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October 13, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 293 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 13, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

Because of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday we had to submit the file for this week’s program a couple of days early. This is another in our series of broadcasts from home. On the program, a few recordings by Johnny Otis and associates; selections from the Black Top Blues-a-Rama shows; Cajun songs of love and loss; a Country segment; down-home gospel.

On the Show:

Johnny Otis Orchestra feat. Big Jay McNeely – Robins – Esther Phillips – Smoke Wagon Blues Band – MonkeyJunk – James “Thunderbird” Davis – James Booker – Little Walter – Bill Kinnear & Carlos del Junco – Blind Uncle Gaspard – Carolina Tarheels – Tennessee Ernie Ford – Southern Sons – National Clouds of Joy – Caudill Family – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until December 1st as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right 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.

Errors and Omissions:

Circumstances quite beyond our control led to the fact that there was no podcast of BRS 292, our Chicago Soul Special, available to you if you tried to stream from the CFMU website. There was a technical failure on September 29th. We decided to rebroadcast the program October 6th but, once again, there is no podcast available on the website for reasons that haven’t been explained to us. Our apologies if you sought the program out and could not find it.

Next week

TBA

October 7, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 292 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 29, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

This episode aired on September 29th but podcasts from that date were lost and we decided to reair the show  today, October 6th, to permit online listeners to stream or download.

Think back to the 1960s. It’s easier if you were around back then. At the beginning of the decade there was new interest in what were called “country blues”. Musicians from the pre-world war 2 era were sought out and were recorded on the spot or brought to recording studios. Some had kept up their playing at home, some hadn’t touched an instrument in years, a few had remained active trying to make a living as musicians. As the decade unfolded interest grew about electric Chicago blues and some musicians like J.B. Hutto or Johnny Young who had laid down their instruments returned to playing for new audiences. Dylan went electric. The interest in blues beyond the African-American audience came just as interest in blues was dwindling in the black community and the new blues commentators would complain about the rise of “commercial” Soul music at the expense of “authentic” blues and the displacement of blues from the clubs. Meanwhile, a wave of creativity swept through the clubs and record studios and the new music filled both the clubs and the charts. We think of Soul as emanating from the studios of Memphis and Muscle Shoals. It came from all over but perhaps nowhere more than from Chicago, supported by a wide array of large and small independent record labels.

On the Show:

Jo Armstead Band – Ruby Andrews – Harold Burrage – Dorothy Prince – Johnny Sayles – Billy Butler & the Enchanters – Impressions – Ricky Allen – Willie Henderson – Etta James – Lee Shot Williams – Cicero Blake – Erma Franklin – Little Milton – Otis Clay – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until November 24th as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right 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

TBA.

September 30, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 289 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 8, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

On this week’s program, our tenth show prerecorded at home, No particular focus. Some fifties R&B vocal groups, jazz-oriented R&B from the forties; taste of down-home blues; Southern Soul; Gospel from the Nashboro label.
On the Show:

On the Show:

Freddie King – Jerry Butler – Richard Berry & the Pharoahs – Paul James – Pee Wee Hughes – James Cotton – Ernestine Anderson – Merl Lindsay & His Oklahoma Nite Riders – Roscoe Shelton – Barbara & the Browns – Gospel Songbirds – Syl Johnson – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until November 3rd as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right 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

TBA.

September 29, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 288 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 1, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

Ninth show from our North End bubble. This week, six days before Labour Day, we have a feature segment about reflections on work in blues and country music in the pre-war era and beyond. Nothing too serious. Neither black or white vernacular music dealt much with issues of labour, workers’ interests or collective struggle, and few songs deal entirely with the subject of work. But there are many songs that include reflections on work and its impact on peoples’ lives Also on the program, blues from the fities and sixties, Chicago and Memphis; Gospel; and Soul. 

“Don’t your woman look good when she got another man” – Hound Dog Taylor

On the Show:

John “Big Moose Walker – Arlean Brown – Howlin’ Wolf – Walter Horton – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Tiny Bradshaw & His Orchestra – Little Victor – Michael Pickett – Frank “Springback” James – Frank Hutchinson – Dave McCarn – Andrew Tibbs – Caravans – Otis Clay – Paulette Reaves – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until October 20th as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right 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

TBA.

September 25, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 287 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 25, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon.

We submitted the audio file for this program late and we are unsure when it will air as of this moment. Our eighth show from the home studio. On the program this week, a feature devoted to Rhythm & Blues from Kansas City, both from K.C. itself and from L.A. where many K.C musicians located after a reform movement swept the Pendergast city government machine from power and as the lure of the Coast economy drew them from the city at the same time as opportunities to play were disappearing. Also on the program, Western Swing, and in that segment the story of Johnnie Lee Wills’ “Rag Mop”–as we understand it. Bit of Soul to end the program.

“They’ll tell you to your face, this ain’t no po’ folks home” –Charlie Q. Price

On the Show:

Julia Lee – B.B. King – Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets – Shakura S’Aida – Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers – Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys – 4  Jacks – Lottie Kimbrough – Crown Prince Waterford – Myra Taylor – Jesse Price – Buddy Tate Sextet – Albert King- Bobby Marchan – Oscar Toney, Jr. – Bettye Swann – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until October 20th as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right 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

TBA.

September 22, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 290 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 15, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

Our 11th broadcast from home. We had two feature segments this week. The first devoted to Coast Blues, mostly from L.A., mostly from the sixties, following the release of an album from Ace (UK) compiling blues from the Bihari brothers’ Kent label. Later in the show we take a look at a fascinating, if troubling, set from JSP, Protobilly: Minstrel and Tin Pan Alley DNA of Country Music. Basically, the set documents the migration of Minstrel and Vaudeville songs not only into the Hillbilly field but into the Blues and repertoire of black songsters. Some of the songs in the brief selection we chose will be offensive to listeners. Also in the program, some latter-day Soul recordings.

On the Show:

Frank “Floorshow” Culley – Flash Terry – King Solomon – Sonny Rhodes – Big Mama Thornton – Sady Courville & Dennis McGee – Merrill Moore – Cousins & DeMoss – Banjo Joe – May Irwin – Georgia White – Sir Mack Rice – Michelle Willson – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until November 10th as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right 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

TBA.

Blues and Rhythm Show 291 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 22, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

Once again, this is a prerecorded show. We have some 1940s R&B from Mercury, classic R&B expressly for dancing, a bit of post-war Western Swing out of California and some Gospel from the Golden Era and just after. In the second half of the program we have a feature that looks closely at the Paramount label, the perhaps unintentionally great “race” label of the 1921-1932 era. This is the second instalment of a series we began in January. The first instalment took us just up to 1924. This one takes us through that year and into 1925, from classic blues to Papa Charlie Jackson, with Gospel and Hillbilly along the way.

On the Show:

Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings – Helen Humes – Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra – Mainline Amos Garrett – Saddle Tramps – Frank Hovington – Edmonia Henderson – Jelly Roll Morton – Ida Cox – Ukelele Bob Williams – Norfolk Jubilee Qartet – Jimmie Blythe -Bessie Griffin – Back Home Choir – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until November 17th as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right 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.

Errors & Omissions

Last week we pasted the same music file twice into the show audiofile . Sonny Rhodes played twice in succession while a Smokey Wilson track was omitted.

Next week

TBA.

August 18, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 287 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 25, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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We submitted the audio file for this program late and we are unsure when it will air as of this moment. Our eighth show from the home studio. On the program this week, a feature devoted to Rhythm & Blues from Kansas City, both from K.C. itself and from L.A. where many K.C musicians located after a reform movement swept the Pendergast city government machine from power and as the lure of the Coast economy drew them from the city at the same time as opportunities to play were disappearing. Also on the program, Western Swing, and in that segment the story of Johnnie Lee Wills’ “Rag Mop”–as we understand it. Bit of Soul to end the program.

“They’ll tell you to your face, this ain’t no po’ folks home” –Charlie Q. Price

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On the Show:

Julia Lee – B.B. King – Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets – Shakura S’Aida – Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers – Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys – 4  Jacks – Lottie Kimbrough – Crown Prince Waterford – Myra Taylor – Jesse Price – Buddy Tate Sextet – Albert King- Bobby Marchan – Oscar Toney, Jr. – Bettye Swann – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until October 14th as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right 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.

Errors & Omissions

We provide a lot of information on the program. Inevitably we make mistakes on air, even in prerecorded shows. One obvious error in BRS 286 had to do with the instrumentation behind Rose Mitchell on “Baby Please Don’t Go”. As the listener would have noticed there was only guitar, drums and handclaps. No piano and bass. We wonder if the guitar might have been Edgar Blanchard but have no evidence to say so.

Next week

TBA.

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August 10, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 286 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 11, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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Still broadcasting from home owing to the COVID-19 precautions. Our program features recordings from the New Orleans R&B revival; zydeco; Memphis blues from the years 1927-1933; Bluegrass recordings spanning 1941-1952; Urban Blues 1961-1986: Urban Blues was a descriptor that was supposed to distinguish post-B.B. King blues, the music of the Beale-Streeters and those who followed  from down-home electric (Chicago-style) “city” blues. Arguably this style evolved into the Soul Blues of the seventies and after, music  that still lives on the Chitlin circuit. In the end the different blues threads merge, separate and merge again but the Urban Blues tag signified something real enough when Charles Keil wrote his book, published in 1967.

“I don’t mind, captain,  working from sun to sun but I want my money, captain, when payday comes”  — Tom Dickson

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On the Show:

Monte Easter – Queen Ida – Snooks Eaglin – Chuck Carbo – Pearl Dickson – Robert Wilkins – Jack Kelly’s South Memphis Jug Band – The Vaudevillian – Charlie Monroe & His Kentucky Pardners – Bill Clifton & the Dixie Mountain Boys – Junior Parker – Lynn White – David Dee – Harrell Singers – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until October 7th as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right 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

TBA.

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July 27, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 285 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 28, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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This week we devote a full program to the French music of Louisiana–Cajun music, Zydeco and a taste of swamp R&B and pop. Record companies recognized a potential market for Acadian French recordings as they had for recordings serving other ethnic minorities. After the Columbia Record Company  recorded Joseph Falcon in 1928 other companies followed their lead. Early records emphasized traditional sounds with accordion, fiddle and guitar but by the mid-thirties tastes had shifted to bands influenced by Country string band and Western Swing sounds and the accordion appears to have been retired for almost fifteen years–at least on record–though not from country socials.   A record by Iry Lejeune in 1948 appears to have rekindled interest in the traditional Cajun sounds and to have coincided with an instinct to celebrate Cajun culture and tradition.

Other than a few recordings by the Lomaxes for the Library of Congress, the only Creole musician to make records was Amédé Ardoin whose records with and without the Cajun fiddler Denus McGee were directed at the Cajun rather than the “race” market, in the terminology of the times. It was in the 1950s that the first Creole “Zydeco” recordings appeared on independent labels.

Our special covers 86 years of French music from Louisiana/

“Allons, faire le boogie woogie” –Harry Choates

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On the Show:

Jimmy C. Newman – Nathan Abshire & the Rayne-Bo Ramblers – Clarence Garlow – Wayne Perry – Amédé Ardoin – Hackberry Ramblers – Harry Choates – Iry Lejeune – Johnnie Allan – Magnolia Sisters – Cleveland Crochet – Boisec Ardoin – Lynn August – Badeaux’s Louisana Aces – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until October 1st as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right 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

TBA.

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