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July 19, 2016

Swear to Tell the Truth, July 19, 2016 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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This is the last week in a three-week hiatus. The station will air a repeat of an earlier show. At this moment, CFMU’s podcast function has been restored. You can stream or download CFMU programs again.

Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven

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Next week (July 26th)

Back to live next week.

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July 12, 2016

Swear to Tell the Truth, July 12, 2016 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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This is the second week in a three-week hiatus. The station will air a repeat of an earlier show. At this moment, CFMU”s podcast function is still inoperative. Until it is repaired it will only be possible to listen to CFMU programs off the air or by streaming in real time. The station is working to fix the problem but work is also beginning on the station’s new website which is intended to make our podcasts available not only on your computer but on your mobile device and you will be able to subscribe to CFMU podcasts.

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Next week (July 19th)

Next week, another repeat program. Our next original show will be July 26th

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July 5, 2016

Swear to Tell the Truth, July 5, 2016 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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This is the first week in a three-week hiatus. The station will air a repeat of an earlier show. At this moment, CFMU”s podcast function is inoperative. Until it is repaired it will only be possible to listen to CFMU programs off the air or by streaming in real time. The station is working to fix the problem.

Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven

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Next week (July 12th)

Next week, another repeat. Our next original show will be July 28th

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June 28, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 233 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 28th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

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In the late 1990s the Charly label issued three CDs devoted to “Rare Soul” on the One-derful!, M-Pac and Mar-V-Lus labels. These CD compilations made available much of the catalogues of an important African-American owned and operated company in Chicago between 1962 and 1967 on well-researched and documented compilations. More recently, in 2012, Charly distilled the three compilations, which had gone out of print, into one double-CD set with 30-odd fewer tracks and a few additions. We made use of the Charly collections and other scattered resources to play music  from One-derful!, M-Pac and Mar-V-Lus on the air. One could hope that another company might dig further into the label’s history and its tape archives to fill out the picture but it seemed unlikely that would happen in the current state of the record industry.

In fact, that is just what happened as the Secret Stash label of Minneapolis embarked on a reissue program documenting not just the three labels in the Charly series but the other labels operated by the Leaners–the Halo gospel label and the Midas and Toddlin’ Town labels, as well.  What distinguishes the new series, called the One-derful! Collection, is the depth of research and extensive liner notes, on the lines of the Stax singles boxes and Numero’s Syl Johnson box. The cooperation of the Leaner family and many of the musicians and singers associated with the company made it possible to fill out the details of the labels’ histories. It was known that there were unissued recordings in the vaults but access to the United Record Distribution warehouse and tape archives turned up previously unknown and undocumented recordings by the Leaners’ artists.

George and Ernie Leaner’s company specialized in the Chicago equivalent of Southern deep Soul but didn’t feature that style exclusively. Like other great independent labels, the company’s offices and studios provided a laboratory for experimentation and rehearsal and somewhere that some of the musicians chose to be day after day. It seems that the record company was well-funded. Ernie and George Leaner operated United Record Distribution for a decade before they ventured into record making. Producers had a relatively free hand to try out artists and musical ideas but George Leaner is supposed to have had a strong interest in blues and he received his own training in the business from Chicago’s blues record boss, Lester Melrose.

Our feature will  be based upon the One-derful!, M-Pac and Mar-V-Lus catalogues, including several of the previously unknown tracks turned up in the Secret Stash researches. Also on the program, contemporary, ’60s, blues and gospel.

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On the Show:

Lonnie Brooks – Sonny Boy Williamson II– Willie Mabon – Johnny Sayles – Cicero Blake – Ringleaders – Liz Lands – Josephine Taylor – Donald “Preacher” Gay – Otis Clay

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 download until July 26th.

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Next week (July 5th)

Next week, we are off. The station will air a repeat.

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June 21, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 232 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 21st (1:00 to 2:30pm)

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This week’s program follows some threads established in shows we’ve done recently. We have something from the newly issued Mel Brown album recorded twenty five years ago at Pop the Gator; Document Blues (going all-digital); spotlight on Tampa Red; West Coast gospel quartets; and more.

On the Show:

Lil Joe Washington – Josephine Baker– B.B. King– Tampa Red – Robert Nighthawk – King Biscuit Boy – Harrison Kennedy– Pilgrim Travelers – Wings of Jordan Choir – and others

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 download until July 19th.

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Next week (June 28th)

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June 14, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 231 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 14th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

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Juneteenth is a date that is observed in a number of U.S. communities but it began in Texas, recognizing the occasion of U.S. troops enforcing the Emancipation Proclamation when Texas failed to e its provisions. For our Juneteenth special we concentrate on Texas blues, gospel and soul. Texas is and was a large and diverse state with a rich history of African-American music. The first great figure in blues guitar on record was Blind Lemon Jefferson. Barrelhouse and boogie piano are said to have developed early in Dallas and Houston. T-Bone Walker, from Oak Cliff introduced modern blues style. Lightnin’ Hopkins was the most famous and influential practitioner of post-war down-home blues. Several of the greatest quartets from Gospel’s Golden Era came from Texas. A lot of blues and roots music coming from Texas still today.

Our survey takes us from the twenties to the seventies to artists performing today.

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On the Show:

Gatemouth Brown – Henry Thomas “Ragtime Texas” – Bessie Tucker– Black Boy Shine – Walter “Cowboy” Washington – Long John Hunter – Matthew Robinson – Gloria Edwards – Sister Jessie Mae Renfro – Johnny Copeland – and others

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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 download until July 12th.

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Next week (June 21st)

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June 7, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 230 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 7th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

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Just over a year ago, we presented a 90-minute special following the death of B.B. King at the age of 89. At the time, we weren’t aware that the Japanese P-Vine label was preparing a comprehensive box set making available all of B.’s recordings for the Bihari Brothers’ Modern-RPM-Kent companies. That set has just been made available. Its full title is The Complete RPM-Kent Recording Box: The Life, Times and the Blues of B.B. King. The box contains 17 CDs, According to P-Vine the box includes all the B.B. King singles, album tracks, alternate and incomplete takes, including 100 songs premiered in the box, 10 of them completely unreleased, as well as what P-Vine calls “session scenes” with successive takes of several numbers plus the attendant studio talk.  In the box, there is also an LP with rare material from the B.B. King catalogue plus Charles Sawyer’s biography of B.B. KIng in a Japanese translation. The 56-page booklet details the tracks on every disc but there is no complete session discography. The booklet does include lyric transcriptions by Chris Smith and appreciations from various figures in the blues field. A further attraction of the booklet is the selection of photos by Ernest Withers. Much, but not all, of the booklet’s text has been translated to English from the original Japanese.

Our feature on the box will include A & B sides from the singles issued by RPM and Kent between 1951 and 1961. Some well-known titles but several that aren’t well-known.

The greater part of the 17 CDs is made up of the album tracks, alternate takes and never issued material and we’ll work that material into the show over time. Some of these tracks are organized by theme while others are organized chronologically on discs titled “B.B.’s Blues Revolution”, Phase 1 – 4.  There’s a complete disc of  “session scenes” on the disc “B.B. in the Recording Studio”. The CDs are housed in cardboard sleeves and each CD has a soft protective liner.

tt would be hard to argue that there is a greater figure than B.B. King in post-World War 2 blue and most of his great recordings were made for Modern-RPM-Kent but not many people will opt to buy a 17-CD set and the Complete RPM-Kent Recordings is a limited edition. A four-CD set on Ace (UK) called The Vintage Years remains in print and it is an excellent survey of B’s recordings for the Bihari Brothers labels.

Still, the publication of the P-Vine set is something of a momentous occasion even if the packaging is less sturdy than we might have anticipated and we thought we should devote some attention to it on the program.

Also on the program, Bluegrass Gospel, Gospel Funk and Sacred Steel.

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On the Show:

B.B. King – Louis Jordan – T-Bone Walker – Marshall Lawrence Band – Stewart Family – Brother John Witherspoon – and others

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 download until July 5th

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Next week (June 14th)

Juneteenth special – Texas blues, gospel & soul

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May 31, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 229 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 31st (1:00 to 2:30pm)

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Bit more white Country Music this week, including the East Virginia blues guitarist, Frank Hutchison; Decoration Day and Jubilo; a blues mystery man who left recordings in Fresno, R&B oddities from the forties and fifties; something by the fabulous bass singer, Jimmy Jones; another track from Halo Records.

On the Show:

Albert Ammons & Pete Johnson on “Jubilee” – Frank Hutchison – Chubby Parker – Ollie Watkins – Jewel Brown & Milton Hopkins – Sonny Boy Williams – Jubalaires– Harmonizing Four – Shaw Singers – Earl Gaines – and others

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 download until June 28th.

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Next week (June 7th)

TBA. June 14th – Juneteenth special

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May 24, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 228 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 24th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

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This week on the Blues & Rhythm Show, some piano blues from the southwest, white country blues on studio recordings and one from the radio, King label R&B, another track from the new Howard Tate compilation, and something from the new compilation of gospel from the Halo label, plus Sacred Steel.

On the Show:

Howelldevine – Robert Jefferey – Cliff Carlisle – Maddox Brothers & Rose – Ginger St. James & the Grinders – Roy Brown – James Brown –  Howard Tate – Salem Travelers – Campbell Brothers – and others

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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 download until June 21st.

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Next week (May 31st)

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May 17, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 227 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 17th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

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For 55 years Arhoolie Records has been a leading folkloric or roots label under the direction of its founder, Chris Strachwitz. Notice arrived here indicating that Arhoolie Records has been acquired by Smithsonian Folkways. The deal guarantees the availability of Arhoolie’s catalogue for the foreseeable future. If the Folkways catalogue is the model. Arhoolie’s catalogue will be available in hard copy where vinyl and CD stock remain and in digital form where items are out of print. Currently, some Folkways albums are available “on demand”. An advantage of Smithsonian Folkways ‘ operation is that liner notes and cover art are available as downloads along with the music files, unlike the case with many other labels’ catalogues.

Arhoolie has been a large part of the revolution in our knowledge of roots music, not just North American music but in World Music, as well. We did a profile of Arhoolie some time ago attempting to show the importance of the Arhoolie catalogue in blues and other North American roots music and we thought about presenting a version of that program again. Instead, we put together a mostly new program for this week’s show. With music’s availability through digital download, internet radio and YouTube it’s not always easy to understand how the music of the past became available to us in the first place.

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On the Show:

Johnie Lewis – Jesse Fuller – Mance Lipscomb – Bee Houston – John Littlejohn – Billie Pierce – John Semien & the Opelousas Playboys – Freddie Fender – Rev. Louis Overstreet – Campbell Brothers – and others

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 download until June 14th.

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Next week (May 24th)

TBA.

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