Joe Williams, Jesse Fuller, Country Joe McDonald and many more would not have otherwise been heard — or would have been less heard — if it weren’t for Strachwitz’s determination and love for the art.
More from Arhoolie Records…
Visit the Arhoolie Website to find more musicians and also check Chris Strachwitz blog-site. You will find it here.
A World of Down Home Music from Megan R. Orr on Vimeo.
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