A time of great music whose influence we cannot forget. Haunting, uncommonly tender folk music from fiddler Delma Lachney, vocalist Blind Uncle Gaspard, and accordion player John Bertrand.
Douglas Bellard, a black fiddler, was the playing partner of the great Amede Ardoin before Ardoin decided to go with fiddler Dennis Mc Gee, a white man who could offer him more protection when playing before crowds in those racially segregated days. Here Douglas is accompanied by Kirby Riley, accordion.
It was in that kind of setting that the recordings above were made, and they constitute a windfall.
A fortunate, unique record of cultural history, with songs of joy and pride and common woes. Segura Brothers tearing it up on accordion and vocal, from a December 16, 1928 session in New Orleans!
Danced to his exciting band at Coz's Blue Goose hall in Eunice around that time, early 80s. The 1920s and 30s were a period of unequalled recording of the musical heritage of our country!
The phonograph was finding its way into many homes, and people wanted to hear local music.
Columbus "Boy" Fruge from Arnaudville was a contemporary and friend of Moise Robin.
The Hackberry Ramblers were formed in the string band environment of the 1930s by Luderin Darbonne on fiddle and Edwin Duhon on guitar and various instruments, and an amazing vocalist named Lennis Sonnier.
They were the first to record the song Jolie Blonde under that title, and they had an a remarkable run of popularity.
They were the first Cajun band to play the bandstand standing up, first to use amplification in their dances.
They ran their Model T Ford battery during the dance with cable into the hall to electrify the fais do-do!