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March 31, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 174 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 31st, (1:00-2:30 pm)

Our theme this week the origins of Robert Johnson. There’s a powerful mythology around the figure of Robert Johnson, way out of proportion to his contemporary importance when he was alive. We’ve never devoted much time to Robert Johnson’s music on The Blues & Rhythm Show, but this week we are looking at the sources of his songs, guided by Elijah Wald’s book Escaping the Delta and a CD compilation he edited for the Yazoo label, a CD titled Back to the Cross-Roads. A large part of the myth of Robert Johnson rests on the idea that his songs were not only unique but were an expression of his tormented psyche. Not given much consideration was the idea that Johnson was developing songs from models that were available to him from popular blues artists like Leroy Carr, Kokomo Arnold or Lonnie Johnson, something which Wald demonstrated in considerable detail in his book. And, while Robert Johnson revealed certain preoccupations in his songwriting, they were not in any way outside of blues convention As the title of Wald’s book suggests, Johnson’s ambitions were larger than the Delta region he emerged from and, while his music was an anticipation of the later Mississippi-in-Chicago blues and the beat of rock and roll, Wald wondered if his imagination might not have taken him in a quite different direction.

On the Show:

Michael Jerome Browne – Steve Earle – Johnnie Temple – Robert Johnson – Leroy Carr – Kokomo Arnold – Scrapper Blackwell – Rev. E.W. Clayborn, The Guitar Evangelist – Tampa Red – Mississippi Sheiks – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until April 27th.

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 (April 7th)

Can’t tell you right now.

March 24, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 173 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 24th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

New York blues and R&B from the fifties and Piedmont style blues 1935-1951 on this week’s show.  We had something else in mind but faced a couple of obstacles. The show we did put together began with one track we wanted to play by Reverend Gary Davis. Kinston North Carolina storeowner J.B. Long’s pipeline to New York and Columbia Records ensured that Blind Boy Fuller and his circle, including Gary Davis,  were prominently represented on records from 1935 to 1941, when Fuller became one of the most popular recording artists in blues. Fuller died early in 1941 but the regional style of blues from the Carolinas, Virginia and parts of nearby states had sufficient cachet to retain a share of the post-war blues market. Blues singers were part of the migration to northern cities and New York, not generally regarded to be a blues city,  became home to a small but influential circle of blues artists who benefitted from being close to the heart of the American recording industry.

On the Show:

Sam Price and his Orchestra – Mickey & Sylvia – Wild Jimmy Spruill – Betty James – Reverend Gary Davis – Blind Boy Fuller – Dipper Boy Council – Gabriel Brown – Champion Jack Dupree – Dan Pickett – Carolina Slim – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until April 20th.

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 (April 3rd)

Can’t tell you right now.

cmc

March 17, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 172 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 17th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

This isn’t the program we set out to put together but we patched together a program for this week with some material we’ve been looking to work into the show for a while, a few new releases and material we’ve overlooked over the past while. R&B and blues from L.A; blues from Texas; recent acoustic blues; obscure J.O.B. label singles from Chicago; new and posthumous Pops Staples, unreleased Soul Stirrers, live gospel from Atlanta.

On the Show:

Joe Houston – Big Sis Andrews & Her Huckle-Busters – Gene Taylor – Robert Dunbar & Eagle-Aires of Chicago – Marshall Lawrence – Big Walter “The Thunderbird” Price – Luke “Long Gone” Miles – Pops Staples – Soul Stirrers – Rev. Johnny L. Jones – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until April 13th.

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 24th)

No plan as yet.

cmc

March 10, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 171 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 10th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

Women’s music is underrepresented in the blues, R&B and soul catalogues of the record companies except for the decade of the 1920s, which was devoted almost exclusively to female classic-vaudeville blues artists for five years while that style remained well-represented by the record companies until 1930 and a bit after. We try to present women’s music in every show although we very occasionally fail, as on our Mardi Gras special of two weeks ago, but we also make sure to present an International Women’s Day special each year. Some years our IWD show has been issue-oriented. This year’s is not issue-oriented for the most part. We have done a number of features on women’s blues and gospel but we think it’s important to devote one show a year entirely to women’s expression, especially when the weight of the commercial labels’ catalogues are so heavily weighted to music by men, who also have dominated in label ownership, production and A&R, as well as in record distribution and  radio. Even in the sixties, one encounters stories to the effect that a certain female artist’s records failed to get effective promotion and distribution because records by Aretha Franklin had been given precedence. Based upon prejudice or real experience, the distributors and radio programmers appear to have imposed a quota on female artists, even if the record labels had not.

On the Show:

Cleo Brown – Ida Cox – Lucille Bogan – Precious Bryant – Marilyn Scott – Eunice Davis – Famous Davis Sisters – The Georgia Peach – Irma Thomas – Betty Harris – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until April 6th.

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 17th)

We don’t have a plan yet for the show. We do promise nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day.

cmc

March 3, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 170 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 3rd, (1:00-2:30 pm) – Fundraiser 2015

This is Fundraising Week. CFMU needs your financial support to help see us through another year. A successful fundraising drive secures the station and its programming for the coming year.  It also makes the difference between effective equipment maintenance and upgrades rather than deferring work to an indefinite future date. If you listen to this show or other CFMU programs via the web, you can easily donate to the station by clicking on the 2015 Fundraiser box on the CFMU homepage and clicking the donate button on the Fundraiser page. If you live in Hamilton, make a $30.00 donation and you will receive a Friends of CFMU Card which entitles you to savings, special offers and bonuses for select businesses, including the Art Gallery, cafes, stores, and services. Check the CFMU website to see a list of participating businesses.

On the Show:

Trenier Twins – Esquerita – Cleo Gibson – Polk Miller’s Old South Quartette – John Lee Hooker – Morgan Davis  – Bobo Jenkins – Sister Jessie Mae Renfro – Big Dan & the Gospel Heavyweights – Otis Clay – Ruby Johnson – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until March 30th.

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 10th)

Our March 10th show will be devoted to our annual International Women’s Day Special.

cmc

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