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


October 27, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 103 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We have not programmed a lot of white country blues week to week. Recently, we took a look at our composite playlist and recognized how little of this music we’d managed to fit into the show. We suggested last week we might do a feature on Western Swing but the feature we have put together would be better characterized as Old Timey, covering the period 1924-1935. White Country Blues serve some of the same functions as blues in the African-American tradition. They serve at times  as ironic commentary, humour, and even social protest. Some singers, like Jimmy Davis, Gene Autry and Cliff Carlisle, specialized, at least part of the time, in “blue” blues. White Country Blues also at times betrayed a fascination with African American music, speech and behaviour. Some white blues amounted to parody of black style, like the minstrel tradition, and, as with the minstrel tradition, some parody appeared to be sympathetic, even, at times, admiring, and some contemptuous and hateful. 

In the set we’ve prepared we haven’t sought out the songs that were topical or salacious. It’s a selection of blues that we hope will illustrate simply that blues was a significant part of Old Time or Hillbilly music, beside the ballads and breakdowns. 

On the Show

Lonnie Johnson – Bukka White – Big Chief Ellis  – Morgan Davis – Uncle Dave Macon – Frank Hutchinson – Dock Boggs – Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers – Riley Puckett – Holmes Brothers – and many 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 November 26th.

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 (November 5th)

Undetermined as of today. We’ll update.

Errors and Omissions

Last week (BRS 102), we played Curtis Jones, but we failed to mention that, like Memphis Slim and Eddie Boyd, Curtis Jones moved to Europe in the 1960s and made records there. He also made a well-received album for Delmark, in Chicago.

We experienced several skips on the CD track we played by Curtis Jones, “Bad Avenue Blues”. The CD players at the station are quite sensitive. We examined the surface of the disc to see a flaw or anything on the surface to cause the problem but couldn’t find the source of the malfunction.



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