August 5, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 141 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 5th (1:00-2:30 pm)

We play a pretty broad variety of blues and blues artists on this program but a hurried survey told us we hadn’t played a number of significant blues artists from Chicago in not quite three years on the air. We decided to devote one of our midsummer specials to correcting the situation so far as we could in 90 minutes. Blues recordings began to disappear from the R&B charts in the late fifties. In Chicago, a number of clubs closed and blues performers retired or took on full-time employment. For all the disruption that occurred in the club scene and to the lives of individual performers, blues continued to be a source of entertainment in Chicago. It retained an audience in south and west side clubs and a new audience helped support blues in places it might not have been heard before. Some performers not only met the challenge of soul music but made elements of soul part of their style. Our special will feature a selection of blues performers from the 1970s and ’80s. We’ll try to present a fairly representative selection of the blues styles that could be heard in Chicago in this twenty years span, featuring music mostly from blues specialist labels.

On the Show:

Hound Dog Taylor – Willie Williams – Mighty Joe Young – Good Rockin’ Charles – Luther Allison – Big Time Sarah – Artie “Blues Boy” White – Gloria Hardiman

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 September 2nd.

Contact Us

To reach us with comments or queries, write us at sweartotellthetruth@gmail.com.

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Next week (August 12th)

We don’t know for sure but we’re think we’re going to take our attention down south next week.


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