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September 21, 2021

Swear to Tell the Truth, September 21, 2021 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

We had a show in production but couldn’t complete it in time. This week’s program is a repeat of BRS 304, including technical glitches.

All post-war music this week. Vocal Group R&B from King Records, Chicago Blues from Delmark and Alligator, obacure gospel recordings from the 1960s. Something from each of the recent Jordan Officer and Kennedy, Milteau, Segal albums.

“I’m gonna move in a house with no windows” — Hank Ballard

“Everything I do, I do it off the cuff, y’all” — Freddy Robinson

On the Show:

Jordan Officer – Johnny Sellers – Aretha Franklin – Clifford Blivens – Five Royales – Hank Ballard & the Midnighters – Colin James – Tommy Kizziah – Jody Williams – Mighty Joe Young – Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials – Staple Singers – Sensational Saints of Ohio – Pearly Gates – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until November 16th as a podcast. Just go the website, scroll through 40 shows to Tuesday 10:00 am bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

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:

TBA

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September 13, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 328 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 7, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

Mixed bag this week: 1940s Blues ‘n’ Boogie; Chicago Blues discovered; R&B to Soul; Tribute albums; Gospel and parody.

“You better make it to the woods, if you can” –Walter Vinson

“He that setteth down on a red-hot stove shall rise again” — Brother Fullbosom

On the Show:

Lillette & Her Escorts – Calvin Boze – J.B. Hutto – Little Johnny Jones – Sol Ho’opi’i – Chris Whiteley – Buddy Guy – Billy Jack Wills – Lattimore Brown – Charlie Segar – Ndidi Onukwulu – Sleepy John Estes – HowellDevine – Alberta Hunter – Dixie Hummingbirds – Nina Simone – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until November 9th as a podcast. Just go the website, scroll through 40 shows to Tuesday 10:00 am bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

Next Week:

TBA

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September 6, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 327 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 7, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

The world is different in ways we could not have anticipated but it’s another new year on university campuses like McMaster’s, home to CFMU which for some reason allows us to present this weekly program on its airwaves. So, we’ll carry on as if this was just another new season of broadcasting at campus-community radio. On our first show of the fall, the day after Labour Day, we have a varied program: a few tracks we played on our debut CFMU program, including classics from Duke-Peacock, random tracks from Earl Hooker; R&B from the soft end of the spectrum; popular blues artists from the later 1930s; early protest blues and folk; death and Gospel; Soul from Muscle Shoals, Memphis and New Orleans.

“Well, I’ve always been in trouble ’cause I’m a black skin man” — Josh White

“What is this that I can’t see. This icy hand taken hold of me?” — Jeanette Carter

“I’m a son of a son of a slave” — Larry Darnell

On the Show:

Earl Hooker – Marie Adams – Bobby Bland – Four Kings & a Queen – Ruth Brown – Aretha Franklin – Georgia White – Curtis Jones – Almanac Singers – Erwin Webb & group – Maria Muldaur – Mae Gooch & Gospel Stars – Kennedy, Milteau, Segal – Jimmy Hughes – Larry Darnell – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until November 2nd as a podcast. Just go the website, scroll through 40 shows to Tuesday 10:00 am bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

Next Week:

TBA

cmc

August 30, 2021

Swear to Tell the Truth, August 31, 2021 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

We’ve been on a summer schedule but haven’t taken off a block of time. We’ve alternated new shows with repeats. This will be the last summer repeat. Look up Blues & Rhythm Show #298 for the original description of this week’s repeat.

We weren’t entirely happy with this program when it first aired in December. We do think the playlist stands up, so here is the original show with a couple of minor modifications.

This week’s program is all Gospel. Our original notion was to trace the history of Gospel recordings from the beginning. but that was probably too ambitious for a two hour program. We decided to limit the show’s attention to post-war Gospel and then looking at the widespread concept of Gospel’s Golden Age. Our playlist includes Gospel groups, quartets, soloists and singing preachers, some of whom played instruments. In some cases we have chosen the obvious and celebrated sides of well-known artists and in others the more obscure recordings in the discography.

“Some of you members, two by seven, some of you members will never get to Heaven” — Elder Charles Beck

“Just about the time I thought I was lost my dungeon shook and then the chain fell off” — Edna Gallmon Cooke

On the Show:

Staple Singers – Wings of Jordan Choir – Dixie Hummingbirds – Pilgrim Travelers – Famous Ward Singers – Brother Joe May – Goldia Haynes – Swan Silvertone Singers – Elder Charles Beck – Blind Boys of Alabama – Edna Gallmon Cooke – Rev. Cleophus Robinson with Josephine James – Swanee Quintet – Sensational Nightingales – and others.

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.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until October 26th as a podcast. Just go the website, scroll through 40 shows to Tuesday 10:00 am, bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

Next Week:

Brand new show. Check this blogsite for details.

cmc

August 23, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 326 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 24, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

We make a few stops on the way to two hours this week: classic R&B 1949-1954; old-time Country and post-war Hillbilly; early vocal group music; rare Gospel tracks; mid-to-late sixties Soul. Also Son House and Scott Dunbar from the Blues Revival era.

“I was a high geared daddy but sweet mama put me in low” – Tommy Little

“Yes, I’m gonna get me religion. I’m gonna join the Baptist Church. You know I want to be a Baptist preacher so I won’t have to work” — Son House

On the Show:

Tiny Bradshaw – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Effie Smith – Buddy & Ella Johnson – André Bisson – Ben Racine Band – Buck Mountain Band – Johnny Tyler – Pullman Porters Quartette – Oleanders – Son House – Molly O’Day & the Cumberland Mountain Folks – Fannie Bell Chapman – Hopson Family – Lamp Sisters – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until October 19th as a podcast. Just go the website, scroll through 40 shows to Tuesday 10:00 am bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

Next Week:

We’ll be off again next week. Last week of our summer schedule. There will be a repeat broadcast. We’ll tell you what is playing closer to the broadcast date.

Errors and Omissions

If you listened to BRS 325 (August 10th) to the end you encountered a moment in the program when two tracks were playing simultaneously. We allowed a stray track into our audiofile. We don’t know how we caused this to happen but we missed it in our review of the file. We’ve corrected the master file in case we use the program in repeat.

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August 14, 2021

Swear to Tell the Truth, August 17, 2021 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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We’re on a summer schedule but we aren’t taking off a block of time. We’re alternating new shows with repeats. The station will play a repeat of an earlier show. Look up Blues & Rhythm Show #285. for full details of this week’s repeat.

This week we devote a full program to the French music of Louisiana–Cajun music, Zydeco and a taste of swamp R&B and pop. Record companies recognized a potential market for Acadian French recordings as they had for recordings serving other ethnic minorities. After the Columbia Record Company  recorded Joseph Falcon in 1928, other companies followed their lead. Early records emphasized traditional sounds with accordion, fiddle and guitar but by the mid-thirties tastes had shifted to bands influenced by Country string band and Western Swing sounds and the accordion appears to have been retired for almost fifteen years–at least on record–though not from country socials. A record by Iry Lejeune in 1948 appears to have helped rekindle interest in the traditional Cajun sounds and to have coincided with an instinct to celebrate Cajun culture and tradition.

Other than a few recordings by the Lomaxes for the Library of Congress, the only Creole musician to make records was Amédé Ardoin whose records with and without the Cajun fiddler Denus McGee were directed at the Cajun rather than the “race” market, in the terminology of the times. It was in the 1950s that the first Creole “Zydeco” recordings appeared on independent labels.

Our special covers 86 years of French music from Louisiana.

“Well, I got myself a wife. She got my goat. ‘Stead of cooking supper she went out to vote” — Luderin Darbone

“On a passé dans tous les honky tonk” — D.L. Menard

On the Show:

Jimmy C. Newman – Nathan Abshire & the Rayne-Bo Ramblers – Clarence Garlow – Wayne Perry – Amédé Ardoin – Hackberry Ramblers – Harry Choates – Iry Lejeune – Johnnie Allan – Magnolia Sisters – Cleveland Crochet – Boisec Ardoin – Lynn August – Badeaux’s Louisana Aces – and others.

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.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until October 12th as a podcast. Just go the website, scroll through 40 shows to Tuesday 10:00 am, bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

Next Week:

Brand new show. Check this blogsite for details.

cmc

August 10, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 325 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 10, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

Breaking with our usual seriousness and high purpose this week we present “The Poultry Show”, a couple of hours of midsummer foolishness, songs about or referencing all manner of fowl–chickens, ducks, turkeys, etc. This program turned out to be as difficult to put together as any other show and we have forgotten why we thought it might be a good idea in the first place but it’s all in the audiofile now.

“Down in the hen house on my knees, I thought I heard a chicken sneeze” — Henry “Red” Allen

“Boy, you ever do anything like stealin’ chickens?” — Frank Stokes

On the Show:

Cab Calloway – Amos Milburn – Peppermint Harris – Stephen Barry Band – Walter Rhodes – Skillet Lickers – Reave’s White County Ramblers – Arlean Brown – King Herbert & the Knights – Alfredo Mendieta – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Griffin Brothers with Margie Day – Lula Reed – Sidemen – Lascelle Perkins – Mississippi John Hurt – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until October 5th as a podcast. Just go the website, scroll through 40 shows to Tuesday 10:00 am bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

Next Week:

We’ll be off again next week. There will be a repeat broadcast. We’ll tell you what is playing closer to the broadcast date.

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Joe Harris & Kid West

August 2, 2021

Swear to Tell the Truth, August 3, 2021 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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The photo above is of Buddy Guy’s Blues Tavern in Chicago. We’ve used the photo before. PBS just broadcast a profile of Buddy Guy in their American Masters series. Look out for it.

We’re on a summer schedule but we aren’t taking off a block of time. We’re alternating new shows with repeats. The station will play a repeat of an earlier show. Look up Blues & Rhythm Show #287. for full details of this week’s repeat.

Our eighth show from the home studio. On the program this week, a feature devoted to Rhythm & Blues from Kansas City, both from K.C. itself and from L.A. where many K.C musicians located after a reform movement swept the Pendergast city government machine from power and as the lure of the Coast economy drew them from the city at the same time as opportunities to play were disappearing. Also on the program, Western Swing, and in that segment the story of Johnnie Lee Wills’ “Rag Mop”–as we understand it. Bit of Soul to end the program.

“They’ll tell you to your face, this ain’t no po’ folks home” –Charlie Q. Price

On the Show:

Julia Lee – B.B. King – Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets – Shakura S’Aida – Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers – Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys – 4  Jacks – Lottie Kimbrough – Crown Prince Waterford – Myra Taylor – Jesse Price – Buddy Tate Sextet – Albert King – Bobby Marchan – Oscar Toney, Jr. – Bettye Swann – and others.

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.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until September 28th as a podcast. Just go the website, scroll through 40 shows to Tuesday 10:00 am, bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

Next week:

Brand new show. Mid-summer special – The Poultry Show. Check this blogsite for details.

cmc

July 26, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 324 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 27, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

Before the Blues segment: Rags & Minstrel Songs – From the Minstrel tradition to the Medicine Show; Swing Time Records; Blues from the Apple; Heroes of the Blues Revival; Put the Whole Armour On; Message Gospel

“Blues run in my family but I’ve got the worstest of them all” — Little Son Willis

On the Show:

Lowell Fulson – Little Son Willis – Harpdog Brown – Bob Gaddy – Betty James – Morgan Davis – Amos Garrett – Scrapper Blackwell – Arthur Collins & Joseph Natus – Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers – Peg Leg Sam – Robert Pete Williams – Furry Lewis – Sister Anne C. Graham – Lucy Rodgers – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until September 21st as a podcast. Just go the website, scroll through 40 shows to Tuesday 10:00 am bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

Next Week:

We’ll be off next week. There will be a repeat broadcast. We’ll tell you what is playing closer to the broadcast date.

Errors and omissions

We identifed Tarheel Slim as a member of the Wrens vocal group. We meant to say the Wheels.

We’ve mentioned it on previous shows but this week left out mention that Emmett Miller performed in blackface.

cmc

July 19, 2021

Swear to Tell the Truth, July 20th, 2021 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Filed under: Uncategorized — cmcompton @ 12:10 am

We’re on a summer schedule but we aren’t taking off a block of time. We’re alternating new shows with repeats. The station will play a repeat of an earlier show. Look up Blues & Rhythm Show #299. for full details of this week’s repeat.

No Gospel on this week’s program following last week’s 2-hour post-war Gospel special. Couple of little-remembered names in R&B as well as some small label R&B out of L.A. from the Jiving on Central Ave. series. So much Rhythm & Blues came from Los Angeles and its many independent labels. Also, field recordings of two kinds– recordings from the major labels visits to locales in the southern U.S and recordings made by modern song collectors looking for unknown or forgotten musical talents. A bit of classic and some newly recorded Soul.

“I’m a poor boy and I’ve been treated mean” — Joe Callicott

On the Show:

Bill Jennings – Arbee Stidham – Wini Beatty – Clarence Samuels – Big Bill Broonzy – Fleetwood Mac – Johnny Barfield – Buford Boyd & Willard Benson – Joe Callicott – Smoke Wagon Blues Band – Shakura S’Aida – Clarence Carter – Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra – Esther Phillips – and others.

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.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until September 14th as a podcast. Just go the website, scroll through 40 shows to Tuesday 10:00 am, bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

Next Week:

Brand new show. Check this blogsite for details.

cmc

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