A song catcher, dedicated to recording the traditional, regional, down home music of America, his adopted home after his family left Germany at the close of WWII. Mance Lipscomb, Lightninâ€™ Hopkins, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Big Mama Thornton, Clifton Chenier, Rose Maddox, Flaco Jimenezâ€¦ the list is long and mighty.
Chris Strachwitz is a keeper.Â His vault is jam-packed with 78s, 33s, 45s, reel-to-reels, cassettes, videos, photographs â€” an archive of all manner of recordings. And an avalanche of lifetime achievement awards â€” from the Grammyâ€™s, The Blues Hall of Fame, The National Endowment for the Arts â€“ for some 60 years of recording and preserving the musical cultural heritage of this nation through his label, Arhoolie Records.
Featuring interviews with Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt.
â€śThe Passion of Chris Strachwitzâ€ť was produced by The Kitchen Sisters (Nikki Silva & Davia Nelson) with Nathan Dalton and Brandi Howell, mixed by Jim McKee. For The Goethe Instituteâ€™s Big Pond series.