MAKE ’EM DANCE: The Hackberry Ramblers’ Story

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07/02/2008
Alexis Henry
Baton Rouge, Louisianabr

I love the Hackberry Ramblers ( them and there music). There is nothing like a good fiddlin' paired with some Cajun zest that will make you dance 'til death. I send my praises and congratulations to these men . What I appreciate most about them is that they smile while performing , signifyin' they enjoy their music. P.S: My favorite songs are Jolie Blond, Louisiana Waltz, and Black Bayou Rag. God Bless Yall ,and " A les bon temps roulez!" , Alexis H.



5/12/05
PEGGY ROUB
ST PAUL , MN

I GREW UP IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA, WE WOULD TAKE TRIPS DOWN TO CAMERON AND HACKBERRY TO GO CRABBING. MY FAMILY STILL OWNS PROPERTY IN HACKBERRY. I LOVED THE MUSIC AND TO HEAR THAT "CAJUN" ACCENT AFTER LIVING IN THE LAND OF THE "YANKEE'S" FOR 5 YEARS NOW. I JUST LOVED IT. WHAT A GREAT STORY, I AM SO HOMESICK RIGHT NOW. I BELIEVE MY PARENTS AT ONE TIME PROBABLY HAD SOME OF THEIR MUSIC, I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW, BUT THEY ARE BOTH GONE NOW. KEEP UP THE GREAT PROGRAMING!



1/28/05
Reed Voorhies
Houston,Tx

I never met my grandfather who was raised in Lafayette,La. My father who always told me stories of him mentioned a song called "Jolie Blonde", my father even told me how my grandfather would sing and dance to that song. My father who recently passed away never told me who that song was written by. So, when I watched that episode my heart was filled with tremendous joy. I was shocked, of all places to find that information I was seeking was on PBS. Much thanks to all envolved in that piece. It really was some kind of blesssing.

Sincerely,
Reed Voorhies,jr.



1/7/05
Edgar Lee Johnson
Angleton, Texas

I grew up in Hackberry and my grandmother, Ezora (Prevost), was sister to Ludron Darbonne's brother. Many summer mornings I've listened with my grandparents to the band on the radio, and he regularly came to visit them and our family. My mom, Ona Lee, talked to me often about her and friends good times dancing to the band at Buddy Ellender's dance hall at Choupique. Seeing the film last night really flooded my heart with memories of my youth and loved ones and friends associated with my cajun upbringing.



1/7/05
Candy Griffin
Spring TX

My husband and I tapped our toes throughout the delightful PBS presentation tonight on KUHF in Houston.

Thanks!



12/21/04
Paige Doucet
Lake Charles,LA

The late John Faulk is my grandfather. This band was his greatest accomplishment. It allowed him to live his dreams. He died happy and fulfilled. Thanks to the support of all the fans, he was able to travel and do things he never dreamed. Thank you all so much for your support. It means so much to our family and I know it meant a lot to him. Continue to support the growth and life of Cajun Music in his honor!



9/24/04
Leisa Jackson (Orange Police Dept)
Bridge City, Tx

I watched the hour program on PBS 9-21-04 and really enjoyed it. It really makes you proud to be from Southeast Texas and Louisiana. Edwin Duhon is my grandfather and I dont see or talk to him much, but I'm very proud of what they have accomplished.



3/19/04
Mary Nelson
Jessup, Maryland

I just watched an hour on PBS, WHUR Washington DC and enjoyed every minute of the Hackberry Ramblers. I wish I has heard them before. I will tell my friends and family of this great dancing music.Thank you for your wonderful music. Keep it up.



2/11/04
Bonita Powell
Fort Worth, TX

Edwin,

Do you/did you have a brother or cousin named Ray that was married to a Rita Guillory? Rita was my aunt. I'm her baby sister Iris' oldest daughter. Momo and Pawpaw was Gus and Selima Guillory.

Enjoyed the program greatly-- made me a bit homesick.

Bonita



1/27/04
Gayalyn Wojtowicz
Clifton Park, NY

These gentlemen are inspiring. Talk about music therapy--they have lived it and shared it with the rest of us.

I felt so much lighter and happier after seeing this story. God Bless them.



1/27/04
cathy powell
new orleans la

i loved this film! my grandfather is from eunice/ville platte/opelousas, louisiana area and vividly recalls seeing this band in concert.



1/27/04
Glen Rainwater
Beaumont TX

My father is Floud Rainwater, my uncle is Lonnie Rainwater, my cousin is Linnis Sonnier, I have spent 57 years with the Ramblers, it is so important that the icons of music be remembered. The Hackberry Ramblers set the stage for todays country music. What a great film, thanks to all in the making, what a part of history it will be. Glen Rainwater



1/20/04
Ray Schroff
Red Bluff, California

Been a fan of the Hackberry Ramblers since I first heard their song "You've Got to Hi De Hi" 30 years ago, on an album called Western Swing, released by Chris Strachwicz on his Old Timey label, but I hadn't heard a thing about them since. What a revelation to discover them late last night on PBS. Wonderful mix of old photos and recent film/video, and an insightful portrait of the players---a splendid documentary.



1/20/04
Lebo,Kansas

My family lived in Lake Charles for many years as a matter of fact Lennis Sonier was our neighbor, we always enjoyed hearing about the music the band played , too bad mr. Shorty , as we called him died to soon, Im sure he would have enjoyed the popularity the band has achieved. I sure would like to have a copy of the program that was on pbs on tv Sat. night jan l7 of this year. Best wishes and keep on with the music.



1/20/04
Betty Bishop
Chester, California

What a great film! I've never been to Louisiana, never even heard of these guys until I saw the film last night. Mr. Duhon reminded me very much of my own father, who died last February, in his humor, his manner of expressing himself. I thoroughly enjoyed this - stayed up until midnight to watch the end. I'll pay for it today, but it was worth it! Keep on playing, gentlemen!



1/20/04
nicholas castelli
south point, ohio

the program about the hackberry ramblers sat me up at one oclock in the morning. what a beautiful thing to realize is still happening in this world.



1/20/04
tina cox
crosby tx

My mother in law is kin to the Darbonnes so I have heard a little about the Hackberry Ramblers ever since I have been in the family. I woke my husband, Matt, up to watch it! He thought it was very, very good! He grew up in Sulphur just outside of Lake Charles & was very impressed with the information he heard & the things he seen on the program.



1/20/04
mark vetterly
guys mills pa

Seen you guys on pbs-outstanding! Wish I knew of you guys 30 years ago, but don't you worry,I'll be playing your songs for a long time.Now that I know real music does exist!Hope to see you guys in Pa.



1/20/04
chatham Illinois

Loved the Hackberry Rambler's story. Wish I could see more of that type of programming. It really helps to document American at it's best- before its too late! It is a gem.



1/20/04
Tara Miller
Pennsylvania

To the Huckberry Ramblers, You guys are truly blessed. Musicly gifted and forever in our hearts. Loved your life story as told on Independent Lens on PBS. Don't ever stop playing those good ole tunes. Our neighbors have a string band "Joan & The Hoedown." Larry Pieper the lead fiddle player had the opertunity to play the Grand Ole Opery this past fall. I hear wonderful stories from him of how great your guys are when it is a gathering of fiddle players from all over the US. God Bless each and every one of you. Keep maken us dance....



1/20/04
Jeff Hunter
Houston, Texas

I spent my childhood in South Louisiana and have embarked on a history of a rural community similar to Hackberry. I recently learned of a large number of dance halls that existed in this community back in the day, one of which was in Pine Island. It was quite a surprise to hear Mr. Duhon mention the dance hall in Pine Island in his story about the amplifier powered by their car. For two years of my childhood, I lived around the corner from where the dance hall once stood. What a great feeling of nostalgia. I just had to get up and dance!



1/16/04
Louie Lopez


Program was GREAT. Email were we can go see them LIVE!



1/16/04
John T. Duane
Denver, Co.

Music brings people together; the world loves all kinds of music but the Ramblers are like a shot of energy. Their sound is special; it makes you dance. I am almost 79 and I could hardly sit still during the program on Jan. 13, 2004, too bad that they do not have a show every week. The country needs them at this sad time. Thanks much.



1/16/04
J. J. Leavy
Provo, UT
Amazing, simply amazing. How could a group of "seasoned" old musicians, that are a legend in their own time, who have received accolades not only from some of the most important contributors to country music of our time but also from the National Endowment for the Arts -- how could they go "unnoticed" by so many? I'm just glad I saw the show. It was an important slice of Americana that everyone needs to know about!



1/14/04
Joe and Joyce Petty
jan, 13 was the first time that we had heard or seen the Ramblers and we thought they were great. we listen to a lot of bluegrss and country sing music and would like to find out how to purchase their music. It appears that their fans know they will perform the music that they came to hear and the fans will stay loyal and they keep getting new fans like



1/14/04
EJ
Hartsville, IN
Hello,

Just have to say the 'Hackberies' are terrific!! (as seen on PBS) Sure wish they would perform locally. there is a huge new facility in Greensburgh IN called The Ironhorse Roadhouse' where they have 'our kind of music' sometimes. www.Ironhorse.com They draw a big crowd from over in Ohio, as well as the Hoosiers. My husband has played steel guitar for many years, may I ask who does steel for the Ramblers when needed? We had a glimpse of him, but couldn't identify him.....Mr. Green?

Never, ever let the music fade away....no matter what!!!

J and Du



1/14/04
Brian
New York, NY
What an inspiration these gents are! They are proof of the power of doing what you love. I enjoyed every minute of their story (especially the starting days in the '30s) and they made me want to know a lot more about Zydeco and Cajun music. Thanks for a great show.



1/14/04
Tommy Gibson
Little Rock, AR
I was enthralled by the program. I am originally from South Louisiana and have heard the Hackberry Ramblers in Lafayette. This program made me very proud of my Louisiana culture and heritage. Thank you very much for the happiness you brought me today.



1/14/04
pamela mcdonough
ny,ny
i think i saw them in 1971 at the university of iowa...the narration said they didn't venture far and wide after berkley until 1990s...but maybe iowa city was just a toodle up the river...

congrats on a wonderful film...i've been making docs and magazine pieces for 30 years and this one is first rate!



1/14/04
Ed deSteiguer
Tucson, AZ
I was born more than 50 years ago in Port Arthur, TX, that Cajun part of Texas near the LA state line. The Cajun fiddle music played by the Hackberry Ramblers was very popular in those days. It was played in the honky-tonks and on the radio. Huey Meaux had a Saturday radio program from Port Arthur that featured Cajun bands like the Hackberry Ramblers. The entire program was in Cajun French. What music! What a culture! Laisez les bon roulets!



1/12/04
LANA
WESTLAKE, LA.
I LIVE NEXT DOOR TO MR DUHON, LOVE THE MUSIC, I HAVE MET THE BAND COUPLE TIMES, THEY ENTERTAIN THE [ OLD PEOPLE] AT OUR COMPLEX, LISTEN TO THE STORIES OF WHERE AND WHEN THEY PLAYED, IS SOMETHING ELSE, WE ARE NOT ALL OLD, BUT, THATS WHAT MR DUHON CALLS ME, I THINK DETERMINATION AND THE LOVE OF MUSIC IS WHAT KEEPS THEM GOING, KNOWING PEOPLE ARE ENJOYING IS ALSO A PLUS, GOD BLESS THEM ALL, KEEP IT UP, FRIEND OF MR DUHON AND THE BAND,,,LANA



1/9/04
Elizabeth Watts
Hurst, Texas 76054
I am the daughter of Edwin Duhon, accordionist, who is 93 years old. Naturally, I grew up on this music. I think their secret to success is their love for music and the desire to entertain people. One only has to hear the music and you want to dance. I, of course, am real proud of my Dad and have traveled with him quite a bit these last years. Thank you for showing this documentary on your program.



1/9/04
Marlynda Taylor
Fort Worth, TX
I grew up in Port Arthur Texas, 30 miles from Lake Charles. This program is just too wonderful for words. It captures the heart and soul of the Cajun culture which is near and dear to my heart. The old pictures are priceless and the Hackberry Ramblers are wonderful. I hope they live forever. I'm headed out to find their CD. I'd also love a tape of the whole program.



1/9/04
Dwayne
Nashville
I first heard the Hackberry Rambers 53 years ago in a little town called Westlake. 18 years ago, I heard them again for at least 5 years running when Nashville used to have our annual Music Fest. The Hacberry Rambler played on Cajun Night and I was real proud to see these elder shake and bake the crowd. Edwin and Ludrin are true cajun icons of tommorrow!

I also was blessed to be present when they were indocrinated in the Country Music Hall of Fame. What a distinguised honor. Who can clain this fame from the Bayou?

One last point, in 2003, Edwin and Ludrin received a distinguished Presidential Award for carrying on their heritage of Acadian French Music.

Dwayne



1/6/04
Mary Evelyn Hoffhaus
Darien, Ga.
You gents are simply remarkable. It is said music, activity plus good attitude adds to long life. You gents are a beautiful example of this.

I know Flo, daughter of your leader, she is a great lady and I love her through the internet.

Wish you could come to Savannah, Ga. to play


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