Indigenous music fans from across the globe are familiar with Arhoolie Records.
If you’re not here’s some background: Founded by Chris Strachwitz in 1960, Arhoolie Records is one of the premier roots record labels, with the best in blues, Cajun, zydeco, Tex-Mex/Tejano, gospel, jazz, country, bluegrass, and regional music from around the world. Through the years, Strachwitz has recorded both known and obscure artists, and brought their music to wider audiences. Among the notable musicians who have recorded for Arhoolie are Big Mama Thornton, Flaco Jimenez, Clifton Chenier, Lightning Hopkins and Rose Maddox.
Anyway, at 1 p.m.. Friday on KRVS 88.7 FM, the program American Routes airs Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration, which also doubles as a benefit for the Arboolie Foundation.
As part of the celebration, the BeauSoleil Trio with Michael Doucet, David Doucet and Mitch Reed are scheduled to play, as is Ry Cooder. Other guests include Santiago Jimenez Jr. with La Familia Peña-Govea, Los Cenzontles, Any Old Time String Band, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum.
Dead Stop with K-Doe ...
Not sure if you caught Fresh Air this morning on KRVS 88.7 FM, but in the segment Dead Stop, Ben Sandmel, no stranger to the area through his music writing and drumming with the Hackberry Ramblers, was interviewed about Ernie K-Doe.
The story, part of the NPR summer series, was titled “Beyond the Music in St. Louis Cemetery No 2.”
Sandmel knows what he’s talking about. His latest book is Ernie K-Doe, The R&B Emperor of New Orleans.