Chris Strachwitz

Smithsonian Folkways, the museum and record label that preserves significant works, is acquiring El Cerrito-based
Arhoolie Records and its vast archive of roots, blues and rural music. Arhoolie founder Chris Strachwitz was
instrumental in finding and recording musicians from the rural south like Big Mama Thornton, Mississippi Freddy
McDowell, and Flaco Jimenez. In this hour we’ll learn about the role Arhoolie played in developing America’s
trademark sounds and what’s next for the storied label.

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Arhoolie Records Sold to Smithsonian Folkways, Will Keep Releases in Print (KQED Arts)

Guests:
Chris Strachwitz, founder, Arhoolie Records
Dr. Daniel Sheehy, director and curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Maureen Gosling, filmmaker, "No Mouse Music: The Story of Chris
Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records"

  • Mason Gibb

    Thanks for this program. Smithsonian Folkways is a great label.
    They offer a series of radio programs on their website. “Tapestry of the Times” was a 36-episode series from WYPR Baltimore exploring the Folkways catalog. “The Folkways Collection,” “Sounds to Grow On”, and “Sound Sessions Radio” are the other programs available for download. Easily over a hundred hours of music, spoken word, interviews, etc.
    http://www.folkways.si.edu/podcasts/smithsonian

  • Moderately_Disgusted

    I heard Scott say he’s never been to Down Home Records. Go, Scott, go! What are you waiting for? It’s well worth the trip anytime you’re in the East Bay.

    In this internet age we’re losing the many sensory pleasures of the old-fashioned record store, so “get it while you can”. DH is a one-of-a-kind local gem.

  • Gary and Catherine

    Chris Strachwitz is one of our music heroes! What a great interview on today’s Forum show! We saw the movie “This Ain’t No Mouse Music,” and we recommend it very highly. We have shopped for Arhoolie Records music for years at Down Home Music in person and also on the website. What a fabulous resource. We also have purchased many Smithsonian Folkways albums. Live music in Berkeley and vicinity is truly wonderful!

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