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July 15, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 284 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 14, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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On our fifth show from exile in North Hamilton, a varied program, including classic R&B from Nashville (1946-1952) following up on a brief feature we did three weeks ago featuring later Nashville R&B and Soul.  Then, a couple of Hawiian steel guitar recordings from the late twenties, leading into a few recordings from Bob Wills’ great 1936  band.

Western Swing came from the rural southwest. It was based upon local  blues and string-band music but also upon the African-American jazz and blues of New Orleans, Chicago and Kansas City.  Wills’ Texas Playboys employed a horn section as well as the fiddles, steel guitar and piano that characterized most Western Swing bands. The band was never closer to the blues and jazz originals it was founded upon than in 1936. Beside the obvious debt to recent and contemporary African-American music, Western Swing was also heir, like most country music, to the complicated and conflicting tradition of minstrel song, “coon-shouting” and blackface performances. Bob Wills’ singing was influenced most by Emmett Miller the last of the minstrel men.

We also take a look at Leroy Carr, with his partner Scrapper Blackwell, probably the most influential figure in the blues of the 1930s and we play some examples of his followers in the blues. Near the end of the program, some 1960s and 1970s gospel, including tracks from a record man and producer in Savannah, Georgia.

“Gonna turn off this gas stove. I’m bound for a brand new range”–Leroy Carr

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On the Show:

Helen Humes – Rudy Greene Trio – Christine Kittrell – Sam Ku West – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers – Harrison Kennedy – Johnny Jones – Argo Singers – Golden Stars of Greenwood SC – Jubilee Nightingales – Otis Spann – 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 for eight weeks until September 24th as a podcast. 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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July 1, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 283 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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A couple of years ago we were off the air and in a restless moment we began compiling a disc-history of blues recordings in the post-World War 2 years. This disc-history grew to about 300 recordings on 10 mp3 discs. This week, having not put any playlist together for the show, we decided to make the first disc of the set our playlist. The show covered the years 1941 to 1947 and the playlist consists of representative blues and recordings from the blues side of R&B. We follow the path of blues releases, which, at the end of the war were mostly from RCA Victor in Chicago or from New York indie labels. Most labels everywhere else were pursuing uptown sounds, Jazz records with blues-oriented singers or rhythm & blues. By 1947, record men on the West Coast and in Chicago were looking to the south again, drawing from the local blues scenes and beginning to cater to audiences with down-home tastes.

“Y’all know I ain’t no Christian ’cause I once have been baptized”–Wright Holmes

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On the Show:

Michael Jerome Browne – Jay McShann with Walter Brown – Gabriel Brown – Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson – Wilbert “Big Boy” Ellis – Albinia Jones – Big Maceo – Cousin Joe – Ralph Willis – Doctor Clayton – Arthur Crudup – Memphis Slim & the House Rockers – Lowell Fulson – Jazz Gillum – Betty Hall Jones – 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 for eight weeks until September 17th as a podcast. 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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June 23, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 282 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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On the program today, a little bit of classic R&B, some 1930s blues, some traditional gospel, a set of Hillbilly Boogie and R&B and Soul from Nashville, 1956-1970. 

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On the Show:

Wild Jimmy Spruill – Jimmy Preston – Ruth Brown – Peetie Wheatstraw – Kokomo Arnold – Jazz Gillum – Jubilee Gospel Team – Prophet Powers – Paul Howard & His Cotton Pickers – Merle Travis – Guitar Slim – Stephen Barry Band – Gene Allison – Dottie Clark – Consolers – Wayne McGhie  – 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 for eight weeks until September 17th as a podcast. 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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June 16, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 281 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon) – air date of prerecorded show is uncertain

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Our second program from quarantine. We briefly sample Little Richard’s output on Specialty; blues and R&B from both coasts–New York and California; music from the R&B revival of the late 1980s and the early 1990s; country gospel from 1938; African-American gospel from 1964-1974 and a pair of gospel instrumentals.

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On the Show:

Harold Jackson & the Jackson Brothers – Little Richard – Jackie Wilson – Larry Dale – Johnny Fuller – Camille La Vah – Pee Wee Crayton – Harry Van Walls – Mark “Bird” Stafford – Charles Brown – Coon Creek Girls – Rev. Lonnie Farris with Thelma Wiiliam – Ziontones – Lamar Nelson – Ray Charles – 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 for eight weeks until September 10th as a podcast. 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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June 2, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 280 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 2nd or June 9th, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon) – air date of prerecorded show is uncertain

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After being away from the air we followed the instruction from the radio station to begin preparing radio shows from home, if possible. It’s a steep learning curve for the technically unsavvy. We managed to undermike our voice and made a few other mistakes along the way to our first home broadcast file.

Along the way, we played some pretty interesting music, however–R&B, Blues, Hokum Blues, Western Swing, Old Time, Gospel and Soul.

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On the Show:

Noble “Thin Man” Watts – Roy Hawkins – Wynona Carr – Hokum Boys – Jimmy Revard’s Oklahoma Playboys – Prince Albert Hunt – R.L. Burnside – Buster Benton – Nationals – Brooklyn Allstars – Stella Burke – Earl Gaines – Staple Singers – Dexters – 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 for eight weeks as a podcast. 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.

cmc

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.

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.

cmc

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.

cmc

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.

cmc

 

 

 

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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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 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.

cmc

 

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