December 8, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 299 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

No Gospel on this week’s program following last week’s 2-hour post-0war Gospel special. Couple of little-remembered names in R&B as well as some small label R&B out of L.A. from the Jiving on Central Ave. series. So much Rhythm & Blues came from Los Angeles and its many independent labels. Also, field recordings of two kinds– recordings from the major labels visits to locales in the southern U.S and recordings made by modern song collectors looking for unknown or forgotten musical talents. A bit of classic and some newly recorded Soul

On the Show:

Bill Jennings – Arbee Stidham – Wini Beatty – Clarence Samuels – Big Bill Broonzy + Fleetwood Mac – Johnny Barfield – Buford Boyd & Willard Benson – Joe Callicott – Smoke Wagon Blues Band – Shakura S’Aida – Clarence Carter – Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra – Esther Phillips – 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 February 2nd 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 Week


December 1, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 206 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

We began our research for the next program in our blues hits of the fifties series of features but we think we’re going to carry on with that series next week. In the mean time, we came up short last week and didn’t get through our playlist, so this week we’re going to carry on with our informal survey of recent reissues in R&B and blues, beginning with the tracks we had to drop last week, and we’ll bring to air a track or two from what we have decided is our reissue album of the year, the Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke Collection 1949-1962 on the Acrobat label.

Edna Gallmon Cooke was one of the leading gospel soloists  of the fifties and sixties but most of her music has not been available on CD. Ace (UK) has had available an excellent 24 track CD of Madame Cooke’s Nashboro recordings and a few from Republic but this set makes available some of her earlier sides for Deluxe, Regal and Gospel as well as digging deeper into the Nashboro catalogue. You might not want 49 single tracks by any artist but this set could be an exception. Acrobat have a record of issuing great gospel from the “classic” era, including the Texas Gospel series, so-named because it made available recordings from the Peacock label of Houston over nine CDs. (The Acrobat label has also been a source of excellent reissues documenting various classic R&B labels, especially labels from the West Coast.) Acrobat appeared to go out of business a while back but seems to have cheated fate and resumed its activity. 

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We’ve avoided making lists of recommended albums but in each of the last three years we’ve found one outstanding reissue compilation album that fills a particular void. Apart from this years selection, Edna Gallmon Cooke collection, we’ll be featuring tracks from a number of reissue compilations on this week’s show, some of them documenting the output of particular R&B labels from the classic era, others drawing from the host of small indie labels of the fifties and sixties. In this era of digital downloading and streaming, we assume most listeners are not customers for many of the albums we use on the show while other albums are easily researched on the web.  At the same time, we aren’t always up-to-date with new releases. If any of these albums we draw upon this week is intriguing to you, let us know and we’ll provide whatever additional information you may need to find them. 

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Also on this weeks program, some acoustic blues of Mississippi and some more gospel. A lot of little known names on the show this week, once again,  but that doesn’t mean it’s not good music. 

On the Show:

Harold Conner – Annie Williams– Doc Sausage – Sonny Morgan – Ironing Board Sam – Cedell Davis – Edna Gallmon Cooke – Sister Shirley Sydnor – Bobby Long – Clarence Samuels – King Curtis  – 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 December 28th.

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 8th)

We may resume our blues hits of the 1950s feature next week. We’ve done some of the work already..


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