Luderin Darbonne's father worked in the Louisiana-Texas oilfields and the family moved frequently. When Darbone was 12, his mother gave him his first fiddle.
"She called it a violin," he remembers. "That's for reading sheet music; when you play by ear, it's called a fiddle."2
|Crowley Daily Signal|
Apr 19, 1938
Here, the Ramblers recorded "Pas Aller Vita (Step It Fast)" for Bluebird records (#2021) in 1937. Sometimes spelled "Pas Allez Vite", it was a cover of the 1929 instrumental "Vas Y Carrement" by the Breaux Brothers. Recorded at the St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans, LA, the group consisted of Lennis Sonnier on guitar, Floyd Shreve on guitar, Claude "Pete" Duhon on bass, and Luderin Darbone on fiddle. Recalling their session, Darbonne stated:
At that time, we'd record with one microphone, and we'd surround the microphone -- four players. And they used a wax disk.1The band dissolved a few times before the war before reorganizing as Luderin Darbone and the Hackberry Ramblers in 1945. Two years later in 1947, the group re-recorded the tune for Deluxe Records as "Step It Faster".
|(top) Lennis Sonnier, Claude "Pete" Duhon,|
(bottom) Luderin Darbonne, possibly Floyd Shreve
Cajun Louisiane 1928-1939 (Fremeaux, 2003)
Cajun Early Recordings (JSP, 2004)