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August 4, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 253 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 30th (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

This week’s program included a special devoted to Louisiana music, mostly of the fifties and early sixties but including tracks from the forties to the eighties. Swamp blues, R&B, Cajun and Zydeco. That took up the greater part of the program but we also took a look at the Smithsonian Folkways album devoted to Lead Belly‘s recordings for Moses Asch’s various label ventures, recordings made between 1941 and 1948. Leadbelly had spent time previously in a Texas prison but the Lomaxes met up with him in the Angola Penitentiary and he grew up in the Caddo Lake region of western Louisiana.

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On the Show:

Guitar Gable – Lightnin’ Slim – Lonesome Sundown – Clarence Garlow – Classie Ballou – Nathan Abshire – Thaddeus Declouet  – Buckwheat Zydeco – Robert Pete Williams – Lead Belly – Barbara Lynn – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at the CFMU website. The program will be available to stream or download until September 24th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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

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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.

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July 28, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 90 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

Allons jouer les blues. This week’s program was supposed to be devoted to Louisiana music but, in the course of preparing the playlist, we narrowed the scope to Cajun and zydeco music. We will come back and do a Louisiana special. looking at the whole spectrum of African-American in Louisiana, but, this week, we thought we’d look at French music, zydeco and Cajun music, in a bit of depth. Not the place to be if you hate accordions and fiddles. These musics are the musics of the rural areas and towns. You will often hear Louisiana music equated with the traditions of New Orleans but, historically, the city and the countryside had distinct musical cultures. On the other hand, when so-called Creoles moved to Houston or the Bay area, their music came with them. Similarly, although Cajun and Creole music have been close at times, they have inevitably followed different paths to the present and, while there have been many cross influences between two musical cultures, they have had different repertoire, instrumentation and style.

On the show: 

Fernest Arceneaux  –  Rockin’ Dopcee  –  Amedé Ardoin & Dennis McGee – Leo Soileau – Hackberry Ramblers –  Buckwheat Zydeco – Nathan Abshire – Lynn August – Wayne Toups & Zydecajun – and others

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 August 27th.

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 6th)

Repeat of the Alan Lomax Southern Journey special for August 6th.

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