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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.

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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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July 15, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 284 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 14, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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On our fifth show from exile in North Hamilton, a varied program, including classic R&B from Nashville (1946-1952) following up on a brief feature we did three weeks ago featuring later Nashville R&B and Soul.  Then, a couple of Hawiian steel guitar recordings from the late twenties, leading into a few recordings from Bob Wills’ great 1936  band.

Western Swing came from the rural southwest. It was based upon local  blues and string-band music but also upon the African-American jazz and blues of New Orleans, Chicago and Kansas City.  Wills’ Texas Playboys employed a horn section as well as the fiddles, steel guitar and piano that characterized most Western Swing bands. The band was never closer to the blues and jazz originals it was founded upon than in 1936. Beside the obvious debt to recent and contemporary African-American music, Western Swing was also heir, like most country music, to the complicated and conflicting tradition of minstrel song, “coon-shouting” and blackface performances. Bob Wills’ singing was influenced most by Emmett Miller the last of the minstrel men.

We also take a look at Leroy Carr, with his partner Scrapper Blackwell, probably the most influential figure in the blues of the 1930s and we play some examples of his followers in the blues. Near the end of the program, some 1960s and 1970s gospel, including tracks from a record man and producer in Savannah, Georgia.

“Gonna turn off this gas stove. I’m bound for a brand new range”–Leroy Carr

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On the Show:

Helen Humes – Rudy Greene Trio – Christine Kittrell – Sam Ku West – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers – Harrison Kennedy – Johnny Jones – Argo Singers – Golden Stars of Greenwood SC – Jubilee Nightingales – Otis Spann – 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 September 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.

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July 1, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 283 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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A couple of years ago we were off the air and in a restless moment we began compiling a disc-history of blues recordings in the post-World War 2 years. This disc-history grew to about 300 recordings on 10 mp3 discs. This week, having not put any playlist together for the show, we decided to make the first disc of the set our playlist. The show covered the years 1941 to 1947 and the playlist consists of representative blues and recordings from the blues side of R&B. We follow the path of blues releases, which, at the end of the war were mostly from RCA Victor in Chicago or from New York indie labels. Most labels everywhere else were pursuing uptown sounds, Jazz records with blues-oriented singers or rhythm & blues. By 1947, record men on the West Coast and in Chicago were looking to the south again, drawing from the local blues scenes and beginning to cater to audiences with down-home tastes.

“Y’all know I ain’t no Christian ’cause I once have been baptized”–Wright Holmes

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On the Show:

Michael Jerome Browne – Jay McShann with Walter Brown – Gabriel Brown – Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson – Wilbert “Big Boy” Ellis – Albinia Jones – Big Maceo – Cousin Joe – Ralph Willis – Doctor Clayton – Arthur Crudup – Memphis Slim & the House Rockers – Lowell Fulson – Jazz Gillum – Betty Hall Jones – 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 September 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.

Next week

TBA.

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June 23, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 282 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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On the program today, a little bit of classic R&B, some 1930s blues, some traditional gospel, a set of Hillbilly Boogie and R&B and Soul from Nashville, 1956-1970. 

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On the Show:

Wild Jimmy Spruill – Jimmy Preston – Ruth Brown – Peetie Wheatstraw – Kokomo Arnold – Jazz Gillum – Jubilee Gospel Team – Prophet Powers – Paul Howard & His Cotton Pickers – Merle Travis – Guitar Slim – Stephen Barry Band – Gene Allison – Dottie Clark – Consolers – Wayne McGhie  – 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 September 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.

Next week

TBA.

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June 16, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 281 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon) – air date of prerecorded show is uncertain

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Our second program from quarantine. We briefly sample Little Richard’s output on Specialty; blues and R&B from both coasts–New York and California; music from the R&B revival of the late 1980s and the early 1990s; country gospel from 1938; African-American gospel from 1964-1974 and a pair of gospel instrumentals.

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On the Show:

Harold Jackson & the Jackson Brothers – Little Richard – Jackie Wilson – Larry Dale – Johnny Fuller – Camille La Vah – Pee Wee Crayton – Harry Van Walls – Mark “Bird” Stafford – Charles Brown – Coon Creek Girls – Rev. Lonnie Farris with Thelma Wiiliam – Ziontones – Lamar Nelson – Ray Charles – 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 September 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.

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June 2, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 280 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 2nd or June 9th, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon) – air date of prerecorded show is uncertain

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After being away from the air we followed the instruction from the radio station to begin preparing radio shows from home, if possible. It’s a steep learning curve for the technically unsavvy. We managed to undermike our voice and made a few other mistakes along the way to our first home broadcast file.

Along the way, we played some pretty interesting music, however–R&B, Blues, Hokum Blues, Western Swing, Old Time, Gospel and Soul.

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On the Show:

Noble “Thin Man” Watts – Roy Hawkins – Wynona Carr – Hokum Boys – Jimmy Revard’s Oklahoma Playboys – Prince Albert Hunt – R.L. Burnside – Buster Benton – Nationals – Brooklyn Allstars – Stella Burke – Earl Gaines – Staple Singers – Dexters – 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 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.

cmc

January 26, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 272 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon) – already aired.

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Los Angeles R&B recordings from the fifties; more about Rufus Rastus (What You Gonna Do when the Rent Comes Round); Blues in the street – Maxwell Street in Chicago; guitar gospel; Stax-Volt 1968

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On the Show:

Maxwell Davis Orchestra – Ray Agee – Rusty McDonald – Steve Strongman – Ginger St.James – Mississippi Possum Hunters – Arvella Gray – Maxwell Street Jimmy – Robert Nighthawk – Stanley Brothers – Eddie “Lee :”Mustright” Jones – Ollie & the Nightingales – Jeanne & the Darlings – 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 March 18th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. 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.

cmc

January 18, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 271 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon) – already aired.

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Chicago Blues: 1960s singles and late album tracks, 1970s-1990s; early Junior Kimbrough; Hawaiian string music and bottleneck guitar; Natchez Fire; Anthony Heilbut: Gospel Sound and his Spirit Feel label.

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On the Show:

Roosevelt Sykes – Earl Hooker – Big Daddy Rogers – Son Seals – Zora Young – John Lee Ziegler – Sol Hoopii – Casey Bill Weldon – Gene Gilmore – Louise Massey & the Westerners – Trickbag – Arizona Dranes – Inez Andrews – 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 March 11th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. 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.

cmc

January 8, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 270 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon) – already aired

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We covered a lot of ground in our first program of the year: 1950s Rhythm & Blues , Chicago Blues from roughly the same era, a pair of little-known gospel quartets recorded in Dallas in 1929,  Country Gospel, post-war singing preachers, Soul out of Chicago.

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Big Maybelle – Little Esther Phillips – H-Bomb Ferguson – Little Richard – Billy “The Kid” Emerson – Junior Wells – Duke Robillard – The Vaudevillian – Josh White – Blackwood Brothers – Rev Kelsey – Bishop Louis Narcisse – Otis Clay – Alvin Cash & the Crawlers – 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 March 4th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. 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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