This Ain’t No Mouse Music!
As a teenager in 1947, Chris Strachwitz migrated from Germany to the USA, where he saw a film that would change his life forever: New Orleans, starring Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. Since then, his life has been a relentless quest to track down and record the best of American folk music roots—New Orleans jazz, down home blues, Creole, Cajun, alley music, zydeco, Tex-Mex and norteño. A true detective of sounds, Strachwitz is the legendary record producer and founder of Arhoolie Records, the label that brought rural American music out of the shadows and into the limelight. In the process, he changed music in the US forever. From Texas to New Orleans, and from there on to Louisiana, join Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Doucet, the Pine Leaf Boys, Flaco Jiménez and CJ Chenier in a delightful Strachwitz-guided tour of the sounds and rhythms of rural America.