January 27, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 305 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 26, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

In the second half of this week’s program we devote time to a feature on the Paramount label, the label of Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Blind Lemon, Blind Blake, Charlie Patton and Skip James, to name just a few of the artists who appeared almost exclusively on Paramount. This is the third of a series of features profiling Paramount and it covers a period that begins in 1925 and ends before the fall if 1926. Although Paramount recorded a lot of jazz, quite a bit of Gospel, some country and vocal groups, most of this week’s feature is made up of blues recordings.

Also, on the show, a few songs about the outbreak of the Korean War, a bit of Country Gospel and a bit of Soul.

“I’m leavin’ today. I’m leavin’ this southern town” — Papa Charlie Jackson

On the Show:

Louis Prima – Donald Ray Johnson – Joe Louis Walker – MonkeyJunk – Lightnin’ Hopkins – Four Barons – Coot Grant & Wesley Wilson – Woods Famous Blind Quartette – Ozie McPherson – Viola Bartlette – Blind Lemon Jefferson –Blind Blake – Charlie Monroe & His Kentucky Pardners – Bloodest Saxophone with Crystal Stewart – 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 March 23rd 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.

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 28, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 77 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

The feature will be a selection of blues artists of the 1920s. Emphasis on guitars rather than pianos. (We avoid using the misleading term “country blues”.) We’ll be playing tracks recorded between 1926 and 1931. A surprising number of the artists who recorded in this time period never recorded afterwards and the recording industry of the 1930s was much different from the industry of the previous decade.

While the record companies could create a studio sound about the classic and vaudeville singers who made records in the twenties, blues and country records by southern artists on stringed instruments in the late 1920s had less of the studio and the songwriters’s hand in them. What came out on record was more exactly what the performers brought with them. This began to change significantly in the 1930s with the shift to combo sounds and, sometimes, studio groups who backed different artists from one session to another.

On the show: 

Blind Lemon – Jaybird Coleman – Peg Leg Howell & His Gang –  Sleepy John Estes – The Two Poor Boys – Katie Webster – Spade Cooley – Original Sloth Band – Jackie Shane & Frank Motley – and others, of course.

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 May 27th.

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 7th)

Our feature on Louis Jordan, tracking the full extent of his career as a recording artist. Louis Jordan can justly be called the father of Rhythm & Blues and the dominant figure of R&B’s classic era. He influenced many artists in the blues field not just as a musician and singer but as a performer.

Still waiting to hear about the soon to be available CFMU app, which will allow people to listen to CFMU programs on mobile devices.



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