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September 22, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 291 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 22, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

Once again, this is a prerecorded show. We have some 1940s R&B from Mercury, classic R&B expressly for dancing, a bit of post-war Western Swing out of California and some Gospel from the Golden Era and just after. In the second half of the program we have a feature that looks closely at the Paramount label, the perhaps unintentionally great “race” label of the 1921-1932 era. This is the second instalment of a series we began in January. The first instalment took us just up to 1924. This one takes us through that year and into 1925, from classic blues to Papa Charlie Jackson, with Gospel and Hillbilly along the way.

On the Show:

Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings – Helen Humes – Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra – Mainline Amos Garrett – Saddle Tramps – Frank Hovington – Edmonia Henderson – Jelly Roll Morton – Ida Cox – Ukelele Bob Williams – Norfolk Jubilee Qartet – Jimmie Blythe -Bessie Griffin – Back Home Choir – 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 November 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.

Errors & Omissions

Last week we pasted the same music file twice into the show audiofile . Sonny Rhodes played twice in succession while a Smokey Wilson track was omitted.

Next week

TBA.

June 29, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 186 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

This week we go to air the day before Canada Day, July 1st. It was known once as Dominion Day but we threw off that vestige of our colonial past. This is not a program that specializes in Canadian blues-oriented music. Week to week, we concentrate on aspects of the history of blues, r&b and soul in the classic years and we play recent or contemporary music when we judge the music connects with something in that classic tradition, whether the music comes from Canada or elsewhere. Other blues-oriented programs are more up-to-date and more expert about newer music that is placed in the blues category. We play some of what those other shows play and a lot we don’t.

Notwithstanding anything stated above, we will be playing only Canadian music on June 30th. Some of the recordings are more current. Others go back a few years. A lot of Canadian artists have gone deep into the music and found something of what is essential in it. We play those artists when we find their music and this week we turn the entire 90 minutes to Canadian recordings.

On the Show:

Kendall Wall Blues Band – Little Miss Higgins – Harpdog Brown – Sue Foley – King Biscuit Boy – Amos Garrett – Paul James Band – Jackson Delta – Michael Jerome Browne – 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 as a podcast until July 28th.

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 (July 7th)

TBA

cmc

September 30, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 99 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

R&B vocal groups are mostly to be found in the Soul Discography rather than the Blues Discography (both available from Eyeball Productions of Vancouver) but they’re probably better understood in relation to the blues tradition than soul, which is really a phenomenon of the sixties. African-American vocal group music covered a wide spectrum of styles from the forties onward. There were groups who sang mostly popular songs, groups that straddled the worlds of gospel and R&B and groups rooted in the blues. In the 1940s, a number of groups brought the excitement and fervour of the church to secular material even before Roy Brown or Ray Charles. We’re not going to try to closely document the evolution of R&B vocal groups this week but we’ll present a brief survey of the blues side of vocal group sounds. The great blues writer Paul Oliver once wrote that blues were not suited to vocal group treatments. We think that he came to this conclusion because his definition of blues was too narrow.

Also on the program a very brief look at the early days of Modern Records of Los Angeles. It will be a prelude to a special feature on the Modern label we plan to bring to air some time in the next few months. From Hadda Brooks to Roy Hawkins to B.B. King to Etta James, Modern was among the handful of great and enduring labels in blues and R&B.  

On the Show:

Hadda Brooks Trio – Gene Phillips –  Amos Garrett – Mississippi John Hurt – Big Three Trio – Ravens – Midnighters – Richard Berry – John Ellison – Ike & Tina Turner

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until October 29th.

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 (October 8th)

Our 100th show.

Upcoming programs

It’s a new season and we’re working on some rough ideas for programming themes for The Blues & Rhythm Show in the coming months. We’ll list some of them on this blogsite soon–but not this week. 

cmc

 

May 19, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 80 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 21, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

Haven’t played any zydeco on the air for a while. Count on hearing some this week and a couple of sides from Louisiana blues artists. Also on the program, some scarce R&B recorded between 1946 and 1954.

On the show: 

Boozoo Chavis – Carrière Brothers – Raful Neal –  Bobby Radcliff – Jimmy Dawkins – Red Mack – Charles Gray – Geechie Smith – Amos Garrett – Nina Simone – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until June 18th.

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 (May 28th)

We’ve altered our schedule for May 28th. We were tentatively committed to a 90 minute special on Alan Lomax’ Southern Journey recordings but we want to highlight some of the artists appearing at the Westdale Blues & Roots Festival, in Hamilton scheduled for June 1st. It’s planned to be an all day affair. Acts include Harrison Kennedy, Steve Strongman, Alvin Smith, Trickbag and Paul Deslauriers.

We’ll postpone the Lomax special to either June 4th or June 11th.

cmc

 

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