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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.

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You can also follow the program at sweartotellthetruth@nosignifying on Twitter.

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September 29, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 288 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 1, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

Ninth show from our North End bubble. This week, six days before Labour Day, we have a feature segment about reflections on work in blues and country music in the pre-war era and beyond. Nothing too serious. Neither black or white vernacular music dealt much with issues of labour, workers’ interests or collective struggle, and few songs deal entirely with the subject of work. But there are many songs that include reflections on work and its impact on peoples’ lives Also on the program, blues from the fities and sixties, Chicago and Memphis; Gospel; and Soul. 

“Don’t your woman look good when she got another man” – Hound Dog Taylor

On the Show:

John “Big Moose Walker – Arlean Brown – Howlin’ Wolf – Walter Horton – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Tiny Bradshaw & His Orchestra – Little Victor – Michael Pickett – Frank “Springback” James – Frank Hutchinson – Dave McCarn – Andrew Tibbs – Caravans – Otis Clay – Paulette Reaves – 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 October 20th 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

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September 25, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 287 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 25, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon.

We submitted the audio file for this program late and we are unsure when it will air as of this moment. Our eighth show from the home studio. On the program this week, a feature devoted to Rhythm & Blues from Kansas City, both from K.C. itself and from L.A. where many K.C musicians located after a reform movement swept the Pendergast city government machine from power and as the lure of the Coast economy drew them from the city at the same time as opportunities to play were disappearing. Also on the program, Western Swing, and in that segment the story of Johnnie Lee Wills’ “Rag Mop”–as we understand it. Bit of Soul to end the program.

“They’ll tell you to your face, this ain’t no po’ folks home” –Charlie Q. Price

On the Show:

Julia Lee – B.B. King – Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets – Shakura S’Aida – Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers – Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys – 4  Jacks – Lottie Kimbrough – Crown Prince Waterford – Myra Taylor – Jesse Price – Buddy Tate Sextet – Albert King- Bobby Marchan – Oscar Toney, Jr. – Bettye Swann – 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 October 20th 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.

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September 22, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 290 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 15, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

Our 11th broadcast from home. We had two feature segments this week. The first devoted to Coast Blues, mostly from L.A., mostly from the sixties, following the release of an album from Ace (UK) compiling blues from the Bihari brothers’ Kent label. Later in the show we take a look at a fascinating, if troubling, set from JSP, Protobilly: Minstrel and Tin Pan Alley DNA of Country Music. Basically, the set documents the migration of Minstrel and Vaudeville songs not only into the Hillbilly field but into the Blues and repertoire of black songsters. Some of the songs in the brief selection we chose will be offensive to listeners. Also in the program, some latter-day Soul recordings.

On the Show:

Frank “Floorshow” Culley – Flash Terry – King Solomon – Sonny Rhodes – Big Mama Thornton – Sady Courville & Dennis McGee – Merrill Moore – Cousins & DeMoss – Banjo Joe – May Irwin – Georgia White – Sir Mack Rice – Michelle Willson – 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 10th 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

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August 18, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 287 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 25, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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We submitted the audio file for this program late and we are unsure when it will air as of this moment. Our eighth show from the home studio. On the program this week, a feature devoted to Rhythm & Blues from Kansas City, both from K.C. itself and from L.A. where many K.C musicians located after a reform movement swept the Pendergast city government machine from power and as the lure of the Coast economy drew them from the city at the same time as opportunities to play were disappearing. Also on the program, Western Swing, and in that segment the story of Johnnie Lee Wills’ “Rag Mop”–as we understand it. Bit of Soul to end the program.

“They’ll tell you to your face, this ain’t no po’ folks home” –Charlie Q. Price

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On the Show:

Julia Lee – B.B. King – Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets – Shakura S’Aida – Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers – Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys – 4  Jacks – Lottie Kimbrough – Crown Prince Waterford – Myra Taylor – Jesse Price – Buddy Tate Sextet – Albert King- Bobby Marchan – Oscar Toney, Jr. – Bettye Swann – 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 October 14th 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.

Errors & Omissions

We provide a lot of information on the program. Inevitably we make mistakes on air, even in prerecorded shows. One obvious error in BRS 286 had to do with the instrumentation behind Rose Mitchell on “Baby Please Don’t Go”. As the listener would have noticed there was only guitar, drums and handclaps. No piano and bass. We wonder if the guitar might have been Edgar Blanchard but have no evidence to say so.

Next week

TBA.

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August 10, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 286 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 11, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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Still broadcasting from home owing to the COVID-19 precautions. Our program features recordings from the New Orleans R&B revival; zydeco; Memphis blues from the years 1927-1933; Bluegrass recordings spanning 1941-1952; Urban Blues 1961-1986: Urban Blues was a descriptor that was supposed to distinguish post-B.B. King blues, the music of the Beale-Streeters and those who followed  from down-home electric (Chicago-style) “city” blues. Arguably this style evolved into the Soul Blues of the seventies and after, music  that still lives on the Chitlin circuit. In the end the different blues threads merge, separate and merge again but the Urban Blues tag signified something real enough when Charles Keil wrote his book, published in 1967.

“I don’t mind, captain,  working from sun to sun but I want my money, captain, when payday comes”  — Tom Dickson

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On the Show:

Monte Easter – Queen Ida – Snooks Eaglin – Chuck Carbo – Pearl Dickson – Robert Wilkins – Jack Kelly’s South Memphis Jug Band – The Vaudevillian – Charlie Monroe & His Kentucky Pardners – Bill Clifton & the Dixie Mountain Boys – Junior Parker – Lynn White – David Dee – Harrell Singers – 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 October 7th 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

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July 27, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 285 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 28, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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This week we devote a full program to the French music of Louisiana–Cajun music, Zydeco and a taste of swamp R&B and pop. Record companies recognized a potential market for Acadian French recordings as they had for recordings serving other ethnic minorities. After the Columbia Record Company  recorded Joseph Falcon in 1928 other companies followed their lead. Early records emphasized traditional sounds with accordion, fiddle and guitar but by the mid-thirties tastes had shifted to bands influenced by Country string band and Western Swing sounds and the accordion appears to have been retired for almost fifteen years–at least on record–though not from country socials.   A record by Iry Lejeune in 1948 appears to have rekindled interest in the traditional Cajun sounds and to have coincided with an instinct to celebrate Cajun culture and tradition.

Other than a few recordings by the Lomaxes for the Library of Congress, the only Creole musician to make records was Amédé Ardoin whose records with and without the Cajun fiddler Denus McGee were directed at the Cajun rather than the “race” market, in the terminology of the times. It was in the 1950s that the first Creole “Zydeco” recordings appeared on independent labels.

Our special covers 86 years of French music from Louisiana/

“Allons, faire le boogie woogie” –Harry Choates

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On the Show:

Jimmy C. Newman – Nathan Abshire & the Rayne-Bo Ramblers – Clarence Garlow – Wayne Perry – Amédé Ardoin – Hackberry Ramblers – Harry Choates – Iry Lejeune – Johnnie Allan – Magnolia Sisters – Cleveland Crochet – Boisec Ardoin – Lynn August – Badeaux’s Louisana Aces – 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 October 1st 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

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July 15, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 284 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 14, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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On our fifth show from exile in North Hamilton, a varied program, including classic R&B from Nashville (1946-1952) following up on a brief feature we did three weeks ago featuring later Nashville R&B and Soul.  Then, a couple of Hawiian steel guitar recordings from the late twenties, leading into a few recordings from Bob Wills’ great 1936  band.

Western Swing came from the rural southwest. It was based upon local  blues and string-band music but also upon the African-American jazz and blues of New Orleans, Chicago and Kansas City.  Wills’ Texas Playboys employed a horn section as well as the fiddles, steel guitar and piano that characterized most Western Swing bands. The band was never closer to the blues and jazz originals it was founded upon than in 1936. Beside the obvious debt to recent and contemporary African-American music, Western Swing was also heir, like most country music, to the complicated and conflicting tradition of minstrel song, “coon-shouting” and blackface performances. Bob Wills’ singing was influenced most by Emmett Miller the last of the minstrel men.

We also take a look at Leroy Carr, with his partner Scrapper Blackwell, probably the most influential figure in the blues of the 1930s and we play some examples of his followers in the blues. Near the end of the program, some 1960s and 1970s gospel, including tracks from a record man and producer in Savannah, Georgia.

“Gonna turn off this gas stove. I’m bound for a brand new range”–Leroy Carr

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On the Show:

Helen Humes – Rudy Greene Trio – Christine Kittrell – Sam Ku West – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers – Harrison Kennedy – Johnny Jones – Argo Singers – Golden Stars of Greenwood SC – Jubilee Nightingales – Otis Spann – 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 September 24th 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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