When folk music became the thing back in the late 1950s I was primed and ready. I just couldn’t get enough of it and I’m still hungry. I like old traditional music be it mountain, folk, roots, blues, or shit kickin’ country.
Much of what survives for our enjoyment today came from the efforts of field recorders who scoured the landscape looking for the music of America before it disappeared. People like John Lomax and his son Alan, armed with a trunk load of recording equipment plied the back roads of the nation discovering and recording the people who made our music.
A few years ago I attended a symposium at the University of Mississippi that focused on field recordings and got a chance to meet some of the people who had been most active in bringing blues greats like Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside to the attention of the world.
One person who spent over fifty-years tracking down and recording our musical variety is Chris Strachwitz, founder of Arhoolie Records which has recorded countless unknown and obscure musicians. I came across a story this morning about Strachwitz that I though some of you might enjoy. Click HERE to read it.