September 29, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 198 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 29th, (1:00-2:30 pm).

We’ve played a lot of early blues and country music in the past two weeks. Perhaps a bit more today but most of the show will be made up of more recent recordings. We try to balance things out from week to week but that perfect balance most often eludes us. We’ve got a mix of things to play for you this week. Couple of R&B instrumentals, Rip Lee Pryor and Snooky Pryor, something else from the new Otis Rush release; Jimmie Rodgers, the Singing Brakeman; Chicago R&B from the pre-Soul era; live Johnnie Taylor; and more.

We were looking at Steve Cushing’s playlist for last week. His show, Blues Before Sunrise, out of Chicago, covers a lot of the ground we do but in five hours a week. Each hour is arranged more or less thematically and each hour is available as a podcast. He covers early blues and gospel right up to about 1970. He covers the big names in R&B and blues-based jazz from the R&B era. He doesn’t include many of the things we try to on this show, our attention to soul music, and occasional forays into white country blues and Cajun music and a few other areas. We were impressed by the show when we first heard it years ago and we were also impressed lately by the book of interviews he published last year, a book called Pioneers of the Blues Revival. This book is made up of interview profiles of blues researchers, record men and collectors. We didn’t expect it to be as interesting or as informative as it proved to be, even though we’d heard one of the interviews when it was broadcast. As for doing a five hour show, we certainly couldn’t handle it with our current format but Steve Cushing’s program is available if you look up “Blues Before Sunrise” on the web.

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On the Show:

King Porter & His Orchestra – Lula Reed – Rip Lee Pryor – Jesse Fortune – William Clarke – Jimmie Rodgers with the Louisville Jug Band – Lee Harvey Osmond – Wade Flemons – Robert Ward – a.o.

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until October 26th.

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 (October 6th)




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