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February 17, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 168 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 17th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

We broadcast on Tuesdays. That means it would be difficult for us to ignore Mardi Gras. Nor would we choose to ignore it. We did not present a Mardi Gras show last year, however, because Fat Tuesday fell in the middle of Fundraising Week for CFMU

As is the case with Christmas, there are a limited number of Mardi Gras pieces to choose from. We use our Mardi Gras program to explore the New Orleans musical tradition, which, while it has hugely influenced blues and R&B, still stands slightly apart from the rest of the American tradition. It makes sense to devote a couple of shows a year just to New Orleans and Mardi Gras affords an opportunity to do that once a year, anyway. This year’s Mardi Gras special will include R&B, a bit of the jazz that relates in part to the marching band history in the city, and to the indigenous funk music that underlies a lot of what the marching bands do today as well as the music of the Mardi Gras Indian bands. we’ll also sample just a bit the Mardi Gras music of the Bayou and Southwest Louisiana.

On the Show:

Joe Lutcher – Young Men of New Orleans – Art Neville – Wild Magnolias – Bunk Johnson – Johnny Wiggs – Meters – Eddie Bo – Balfa Brothers – James Booker – Earl King –  and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until March 16th.

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.

Next week (February 24th)

Blues and Gospel miscellany. In two weeks time (March 3rd), it will be Fundraising Week for CFMU and for this program. We will need your support.

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August 12, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 142 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 12th (1:00-2:30 pm)

This week we take one of our occasional looks at Cajun music. Most of the show will feature Cajun tracks with a few zydeco tracks in the latter part of the show. Record companies began recording Acadian records in 1928 when Joseph Falcon recorded for Columbia. We begin our survey in 1929 and we feature recordings made over 66 years of Cajun music. The Cajun market represented an opportunity for the companies to capture new and discrete markets by bringing what seemed to be popular in these communities to record. Columbia, Brunswick and Victor all entered the Cajun market and regular field sessions were organized and new artists sought. After the war, these specialty markets were largely dropped by the majors and independent labels filled the vacuum. As a result, the field of Cajun music was pretty well covered by the record industry, if somewhat unevenly at times. The story of Cajun music seems to have connections to perceptions of Acadian identity, linguistic pride and community aspirations. Many early recordings featured the accordion but taste in the mid to late thirties seemed to favour Western-Swing style fiddle bands. The late fifties saw the return of the accordian to its place in the music and with it perhaps a wave of ethnic and linguistic pride, which has solidified in subsequent years.

On the Show:

Beau Thomas and Cajun Power – Dennis McGee – Lawrence Walker – Hackberry Ramblers – Iry Lejeune – Balfa Brothers – Bruce Daigrepont – Good Rockin’ Sam – Buckwheat Zydeco – Jimmy C. Newman

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until September 9th.

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.

Next week (August 19th)

After several weeks of features and,specials, we think next week’s program may be an eclectic, gap-filling 90 minutes. We’ve yet to plan what we’re going to do.

cmc

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