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March 2, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 309 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 2, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon) – International Women’s Day Program

On this year’s International Women’s Day program, we feature women’s Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Gospel and a bit of Soul. Our playlists week by week are dominated by recordings by men, of songs written by men, produced by men, and issued by companies run by men. The themes of the songs we play reflect men’s point of view most of the time. We try to maintain a balance but ot is difficult given the legacy of recording we work from. Blues as a genre were pretty conservative over the years and the same verses and themes keep manifesting from one generation of songs to the next. Ironically, a lot of the songs that have become associated with male singers were passed on from the classic era of the twenties, the years dominated by women’s recordings, which lasted until 1926 or 1927. Most people recognize the male versions of the songs without recognizing the verses that come from songs by Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter or other classic singers but it’s men’s voices that have been dominant in Blues, R&B and Soul. So, we do this show to in a small way redress the balance.

On the Show:

Cleo Brown – International Sweethearts of Rhythm – Gladys Bentley – Ella Johnson – Alberta Hunter – Louise Johnson – Rita Chiarelli – Mary Lou Williams – Big Mama Thornton – Arizona Dranes – Inez Andrews – Molly Johnson – Jackie Richardson – Big Maybelle – 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 April 27h 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:

Fundraising. Please support CFMU.

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February 23, 2021

Swear to Tell the Truth, February 23, 2021 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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We have to take the week off this Tuesday. The station will play a repeat of an earlier show. Look up Blues & Rhythm Show #295 for details of this week’s repeat.  

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 April 20th 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:

Our International Women’s Day show. Upcoming: Fundraising March 6-19

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February 15, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 308 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 16, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

We should be describing our annual Mardi Gras special but something happened this year. We missed the important detail that Fat Tuesday falls earlier this year, today, February 16th, in fact,–until we’d already put together our program. Too late to put it aside and assemble another show. What we have instead is a program with a segment featuring Rhythm & Blues from Chicago independent labels and another segment in the second hour divided between recordings by Blind Boy Fuller with his associates and some later recordings by Piedmont artists. Also, something from the recent EP Lo-Fi Blues and a bit of live Rosetta Tharpe from 1970.

On the Show:

Floyd Smith – Bill Samuels – Tab Smith Orchestra with Chick Young – Alberta Adams – Sugar Brown – Harpdog Brown & the Bloodhounds – Lonnie Johnson & Elmer Snowden – Blind Boy Fuller – Blind Gary Davis – Henry Johnson – Tarheel Slim – Lone Star Playbiys – Rev. Joihn Wilkins – 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 April 13th 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

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.

Upcoming: Fundraising March 6-19

cmc

February 13, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 307 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 9 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

On this week’s program, Indianapolis Blues and the Leroy Carr-Scrapper Blackwell legacy as captured by intrepid recordist Art Rosenbaum; black and white spiritual music, old and modern; Soul from the late sixties; live Jimmie Vaughan and Jack de Keyzer.

” I wish I was back in deep Arkansas, forty, miles south of Little Rock” — Big Al Downing

On the Show:

Charlie Singleton – Paul Gayten Orchestra with Annie Laurie – Jimmie Vaughan Trio – Steve Hill – Leory Carr & Scrapper Blackwell – Pete Franklin – Brooks Berry – Skip James – McVay & Johnson – Mobile Four – Willie Neal & New Salem Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir – O.V. Wright – Doris Allen – 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 April 6th 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.

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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February 2, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 306 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 2, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

On this week’s program, more from the RPM/Kent years by B.B. King and from Kent’s post-B.B. King Blues archive, music from the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, a bit of Country, and a segment devoted to R&B in the years 1949-1955 in the second hour

“Hey, all you folks, you better have a good time ’cause when you’re dead you’ll be dead a long long time” — Floyd Dixon

On the Show:

Lowell Fulson – B.B. King – Little Joe Blue – Barbara Lynn – Earl King – Jerry McCain – Girls of the Golden West – Tiny Grimes – Sue Foley – Big Al Dupree – Jesse Stone – Erskine Hawkins with Ace Harris – Martha Moore – Rene Hall – Sharon Jones – 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 March 30th 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.

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 27, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 305 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 26, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

In the second half of this week’s program we devote time to a feature on the Paramount label, the label of Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Blind Lemon, Blind Blake, Charlie Patton and Skip James, to name just a few of the artists who appeared almost exclusively on Paramount. This is the third of a series of features profiling Paramount and it covers a period that begins in 1925 and ends before the fall if 1926. Although Paramount recorded a lot of jazz, quite a bit of Gospel, some country and vocal groups, most of this week’s feature is made up of blues recordings.

Also, on the show, a few songs about the outbreak of the Korean War, a bit of Country Gospel and a bit of Soul.

“I’m leavin’ today. I’m leavin’ this southern town” — Papa Charlie Jackson

On the Show:

Louis Prima – Donald Ray Johnson – Joe Louis Walker – MonkeyJunk – Lightnin’ Hopkins – Four Barons – Coot Grant & Wesley Wilson – Woods Famous Blind Quartette – Ozie McPherson – Viola Bartlette – Blind Lemon Jefferson –Blind Blake – Charlie Monroe & His Kentucky Pardners – Bloodest Saxophone with Crystal Stewart – 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 March 23rd 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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January 19, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 304 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 19 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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.

“”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 March 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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January 12, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 303 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

On this week’s program, we look briefly at a new compilation of post-war southeastern blues and a few obscure tracks recorded in Florida. Also on the show, piano blues c.1929-1935, a track from a recently available Harrison Kennedy album recorded in France, Old Time recordings from the 1920s.

On the Show:

Griffin Brothers – James Cotton – Rochelle French – Tommy Malone – Eddie Hope & the Manish Boys – The Satans – Jilson Setters – Ward & Winfield – Pinetop Smith – Roosevelt Sykes – Pinetop Sparks – Sue Foley – NewMoon jelly Roll Freedom Rockers – Steve Hill – Marva Whitney – 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 March 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.

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 4, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 302 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 5, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

On our first program of 2021 we draw from a couple of recently released albums, one of which contains live material not known to have been preserved and another that traces the career of a figure neglected by reissue companies up to now. If we compiled best album lists these sets would warrant consideration. Otherwise, we have a program with blues from the 1950s and later, pre- and post-war Western Swing, and Gospel, mostly out of Chicago.

On the Show:

James Wayne – Ernestine Allen – Buddy Guy – Ike Turner & the Kings of Rhythm – Billy Branch – Stephen Barry Band – Alfie Smith – Whitehorse – Bob Skyles & His Skyrockets – Jesse James & All the Gang – Norfleet Brothers – Rev. Robert Ballinger – Patterson Singers – Jesse Anderson – 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 March 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.

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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December 29, 2020

No Swear to Tell the Truth, December 29, 2020 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Filed under: Uncategorized — cmcompton @ 6:59 pm


In order to present a show during the Christmas to New Year break we needed to make arrangements in advance to gain entry to the CFMU Studio. We didn’t make the arrangement and, so, there will be no broadcast of the program on December 29th. Broadcast of Swear to Tell the Truth resumes on January 5th and we have a show in preparation.

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, live on Cogeco Cable 288, or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Couldn’t be much easier. Just go the website, click on “Shows”, scroll down through 40 different programs to Tuesday, 10:00am bring up the playlist you choose, and stream or download the show.

Next week (January 5th)

TBA

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