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September 27, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 242 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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This is the last edition of the Blues & Rhythm Show after 59 months on the air. Our last show features Blues, R&B, Louisiana French music, Gospel and Soul.

On the Show:

Earl Hooker & His Roadmasters – Jimmy McCracklin – Monarch Jazz Quartet – Tommy Johnson – Lucille Bogan – Buckwheat Zydeco Ils Sont Partis Band – Harrison Kennedy – Dan Pickett – Etta James – Nappy Brown – James Brown & the Famous Flames – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until October 25th.

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September 20, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 241 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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On the penultimate Blues & Rhythm Show, we look at Chicago blues from the Chess, Vee-Jay, Cobra and Bea & Baby labels. Also, some Chicago gospel from the 1960s.

On the Show:

Martin, Bogan & the Armstrongs – Danny Overbea – Sugar Brown – Big Ed & his Combo – Eddie Taylor – Lee Jackson – Otis Rush – Arlean Brown – Windy City Four – Martha Bass – Harold Burrage – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until October 18th.

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Last edition of the program.

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September 13, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 240 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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We’ve tried to cover the classic R&B of the forties and early fifties on this radio program as much as, or even more than, other periods in blues history. For us, R&B was the important blues of its era even as other forms of blues persisted and evolved alongside the new amalgam of blues and jazz music. On this week’s feature we will try to trace the direction of the music from the pre-war years, through the wartime period when two particular circumstances–the musicians strike of 1942-1944 and the wartime shortage of shellac needed for pressing 78 discs–combined to limit  the amount of recording that took place;  then, with the resumption of recording activity, through to the end of 1946.  On the program some of the biggest names in R&B, some recognized during the years 1939-1946, others not established as stars of the music until 1947 or later The end of  1946 is an appropriate time to stop. 1947 was something of a breakout year for R&B music and for the independent labels marketing it, even if the end of the year turned out to be another stopping point for the recording industry as James Petrillo’s American Federation of Musicians attempted to impose a second ban on recording, in defence of live music, commencing on January 1st, 1948.

On the Show:

Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra – Joe Turner – Saunders King – Four Vagabonds – Hot Lips Page – Julia Lee – Wynonie Harris – Ivory Joe Hunter – Jack McVea’s All Stars -Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers  – and others

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Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until October 11th.

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Next week (September 13th)

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September 6, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 239 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 6th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

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Yesterday was Labour Day and it’s Welcome week once more at McMaster. For technical reasons, we will not be located in the Atrium of the Student Centre this year but the broadcasts  will be streamed to the CFMU tent in the Student Centre. We have a varied program of Blues, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues and Soul lined up for this week.

On the Show:

Percy Mayfield – Blind Willie Johnson– Fred McDowell – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Lula Reed – Barbecue Bob – Morgan Davis Band – Little Miss Higgins – Sir Mack Rice – Staple Singers live – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until October 4th.

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Blues and Rhythm Show 238 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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This show follows the development of blues in Chicago after 1945. Before World War 2, Chicago was the place where a great deal of blues recording took place and where there was a ready audience for blues performers. You might say that a Chicago blues style developed in the thirties but you likely wouldn’t refer to “Chicago blues” in the 1930s because Chicago was the hub of the blues industry with only New York, less of a blues city, as competition in terms of a recording centre.  In a sense, the rise of independent record companies decentralized recording and encouraged the development and marketing of local styles after the war. The new Chicago electric blues seem like an expression of an era of heavy industrial development in the U.S. midwest from Chicago and surrounding cities in the region. Before the war Lester Melrose recorded artists from Mississippi with down-home appeal, like Arthur Crudup and Tommy McClennan, for Bluebird but what was sometimes disparagingly referred to as the “Bluebird Beat” was a danceable swing blues that was devoid of much regional sense and the repeated use of the same session musicians tended to reduce the individuality of perfrmances on record. The new “Chicago” blues made its appeal to a narrower segment of the population and a Mississippi or Deep South sensibility.

On the Show:

Nature Boy Brown – Jazz Gillum – John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson – Muddy Waters – Bay Face Leroy – Grace Brim – Johnny Shines – Big Boy Spires – Floyd Jones – Snooky Pryor – Raoul & the Big Time & others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until September 27th.

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Next week (September 6th)

Next week is Welcome Week at McMaster. This year, we will be broadcasting from the studio rather than the Atrium of the McMaster Student Union Building but we will be heard in the Atrium. Easier for the programmer. We’ll present a mix of all that we do week to week.

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August 23, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 237 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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Mixed bag this week  – some R&B of the 50s and 60s, some of it might be considered early soul or proto-soul; Big Bill in 1940 Chicago; couple of Southwestern R&B performers recorded late in life; violin blues

On the Show:

Earl King – Billy Stewart – Sharon Jones – The Vaudevillian – Big Bill – Junior Wells – Sugar Brown – Margie Day – Jewel Brown – Buster Smith & His Orchestra – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until September 20th.

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Next week (August 30th)

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Note about streaming, downloading:

We could not download the program last week and station management confirmed that the podcast function was inoperative again, so apologies to any who could not stream or download last week’s show.  It appears that the podcast function has been repaired. In the next few months, CFMU will have a new website and you should not experience these recently manifest problems listening to CFMU programming.

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August 16, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 236 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 16th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

This is a program from the You Never Miss What You’ve Got Until It’s Gone department.

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The Document label is in the midst of liquidating its inventory of CDs. The intention is to continue to operate as a digital download only label, A new website is supposed to support downloads of music files and PDFs of liner notes. Document began producing CDs in 1990 and by 2000 label operator Johnny Parth had made available just about all pre-World War 2 blues and gospel and related “race” recordings. The catalogue also included traditional jazz a significant old-time country music series and a fair bit of traditional blues and gospel from the post-war era. In 10 years Austria’s Johnny Parth pretty well fulfilled his purpose of making this catalogue of 800-900 CDs available to all and in 2000 he sold the company to Gary and Gillian Atkinson in Britain who have operated the label since 2000 in the era of digital downloads and illegal file-sharing.

We have relied on the Document catalogue a great deal in putting together this radio program and we thought this interval while Document is selling off its physical inventory and setting up its new website was an occasion to recognize the breadth of the Document catalogue and its remarkable coverage of pre-war “race” music , traditional race music from the post-war era along with some early rhythm & blues, and old-time country music. Digitization of musical recordings, like that of written works may or may not be a good thing but Johnny Parth’s grand project has made it possible to make almost all of pre-war race music available online.

In the series that contain the blues and gospel records of the pre-war era can be found the music of songsters, classic blues singers,  blues guitarists, harmonica and piano players, jug  and string band music, vocal groups, blues combos. gospel singers, gospel quartets, choirs, preachers on record, Holiness groups and guitar evangelists. If they made records, all the records that have been found, with only a few exceptions, are part of  the Document 5000 and 6000 series or in the more jazz and pop oriented 1000 and 1500 series. All good records and bad, even some terrible records that qualify for inclusion, can be found on Document. (There’s also a Document series dedicated to unissued material from the Edison label. pop, jazz, blues and country material recorded between 1914 and 1929 but never issued by Edison as commercial records.)

The new owners of Document intended to give similar coverage to post-war music but they appear to have experienced difficulties in maintainingg the huge existing catalogue in print all the time and adding as much to the catalogue as they would have liked. They did produce some fine additions to the catalogue though fewer than planned. Perhaps they can realize more of those plans as a digital only company.

We can’t do justice to the sweep of the Document catalogue in one show but we wanted to mark the label’s achievement as its owners make the transition to digital-only with an all-Document program.

On the Show:

Hightower’s Night Hawks – Barefoot Bill – Gene Campbell – Peetie Wheatstraw – Georgia White – Maggie Jones – Southern Negro Quartette – Eddie Head & Family – Mitchell’s Christian Singers – Allen Brothers – Stick McGhee – a.o.

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until September 13tth.

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We’re not sure what remains of Document’s CD inventory but the label was also selling off remaining copies of the catalogue pictured above for a cost of £1.99 plus shipping. Besides serving as a guide to the albums themselves, the catalogue is something like a map of pre-war race music on record. Studying its contents a useful guide to how much and how little pre-war material in different genres can be found on record between 1890 and 1943. It’s a research tool that can be used alongside Godrich, Dixon & Rye’s Blues  & Gospel Records, 1890-1943. Not just the albums are listed but every song on every album, which is to say, just about  all pre-war blues and gospel records as well as the other material on, say, 150-200 CDs that are not pre-war blues or gospel.

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August 9, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 235 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

WE ARE REPEATING A PROGRAM FROM TWO MONTHS AGO WHEN CFMU EXPERIENCED A PODCAST FAIL.

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Fifteen months ago  we presented a 90-minute special following the death of B.B. King at the age of 89. At the time, we weren’t aware that the Japanese P-Vine label was preparing a comprehensive box set making available all of B.’s recordings for the Bihari Brothers’ Modern-RPM-Kent companies. That set has just been made available. Its full title is The Complete RPM-Kent Recording Box: The Life, Times and the Blues of B.B. King. The box contains 17 CDs, According to P-Vine the box includes all the B.B. King singles, album tracks, alternate and incomplete takes, including 100 songs premiered in the box, 10 of them completely unreleased, as well as what P-Vine calls “session scenes” with successive takes of several numbers plus the attendant studio talk. In the box, there is also an LP with rare material from the B.B. King catalogue plus Charles Sawyer’s biography of B.B. KIng in a Japanese translation. The 56-page booklet details the tracks on every disc but there is no complete session discography. The booklet does include lyric transcriptions by Chris Smith and appreciations from various figures in the blues field. A further attraction of the booklet is the selection of photos by Ernest Withers. Much, but not all, of the booklet’s text has been translated to English from the original Japanese.

Our feature on the box will include A & B sides from the singles issued by RPM and Kent between 1951 and 1961. Some well-known titles but several that aren’t well-known.

The greater part of the 17 CDs is made up of the album tracks, alternate takes and never issued material and we’ll work that material into the show over time. Some of these tracks are organized by theme while others are organized chronologically on discs titled “B.B.’s Blues Revolution”, Phase 1 – 4. There’s a complete disc of “session scenes” on the disc “B.B. in the Recording Studio”. The CDs are housed in cardboard sleeves and each CD has a soft protective liner.

It would be hard to argue that there is a greater figure than B.B. King in post-World War 2 blue and most of his great recordings were made for Modern-RPM-Kent but not many people will opt to buy a 17-CD set and the Complete RPM-Kent Recordings is a limited edition. A four-CD set on Ace (UK) called The Vintage Years remains in print and it is an excellent survey of B’s recordings for the Bihari Brothers labels.

Still, the publication of the P-Vine set is something of a momentous occasion even if the packaging is less sturdy than we might have anticipated and we thought we should devote some attention to it on the program.

Also on the program, Bluegrass Gospel, Gospel Funk and Sacred Steel.

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On the Show:

B.B. King – Louis Jordan – T-Bone Walker – Marshall Lawrence Band – Stewart Family – Brother John Witherspoon – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until September 6th.

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Next week (August 16th)

The Document label.

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August 2, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 234 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

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What was supposed to be three weeks away from the program turned out to be the entire month of July because of technical work that had to be carried out last Monday and Tuesday in the on-air and production studios at CFMU but we’re back now in August.

This week, we take a brief look at sanctified gospel groups in the pre-war era; also Excello label blues, Rockin Sidney and Ohio Soul.

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On the Show:

Five Blind Boys of Mississippi – McIntorsh & Edwards – Rev. Benny Campbell – Gospel Minnie – Mahalia Jackson – Whitehorse – Silas Hogan – Rockin Sidney – Shy Guy Douglas – Albert Washington – Treniers

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 download until August 29th.

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Next week (August 9th)

Next week, we will present our B.B. King special, based upon the Complete RPM-Ken Recordings a second time. CFMU’s podcast facility was not functioning the first time we aired the show so other-than-live streaming and downloading was not supported. In two weeks, we plan to air the special tracing the history of the Document label.

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July 26, 2016

Swear to Tell the Truth, July 26, 2016 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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We were supposed to return to the air this week but all CFMU programs on July 25th and July 26th are PRE-EMPTED as the station conducts needed engineering work. Apologies.
 
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Next week (August 2nd)

Barring further surprises, we’ll be back on the air next week with a varied playlist. Two weeks from now, a feature on Document Blues and Gospel as that label has gone into limbo having given up the production and sale of CDs for the time being.

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