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January 26, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 272 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon) – already aired.

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Los Angeles R&B recordings from the fifties; more about Rufus Rastus (What You Gonna Do when the Rent Comes Round); Blues in the street – Maxwell Street in Chicago; guitar gospel; Stax-Volt 1968

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On the Show:

Maxwell Davis Orchestra – Ray Agee – Rusty McDonald – Steve Strongman – Ginger St.James – Mississippi Possum Hunters – Arvella Gray – Maxwell Street Jimmy – Robert Nighthawk – Stanley Brothers – Eddie “Lee :”Mustright” Jones – Ollie & the Nightingales – Jeanne & the Darlings – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at CFMU.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until March 18th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

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

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Next week

TBA.

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January 18, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 271 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Filed under: Uncategorized — cmcompton @ 3:05 am

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon) – already aired.

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Chicago Blues: 1960s singles and late album tracks, 1970s-1990s; early Junior Kimbrough; Hawaiian string music and bottleneck guitar; Natchez Fire; Anthony Heilbut: Gospel Sound and his Spirit Feel label.

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On the Show:

Roosevelt Sykes – Earl Hooker – Big Daddy Rogers – Son Seals – Zora Young – John Lee Ziegler – Sol Hoopii – Casey Bill Weldon – Gene Gilmore – Louise Massey & the Westerners – Trickbag – Arizona Dranes – Inez Andrews – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at CFMU.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until March 11th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, 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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January 8, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 270 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Filed under: Uncategorized — cmcompton @ 8:13 pm

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon) – already aired

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We covered a lot of ground in our first program of the year: 1950s Rhythm & Blues , Chicago Blues from roughly the same era, a pair of little-known gospel quartets recorded in Dallas in 1929,  Country Gospel, post-war singing preachers, Soul out of Chicago.

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Big Maybelle – Little Esther Phillips – H-Bomb Ferguson – Little Richard – Billy “The Kid” Emerson – Junior Wells – Duke Robillard – The Vaudevillian – Josh White – Blackwood Brothers – Rev Kelsey – Bishop Louis Narcisse – Otis Clay – Alvin Cash & the Crawlers – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at CFMU.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until March 4th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, 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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November 27, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 265 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, November 19h (10:00 to 12:00 noon

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No particular themes this week. Songs about death, prison and the mob. Recordings from Alan Lomax, down-home gospel from the Coast, late thirties blues with jazz small-group backing, male vaudeville singers of the twenties.

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Sonny Thompson – The Wheels – Evelyn Freeman – Tom Delaney- Peetie Wheatstraw – Ebony Three – Work Group, Parchman Farm – Prophet B.W. West – Lowe Stokes & His North Georgians – Miss Angel – Arlean Brown – Little Milton – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at CFMU.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until January 21st. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the 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

New Orleans R&B, Vee-Jay Gospel

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November 12, 2019

Swear to Tell the Truth, November 12, 2019 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Filed under: Uncategorized — cmcompton @ 9:05 pm
We booked a week off for this Tuesday. Circumstances beyond our control consumed the time required to prepare the program. The station played a repeat program.  See the posting for Blues & Rhythm Show #259 for details.
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Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at the CFMU website. The program will be available to stream or download until August 13th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Couldn’t be easier. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

Next week (November 19th)

Check this site for an update.

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Blues and Rhythm Show 264 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, November 5th (10:00 to 12:00 noon

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This week, the show goes back to blues from the Victor label, looking at Blues from the legendary Bluebird budget line, records made between 1933 and 1941. It’s hard to generalize about Bluebird’s blues output because it included a wide range of styles. At the end of the 1930s, Bluebird included what some might regard as quite dispensable swing dance blues records at one end of the spectrum but hard southern blues at the other. We mostly featured the hard blues recordings.

Also on the program, some pre-war gospel quartet from the southeastern states as well as a couple of live performances from the early sixties concerts stages by the Friends of old time Music. And a bit of Soul music from Don Robey’s Duke and Back Beat labels.

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Othe Show:

Adolph Hofner – Dick Devall – Mississippi Fred McDowell – Thankful Quartette – Selah Jubilee Singers – Samantha Martin & the Haggard – Tampa Red – Big Bill– Mississippi Matilda – Robert Lee McCoy – Big Maceo – Robert Petway – The C&C Boys – Buddy Ace – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at CFMU.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until December 31st. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the 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

repeat of our October 1st program

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Blues and Rhythm Show 263 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 29th (10:00 to 12:00 noon

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Featured this week on the program a selection of R&B from Los Angeles recorded in the years 1944 to 1957. Blues singers sang about the lure of California from here and there in the 1930s but a wave of migration gave the coast a growing African-American population augmented by the wartime economy and the attraction of wartimes jobs fabricating armaments and wartime materials. A vibrant club scene supported local music and a host of independent labels competing to record local musical talent helped make Los Angeles and the coast a destination for musicians. Most of those labels were short-lived but a few important indies, including Modern, Aladdin and Specialty, emerged to become national players, while Exclusive and Swing Time developed impressive catalogues bvut couldn’t negotiate the transition from 78 to 45 rpm.

Our feature includes a number of talented performers important in their time but without easily recognizable names today.

Also on the program, the Staple Singers, blues from a couple of early country string groups, Leroy CarrMiss Angel and Steve Strongman.

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Othe Show:

Wid Bill Moore –  Austin McCoy – Gene Phillips – Clara Smith – Howlin’ Wolf – Leroy Carr – Duke Henderson – Helen Andrews with Johnny Creach Trio – Great Gates – Sherman Booker – Rockin’ Highliners – Hill Billies – Ken Whiteley – Staple Singers and others

program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at CFMU.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until December 31st. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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

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Bluebird label Blues

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Blues and Rhythm Show 262 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 22nd (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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We took a look at the Sun Blues catalogue, records made at Sun Studios between 1951 and 1957. Recording blues for the Modern-RPM and Chess labels was how Sam Phillips started out before those two labels became embroiled in a dispute over which label  had the right to record Howlin’ Wolf and Rosco Gordon. Phillips had recorded each man for both labels. In the end, Modern-RPM got Rosco Gordon as an exclusive artist and began making records without Phillips studio. Howlin’ Wolf remained with Chess but the arrangement between Chess and Sun Studios became unsatisfactory to both sides while Phillips began to issue records on his own Sun label. With his own label, Phillips was able to record Memphis and Delta blues the way he wanted but not to issue all the records he would have liked to. He recorded much more than he could afford to press and distribute.

After 1954, most of Sun’s resources were committed to selling rockabilly and recording blues slowed dramatically. It needs to be pointed out that this was true throughout the industry. Not that blues records stopped being made altogether but if you look closely at the blues discography you can see how the recording careers of so many figures in blues and R&B ended or slowed dramatically around 1954.

Our feature mixed recordings issued by Sun with unissued songs and alternate takes of issued songs from the Sun vaults. Also on the program, a couple of older Memphis bluesmen recorded by Samuel Charters at Sun Studios, the Old South Quartette, some 1950s Memphis Gospel, Michael Pickett and and something from the latest Bobby Radcliff album.

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Othe Show:

HowellDevine –  Harrison Kennedy – Old South Quartette – Memphis Willie B. – Howlin’ Wolf – Doctor Ross – David “Honeyboy” Edwards – Big Memphis Ma Rainey – Little Junior’s Blue Flames – Mose Vinson – Earl Hooker – Songbirds of the South – Angel Voices – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at CFMU.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until December 17h. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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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

Sun Blues

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October 27, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 261 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 15th (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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Our show the day after Thanksgiving Monday began with Rhythm & Blues, mostly from well-known names in the R&B field. Besides that opening feature, we played some Western Swing, some early White Country Gospel, followed by a selection of hard Gospel tracks and more traditonally-based gospel tracks from around 1970. In the playlist, as well, Mel Brown and to close the show, Bobby Bland.

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On the Show:

Johnny Otis Orchestra/Robins –  Walter Brown – Julia Lee – Four Barons – Buddy & Ella Johnson – Mel Brown & the Houserockers – Johnny Lee Wills & the Boys – Alfred Karnes – Gospelaires of Dayton, Ohio – Shaw Singers – Big Dan & the Heavyweights – Bobby Bland – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at CFMU.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until December 10th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the 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

Sun Blues

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October 13, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 260 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 8th (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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Feature on this week’s program is a long one covering the Victor label’s blues and country catalogues in the early years. Victor did not enter the roots field when many other labels did but hire the leading figure in race and hillbilly music, Ralph Peer, when he left the OKeh label. Beginning in 1926, Victor quickly became one of the big three labels in the roots field. Early success included the famous Bristol Sessions of 1927 where the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers made their recording debuts on Victor. Aside from any commercial success, Peer and Victor arranged some historically famous sessions, including the Tommy Johnson-Ishman Bracey 1928 session in Memphis. As with everyone in the industry, the Depression and its effect on record sales put the program Peer ran into question but by 1934 Victor had established its budget Bluebird line and continued to record and sell blues and country records.

Our feature covers the years 1927 to 1935. To put together the feature we drew from three generations of RCA Victor reissues–the Vintage series of LPs issued between 1964 and 1972, the Bluebird CDs of the early 1990s and the excellent series of CDs When the Sun Goes Down produced by Colin Escott from the early 2000s. Obviously, what’s important is the quality of music contained by these albums and they were very good collections. It’s unlikely that we will see similar reissue programs today beyond special releases like the American Epic set but much of what we played this week is still obtainable.

Also on the program, a few recordings reflecting the growing awareness of Chicago blues from the Blues Revival era–from Storyville, Prestige and Vanguard–and a bit of Hi label Soul.

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On the Show:

Otis Spann –  Billy Boy Arnold – James Cotton – Elmore James – Big Sugar – Dinwiddie Colored Quartet – Jim & Andrew Baxter – Jim Jackson – Cannon’s Jug Stompers – Allen Brothers – Lone Star Cowboys – Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah – Ann Peebles Johnson – Al Green – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at the CFMU website. The program will be available to stream or download until December 2nd. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the 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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