May 31, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 229 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 31st (1:00 to 2:30pm)

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Bit more white Country Music this week, including the East Virginia blues guitarist, Frank Hutchison; Decoration Day and Jubilo; a blues mystery man who left recordings in Fresno, R&B oddities from the forties and fifties; something by the fabulous bass singer, Jimmy Jones; another track from Halo Records.

On the Show:

Albert Ammons & Pete Johnson on “Jubilee” – Frank Hutchison – Chubby Parker – Ollie Watkins – Jewel Brown & Milton Hopkins – Sonny Boy Williams – Jubalaires– Harmonizing Four – Shaw Singers – Earl Gaines – and others

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 download until June 28th.

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Next week (June 7th)

TBA. June 14th – Juneteenth special


November 18, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 106 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We had several plans for this show, which is why this posting is late. We wanted to present a feature devoted to gospel quartets. We settled on a feature devoted mostly to quartet recordings of the 1940s and early fifties–a period we haven’t yet featured in detail, although we’ve certainly played records from that era. When people talk about the “golden era” of gospel they generally appear to mean the 1950s, when Speciaity, Peacock, Nashboro, and other labels were issuing quartet recordings that have come to define the genre. Many of the groups that dominated the fifties were already active in the 1940s, if not earlier. The Dixie Hummingbirds, Swan Silvertones, both groups of Blind Boys toured and made records in the 1940s and we know less about these recordings in the same way that we know less about blues & R&B of the forties. Our feature will include early recordings by some of the biggest name quartets in gospel.

Also on the program, some Nashville artists and a couple of blues harmonica players from the West Coast. 

On the Show:

Al Garner – George “Harmonica” Smith – Downchild – Harmonizing Four  – Swan Silvertones – Blind Boys of Alabama (Happyland Singers) – Blind Boys of Mississippi – Jackson Gospel Singers – Candi Staton – Roscoe Shelton

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 December 17th.

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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 26th)

Undetermined as of today. we’ll update.



March 30, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Hour 73 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Program for Tuesday, April 2, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

A full-length special on Gotham Records of Philadelphia. Gotham Records was a medium-sized independent label that was founded on jazz and R&B. Big enough and well-enough financed to acquire titles from smaller labels but without the distribution clout, in the end, of King, Savoy, or even Atlantic, which was a later arrival on the scene. Nonetheless, Gotham assembled an interesting catalogue of jazz, R&B, and, especially gospel. Our special will deal with the artists recorded by Gotham, rather than the masters acquired from Miltone or from Joe Von Battle in Detroit.

We’ve done features on Savoy, King and Atlantic. Those labels had rosters better known to us today and in their time. Gotham had great artists and its share of hit records. Just as importantly, it represented a fascinating segment of the music being played in the clubs, theatres and churches of the day and brought to record sounds we we wouldn’t have available to us today had Gotham never existed.

 On the show: 

Jimmy Preston – Earl Bostic – Dorothy Donegan – Tarheel Slim – Sonny Terry – The Dixieaires – Thelma Cooper – Frank Motley – Tiny Grimes – Edna Gallmon Cooke – Harmonizing Four

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 April 29th.



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