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February 9, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 216 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 9th  (1:00 to 2:30pm)

This show sits in the Tuesday schedule of CFMU so we can’t very well ignore Mardi Gras. Of course, as the beginning of Lent, the date that Mardi Gras falls upon depends upon the date of Easter Sunday. We did actually miss one Mardi Gras in the past four years because it fell in the same week that the station does fundraising.

 

Mardi Gras is inextricably tied to the Christian calendar of observance but Carnival has not always enjoyed the support of the church, or of secular authorities, for that matter. A day or days of excess before a period of abstinence has not always been seen as desirable by religious or civil authorities. As well, the rites of Mardi Gras include pre-Christian elements and Mardi Gras puts a spotlight on the distinctions between rich and poor. According to Samuel Kinser in his book Carnival American Style, African-Americans sense of Mardi Gras has been “opportunistic”. His choice of words is perhaps unfortunate but we guess that he means  that Mardi Gras was an opportunity for African Americans in New Orleans to break loose from the normal restrictions of prevailing social and racial norms and of the usual enforcement of law without having much concern over the religious significance of Carnival.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans was like two parallel but still inter-related events, white and black, each with their own symbols and traditions. Part of the black tradition is reflected in the songs of the Mardi Gras Indian bands which have to do with battles fought between the bands in the years before the authorities took measures to control and limit the combat. 

On our program, we’ll be playing some of the R&B and funk connected to the tradition of the Indian bands as part of a selection of New Orleans jazz, blues, R&B, gospel and parade music. 

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We’re playing music recorded between 1946 and 2012 for this Mardi Gras program.

On the Show

 

Roy Byrd (Professor Longhair) – Clarence Garlow & His Band – Sugar Boy Crawford – Lizzie Miles – Wild Tchoupitoulas – James Booker – Zion Harmonizers – Hot 8 Brass Band – Raymond Anthony Myles Singers – Allen Toussaint & the Stokes

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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 March 7th.

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 16th)

TBA. 

CFMU’s Fundraising Week is coming up! Our fundraising program will be February 1st.

cmc

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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March 29, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 124 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (1:00-2:30 pm)

Our March 25th show will be available to stream or downward until April 21st. We didn’t post in advance of the program. Show ended with a selection of soul connected to either New Orleans or Houston. Opening the show, some R&B, all but one of the tracks with backing vocals provided by vocal groups or band ensemble. We also spotlight two Medicine Show men and there’s a taste of Cajun music.

On the Show:

James Booker – Manhattan Paul – Dakota Staton – Jimmy Liggins – Papa Lemon Nash – Magnolia Sisters – Ronnie Hawkins – King Floyd – Rockie Charles – Al “TNT” Braggs – 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 April 21st.

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 (April 1st)

We announced something quite different but we’re trying to put together a special on the Library of Congress recordings of the 1934-1942 period. 

cmc

December 10, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 109 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

Late posting again. No single theme this week, more of a magazine format today. Two classic R&B bands from Washington, Jimmy Nolen, something else from the HowellDevine CD on Arhoolie, a few indie label sides from 1960s Nashville, James Booker, and New Orleans-related tracks from Rounder and Black Top.

On the Show:

Griffin Brothers with Margie Day – Frank Motley & His Band – Jimmy Nolen – Johnny “Guitar” Watson – Earl Gaines – Shy Guy Douglas – Harrison Kennedy – James Booker, Earl King – Bobby Radcliff – Willie P. Bennett

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 January 7th

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 (December 17th)

Can’t  say at this point.

cmc

 

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