Early Recordings: 1935-1950

Early Recordings: 1935-1950

by Hackberry Ramblers
     
 

Despite the relatively wide time span indicated by the title, actually all but two of these cuts were recorded in a short period of time, from 1935 to 1937 (the remaining pair were done in 1950). For the mid-'30s sessions, the only constant in the Hackberry Ramblers' lineup was violinist and singer See more details below

Overview

Despite the relatively wide time span indicated by the title, actually all but two of these cuts were recorded in a short period of time, from 1935 to 1937 (the remaining pair were done in 1950). For the mid-'30s sessions, the only constant in the Hackberry Ramblers' lineup was violinist and singer Luderin Darbone (who was still in the group when this CD was issued in 2003). Half a dozen different guys take lead vocals (in both English and French) at various points, and three of the tracks were actually issued under the name the Riverside Ramblers. Original guitarist Edwin Duhon was still in the lineup in 2003 too, but actually he doesn't appear on any of the mid-'30s sides, although he's on the 1950 cuts. Not that it matters that much -- this is important early Cajun music, somewhat modernized by 1930s standards in how it's influenced by then-current American popular music, particularly Bob Wills' Western swing. They play with some real high-stepping jazz ragtime feel on the instrumental "Vinton High Society," while their version of the Cajun standard "Jolie Blonde" was the first time the song (previously recorded by Amédé Breaux under the title "Ma Blonde Est Partie") had been issued under that name. The sound quality is uneven, as is unavoidable given the age of the source material and original recording conditions, but is overall quite acceptable. A slightly more conventional country feel comes into play on the 1950 tracks. The package includes good liner notes by Ben Sandmel, who as of its 2003 release was drummer with the still active band.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/2003
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297705025
catalogNumber:
7050
Rank:
184351

Tracks

  1. Jolie Blon
  2. Just Once More
  3. You've Got to Hi-De-Hi
  4. Mermentau Stomp
  5. J'Ai Passe Devonde Ta Porte
  6. Vinton High Society
  7. J'Ai Pas Bien Fey
  8. Wondering  -  Riverside Ramblers
  9. Rice City Stomp
  10. On Top of the World
  11. Jolie Fille
  12. 'Neath the Weeping Willow Tree
  13. J'Ai Pres Parley
  14. Dissatisfied  -  Hackberry Ramblers
  15. Drifting Along  -  Hackberry Ramblers
  16. One Sweet Letter
  17. One Step de l'Amour
  18. Fais Pas Ça!
  19. Louisiana Breakdown
  20. Darbone's Creole Stomp
  21. A Little Rendezvous in Honolulu
  22. Darbone's Breakdown
  23. Mon Cour Me Fais Ci Mal
  24. Hackberry Trot
  25. Tu Vas Pluerie (You Will Cry)
  26. Silver Star Stomp

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hackberry Ramblers   Primary Artist
Luderin Darbone   Fiddle,Vocals
Neil Roberts   Trumpet
Edwin Duhon   Bass
Floyd Rainwater   Guitar,Vocals
Lonnie Rainwater   Steel Guitar
Joe Werner   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Johnnie Puderer   Bass
Pete Duhon   Bass
Lennis Sonnier   Guitar,Vocals
Floyd Shreve   Guitar,Vocals
Danny Shreve   Guitar

Technical Credits

Dewey Balfa   Contributor
Joe Burke   Contributor
Jo-El Sonnier   Composer
Ben Sandmel   Liner Notes
Edgar Leslie   Contributor
Morgan K. Dodge   Graphic Design
Traditional   Composer
Floyd Shreve   Contributor
M. Doucet   Composer

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