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November 2, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 203 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

 

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

What we know about the roots and vernacular music of the first half of the twentieth century we know largely from the commercial recordings of the period plus the field recordings by the Lomaxes and a few other folklorists and their recording devices. An additional resource from recent years has been the recordings of traditional musicians by later generations of field researchers–Frederick Ramsay, Harry Oster, George Mitchell, David Evans and Art Rosenbaum are a few of the names. Memories fade and performances may change imperceptibly over time but traditional artists can provide previously unheard songs, versions of songs and different ways of playing and singing them.   Through the recordings obtained by these modern song collectors, and from interviews they conducted, we know more about styles of music that are already represented in the recordings of the time as well as styles that were underrepresented on record, such as African-American banjo music, or hardly represented at all,  like the fife and drum ensembles of Mississippi. Some musicians and singers reached back to the era before blues and country music were of interest to the record industry and played and sang in older (pre-1920) styles

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We have a brief feature on recordings by Art Rosenbaum. Without his efforts, we can guess that a small circle of blues musicians in Indianapolis, including the great Scrapper Blackwell,  would not have recorded in the early 1960s, but Rosenbaum’s researches brought any number of unusual and unexpected performances and performers to tape. Some of Rosenbaum’s taped recordings were available on mostly forgotten and now collector’s item LPs but much of the material only became available to a broad public when the Dust to Digital company commissioned a compilation of his recordings that became a pair of 4-CD sets. We’ve organized a feature set of recordings that includes black and white versions of blues as well as some gospel recordings. Art Rosenbaum’s interests extended beyond blues and old-time country to ethnic musics, including Norteno and Cajun music and French Canadian fiddle music. While other field collectors scoured the South, Rosenbaum found fascinating and signficant music in the northern states as well as a lot of music from Georgia, where he moved in 1976. 

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Also on the program this week,  some R&B recordings involving tenor player, producer and arranger, Maxwell Davis; something from Harrison Kennedy’s latest and  Grand Prix du Disque award winning album, This Is From Here; plus a couple of other modern roots performances and songs about work in the modern era.

On the Show:

Bumble Bee Slim – Percy Mayfield – Harrison Kennedy – Shirley Griffith – Jake Staggers – Mabel Cawthorn – Traveling Inner Lights – Maurice John Vaughan – Artie “Blues Boy” White – 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 November 30th.

 

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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 (November 1oth)

Next week, a selection of favourite tracks, all styles, all eras. We may need to take a week off November 17th. On November 24th, we plan to present part 2 of our blues hits of the 1950s special feature but that’s subject to change.

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October 13, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 200 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

   Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 13th, (1:00-2:30 pm).

No special theme on our 200th original show. Blues, R&B, Gospel and Soul this week. We’ve gone back to some vinyl sources for some of tracks for this show. As is often the case, we’re following up on some threads pulled loose on earlier shows. Blues recordings from the 1930s and from the Blues Revival era, storefront and streetcorner gospel, a sampling of R&B records, a few random Soul tracks on the program.

We can’t represent all the music we play every week, or any week, so we try to rotate styles, eras, artists from  week to week. We didn’t have a plan when we put this week’s show together but we wanted to play a few particular recordings, some of which made the cut and others that didn’t. The rest of the show fell into place.

                                                                              

There are two competing pressures that influence us when we put together the program each week. The first is the compulsion to play everything we’d like to play in 90 minutes per week. The other is the instinct to save every great selection for exactly the right context in the right program. Some weeks we’re happy with the result. Other weeks, not so much.

On the Show:

Jimmy McGriff – Ricky Allen – Bumble Bee Slim – Flora Molton – Linda Hopkins – Duke Robillard – Shakura S’Aida – Rev. Anderson Johnson – Roy lee Johnson – Sam Cooke – et al.

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 November 9th.

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.

Errors and Omissions:

Last week, we identified Willie Steele as the guitar player on the “Prison Bound Blues”  by Willie Nix. It was, of course, Willie johnson. Willie Johnson and Willie Steele both played in Howlin’ Wolf’s band before he moved to Chicago. Steele was the drummer.

Next week (October 20th)

TBA

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December 30, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 161 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, December 23rd, (1:00-2:30 pm)

We assemble this program on the computer and, of course, we also maintain this blogsite, but we were without a working computer for most of the week prior to the Christmas show. In the end, we did manage to put a show together but not to give advance notice of the content.

There is a limited supply of classic blues, rhythm, & blues, gospel and soul for Christmas and this was our fourth Christmas special at CFMU. Most of the program was made up of fresh material, however, and we think it was a quality selection.

On the Show:

Casey Bill & His Orchestra – Goree Carter – Rev. J.M. Gates – Selah Jubilee Singers – Bumble Bee Slim – Charles Brown – Reverend Cleophus Robinson – Blind Boys of Alabama with Mavis Staples –  Richard Newell  – 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 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 30th)

Our pre-New Year’s show will feature blues from the album era, especially, and some longer tracks than we usually play on the program. Emphasis on uptempo material.

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