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The Hackberry Ramblers

The most important Cajun band of the 1930s, the Hackberry Ramblers -- also known as the Riverside Ramblers -- were formed in 1933 by fiddler Luderin Darbone (born January 14, 1913, Evangeline, LA). Darbone spent much of his early life in Texas, listening to -- and becoming influenced by -- Western swing as well as Cajun music. He studied at a business college in the early '30s but formed the Hackberry Ramblers soon after and found work at KFDM Beaumont, TX.

The Ramblers soon became the best-known band around the area, and they began recording for RCA Bluebird in 1935 with a lineup including Darbone, vocalist Lennis Sonnier, guitarists Glenn Croker, Lonnie Rainwater, Floyd Shreve, and Joe Werner, bassist Johnnie Parket, and occasional accordion player Edwin Duhon. The initial sides were recorded in French, but a partnership with Montgomery Ward to perform on KVOL Lafayette prompted the Ramblers to record in English as the Riverside Ramblers -- after Ward's brand of tires. Joe Werner provided most of the English vocals, and 1936's "Wondering" became a modest hit, sparking his brief solo contract with Decca.

The band broke up early in the World War II years but re-formed in 1946, recording for Deluxe and establishing a Saturday-night residency at a Lake Charles club that lasted ten years. The part-time band recorded an album for Arhoolie in 1963 and a few titles for Old Gold, and remained together, playing the occasional festival or event. In 1988, the Old Timey label released the best of the Bluebird and Deluxe material as Early Recordings: 1935-1948. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Track List: Jolie Blonde

1. Black Bayou Rag

2. Louisiana Waltz

3. Je Veux Marier

4. Fais Pas Ca

5. Crowley Waltz

6. Step It Easy

7. Ville Platte Waltz

8. J'ai Passe

9. French Harp Stomp

10. Jolie Blonde

11. Colinda

12. Cajun Rag

13. Te Petite, Te Meon

14. Mermentau Stomp

15. Cajun Twist

16. Madame Sustin

17. Pipeliner's Blues

18. Turtle Tail

19. Ma Chere Bebe

20. Grand Mamou

21. Tante Na Na

22. Ma Negresse

23. Mon Bon Vieux Mari

24. Jolie Blonde

25. Allons A Lafayette

26. Grand Texas

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knighttime_u s
Bkwhitley. Joe Werner was my papa and would have loved to have seen the music helped create is still alive
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Stomping fast great music especially the singer you know he is from the deep south. Cajun singer. Sings in French I think?
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I really like this group the Hackberry Ramblers, especially the excellent fiddle work.
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I love this kind of music my pawpaw use too play an sing too us when we'd be crying r mama wanted us out her hair when she was busy making pillows from feathers to sell so we could get by. An both off them picked cotton for extra of anything we needed! Glad this music didn't die off with the ones who started it an may they rest in peace an play an stil listen in the bayou country in the sky. Love u all an see u soon!
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moss.b
Brings me back to my roots in SW Louisiana. Digging this music every weekend!
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Try to keep your body still listening to Vinton High Society
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Hackberry Ramblers were and forever will be the most amazing cajun band. I played along side of my grandfather, J o h n W. Farque (acoustic guitar) with my toy guitar as a young child. Thanks for all the great music and amazing memories. Love you Paw Paw. You and the Hackberry Ramblers will live on forever and ever through your music!
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i like the hackberry
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If you don't like the Hackberry Ramblers, you don't like fried chicken!

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