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September 27, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 242 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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This is the last edition of the Blues & Rhythm Show after 59 months on the air. Our last show features Blues, R&B, Louisiana French music, Gospel and Soul.

On the Show:

Earl Hooker & His Roadmasters – Jimmy McCracklin – Monarch Jazz Quartet – Tommy Johnson – Lucille Bogan – Buckwheat Zydeco Ils Sont Partis Band – Harrison Kennedy – Dan Pickett – Etta James – Nappy Brown – James Brown & the Famous Flames – 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 October 25th.

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Tune in for Put a Record On with Alysha

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June 21, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 232 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 21st (1:00 to 2:30pm)

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This week’s program follows some threads established in shows we’ve done recently. We have something from the newly issued Mel Brown album recorded twenty five years ago at Pop the Gator; Document Blues (going all-digital); spotlight on Tampa Red; West Coast gospel quartets; and more.

On the Show:

Lil Joe Washington – Josephine Baker– B.B. King– Tampa Red – Robert Nighthawk – King Biscuit Boy – Harrison Kennedy– Pilgrim Travelers – Wings of Jordan Choir – 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 July 19th.

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Next week (June 28th)

TBA

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November 2, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 203 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

 

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, November 3rd, (1:00-2:30 pm).

What we know about the roots and vernacular music of the first half of the twentieth century we know largely from the commercial recordings of the period plus the field recordings by the Lomaxes and a few other folklorists and their recording devices. An additional resource from recent years has been the recordings of traditional musicians by later generations of field researchers–Frederick Ramsay, Harry Oster, George Mitchell, David Evans and Art Rosenbaum are a few of the names. Memories fade and performances may change imperceptibly over time but traditional artists can provide previously unheard songs, versions of songs and different ways of playing and singing them.   Through the recordings obtained by these modern song collectors, and from interviews they conducted, we know more about styles of music that are already represented in the recordings of the time as well as styles that were underrepresented on record, such as African-American banjo music, or hardly represented at all,  like the fife and drum ensembles of Mississippi. Some musicians and singers reached back to the era before blues and country music were of interest to the record industry and played and sang in older (pre-1920) styles

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We have a brief feature on recordings by Art Rosenbaum. Without his efforts, we can guess that a small circle of blues musicians in Indianapolis, including the great Scrapper Blackwell,  would not have recorded in the early 1960s, but Rosenbaum’s researches brought any number of unusual and unexpected performances and performers to tape. Some of Rosenbaum’s taped recordings were available on mostly forgotten and now collector’s item LPs but much of the material only became available to a broad public when the Dust to Digital company commissioned a compilation of his recordings that became a pair of 4-CD sets. We’ve organized a feature set of recordings that includes black and white versions of blues as well as some gospel recordings. Art Rosenbaum’s interests extended beyond blues and old-time country to ethnic musics, including Norteno and Cajun music and French Canadian fiddle music. While other field collectors scoured the South, Rosenbaum found fascinating and signficant music in the northern states as well as a lot of music from Georgia, where he moved in 1976. 

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Also on the program this week,  some R&B recordings involving tenor player, producer and arranger, Maxwell Davis; something from Harrison Kennedy’s latest and  Grand Prix du Disque award winning album, This Is From Here; plus a couple of other modern roots performances and songs about work in the modern era.

On the Show:

Bumble Bee Slim – Percy Mayfield – Harrison Kennedy – Shirley Griffith – Jake Staggers – Mabel Cawthorn – Traveling Inner Lights – Maurice John Vaughan – Artie “Blues Boy” White – a.o.

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 November 30th.

 

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Next week (November 1oth)

Next week, a selection of favourite tracks, all styles, all eras. We may need to take a week off November 17th. On November 24th, we plan to present part 2 of our blues hits of the 1950s special feature but that’s subject to change.

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April 7, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 175 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, April 7th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

No special theme this week. On the show, we have a pair of B.B. King and Bobby Bland soundalikes plus the originals, old-time white country blues, the dozens, “postmodern” blues, reissued and expanded live Staples Singers from Columbia/Epic Legacy and more from the last Pops Staples album

On the Show:

David “Honeyboy” Edwards – Lee “Shot” Williams – Ray Agee – Bobby “Blue” Bland – Sam McGee – Speckled Red – Harrison Kennedy – Frankie & Jimmy – Pops Staples – Precious Bryant – 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 May 4th.

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Next week (April 14th)

TBA.

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December 2, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 158 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, December 2nd, (1:00-2:30 pm)

Five years ago a label called Big Legal Mess issued a set of gospel recordings on three CDs, presenting recordings for the Pitch and Gusman labels, labels that operated out of Waymon Jones’ Savannah, Georgia record shop through the sixties and seventies. This year, Big Legal Mess has just issued a 4 CD set of gospel recordings from a company in Memphis, called Designer Records, that issued a few recordings for which the artists were paid to record but which was, first of all, a custom recording service which artists themselves paid to record their music and produce 45 rpm pressings, or, in a few cases, albums, to sell to their audiences or use for promotion. A few of the artists went on to bigger things but most were never full-time professionals. They might travel on weekends to participate in gospel programs but they weren’t relying on singing and playing for an income and most probably didn’t expect to. We’re going to present a selection of tracks from The Soul of Designer Records. It’s a remarkable catalogue and this is a fascinating set of music and we thought we’d give the set some serious attention on the program

Also on the show, a couple of examples of one-string instrument performers, white pop blues from a couple of stars of the vaudeville era and a bit of soul out of Nashville and Memphis.

On the Show:

Mad Mel Sebastian – Willie Joe Duncan & His Unitar – Sophie Tucker – The Fantastic Alphonzo Thomas – Alberta Powell – The Canton Spirituals – Rev. Houston Potts – Five Singing Stars – Paul Kelly – Gene “Bowlegs” Miller

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 December 31st.

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Next week (December 9th)

Feature portion of the show will be a selection of classic-vaudeville blues from the 1921-1932 era. Emphasis on Southern barrelhouse and saloon blues from the period

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February 18, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 119 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 18, 2014 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We left a few loose ends so we’re going to round off our Bob Geddins feature of last week. Also on the program, a couple of tracks from the Galaxy label (L.A. blues from the 1960s). We have some live blues and gospel tracks; “raw American gospel” from a Tompkins Square compilation that appears to be out-of-print now; preachers and one-time quartet leads on the Nashboro label

On the Show:

Dexters – Jimmy Nelson – Ray Agee – Clarence Green (Sonny Rhodes) – Mainline – Harrison Kennedy – Missionary Mamie Sample – Reverend Willingham – Johnnie Taylor – 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 17th.

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Next week (February 25th)

Next week we’ll present some pre-World War 2 blues in some kind of feature yet to be determined.  In two weeks, it will be Fundraising Week at CFMU. That will be March 4th for this program. We hope some of you will show your support for the station and the program, including those who might listen online. (That’s also Fat Tuesday, so we will not be able to present a Mardi Gras program this year.) February 11th will be our annual all-woman show for International Women’s Day. Fundraising prevents us from putting on this show in advance of I.W.D. 

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December 10, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 109 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

Late posting again. No single theme this week, more of a magazine format today. Two classic R&B bands from Washington, Jimmy Nolen, something else from the HowellDevine CD on Arhoolie, a few indie label sides from 1960s Nashville, James Booker, and New Orleans-related tracks from Rounder and Black Top.

On the Show:

Griffin Brothers with Margie Day – Frank Motley & His Band – Jimmy Nolen – Johnny “Guitar” Watson – Earl Gaines – Shy Guy Douglas – Harrison Kennedy – James Booker, Earl King – Bobby Radcliff – Willie P. Bennett

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 January 7th

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Next week (December 17th)

Can’t  say at this point.

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November 11, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 105 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

No special focus this week. Bit of string band music, piano blues, soul and R&B. LIve Etta James and O.V.Wright. Music from a couple of recent CDs from Southern Ontario. 

Downchild – Wynonie Harris – Christine Kittrell – Arthur McClain & Joe Evans  – Big Maceo – Willie Williams with the Howlin’ Wolf Band – O.V. Wright – Harrison Kennedy – 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 December 10th.

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Next week (November 19th)

Not sure what we’re doing but possibly some gospel quartet.

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July 22, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 89 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We were late patching this show together. We’re going to be looking at some diverse R&B tracks but, in the middle of the program, we’ll be looking at Lightnin’ Hopkins and a few of his forerunners and contemporaries. As it happens, we finally got hold of the Alan Govenar biography of Sam Hopkins, which was published about three years ago and, since we don’t plan a Lightnin’ Hopkins feature in the near future, we thought we’d follow a few threads suggested by the book.  

On the show: 

Smiley Lewis  –  The Dixieaires  –  Amos Milburn – Earl King – Buster Pickens – J.T. “Funny Paper” Smith – Lightnin’ Hopkins – Floyd Dixon – Harrison Kennedy – Martha Bass – 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 August 20th.

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Next week (July 30th)

Louisiana Music 90 minute special on July 30th and we plan to present a repeat of the Alan Lomax Southern Journey special for August 6th.

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March 25, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Hour 72 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Program for Tuesday, March 26, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

Rhythm & Blues in the first half of Tuesday’s program. Recordings from 1947 to 1951. A brief gospel quartet feature in the second half of the program, with quartets from the “Golden Era” out of Detroit, Atlanta, Newark, Cleveland and Chicago.

On the show: 

Joe Houston – Blue Lu Barker – Andrew Tibbs – Roy Hawkins – Memphis Slim & Terry Timmons – Harrison Kennedy – Detroiters – Afro Quintette – Friendly Brothers – Como Mamas – Drink Small

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 25th.

Harrison Kennedy

We missed the benefit concert for Harrison Kennedy on March 9th. We need to venture further into The Spectator every day, beyond the front section. Someone told us about it after the event had taken place. The drive is to pay for cancer surgery not covered by OHIP and we gather the campaign to raise funds for the medical procedure is ongoing. You can get more information on Harrison’s website and you can also donate to the fund there at http://www.harrisonkennedy.ca. We have been informed that there will be a Harrison Kennedy concert at This Ain’t Hollywood on April 3rd.

Gotham

Part or all of next week’s program will be devoted to the Gotham label of Philadelphia. Gotham was a fair-sized independent label that recorded southeastern blues, northeastern R&B and some of the finest gospel of the era. It didn’t really survive the rock and roll era but it was an important label for its decade or so of operation and some of the label’s recordings are the kind we call essential today.

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