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May 15, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 243 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 7th (10:00 to 12:00noon)

We didn’t have time to provide advance notice of our return show.  We came back on the air for the first time since September 2016. The playlist spanned a variety of styles of blues, R&B, gospel and soul. You can’t hear the show live but you can stream or download.

On the Show:

Bill Doggett & His Combo – Hop Wilson – Link Davis – Bukka White – Sippie Wallace – Jack Penewell – Harrison Kennedy – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Chuck Norris – Georgia Peach – Sons of the South – Denise LaSalle – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until July 2nd. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks.

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

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March 5, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 121 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 4, 2014 (1:00-2:30 pm)

BRS 121 is already in the books. We did not find time to preview the show on this site before going to air. Of course, this week is CFMU’s fundraising week–just one week in the year. So this week’s program is devoted to CFMU’s Raise Your Voice 2014 campaign. On the program for our fundraising special, blues, R&B, gospel and soul in 90 minutes. Some big records and some rare  and obscure tracks.

If you happen to be outside of the Hamilton area and listen to the program online, you’re part of our listening audience and we would welcome your pledge. The same technology that makes this program available across the web, makes your contribution to CFMU, 93.3’s fundraising campaign simple and convenient. Just go to cfmu.mcmaster.ca, look for the Promotions bar on the station’s webpage and make your contribution via Paypal. 

On the Show:

Sam Price Sextet – Sonny Boy Williamson II – Henry Thomas – Magic Sam – Blenders – Tiny Bradshaw – Georgia Peach – Antioch Female Singers – Bertha Robinson – Dee and Don – Otis Clay – 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 March 31st

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 (March11th)

March 8th is International Women’s Day. IWD is our excuse for programming a show entirely devoted to women’s blues, R&B, gospel and soul. The first African-American singers to record blues were women but male singers dominated the record label catalogues by the turn of the decade. Opportunities for women in blues, R&B and soul were limited from the thirties on, even through the soul era in the sixties and seventies. The imbalance is reflected in our playlists on Swear to Tell the Truth each week. We like to present an all-women show at least once in the year. Unfortunately, International Women’s Day clashes with CFMU fundraising each March, so we’re presenting this year’s IWD special three days after March 8th.

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October 14, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 101 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

This week’s program begins with some blues, including several instrumentals. The second part of the show is devoted to gospel soloists, mostly between 1937 and around 1959.

The 1950s saw the proliferation of outstanding solo gospel singers on recordings and in live performances, singers like Mahalia Jackson, Brother Joe May, Bessie Griffin, Robert Anderson and others. Some of these performers usually recorded without vocal accompaniment; some often recorded with backing singers or choirs; and still others were members of vocal groups like the Caravans or the Roberta Martin Singers that featured the different members of the group as soloists. In fact, we are using the term simply for its convenience to identify gospel figures who have been recognized as solo performers rather more than they have as members of a particular group.

It’s probably because so many gospel acts have been quartets, groups or choirs that the distinction has been made but singers in all styles of gospel have begun their public careers singing solo in church or fronting a choir.

Records by solo gospel singers began not long after the first African-American quartets and groups were recorded, to the mid-1920s, but the emergence of Rosetta Tharpe and Mahalia Jackson in the years after World War II has the appearance of something new.

On the Show:

Downchild Blues Band – Earl Hooker –  Steve Strongman – Jimmy McCracklin – Gospel Soloists – Mahalia jackson – Georgia Peach – Brother joe May – Edna Gallmon Cooke – Alex Bradford

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 12th.

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 22nd)

Undetermined as of today. We’ll update.

Errors and Omissions

On last week’s program (BRS 100) we played “New Orleans Hop” by Monte Easter and His Orchestra. We failed to make mention of the fantastic tenor solos by Maxwell Davis, who may appear on more records played on Swear to Tell the Truth than any other artist and was the producer on as many records as he played on.

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