I got the new Lee Valley hold down clamp and their new apron, but the gift
that turned out to be special was not meant to be a shop present. My
daughter gave me the 5 cd album from Arhoolie Records, "40th Anniversary
I had never heard of them, but the music is a collection of blues, jazz,
country, Cajun (now called Zydeco), some gospel and so on. The collection
spans from 1960-2000. Chris Strachwitz traveled to honky tonks, churches,
New Orleans, anywhere he could find performances and made the recordings.
These performers include Big Joe Williams, Lightnin' Hopkins, Reverend Louis
Overstreet, Rebirth Brass Band, and most that I'm not familiar with. There
is one cut from Preservation Hall in the 60's that I might have heard in
The recordings are not studio sessions and were made on the spot wherever he
found the performers.
I've enjoyed the music playing while working in the shop.
My question is, am I the only one to not know about Arhoolie Records? What
kind of music do you have in the shop? I prefer to do a lot of handwork so
I can hear the music.