Wonderful, long article in the New York Times about Chris Strachwitz, the genius behind Arhoolie Records. Arhoolie has done more to bring Cajun and zydeco to the world than any label outside of Louisiana. Quotes from Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan and Ry Cooder on Arhoolie’s importance to folk and related musics. It’s Clifton Chenier’s Bogalusa Boogie on Arhoolie that’s being added to the Grammy Hall of Fame. And if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, go by their retail arm, Down Home Records, 10341 San Pablo Avenue. El Cerrito. CA. I spent a few days there in 1997. They treated me like an honored guest, an unknown from Louisiana on the crazy quest to list all commercial Cajun, Louisiana Creole and zydeco music. And look for him around the Fais Do-Do Stage at Jazz Fest in New Orleans and at the Festival de Musique Acdienne in Lafayette.
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