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July 1, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 283 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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A couple of years ago we were off the air and in a restless moment we began compiling a disc-history of blues recordings in the post-World War 2 years. This disc-history grew to about 300 recordings on 10 mp3 discs. This week, having not put any playlist together for the show, we decided to make the first disc of the set our playlist. The show covered the years 1941 to 1947 and the playlist consists of representative blues and recordings from the blues side of R&B. We follow the path of blues releases, which, at the end of the war were mostly from RCA Victor in Chicago or from New York indie labels. Most labels everywhere else were pursuing uptown sounds, Jazz records with blues-oriented singers or rhythm & blues. By 1947, record men on the West Coast and in Chicago were looking to the south again, drawing from the local blues scenes and beginning to cater to audiences with down-home tastes.

“Y’all know I ain’t no Christian ’cause I once have been baptized”–Wright Holmes

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On the Show:

Michael Jerome Browne – Jay McShann with Walter Brown – Gabriel Brown – Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson – Wilbert “Big Boy” Ellis – Albinia Jones – Big Maceo – Cousin Joe – Ralph Willis – Doctor Clayton – Arthur Crudup – Memphis Slim & the House Rockers – Lowell Fulson – Jazz Gillum – Betty Hall Jones – 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 17th 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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March 24, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 173 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 24th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

New York blues and R&B from the fifties and Piedmont style blues 1935-1951 on this week’s show.  We had something else in mind but faced a couple of obstacles. The show we did put together began with one track we wanted to play by Reverend Gary Davis. Kinston North Carolina storeowner J.B. Long’s pipeline to New York and Columbia Records ensured that Blind Boy Fuller and his circle, including Gary Davis,  were prominently represented on records from 1935 to 1941, when Fuller became one of the most popular recording artists in blues. Fuller died early in 1941 but the regional style of blues from the Carolinas, Virginia and parts of nearby states had sufficient cachet to retain a share of the post-war blues market. Blues singers were part of the migration to northern cities and New York, not generally regarded to be a blues city,  became home to a small but influential circle of blues artists who benefitted from being close to the heart of the American recording industry.

On the Show:

Sam Price and his Orchestra – Mickey & Sylvia – Wild Jimmy Spruill – Betty James – Reverend Gary Davis – Blind Boy Fuller – Dipper Boy Council – Gabriel Brown – Champion Jack Dupree – Dan Pickett – Carolina Slim – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until April 20th.

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 (April 3rd)

Can’t tell you right now.

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