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.

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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.

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October 2, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 259 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario

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

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We opened this weeks program with some R&B out of Chicago on the Miracle and Premium labels and from Aristocrat and Chess. We try to cover Rhythm & Blues from the forties and fifties as closely as we do down-home blues from the  same era. As with blues recordings there were many worthy but obscure records and many that have been forgotten since they were once current. Where R&B once ruled the African-American charts it was mostly forgotten by the 1960s when the so-called Blues Revival took place. Today, we can appreciate the quality and variety of this music and we can appreciate a bit better the way the world was in a bygone time.

Also on this weeks program, a bit of mandolin blues, a couple of what appear to have been studio bands that recorded dance and blues records in the late 1930s, Bill and Charlie Monroe, new music from Harpdog Brown and something from HowellDevine.

Last segment of the show devoted to the Gospel Spirit reissues from Columbia Legacy following our exploration of blues from the Columbia catalogue. Many of the pre-war blues recordings in Columbia’s vaults were acquired from other companies in the twenties and thirties. Columbia Legacy put together some excellent gospel reissues in the 1990s, much of it recorded by Columbia or its OKeh subsidiary.

These parts of Columbia’s vaults have been mostly neglected in recent years but you can still find most of the Columbia Legacy reissue albums of blues and gospel one way or another today, if you are so inclined. Meanwhile, we like to highlight these collections from time to time because of the resources and documentation that went into their production. We don’t have to identify the source albums on the air but you can identify the titles from each week’s playlist on the CFMU website as long as the shows remain available as podcasts, ie., eight weeks.

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On the Show:

Cryin’ Jesse & his Orchestra – Ella Mae Morse – Five Blazes – Kitty Stevenson – Jimmy Nelson – Harpdog Brown – Sleepy John Estes – Harlem Hamfats – Charlie Monroe & His Kentucky Pardners – Morgan Davis – Blind Willie Johnson – Jackson Gospel Singers- Dorothy Love Coates – 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.

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