Featured Musicians | Cajun Music and Culture
Official Hackberry Ramblers Web Site
The band’s official site contains news and press clippings, photos, audio samples and the latest scoop on their upcoming shows.
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
In MAKE 'EM DANCE, Gilmore joins the Ramblers on stage at the House of Blues to sing the western swing classic “Deep Water,” a song that he recorded with the band for their Grammy-nominated album. Gilmore combines poignant singing and spiritual/philosophical lyrics in a unique take on progressive country music known as "sagebrush soul."
Fiddler/vocalist Michael Doucet formed the band BeauSoleil and spearheaded the resurgence of Cajun music. Featured in MAKE 'EM DANCE, Doucet discusses Darbone's contributions to Cajun music, and plays the Darbone classic “Fais Pas Ca”.
Billy Joe Shaver
A leader of the 1970s "outlaw" movement in progressive country music, Shaver is also an acclaimed songwriter and a rough-edged, affecting vocalist. The principal narrator in MAKE 'EM DANCE, Shaver is steeped in the honky-tonk sound, which forms such a vital part of The Hackberry Ramblers' music.
A prolific songwriter, inventive producer and a soul-baring singer, Crowell helped define progressive country in the late 1970s; his eclectic work continues to ignore stylistic boundaries. In MAKE 'EM DANCE, Crowell joins the Ramblers for two live renditions of the Gulf Coast classic "Old Pipeliner," recorded at the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.
Rollicking pianist and fiery chanteuse, Ball combines original material with exuberant homage to New Orleans rhythm & blues and Gulf Coast "swamp-pop". Ball's parents used to hire The Hackberry Ramblers to play for dances in their hometown of Vinton, Louisiana. In MAKE 'EM DANCE she returns the favor by joining the Ramblers in a rousing rendition of "C. C. Rider".
Cajun Music and Culture
Louisiana Folklife Program
A treasure trove of information on the many facets of Louisiana folk culture and ethnicity, and state-funded recording projects.
Contemporary Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco Musicians
Learn about the history of Louisiana music, then browse the pictures and essays on musicians and subjects like Cajun jam sessions and fan appreciation parties.
Encyclopedia of Cajun Culture
The Encyclopedia includes an entry on the Ramblers, as well as on topics from Atchafalaya to Zydeco.
Cajun/Zydeco Music and Dance
Run by Zydeco dancer Gary Hayman, this Web resource is full of info: streaming music, an extensive listing of concert and festival schedules, articles from the ZydE-Zine and even dance lessons for learning how to two-step like the experts.
Cajun French Music Association
Aiming to preserve Cajun music and culture, the Association links to online radio stations and answers such questions as How do you clean and stuff a pig’s stomach?
Clarence’s Cajun and Zydeco Guide
Clarence lives in Baton Rouge, hosts a music program at the local radio station and is a self-described historian. Visit his guide to find sites on Cajun history, language and arts.
Chris Strachwitz’s love of the blues led him to create a record label in the 1960s. Arhoolie Records’ production of the Ramblers’ 1964 album kept the band going—and Strachwitz’s label is still releasing “down home” music today.
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Home to the Ramblers’ Edwin Duhon and Luderin Darbone. Check the Visitor’s Bureau to read up on town news and happenings.
Louisiana Radio Records
Started in 1998 as an online database of Louisiana music, this site now hosts a record label, an Internet radio station, album reviews and photo archives.
Dedicated to the promotion of Louisiana music, heritage and culture, KBON spins swamp pop, country, zydeco and other South Louisiana tunes. Listen live via streaming audio.
Tune in to Radio Louisiane for “the voice of French America”: Cajun, Zydeco, Creole, Acadian music and more, on MP3 or Windows Media Player.
Read selections from the monthly print magazine for New Orleans and Louisiana music. Recent issues include features on 1940s Cajun fiddler Harry Choates, the “hunks of funk” and King of the Swamp Blues Tabby Thomas.
This bimonthly magazine celebrates roots, traditional, world and folk music with articles such as “Beyond the Bayou: News and Reviews from Around the Cajun-Zydeco Planet.” See listings and interviews from past and current issues.