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August 30, 2021

Swear to Tell the Truth, August 31, 2021 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

We’ve been on a summer schedule but haven’t taken off a block of time. We’ve alternated new shows with repeats. This will be the last summer repeat. Look up Blues & Rhythm Show #298 for the original description of this week’s repeat.

We weren’t entirely happy with this program when it first aired in December. We do think the playlist stands up, so here is the original show with a couple of minor modifications.

This week’s program is all Gospel. Our original notion was to trace the history of Gospel recordings from the beginning. but that was probably too ambitious for a two hour program. We decided to limit the show’s attention to post-war Gospel and then looking at the widespread concept of Gospel’s Golden Age. Our playlist includes Gospel groups, quartets, soloists and singing preachers, some of whom played instruments. In some cases we have chosen the obvious and celebrated sides of well-known artists and in others the more obscure recordings in the discography.

“Some of you members, two by seven, some of you members will never get to Heaven” — Elder Charles Beck

“Just about the time I thought I was lost my dungeon shook and then the chain fell off” — Edna Gallmon Cooke

On the Show:

Staple Singers – Wings of Jordan Choir – Dixie Hummingbirds – Pilgrim Travelers – Famous Ward Singers – Brother Joe May – Goldia Haynes – Swan Silvertone Singers – Elder Charles Beck – Blind Boys of Alabama – Edna Gallmon Cooke – Rev. Cleophus Robinson with Josephine James – Swanee Quintet – Sensational Nightingales – and others.

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.

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 October 26th 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:

Brand new show. Check this blogsite for details.

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August 23, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 326 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 24, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

We make a few stops on the way to two hours this week: classic R&B 1949-1954; old-time Country and post-war Hillbilly; early vocal group music; rare Gospel tracks; mid-to-late sixties Soul. Also Son House and Scott Dunbar from the Blues Revival era.

“I was a high geared daddy but sweet mama put me in low” – Tommy Little

“Yes, I’m gonna get me religion. I’m gonna join the Baptist Church. You know I want to be a Baptist preacher so I won’t have to work” — Son House

On the Show:

Tiny Bradshaw – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Effie Smith – Buddy & Ella Johnson – André Bisson – Ben Racine Band – Buck Mountain Band – Johnny Tyler – Pullman Porters Quartette – Oleanders – Son House – Molly O’Day & the Cumberland Mountain Folks – Fannie Bell Chapman – Hopson Family – Lamp Sisters – 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 October 19th 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:

We’ll be off again next week. Last week of our summer schedule. There will be a repeat broadcast. We’ll tell you what is playing closer to the broadcast date.

Errors and Omissions

If you listened to BRS 325 (August 10th) to the end you encountered a moment in the program when two tracks were playing simultaneously. We allowed a stray track into our audiofile. We don’t know how we caused this to happen but we missed it in our review of the file. We’ve corrected the master file in case we use the program in repeat.

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March 2, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 309 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 2, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon) – International Women’s Day Program

On this year’s International Women’s Day program, we feature women’s Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Gospel and a bit of Soul. Our playlists week by week are dominated by recordings by men, of songs written by men, produced by men, and issued by companies run by men. The themes of the songs we play reflect men’s point of view most of the time. We try to maintain a balance but ot is difficult given the legacy of recording we work from. Blues as a genre were pretty conservative over the years and the same verses and themes keep manifesting from one generation of songs to the next. Ironically, a lot of the songs that have become associated with male singers were passed on from the classic era of the twenties, the years dominated by women’s recordings, which lasted until 1926 or 1927. Most people recognize the male versions of the songs without recognizing the verses that come from songs by Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter or other classic singers but it’s men’s voices that have been dominant in Blues, R&B and Soul. So, we do this show to in a small way redress the balance.

On the Show:

Cleo Brown – International Sweethearts of Rhythm – Gladys Bentley – Ella Johnson – Alberta Hunter – Louise Johnson – Rita Chiarelli – Mary Lou Williams – Big Mama Thornton – Arizona Dranes – Inez Andrews – Molly Johnson – Jackie Richardson – Big Maybelle – 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 April 27h 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:

Fundraising. Please support CFMU.

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February 15, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 308 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 16, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

We should be describing our annual Mardi Gras special but something happened this year. We missed the important detail that Fat Tuesday falls earlier this year, today, February 16th, in fact,–until we’d already put together our program. Too late to put it aside and assemble another show. What we have instead is a program with a segment featuring Rhythm & Blues from Chicago independent labels and another segment in the second hour divided between recordings by Blind Boy Fuller with his associates and some later recordings by Piedmont artists. Also, something from the recent EP Lo-Fi Blues and a bit of live Rosetta Tharpe from 1970.

On the Show:

Floyd Smith – Bill Samuels – Tab Smith Orchestra with Chick Young – Alberta Adams – Sugar Brown – Harpdog Brown & the Bloodhounds – Lonnie Johnson & Elmer Snowden – Blind Boy Fuller – Blind Gary Davis – Henry Johnson – Tarheel Slim – Lone Star Playbiys – Rev. Joihn Wilkins – 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 April 13th 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

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.

Upcoming: Fundraising March 6-19

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February 13, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 307 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 9 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

On this week’s program, Indianapolis Blues and the Leroy Carr-Scrapper Blackwell legacy as captured by intrepid recordist Art Rosenbaum; black and white spiritual music, old and modern; Soul from the late sixties; live Jimmie Vaughan and Jack de Keyzer.

” I wish I was back in deep Arkansas, forty, miles south of Little Rock” — Big Al Downing

On the Show:

Charlie Singleton – Paul Gayten Orchestra with Annie Laurie – Jimmie Vaughan Trio – Steve Hill – Leory Carr & Scrapper Blackwell – Pete Franklin – Brooks Berry – Skip James – McVay & Johnson – Mobile Four – Willie Neal & New Salem Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir – O.V. Wright – Doris Allen – 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 April 6th 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.

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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December 21, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 301 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario) – Christmas Edition

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, December 22, 2020 (10:00am to 1:00 pm***)

One week in the year it’s all Christmas on the Blues & Rhythm Show. This year we present a 3-hour special including Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Soul, Country, Cajun & Roots Christmas music. Familiar songs and a lot that won’t be familiar. A lot of people’s usual plans for Christmas have changed this year. That includes us. Normally, we would be at the station live on Christmas Day. This year’s Christmas special is prerecorded. If you wish to stream or download the entire podcast it’s three hour program and we believe you will have to open up both this program 10:00-12:00 Tuesday slot and the 12:00-1:00 slot that follows to hear the full three hours. To hear the full 3-hour program start at Morning File for December 22nd (9:00am-10:00am) then click on Swear to Tell the Truth.

On the Show:

Louis Prima & His New Orleans Gang – Jesse Thomas – Jimmy Witherspoon – Ozie Ware – Bumble Bee Slim – Rev. J.M. Gates – Stanley Brothers – Gribble, Lusk & York – Jimmy Dawkins – Morgan Davis – Roy Hawkins – Jessie Mae Hemphill – Belton Richard – Marion Williams & the Stars of Faith – Shakura S’Aida – James Brown – Meditation Singers – Gospel Scarlets – Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir – The Insight – and many others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until February 16th 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 Two Weeks:

December 29th – no broadcast

January 5th – TBA

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November 10, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 297 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, November 10, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

This week, we have a program that includes some classic R&B; tracks from the Blues revival era; black and white spiritual music; a couple of selections from a new compilation from JSP featuring blues from the short-lived and slightly weird Barrelhouse label. And we close out with original and retro Soul music.

On the Show:

Lucky Millinder Otchestra – Marion Abernathy – T.J. Fowler – Blues Boy Willie – Paul Reddick + The Sidemen – Marshall Lawrence – Robert Pete Williams – Little Brother Montgomery – Joe Carter – Reverend Gary Davis – Ernest Martin and His Gospel Melody Makers – Glen Thompson & His Dixie Playboys – The Soul Band – Margie Hendrix – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until December 29th as a podcast. Just go the website, 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

November 3, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 296 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

This episode of the program airs on Election Day in the U.S. Accordingly, we put together a show that attempts to track how Blues and Roots music on commercial record reflected electoral politics and political change over forty years. It wasn’t that unusual for commercial recordings to have political events or social policies as their subject but, as in any era, it wasn’t typical either. Our survey includes recordings made between 1926 and 1983. and includes Blues, Gospel and Country recordings.

On the Show

Johnnie Taylor – Banjo Joe – Uncle Dave Macon – Beale Street Sheiks – Allen Brothers – Joe Pullum – Casey Bill Weldon – Merline Johnson – Champion Jack Dupree – Harmon Ray – Jackie Doll & His Pickled Peppers – Memphis Slim – Bobo Jenkins – Geneva Vallier – Southern Bell Singers – Sunnyland Slim – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until December 22nd as a podcast. Just go the website, 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

October 27, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 295 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 27, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

This week’s program has some classic R&B, a brief look at the great guitar player, Lonnie Johnson; more from the Blues Revival out of St. Louis and Chicago, Hillbilly Boogie & Western Swing; classic and retro Soul. There’s some piano blues and some mandolin in the mix

“The jailhouse, boys, is a lonesome place ‘specially when the when the turnkey slams the door in your face” — Lonnie Johnson

On the Show

Louis Jordan & the Tympany Five – Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson – Blue Lu Barker – Jimmy Liggins – John Lee Granderson – James “Stump” Johnson – Lonnie Johnson – Carl Martin – Armstrong Twins – Cotton Thompson – Ruby Johnson – Butanes – Don Johnson – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until December 15th as a podcast. Just go the website, 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


September 30, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 289 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 8, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

On this week’s program, our tenth show prerecorded at home, No particular focus. Some fifties R&B vocal groups, jazz-oriented R&B from the forties; taste of down-home blues; Southern Soul; Gospel from the Nashboro label.
On the Show:

On the Show:

Freddie King – Jerry Butler – Richard Berry & the Pharoahs – Paul James – Pee Wee Hughes – James Cotton – Ernestine Anderson – Merl Lindsay & His Oklahoma Nite Riders – Roscoe Shelton – Barbara & the Browns – Gospel Songbirds – Syl Johnson – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until November 3rd as a podcast. Just go the website, 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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