Arhoolie Records: 50 Years Of Digging For Down-Home Music
For all that time, the same guy has stocked the store with a treasure trove of American roots music: Chris Strachwitz. He produced many of the records filling Down Home's bins. Strachwitz's Arhoolie label has recorded blues singer Big Mama Thornton, Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jimenez, Cajun band BeauSoleil and hundreds of others. He bought the building that houses Down Home Music thanks to the money he earned recording a little-known San Francisco folk musician, Country Joe McDonald, in 1966. The session took place in Strachwitz's Berkeley living room.