August 14, 2021

Swear to Tell the Truth, August 17, 2021 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Filed under: Uncategorized — cmcompton @ 9:36 pm

We’re on a summer schedule but we aren’t taking off a block of time. We’re alternating new shows with repeats. The station will play a repeat of an earlier show. Look up Blues & Rhythm Show #285. for full details of this week’s repeat.

This week we devote a full program to the French music of Louisiana–Cajun music, Zydeco and a taste of swamp R&B and pop. Record companies recognized a potential market for Acadian French recordings as they had for recordings serving other ethnic minorities. After the Columbia Record Company  recorded Joseph Falcon in 1928, other companies followed their lead. Early records emphasized traditional sounds with accordion, fiddle and guitar but by the mid-thirties tastes had shifted to bands influenced by Country string band and Western Swing sounds and the accordion appears to have been retired for almost fifteen years–at least on record–though not from country socials. A record by Iry Lejeune in 1948 appears to have helped rekindle interest in the traditional Cajun sounds and to have coincided with an instinct to celebrate Cajun culture and tradition.

Other than a few recordings by the Lomaxes for the Library of Congress, the only Creole musician to make records was Amédé Ardoin whose records with and without the Cajun fiddler Denus McGee were directed at the Cajun rather than the “race” market, in the terminology of the times. It was in the 1950s that the first Creole “Zydeco” recordings appeared on independent labels.

Our special covers 86 years of French music from Louisiana.

“Well, I got myself a wife. She got my goat. ‘Stead of cooking supper she went out to vote” — Luderin Darbone

“On a passé dans tous les honky tonk” — D.L. Menard

On the Show:

Jimmy C. Newman – Nathan Abshire & the Rayne-Bo Ramblers – Clarence Garlow – Wayne Perry – Amédé Ardoin – Hackberry Ramblers – Harry Choates – Iry Lejeune – Johnnie Allan – Magnolia Sisters – Cleveland Crochet – Boisec Ardoin – Lynn August – Badeaux’s Louisana Aces – and others.

Contact Us:

To reach us with comments or queries, write us at sweartotellthetruth@gmail.com. You can also follow the program at sweartotellthetruth@nosignifying on Twitter.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until October 12th as a podcast. Just go the website, scroll through 40 shows to Tuesday 10:00 am, bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

Next Week:

Brand new show. Check this blogsite for details.


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