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NOLA.com is reporting that Stanley “Buckwheat Zydeco” Dural is in treatment for cancer.  It is in an early stage, so treatment should be successful.  All scheduled performances have been cancelled until at least this summer.  Leave a message on Facebook.  The Alligator Records page still includes some February performance dates, but I’m sure they’ll update it shortly.  Dural has recorded for many labels, such as Alligator, Rounder and Tomorrow, as well as locals like Blues Unlimited.  He played keyboards behind Clifton Chenier for many years.   His sound has been more towards rock and roll the past ten years or so, with covers of Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.  Our best wishes go out to Dural for a speedy recovery!  Go buy one of his recordings if you don’t have any – you won’t be sorry.

Zydeco Force guitarist Shelton Broussard was killed in a fire in his home on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.  Broussard was a singer and guitarist, performing with Zydeco Force at their reunions on the past few years, most recently in October.  He was also part of the Lawtell Playboys.  In this photo, taken at the Salle de Danse, he is on the left side.  Our condolences go out to all family, friends, and fans.

Additional news story:  NOLA.com.   Funeral plans call for a service Nov. 17.

Veteran Cajun fiddler, singer, songwriter and raconteur Hadley J. Castille passed away October 25, 2012.  Castille was well known around Acadiana and beyond, appearing on stage in a flowing white shirt and white hat, fiddling and telling stories.   Some performances were almost as much talk as music, but one saw the depth of his commitment to Cajun culture.  He was also a big fan of Western swing music.  Requiescat in pace.

Here’s a discography that I’ve put together:

Hadley Castille. Louisiana, the state we’re in. Swallow Records. 45-10289. 1985. 45.
Hadley J. Castille. 200 lines: I must not speak French. Swallow Records. LP-6088. 1991. 33.  Also cassette 6088.
Hadley J. Castille. Along the Bayou Teche. Swallow Records. LP-6078. 1989. 33. Also cassette 6078.
Hadley J. Castille. Avec son violon Cajun presents les chansons traditional de la Louisiane. Kajun Records. 5010. 1981. Cassette.
Hadley J. Castille. Cajun fiddling and singing now and tomorrow. Kajun Records. 5020. 1983. 33.
Hadley J. Castille.  Going Back to Louisiana.  SW-6057. No date. No format.
Hadley J. Castille.  Musique de les Castilles. Swallow Records. SW 6123-2. 1995. CD and cassette 6123-4.
Hadley J. Castille. Quarante Acres et Deux Mules.  Master-Trak MTE5070.  2000.  CD.
Hadley J. Castille.  Refait.  Swallow Records. SW 6191.  CD. 2005.  [His latest, with rerecorded older songs.]
Hadley J. Castille and the Louisiana Cajun Band. Cajun swamp fiddler. Swallow Records. 6112-2. 1993. CD and cassette 6112-4.
Haldey Castille & the Louisiana Cajun Band. Cajun Christmas. LaserLight. 12 947. 1997. CD.

And he also appears on his granddaughter’s recording (http://www.sarahjayde.com/):
Sarah Jayde Williams.  Cajun and Texas swing.  Self-released.  No catalog number.  No date.

Remember Hunter Hayes?  The young accordion player was everywhere at one time with a CD Through My Eyes.  He disappeared for a while, but is now in his twenties and a CMT music nominee.  Here’s a USA Weekend interview with lots of photos.  He says he plays over 30 instruments, but loves the guitar the best.  No more Cajun for him!

The lead vocalist of the venerable Cajun band the Hackberry Ramblers, James ‘Glen’ Croker died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 at age 77 in Lake Charles, LA.  Here’s the Washington Post story and the Times-Picayune’s.  The Ramblers were the first Cajun band to use electrical amplification.  He’s listed as vocalist, guitarist and steel guitarist on this Arhoolie release Jolie blonde.  Our deepest sympathies go out to all his family and friends.

Texas newspaper web site http://www.statesman.com reports that Huey P. Meaux, music pioneer in Texas and Louisiana, has died April 23, 2011, at age 82. Meaux was the owner of Conroe, Texas-based Crazy Cajun Records, which recorded a huge variety of artists, from Freddy Fender to Dr. John to the Sir Douglas Quintet.  GEMM search for “Crazy Cajun” recordingseBay search for “Crazy Cajun.”

The story goes on to say that he had also been convicted of sex crimes against children, a serious tarnish on his contributions.

Herman Fusilier writes in The Times of Acadiana that Warren Perrin, a Lafayette attorney and cultural advocate, has located documentation establishing Amede Ardoin’s death date as Nov. 3, 1942.   Add this to Michael Tisserand’s discovery of his birth as March 11, 1898, and we begin to get a clearer picture of the great accordionist, singer and song writer.   He was committed to the Central Louisiana State Hospital in Pineville, Louisiana Sept. 26, 1942, just a few months before his death.  This helps clear up some of the mystery around Ardoin’s death, usually attributed to a beating administered by racist whites following Ardoin’s loan of a handkerchief to a white woman.  I’d like to hear more about this detective story, which also involves duck hunting and Dr. Barry Ancelet, the Cajun music authority at the University of Louisiana – Lafayette.  And remember that the new two-CD set of all thirty-four of Ardoin’s recordings, Mama I’ll Be Long Gone, is now available from Tomkins Square Records.

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