August 4, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 191 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 4th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

Greater part of this week’s show devoted to Cajun blues from the earliest recordings through to the beginnings of the Cajun revival of the fifties. We cover the years roughly 1929-1952. Traditional Cajun music featured the accordion and the fiddle but, in the mid-thirties, tastes shifted to French-accented Western Swing. At least, that’s what the record companies offered for the most part and what the dance clubs featured, and it remained the case until the late forties, by which time local independent labels were springing up to fill the void left by the big labels after the war. Western Swing and Cajun Honky Tonk remained popular but there was also a return to and a hardening of the sound of traditional Cajun music. The culmination in some peoples’ minds was the hard Cajun rock and roll of Cleveland Crochet’s 1960 “Sugar Bee” with Vorris “Shorty” LeBlanc on accordion and Jay Stutes, steel guitar and vocal. Through all the transitions in style and popular taste in the recording era blues have been prominent in Cajun music.

On the Show:

Robert Pete Williams – Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley – Soileau & Robin – Amédé Ardoin & Dennis McGee – Hackberry Ramblers – Happy Fats & Rayne-Bo Ramblers – Harry Choates – Nathan Abshire – Clifton Chenier – Trudy Lynn – a.o.

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until September 1st.

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Next week (August 11th)



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