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July 30, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 252 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

A lot of the work that goes into this show is work we do preparing at home and we rely on our technological devices to put a show together. We’d planned to take a week off in any case but technical obstacles prevented us from assembling a show two weeks in a row.

Our July 23rd program included rhythm & blues recorded between 1941 and 1959. Also, pair of obscure blues pianists from the 1930s and tracks from a couple of significant Delta bluesmen who recorded just before the war. We also featured some recordings from leading gospel groups in the 1950s after reviewing the Malaco 50th anniversary Gospel set in the previous show.

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Cab Calloway & His Orchestra – Saunders King – King Perry – Big Maybelle – James Brown & the Famous Flames – Jesse James – Tony Hollins – Morgan Davis  – Rod Piazza – Roberta Martin Singers – Caravans – Roy Head & the Traits – Ray Agee – and others

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 September 17. 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.

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

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September 19, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 195 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 8th, (1:00-2:30 pm).

Each year, following Labour Day, we are asked/required  to present a show in the atrium of the McMaster Student Union Centre. Usually this happens in Wecome Week. This year, our show coincided with the first day of classes at McMaster. We presented a variety of blues, R&B, gospel and soul, with an emphasis on uptempo material.

On the Show:

Young John Watson – Raoul & the Big Time – Tiny Bradshaw – Pearl Reaves & the Concords – Big Maybelle – Barbecue Bob – Mance Lipscomb – Swanee Quintet – Willie Walker & the Butanes – a.o.

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 October 11th.

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 (September 15th)

No special theme

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August 31, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 95 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

This coming week is Welcome Week on the McMaster Campus. We’ll be broadcasting live from the ground floor lobby of the McMaster Student Union Centre. Just as CFMU introduces new and returning students to the role of the radio station in Welcome Week , so,  this edition of Swear to Tell the Truth will be our attempt to introduce new listeners to all that we do week in and week out on the program. Because of the venue, emphasis will be greater on the music than on any commentary. We’ll have a mix of Blues, R&B, Soul and Gospel on the show (no filler), including tracks showcasing Eddy Clearwater and Matt Murphy, slated to appear at Hamilton Place September 27th along with Sugar Blue and Alvin Youngblood Hart.

We’ve also unwisely volunteered to fill a vacant hour of programming before The Blues and Rhythm Show on Tuesday. Not sure what we’ll do with that hour. Something we have to figure out tomorrow.

On the Show:

Lou Pomanti – Eddy Clearwater – Deitra Farr –  Jo-Ann Kelly – Big Maybelle – Nappy Brown – Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie – Casey Bill – Kendall Wall  Blues Band – Betty LaVette – Inez Andrews

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 1st.

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 (September 10th)

No plan as yet but, time permitting, we may put together a feature on Savoy label rhythm & blues.

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July 14, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 88 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

This week’s program is a gap-filler featuring blues and soul. We’re going to round out our Victor special from last week, take a brief look at the alleged antecedents of hip-hop in blues & hokum of the twenties and thirties. We’ve also got  a few historic soul recordings lined up and variety of local recordings, including a couple of Canadian slide masters.

On the show: 

Frankie “Half-Pint” Jaxon  –  Rufus & Ben Quillian  –  Chick Willis – Ellen McIlwaine – Richard Newell – James Carr – Big Maybelle – Candi Staton – Ken Whiteley – 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 August 13th.

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 23rd)

Not sure what we will be doing on next week’s show. We will present our Louisiana Music special on July 30th and we intend to present a repeat of the Alan Lomax Southern Journey special for August 6th.

Notes on  the Victor Special – July 9th

With YouTube and with downloads cheaper than albums, a lot of people don’t buy CDs any more. We only pursue downloads as a last resort. We like to have the physical album with liner notes and recording information. Anyone interested in the history of blues on the Victor label and its Bluebird logo, should check out the series called When the Sun Goes Down, subtitled, The Secret History of Rock and Roll, produced by Barry Feldman and Colin Escott.

Volume 1 and 2 of this series are the albums that include the pre-Bluebird era (1926-1931)

Volume 1: Walk Right In

Volume 2: The First Time I Met the Blues

Another album in the series covers Blind Willie McTell’s Victor output. It’s Volume 9: Statesboro Blues.

Three other albums from RCA’s earlier RCA Heritage Series from the early nineties also include early Victor material.

Four Women Blues: the Victor recordings of Memphis Minnie, Mississippi Mathilda, Kansas City Kitty and Miss Rosie Mae Moore – excellent Memphis Minnie sides

Canned Heat Blues: Masters of the Delta Blues  – Furry Lewis, Tommy Johnson, Ishman Bracey

Better Boot That Thing: Great Women Blues Singers of the Twenties – Alberta Hunter, Bessie Tucker, Victoria Spivey, Ida May Mack

All of the albums in the When the Sun Goes Down and RCA Heritage Series are worthwhile. The albums listed  appear to be available today as CDs. It’s hard to say how long they will remain available or if any similar compilations will be issued in the future, now that Sony and BMG, which owned RCA, have merged. Most pre-World War 2 blues recordings are available on Document and other reissue labels. It would be nice to see the historic rights holders continue to honour the Victor blues catalogue but we have no idea if that will happen.

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