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December 30, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 160 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

Our program the week before Christmas featured several songs with Christmas references but not really Christmas themed. These songs regularly fill out Christmas compilation albums.

There was no particular theme to the program but we did highlight some significant albums that appeared in 2014, without attempting to rank them or assemble any kind of comprehensive list.

On the Show:

McKinney’s Cotton Pickers – Big Three Trio – Blind Boy Fuller – Little Miss Higgins – Reverend Robert Wilkins – The Wandering Five – Candi Staton – David Wilcox – Tracy Nelson – 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 14th.

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 23rd)

Our Christmas special

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September 15, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 147 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

This will be one of gap-filling programs, a show where we tie up some loose ends arising from some recent programs we have aired. Some gospel, some blues and some soul on the show this week.

We follow up on a thread we mentioned last week in our special on 78 collectors and the records they value most highly. Specifically, we look at the duo of Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas in response to an article published earlier this year by John Jeremiah Sullivan in the New York Times Magazine, an article which sheds considerable light on a pair of artists who have been the subject of much speculation and theorizing. We also fill out the picture of pre-war blues in Alabama from a show three weeks ago with some examples of Birmingham piano.We close the program with a selection of soul recordings, most of them recorded at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals.

On the Show:

Viola James & congregation – Cat-Iron – Jewel Gospel Trio – Earl Hooker – Elvie Thomas – Barbecue Bob – Jabo Williams – Clarence Carter – Erma Franklin – Candi Staton

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 14th.

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 23rd)

No plan as yet, but we will likely feature some R&B.

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November 18, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 106 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We had several plans for this show, which is why this posting is late. We wanted to present a feature devoted to gospel quartets. We settled on a feature devoted mostly to quartet recordings of the 1940s and early fifties–a period we haven’t yet featured in detail, although we’ve certainly played records from that era. When people talk about the “golden era” of gospel they generally appear to mean the 1950s, when Speciaity, Peacock, Nashboro, and other labels were issuing quartet recordings that have come to define the genre. Many of the groups that dominated the fifties were already active in the 1940s, if not earlier. The Dixie Hummingbirds, Swan Silvertones, both groups of Blind Boys toured and made records in the 1940s and we know less about these recordings in the same way that we know less about blues & R&B of the forties. Our feature will include early recordings by some of the biggest name quartets in gospel.

Also on the program, some Nashville artists and a couple of blues harmonica players from the West Coast. 

On the Show:

Al Garner – George “Harmonica” Smith – Downchild – Harmonizing Four  – Swan Silvertones – Blind Boys of Alabama (Happyland Singers) – Blind Boys of Mississippi – Jackson Gospel Singers – Candi Staton – Roscoe Shelton

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 December 17th.

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 (November 26th)

Undetermined as of today. we’ll update.

cmc

 

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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