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December 29, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 210 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, December 29th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

In the middle of the Christmas break, we present a show with classic R&B and post-war blues. Blues from Chicago, Detroit and the West Coast. A lot of vinyl in this week’s mix.  

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No single theme to this week’s show. Just a lot of things you won’t hear every day and you’re unlikely to hear on most other programs. We put together this type of show featuring all post-war electric blues and R&B, maybe, two or three times a year but especially in the week before New Year’s. And we try to find material we’ve overlooked in previous shows. 

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Big Jay McNeely – Five Keys – TV Slim – Jimmy McCracklin – Junior Wells – Good Rockin’ Charles – Zora Young – Deitra Farr – Steve Freund – and much more

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 January 25th.

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 (January 5th)

We stumbled upon a trove of material from a label that features a lot of latter-day Chicago blues. Some of that material will be on the show but the show will also include some R&B, some Gospel and some Soul.

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January 20, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 165 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 20th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

A few weeks ago we undertook to present a feature on field recordings collected by George Mitchell. Mitchell was 17 when he began to seek out bluesmen in Memphis on Christmas break 1961. The following year he began making recordings. The figures he pursued at first were artists who had made recordings in the twenties and thirties. At some point in the sixties Mitchell formed the idea of pursuing performers who hadn’t made records before. There were precedents but not many people were doing it and Mitchell seems to have approached the task with an open mind. No one else recorded female blues guitar players in the sixties.  Much of his search for music was done on his own and apart from his paid employment but in later years he held positions with folklore institutions that tied in well with the work of finding traditional singers and players. As well as recording local performers he arranged appearances for those who were interested in playing for audiences. Most of his activity was in Mississippi and Georgia.

It seems as though George Mitchell was not engaged in debate about the significance of the music he found. He found living music but music that was living in small communities. It was traditional music, distant from the popular music of the day. Some of the practitioners had given it up but they consented to play for him. Some practiced to be ready to record. A few performers he found became known to national and international blues audiences. R.L. Burnside was one. Precious Bryant was another.

We’re playing a small selection of the recordings Mitchell made. The recordings show the creativity of local blues players but also the backward gaze of most of these traditional performers.

On the Show:

Professor Longhair – Corey Lueck & the Smiokewagon Blues Band – Downchild Blues Band – Carolina Chocolate Drops & Joe Thompson – Teddy Williams – Precious Bryant – Cecil Barfield – Robert “Nighthawk” Johnson – Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – Big Jay McNeely –  and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until February 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 (January 27h)

Not yet determined.

cmc

December 30, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 162 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

For the week between Christmas and New Year’s we generally dispense with any broad themes or features on the program and minimize the commentary. This year’s end of the year show will be heavy on Chicago blues from the album era with some R&B on the side.

On the Show:

Big Jay McNeely – Michelle Willson – Shakura S’Aida – Lefty Bates – Son Seals – Zora Young – Freddie Roulette – Eddie Kirkland – Sue Foley – Roy Milton – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until January 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 (January 6th)

Can’t tell you now what we’ll be doing on our first program in 2015 but it will be varied.

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October 7, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 150 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

Conclusion of our three week survey of rhythm & blues before 1950. The records we will be featuring today were issued in 1949. As in the previous two weeks of our survey, the records include hits and misses. For the recording industry, the return to making records meant a return to regular business. As in the case of the previous “Petrillo Ban” of 1942-1944 and the dip in recording activity in the early 1930s, there was a certain amount of turnover in company artist rosters but, in the case of the 1948 strike, which lasted 11 1/2 months, the companies relied first on established artists, whose stockpiled recordings they had been releasing throughout the recording ban. 1949 saw certain trends in the R&B charts–the honking tenor came to the fore and instrumentals were big in the charts; a few gospel recordings, by artists like Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight sold well enough to appear as regional or juke box hits; down home blues by artists like L.C. Williams and Mercy Dee also showed up as national or regional hits. The charts were dominated by records by male artists. Our show will take us part of the way through 1949’s significant artists and recordings. We’ll leave this series for a while and return to it in a few weeks.

On the Show:

Paul Williams Sextet – Andrew Tibbs – Ivory Joe Hunter – Piney Brown – Big Jay McNeely – Ray Charles – Joe Turner – The Five Scamps – Marion Abernathy – Jimmy Preston – Little Miss Cornshucks

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 November 5th.

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 14th)

We’ll take a break from three weeks of concentrating on R&B and mix things up on the show.

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January 13, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 114 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 14, 2014 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We said on air this week’s show would be a grab-bag and so it is. Some R&B recorded between 1950 and 1959, including tracks from  the under-estimated Derby label; some 1950s Chicago blues especially for those who think we don’t play enough; a few live soul recordings. We try to bring you the essential tracks as well as the stuff you are unlikely to hear on other shows and, in spite of our haste in putting this program together, we think it qualifies.

On the Show:

The Majors – Eunice Davis – Titus Turner – Big Jay McNeely – Snooky Pryor – J.B. Hutto – Willie Mabon – Geno Washington – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Mel Brown – 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 February 10th.

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 (January 21st)

Haven’t had time to figure out next week’s show. We’ll try to provide some advance notice.

cmc

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