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February 25, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 120 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

We’ve never devoted a feature to St. Louis–until this week. St. Louis and East St.Louis, across the river in Illinois, supported a unique blues culture that nurtured distinctive styles of playing and singing blues. Like Memphis, St. Louis was a destination for migrants from the south and a staging point for others who wished to go on to the north, especially to Chicago. It was definitely a blues city and, in the late twenties and the thirties, it attracted musicians like Lonnie Johnson, Joe Lee Williams and Roosevelt Sykes.

On the Show:

Ciro’s Coon Club Orchestra – St. Louis Bessie – Henry Brown – Henry Townsend – Charley Jordan – Peetie Wheatstraw – St. Louis Jimmy – Charlie “Specks” McFadden – Johnnie Strauss – Teddy Darby – Milton Sparks – 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 March 24th.

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 (March 4th)

Next week we’ll we’ll be looking for your support for CFMU 93.3. Make a pledge by phoning the station at 905-528-9888 while we’re on the air or pledge online at cfmu.mcmaster.ca. We;ll be playing some great music and we’ll have some giveaways available for those who make a pledge.

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February 18, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 119 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 18, 2014 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We left a few loose ends so we’re going to round off our Bob Geddins feature of last week. Also on the program, a couple of tracks from the Galaxy label (L.A. blues from the 1960s). We have some live blues and gospel tracks; “raw American gospel” from a Tompkins Square compilation that appears to be out-of-print now; preachers and one-time quartet leads on the Nashboro label

On the Show:

Dexters – Jimmy Nelson – Ray Agee – Clarence Green (Sonny Rhodes) – Mainline – Harrison Kennedy – Missionary Mamie Sample – Reverend Willingham – Johnnie Taylor – 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 March 17th.

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 25th)

Next week we’ll present some pre-World War 2 blues in some kind of feature yet to be determined.  In two weeks, it will be Fundraising Week at CFMU. That will be March 4th for this program. We hope some of you will show your support for the station and the program, including those who might listen online. (That’s also Fat Tuesday, so we will not be able to present a Mardi Gras program this year.) February 11th will be our annual all-woman show for International Women’s Day. Fundraising prevents us from putting on this show in advance of I.W.D. 

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February 11, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 118 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 11, 2014 (1:00-2:30 pm)

This week, we devote the entire 90 minutes to Bob Geddins‘ Oakland-based record labels and the artists Geddins recorded. Since the “blues revival” of the sixties there has been great interest in records that very few people heard when they were first issued, records issued by operators like Bob Geddins that never had wide circulation. Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records befriended Geddins and issued an Oakland Blues LP on Blues Classics that first made us aware of the Oakland blues scene of the forties and fifties over forty years ago.

It’s not that Geddins never produced hits but, over the years he was in the record business, for all the effort he put into his businesses and the outside jobs he held to support his family and sustain his companies, he was rarely in a position to take advantage of a hit record and reap the benefit either personally or for his companies. Artists used his labels as a stepping stone to better-run and -financed companies.

Somehow Bob Geddins outlasted many others in the business and, if he did not achieve the financial comfort he sought, he did leave an important  legacy of recorded blues, gospel and R&B and there can be little doubt that he advanced the careers of a great many artists, even if they found their greatest success with other labels.

We’ll look at recordings made for Bob Geddins over a sixteen year period, 1945-1961.

On the Show:

Rising Star Gospel Singers – Pilgrim Travelers – Lowell Fulson – Bob Geddins’ Cavaliers – Jimmy McCracklin – Roy Hawkins – Jimmy Wilson – Big Mama Thornton – Sugar Pie De Santo – King Solomon

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 March 10th.

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 18th)

We’re unsure about next week. Fundraising is coming up. That will be March 4th for this program. That’s also Fat Tuesday, so we will not be able to present a Mardi Gras program this year. We may present our IWD show on March 11th, three days after International Women’s Day. Still working on our railroad special.

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February 4, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 117 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 4, 2014 (1:00-2:30 pm)

Looking at some southern blues on this week’s program and mostly from the past half century, i.e. from the album era. When we used to listen to blues and jazz shows on the radio years ago, we were always afraid to miss a  show or part of a show and miss something we hadn’t heard before. That experience informs the way we put together The Blues and Rhythm Show. We try to present the widest selection of music that we can while maintaining a high standard in what we play on the air. This week, fully half of the show is by artists we haven’t previously played on the program.

Included in this week’s show is an edition of King Biscuit Time from radio station KFFA in Helena, Arkansas. Of course, this means Sonny Boy Williamson & His King Biscuit Entertainers, sponsored by King Biscuit Flour, makers of Sonny Boy Cornmeal. These sponsored, usually 15 minute programs, were a feature of radio in the southern states from the early 1930s. It was quite a while before recorded music pushed most live music programming from the airwaves. Examples of radio shows devoted to jazz, country, pop and some African-American gospel and vocal group music have been preserved but not much in the way of blues.

On the Show:

Memphis Gold – Jessie Mae Hemphill – Cliff Butler – Willie Willis & the Wildcatters – King Biscuit Time – Morgan Davis – Houston Stackhouse – Lynn Harmonizers – Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges

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 March 1st.

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 11th)

We’re still working on a couple of projects, including our program on railroad blues and gospel but it may take some additional time. Not sure today what we’ll be doing next week.

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