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:

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April 6, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 224 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, April 5th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

No single theme on this week’s program. Lot of early and Pre-War material. We are taking a brief look at blues from the Classic-Vaudeville era and also at the circle of musicians from Brownsville, Tennessee. Also, Blind Willie Johnson and other Sanctified Singer

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Also on the program, more soul Duke, Peacock and from Onder-ful!/M-pac.

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On the Show:

Johnny Heartsman – Butterbeans & Susie – Charles & Effie Tyus – Yank Rachel – Son Bonds – Jo Ann Kelly – Lucinda Williams – Arizona Dranes – Al “TNT”Braggs – Harold Burrage – 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 May 2nd.

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 (April 12th)

We’re taking three weeks off. The station will play repeats durint this period. See you live in May.


June 16, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 84 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 18, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

This week, a full-length feature on Sister Rosetta Tharpe, her life and music, forerunners, and her place in musical history. Few performers reached the heights that Sister Tharpe attained but that did not mean that her future was always secure or that her finances were not precarious. Claims that one artist or another influenced the direction of musical history are often bogus but it seems pretty clear that Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s influence extended well beyond the gospel field. Beyond that, there’s the obvious fact that she was an outlier within gospel as a woman who not only accompanied herself on guitar but flaunted her virtuosity. Many African American artists have been cited as though their alleged contributions to the evolution of rock and roll were their most significant achievement. This program is concerned with Sister Tharpe’s contribution to gospel music but it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that she helped shaped rock and roll style–for whatever that is worth.

On the show: 

Blind Willie Johnson, Arizona Dranes, Thomas Dorsey, Lucky Millinder, Katie Bell Nubin, Marie Knight, Red Foley

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 July 16th.

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 (June 25th)

We’re thinking about putting together a classic R&B special, featuring many of the biggest names in the music–names like Joe Liggins, Roy Milton and Dinah Washington, for next week’s program.



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