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September 13, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 328 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 7, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

Mixed bag this week: 1940s Blues ‘n’ Boogie; Chicago Blues discovered; R&B to Soul; Tribute albums; Gospel and parody.

“You better make it to the woods, if you can” –Walter Vinson

“He that setteth down on a red-hot stove shall rise again” — Brother Fullbosom

On the Show:

Lillette & Her Escorts – Calvin Boze – J.B. Hutto – Little Johnny Jones – Sol Ho’opi’i – Chris Whiteley – Buddy Guy – Billy Jack Wills – Lattimore Brown – Charlie Segar – Ndidi Onukwulu – Sleepy John Estes – HowellDevine – Alberta Hunter – Dixie Hummingbirds – Nina Simone – 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 November 9th 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:

TBA

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January 4, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 302 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 5, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

On our first program of 2021 we draw from a couple of recently released albums, one of which contains live material not known to have been preserved and another that traces the career of a figure neglected by reissue companies up to now. If we compiled best album lists these sets would warrant consideration. Otherwise, we have a program with blues from the 1950s and later, pre- and post-war Western Swing, and Gospel, mostly out of Chicago.

On the Show:

James Wayne – Ernestine Allen – Buddy Guy – Ike Turner & the Kings of Rhythm – Billy Branch – Stephen Barry Band – Alfie Smith – Whitehorse – Bob Skyles & His Skyrockets – Jesse James & All the Gang – Norfleet Brothers – Rev. Robert Ballinger – Patterson Singers – Jesse Anderson – 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 2nd 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:

TBA

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November 24, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 205 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, November 24th, (1:00-2:30 pm).

We talk a lot –probably too often–on the show about the availability of the music we play on their air. Like most listeners we depend upon what record companies have made available and not on original 78s and 45s. The big companies, the companies that first made recordings or the companies that absorbed the companies who made the original recordings, have at times put out marvelous reissues. Columbia’s Roots ‘n’ Blues Series and RCA’s When the Sun Goes Down series are recent examples. Specialty began issuing a comprehensive series from its catalogue of R&B and gospel and when the label was purchased by Fantasy the series was actually expanded. Similarly, MCA made available a great deal of material when they acquired the Chess catalogue. Not to say that there was not some fair measure idealism in the activity of the researchers and compilers of these series but the big corporations have been motivated by profit and loss. We can recall when a work colleague showed us some correspondence he’sd had with RCA. He complained that he had purchased RCA Bluebird series albums of Benny Goodman and other swing artists on the understanding that these series would be taken to completion and the news that later volumes in the series had been postponed and possibly cancelled he considered to be a betrayal of the implied contract between the customers and the company. As we recall, RCA made a commitment to carry on with the series but we aren’t sure how well they lived up to the commitment. 

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Although the big companies rely more today upon their back catalogues they are not devoting much of their resources to reissues of roots recordings. Companies like Ace/Kent in Britain and Bear Family in Germany have filled part of that void with licensed reissues and they have obtained extraordinary access to some company vaults rescuing unissued originals and alternate takes, orphaned in long unexamined tape and acetate vaults. Ace’s Modern/Kent/RPM series is perhaps the foremost example and Kent has worked with Rick Hall of Fame Studios.  In the U.S., Rhino and Shout have done similar work on a less impressive scale.

Since Folkways issued Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music there have always been unofficial, unlicensed reissues. The early ones relied upon the collections of a tight circle of record collectors. Document’s project to reissue all of pre-war blues and gospel relied upon a pre-digital form of file-sharing and was largely completed, e believe, through the loan of 78s or taped copies. Respected and now revered labels like Yazoo, Blues Classics, Origin and the R&B and gospel labels of Jonas Bernholm were derived from privately owned copies of the old records, 78s and, later, 45s. And new companies deducated to making available later blues, R&B, soul and gospel have steadily pushed back the boundary of unrediscovered music.

With so much material unearthed and repackaged, reissue compilations today are more and more specialized and produced in small batches–as few as a 100 at a time we’ve been told. Whereas the reissues of early blues and gospel came from the catalogues of the few pre-war major labels which had taken over most of their competitors by the end of the thirties, the forties saw the rise of the indie labels, large, small and even smaller.  Reissues we’ve seen in the past year have filled gaps in the larger indie catalogues or taken from an array of small and medium sized label catalogues. 

We don’t have a feature this week but we are drawing from some of the grey-market reissues as well as fr4om a few compilations from larger and well-distributed reissue companies like JSP and Acrobat, both from Britain. We recently got hold of some of the many reissue collections of the past year or so and we’ll be featuring them on the show, starting this week.

Also on the program, a brief mmselection of Allen Toussaint recordings as performer and producer in tribute to the artist who died just two weeks ago.

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On the Show:

Quintet of the Hot Club of France – James P. Johnson – Madonna Martin – Ollie Shepard – Allen Toussaint – The Rubaiyats – Buddy Guy – Byther Smith – Edna Gallmon Cooke – Johnny Adams – Bobby Long – 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 December 21st.

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 (December 1st)

We may resume our blues hits of the 1950s feature next week. We’ll try to pull that together for the nest show.

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