Hadley J. Castille and the Sharecroppers (#910)

A Cajun fiddler and his band spice things up on the Jubilee stage.

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Cajun fiddler Hadley J. Castille and the Sharecroppers bring their foot- tapping, thigh-slapping sound to this edition of Jubilee, taped at the 2003 W.C. Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, KY.

Born and raised in St. Landry Parish, LA, Castille (1933 - 2012) learned to play the fiddle as a teenager from his uncle Cyprien, an accomplished player. Because he wanted to preserve traditional Cajun music while attracting younger listeners, Hadley performed classics as well as original compositions. The autobiographical song “200 Lines” won him the Cajun French Music Association Le Cajun Award.

Castille was featured on all three network morning programs, in the Clint Eastwood movie A Perfect World, and in the pages of Southern Living and Louisiana Life magazines. At the premiere of A Cajun Concerto, which is based on Louisiana Cajun folk songs, the band became the first Cajun group to perform with a full symphony orchestra, the Acadien Symphony Orchestra.

Castille and his band performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Their recordings include Forty Acres and Two Mules, Cajun Swamp Fiddler, Third Generation: La Musique de les Castilles, and Cajun Christmas.