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A Happy Thanksgiving Holiday Break

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I’m taking a little break this week over the Thanksgiving holidays, so there will be no new column posted, and just a few changes here on my website. I will be doing my Sunday radio show on WRNO Sunday morning as usual from 11 AM to 1 PM. If you’re not able us and throughout South Louisiana, you can listen to the whole show right here on this website. In addition, I’ll also be hosting a four hour show on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. I’ll be on WRNO beginning at 5 AM and staying on the air to 9 AM. So if you getup that early in the morning, be sure and tune in.


So long, dear Rambler

Luderin Darbone, the Cajun swing fiddler and co-founder of the Hackberry Ramblers, died on Friday in Sulphur. He was 95 years old.  I heard him perform some months ago at the Shaw Center in Baton Rouge.

Born in Evangeline and raised in Texas, Darbone co-founded the Hackberry Ramblers with Edwin Duhon in 1933. The band combined Cajun music with the popular western swing and country music of their day, and in 1935 the Ramblers recorded for RCA Bluebird. Sixty-four years after the band’s inception, the Ramblers were nominated for a Grammy Award for their album Deep Water for the best traditional folk album of 1997. That same year, Darbone and Duhon received a National Heritage Fellowship from the Folk Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts.


His most famous song was the cajun classic Jolie Blond.  He he is, playing the fiddle, in a 1936 rendition of this popular french tune.

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1 Response
  1. Hardy Parkerson

    Nice that you Jim Brown have paid honor to the Hackberry Ramblers and to have noted the passing of the last member of that great Cajun musical group. I knew Mr. Duyon…oops! I mean Mr. Duhon, while he was living in Westlake. I believe he was the Chief of Police of the town of Westlake. His two sons are the famous Harlon Duhon, the famous labor leader and political activist; and Glenn Duhon, the great high school teacher and high school and college basketball coach. Once I was out in San Francisco and I saw a notice taped to a utility pole. I walked up to read it, and it was an advertisement for the Hackberry Rambliers, who were–as I recall–performing at some prestigeous university in the San Francisco Area.

    May the Hackberry Ramblers rest in peace!

    s/Hardy Parkerson

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