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August 4, 2015

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

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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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To reach us with comments or queries, write us at sweartotellthetruth@gmail.com.

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Next week (August 11th)

TBA

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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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