Hackberry Ramblers

Date: 1983 June 09
Length: 163 min.
Call Number: OHC136


Influential Cajun band. Founded 1933. The band’s music is characterized by a distinctive blend of Cajun and Western Swing. Also performed under the name, the Riverside Ramblers. In 2003 the band celebrated its 70th anniversary with founding members Luderin Darbone and Edwin Duhon still performing as active members. 1997 Grammy Award nominee for their album, Deep Water.

Interview Summary

1983 June 9
(2 hours, 43 minutes)
Members of the Cajun band the Hackberry Ramblers Luderin Darbone, Edwin Duhon, and Crawford Vincent discuss the history of the band. Discussion includes the organization of the Hackberry Ramblers in 1933; early experiences of the band; their style of performance; instruments added to the band through the years; songs they recorded; memories of former and current band members; different venues they played; experiences as the band moved through the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s; the style of Cajun songs, lyrics and rhythm; the Cajun yell; and the musical background of individual band members.