Smithsonian Folkways acquires Arhoolie
Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home

Smithsonian Folkways acquires Arhoolie

Thomas Stern 13 May 16 - 08:44 AM
Joe Offer 13 May 16 - 03:03 PM
Brian Peters 14 May 16 - 09:42 AM
GUEST,Stephen Harvey 14 May 16 - 07:03 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 14 May 16 - 08:16 PM
GUEST,Joseph Scott 14 May 16 - 10:02 PM
Hagman 15 May 16 - 02:16 AM
Bugsy 17 May 16 - 03:15 AM
Share Thread
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:

Subject: Smithsonian Folkways acquires Arhoolie
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 13 May 16 - 08:44 AM

following announcement from Arhoolie Records founder
Chris Strachwitz.
This fabulous resource will be preserved and available!!
Arhoolie also owns the Folk Lyric-Louisiana Folklore Society recordings of Dr. Harry Oster. Hope all that material will be available.
Best wishes, Thomas.

Arhoolie Records Acquired by the Smithsonian Folkways

A message from Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz
Thanks to the generosity of Laura and Ed Littlefield of the Sage Foundation, and the encouragement of the Savoy Family (the First Family of Cajun Music), Arhoolie Records has been acquired from me and my business partner Tom Diamant by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit record label of the national museum. The acquisition includes more than 350 albums released in various formats and on various labels by Arhoolie as well as recordings from three South Texas regional labels specializing in Mexican music (Ideal, Falcon, and Rio), and Andean Huayno music from the Peruvian label Discos Smith.

All Arhoolie Records business from now on will be handled by Smithsonian Folkways and should be directed to Once the transition is completed, all Arhoolie albums will be available on CD and digital formats, along with selected LPs, at

The Down Home Music Store, my retail record store in El Cerrito, CA, will continue to do business as usual, and will remain a prime source for all currently available Arhoolie releases, both in person and by mail order. Visit our website at, our storefront at 10341 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530, or reach us by phone at (510) 525-2129.

The Arhoolie Foundation will also continue to be based at 10341 San Pablo Ave in El Cerrito. Please visit our website at to find out about our work and ways you can participate or contribute.

Since I'm not King Tut, I can't take my Arhoolie baby with me. It was Moe Asch, founder of Folkways Records, who told me in so many words, "Chris, you've got to think about what you are going to do with all your stuff when you kick the bucket." I am very pleased that Arhoolie has found a new home at the Smithsonian, where they are committed to keeping everything in print and available to the public by one method or another. It has been fun running Arhoolie Records for the past 55 years. I plan to continue to produce records and assist the staff at Smithsonian Folkways where I can.

Chris Strachwitz


About Smithsonian Folkways:

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. As part of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, we are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among people through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound.

Our mission is the legacy of Moses Asch, who founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document "people's music," spoken word, instruction, and sounds from around the world. Smithsonian Folkways has continued to expand on Asch's legacy, adding several other record labels to the collections, such as Cook, Monitor, and the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music, and releasing over 400 new recordings that document and celebrate the sounds of the world around us. With the acquisition of Arhoolie Records, the collection consists of more than 3,500 albums and 50,000 tracks along with videos, playlists, podcasts, lesson plans for teachers, and Smithsonian Folkways Magazine.

NOTE: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings retail distribution in the US is through ADA (Alternative Distribution Alliance) at 800.239.3232. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings releases are available through record and book outlets. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, as well as Folkways Records, A.R.C.E., Arhoolie, Banjo Builders, Blue Ridge Institute, Cook, Collector, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, I.L.A.M., The Mickey Hart Collection, Monitor, M.O.R.E., Paredon, and UNESCO are available via mail order at 888.FOLKWAYS or 800.410.9815. Visit the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings website at or write to 600 Maryland Ave. SW, Suite 2001, Washington, DC, 20024.

U.S. media inquiries: Matt Hanks ( and Ally Norton (, Shore Fire Media, (PH) 718.522.7171. All other inquiries:

Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Smithsonian Folkways acquires Arhoolie
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 May 16 - 03:03 PM

This is a wonderful thing. There's a mystique to Arhoolie records and the Down Home Music store. The Arhoolie recordings are fascinating. I'd like to hear them all at least once, but I can't afford to buy them all. The Smithsonian recordings have been available on Spotify and the MP3 outlets, so I've been able to hear my fill. I hope I'll soon be able to do the same with the Arhoolie recordings.
Wouldn't it be nice if more of the classic folk recordings went to the Smithsonian? I'd love to hear the old folk recordings from Elektra, Vanguard, and Rounder.

Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Smithsonian Folkways acquires Arhoolie
From: Brian Peters
Date: 14 May 16 - 09:42 AM

Arhoolie has the most wonderful catalogue of Cajun, Zydeco and Tex-Mex music. Probably much more as well, but that's the stuff I have on my shelves. Good to see it will remain available.

Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Smithsonian Folkways acquires Arhoolie
From: GUEST,Stephen Harvey
Date: 14 May 16 - 07:03 PM

Back in the early 1970s, I hosted a folk and blues program on a small, volunteer-run radio station in Calgary, AB. We mostly used our own records but Arhoolie, at the time, offered a sort of subscription (as I recall) to their new releases for radio stations for a very low sum. Hence, I was able to receive, and play, lps by such people as Mance Lipscomb, Big Mama Thornton, Butch Cage & Willie Thomas, and so forth.
Thanks Chris Strachwitz !!

Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Smithsonian Folkways acquires Arhoolie
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 14 May 16 - 08:16 PM

SO....before Obama leaves office....
THE First original 500 posters to MC/DT based on LOC ARCHIVE...can expect to receive at least 200 USD for each posting regardless of the merit, gender,or length


That is a lot of
Money...Do we tith to Max before or after taxes?

Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Smithsonian Folkways acquires Arhoolie
From: GUEST,Joseph Scott
Date: 14 May 16 - 10:02 PM

Blues artists who were on Arhoolie include Mance Lipscomb, Joe Callicott, Butch Cage, Fred McDowell, Johnie Lewis, Furry Lewis, Elizabeth Cotten, Booker White, Alex Moore, Robert Shaw, Howard Armstrong, and John Jackson.

Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Smithsonian Folkways acquires Arhoolie
From: Hagman
Date: 15 May 16 - 02:16 AM

Some good information on Arhoolie discs here ->

Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Smithsonian Folkways acquires Arhoolie
From: Bugsy
Date: 17 May 16 - 03:15 AM

Many moons ago I used to work as label manager for Arhoolie's Australian distributor. It's a great label and I'm glad to see that it's long term future is secure with Smithsonian. I wish Chris all the best for the future.



Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")

Mudcat time: 20 October 2:19 AM EDT

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.