October 13, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 200 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

   Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 13th, (1:00-2:30 pm).

No special theme on our 200th original show. Blues, R&B, Gospel and Soul this week. We’ve gone back to some vinyl sources for some of tracks for this show. As is often the case, we’re following up on some threads pulled loose on earlier shows. Blues recordings from the 1930s and from the Blues Revival era, storefront and streetcorner gospel, a sampling of R&B records, a few random Soul tracks on the program.

We can’t represent all the music we play every week, or any week, so we try to rotate styles, eras, artists from  week to week. We didn’t have a plan when we put this week’s show together but we wanted to play a few particular recordings, some of which made the cut and others that didn’t. The rest of the show fell into place.


There are two competing pressures that influence us when we put together the program each week. The first is the compulsion to play everything we’d like to play in 90 minutes per week. The other is the instinct to save every great selection for exactly the right context in the right program. Some weeks we’re happy with the result. Other weeks, not so much.

On the Show:

Jimmy McGriff – Ricky Allen – Bumble Bee Slim – Flora Molton – Linda Hopkins – Duke Robillard – Shakura S’Aida – Rev. Anderson Johnson – Roy lee Johnson – Sam Cooke – et al.

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 November 9th.

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.

Errors and Omissions:

Last week, we identified Willie Steele as the guitar player on the “Prison Bound Blues”  by Willie Nix. It was, of course, Willie johnson. Willie Johnson and Willie Steele both played in Howlin’ Wolf’s band before he moved to Chicago. Steele was the drummer.

Next week (October 20th)



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