December 1, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 298 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

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.

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.

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 January 19th as a podcast. Couldn’t be much easier. Just go the website, click on “Shows”, scroll down through 40 different programs to Tuesday, 10:00am bring up the playlist you choose, 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


August 12, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 92 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

No feature this week, but we do have a couple of rare boogie tracks and a brief set of blues from the thirties. Later in the program, soul from Quinn Ivy’s Broadway Sound Studios of Sheffield, Alabama and a couple of tacks from Memphis. There’ll be some golden era gospel along the way , as well

On the show: 

Joe Turner –  Robert Johnson  –  Big Bill – Rosetta Howard – Downchild Blues Band – Tony Borders –  Bill Brandon – Timmy Thomas – Dixie Hummingbirds – Montreal Jubilation Choir – Booker T. Jones – 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 September 10th.

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 (August 20th)

Another general program next week. No feature. We have more loose ends to tie. We have decided to postpone our repeat of the John Lomax Southern Journey feature and reschedule for August 27th, last Tuesday of the summer.


For anyone interested in Zydeco music after our special on Cajun and Zydeco, two weeks ago, there is a pretty comprehensive full-length study of the music by Michael Tisserand–The Kingdom of Zydeco (Avon, 1998).



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