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September 22, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 257 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 17th (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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The term “R&B” is still used today to describe “urban” or African-American style music that is not hiphop. Just our opinion but it seems unfortunate that no more accurate term has been applied to this current field of music.

The term “rhythm & blues” was introduced in 1949 by Billboard Magazine to categorize what previously was categorized as “race music”. Jerry Wexler has been credited with advocating the new term. “Rhythm & Blues” thus began to be used as a term for marketing and merchandising music but it would soon applied more specifically to the music that emerged around the time of the Second World War and appeared to  be a hybrid of jazz and blues.

It’s in that sense that we apply the term on The Blues & Rhythm Show and we also talk about “classic” rhythm & blues” by which we mean music that began to form at the end of the 1930s and remained broadly popular until roughly 1954 when rock and roll entered the scene in a major way while social and economic change and, importantly,  changing aspirations, began to have an impact upon blues culture.

This week a survey of what we call Classic Rhythm & Blues spanning the years 1941 to 1955. Stars of the R&B era as well as less prominent performers are included in the mix. Also, a selection of retro performances of music from the classic R&B era.

On the Show:

Earl Jackson – Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra – Bull Moose Jackson – Mabel Smith – Rubberlegs Williams – Roomful of Blues – Shakura S’Aida – Johnny Nocturne Band – Roy Milton – Percy Mayfield – Dinah Washington – Charles Brown – Johnny Ace & Big Mama Thornton – 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 November 12th. 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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Stars of classic R&B

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September 10, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 256 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

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Last week, our program began with a feature on post-war Chicago blues based upon recordngs spanning the years !947 to 1960. This week, we cover the similar period in Detroit Blues. Detroit had a significant down-home blues scene but not the recording industry that existed in Chicago before Motown. Detroit attracted African-American migrants from he South, like Chicago, and from many of the same places although from a slightly more southeastern range of territory. Chicago had steel and meat packing. Detroit had auto. We have recordings dating from 1949 to 1959.

We also have some latter-day Detroit blues recordings, a short venture into country records from the Motor City, a segment devoted to Gospel from Detroit, including a quartet believed to have Wilson Pickett as lead, and a bit of funky Detroit Soul.

On the Show:

Todd Rhodes & His Septet – Charlie Spand – Calvin Frazier – Eddie Burns – Eddie Kirkland – Baby Boy Warren – Bobo Jenkins  – York Brothers – Alberta Adams – Flying Clouds of Detroit – Rev. C.L. Franklin – Meditation Singers – Laura Lee – Boogie Woogie Red  – 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 November 5th. 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

Stars of classic R&B

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September 3, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 255 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 3rd (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

After four out of five weeks absence from the studio we’re back with a new show. 

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We have a program devoted mostly to music from Chicago or influenced by Chicago blues. Main feature is a segment devoted to Chicago Blues from the years 1947 to 1960, with recordings made for small Chicago indie labels but also for Columbia and Chess. We can draw from recent box sets devoted to Chicago blues from Boulevard Varese and Wienerworld. 

Commentators have always wrestled with how to describe post-war blues style as distinguished from rhythm & blues since writers for Billboard and Cashbox developed their own shorthand in the 1940s for capsule reviews of new releases. Reissuers today appear to have settled upon the term “Down Home”. We don’t think it’s an exact fit but it emphasizes the continuity in style and themes between pre- and post-war blues as opposed to R&B. Blues in the large and mid-size cities of the midwest and west coast reflected an experience that was different from what performers and their migrant audience had lived in the south but singers didn’t abandon the older themes and their songs were still partly addressed to a southern audience. Singers in Chicago sang about life in Chicago but were still singing about Mississippi and Arkansas to former and present southerners.

On the show, we also have some later performances of Chicago blues standards on the bill and a few gospel sides from Chicago. Along the way, we also have a couple of sides from the country corner and a brief look at the music the Ace/Kent Record labels of England are selling as New Breed R&B and blues.

On the Show:

Hound Dog Taylor – Howell/Devine – Dirty Red – Memphis Minnie – Homesick James – Chuck Berry – Eddie Boyd  – Earl Wright – Stephen Berry Band – Harpdog Brown – Bobby Radcliff – Cool Papa Jarvis – Mary Love – Staple Singers – Norfleet Brothers – 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 October 29th. 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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Next week

Detroit Special

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August 4, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 253 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 30th (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

This week’s program included a special devoted to Louisiana music, mostly of the fifties and early sixties but including tracks from the forties to the eighties. Swamp blues, R&B, Cajun and Zydeco. That took up the greater part of the program but we also took a look at the Smithsonian Folkways album devoted to Lead Belly‘s recordings for Moses Asch’s various label ventures, recordings made between 1941 and 1948. Leadbelly had spent time previously in a Texas prison but the Lomaxes met up with him in the Angola Penitentiary and he grew up in the Caddo Lake region of western Louisiana.

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On the Show:

Guitar Gable – Lightnin’ Slim – Lonesome Sundown – Clarence Garlow – Classie Ballou – Nathan Abshire – Thaddeus Declouet  – Buckwheat Zydeco – Robert Pete Williams – Lead Belly – Barbara Lynn – 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 September 24th. 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.

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July 30, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 252 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 23rd (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

A lot of the work that goes into this show is work we do preparing at home and we rely on our technological devices to put a show together. We’d planned to take a week off in any case but technical obstacles prevented us from assembling a show two weeks in a row.

Our July 23rd program included rhythm & blues recorded between 1941 and 1959. Also, pair of obscure blues pianists from the 1930s and tracks from a couple of significant Delta bluesmen who recorded just before the war. We also featured some recordings from leading gospel groups in the 1950s after reviewing the Malaco 50th anniversary Gospel set in the previous show.

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Cab Calloway & His Orchestra – Saunders King – King Perry – Big Maybelle – James Brown & the Famous Flames – Jesse James – Tony Hollins – Morgan Davis  – Rod Piazza – Roberta Martin Singers – Caravans – Roy Head & the Traits – Ray Agee – 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 September 17. 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.

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

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July 9, 2019

Swear to Tell the Truth, July 9, 2019 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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We booked a week off for next Tuesday but technical difficulties stood in the way of our preparations for this week’s show and we decided to take this week off and present the show we’re currently working on next week. In place of the live show the station replayed our Juneteenth Special of June 18th. See the posting for Blues & Rhythm Show #249 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 (July 16th)

Check this sit for an update.

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July 2, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 251 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 2nd (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

We’ll be looking briefly at the new book/album set from Malaco, The Gospel According to Malaco. The occasion of this publication event is Malaco’s 50th anniversary in business. Complicating the project is the fact that Malaco today owns the gospel catalogues of the Savoy and Apollo labels, which adds a further 25 years to the gospel history contained in Malaco’s holdings.

Also on the program, pre-World War 2 blues and roots music on CD with examples from the American Epic collection as well as John Tefteler’s Classic Blues compilations. There will be a few early R&B releases from the Aristocrat-Chess-Checker labels, a bit of Soul and Morgan Davis.

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On the Show:

Forest Sykes – Danny Overbea – Henry Thomas – Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe – Blind Lemon Jefferson – Walker’s Corbin Ramblers – Mississippi Mud Mashers – Davis Sisters  – Keb’Mo – Five Blind Boys of Alabama – Albertina Walker – Dee and Don – Morgan Davis – 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 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.

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

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June 25, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 250 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 25th (10:00 to 12:00noon)

On this week’s program we have a selection of R&B tracks by prominent acts between 1939 and 1947. Also, a segment of Hillbilly Boogie, acoustic blues, some classic soul and Harrison Kennedy.

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On the Show:

Louis Jordan & the Tympany Five – Cat & the Fiddle – Dinah Washington – Julia Lee – Amos Milburn – Ramblin’ Tommy Scott – Maddox Brothers & Rose – Mississippi John Hurt  – Keb’Mo – Harrison Kennedy – Candi Staton – Percy Milem – George Perkins & the Silver Stars – Sonny Thompson – 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 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.

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

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June 18, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 249 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 18th (10:00 to 12:00noon)

This week a Texas special to mark The arrival of Juneteenth, Juneteenth is observed annually on June 19th in memory of the Emancipation of slaves in America. The date, June 19th, is the date in 1865 that General Granger came to Galveston with troops and affirmed the Emancipation Proclamation that had hung in abeyance in the state of Texas. With Texas effectively distant from much of the conflict in the Civil War slaveholding continued as though the Proclamation had not taken effect on January 1, 1863.

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No political theme to this program but two hours of Texas blues, R&B, soul and gospel, perhaps not unlike the Juneteenth Festivals that take place in different locales. An exploration of the rich and diverse traditions of black Texican music.

On the Show:

Ray Sharpe – Little Chickadee – Frankie Lee Sims – Oak Cliff T-Bone – Lead Belly – Miss Country Slim – Lightnin’ Hopkins – Dallas Jamboree Band – Hop Wilson – Gatemouth Brown – James Davis – Miss Lavelle – Milton Hopkins & Jewel Brown – 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 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.

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

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June 16, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 248 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 11th (10:00 to 12:00noon)

For all of our good intentions we were unable to post in advance of the last show but we’re doing so now because the program will be available to stream or download for another seven plus weeks at CFMU’s website.

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This show featured A bit of R&B; a brief Cajun segment; a look at some Nehi label reissues of 1930s era blues from Mississippi and the East Coast; harmonica blues; gospel from the Civil Rights era; and a taste of Soul.

On the Show:

Cozy Eggleston & His Orchestra – Majors – Googie Rene – Amede Ardoin –Harry Choates – Hank Penny & His Radio Cowboys – Speckled Red – Casey Bill – Chatman Brothers – Cedar Creek Sheik – Michael Pickett – Clara Ward – Bro. Will Hairston – Glorias Lynne – 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 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.

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

Check back with this site. Next week, June 18th, a Texas special for Juneteenth.

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