The package commemorating the 50th anniversary of Arhoolie Records They All Played for Us was nominated for a Grammy in 2014 in the Best Folk Album category.
This collection was a collaboration by many people. It features the music of the great artists listed below, the photographs of Mike Melnyk, the design of Debbie Berne, and the text which comes from the musicians, Arhoolie founder Chris Strachwitz, and Adam Machado. Four CDs with a 192 page book. Over 175 full color photos by Mike Melnyk, text by Chris Strachwitz with Adam Machado and all the musicians, almost five hours of music recorded live in 2011 at the benefit for the Arhoolie Foundation.
Hosted by Nick Spitzer with music by: Santiago Jimenez Jr., La Familia Pena-Govea, Los Cenzontles, Ry Cooder, Any Old Time String Band, David Doucet, Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Goodtime Washboard Three, Creole Belles, Barbara Dane and Bob Mielke’s All Stars, Toni Brown & Terry Garthwaite, the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, the Treme Brass Band, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Maria Muldaur, Country Joe McDonald, the Campbell Brothers, Savoy Family Band. You can get the set on-line for just over $30 which is a bargain!
“They All Played for Us is as much a piece of art as the music it’s built upon.”
“It’s a fascinating read, packed with musicological and historical information and warm, funny, and affectionate reminiscences. Not surprisingly, the four CDs contain an incredibly wide array of highly spirited, impeccably played American roots music.”
-Living Blues magazine
“These five hours of music, deeply rooted in 20th century America, may be the best reflection we have in the 21st century of a truly amazing cross-section of musical cultures.”