June 16, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 184 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 16th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

Our program for Juneteenth. Juneteenth, trditionally June 19th, the date marking the American government’s enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas when Texas was slow to comply. It’s been observed in other places but its roots are in Texas and we are using the occasion to feature traditional music from Texas–not the music of the slavery era but the music that postdated slave times and by performers who grew up in the shadow of slave times.

On the Show:

Buster Pickens – Lead Belly – Sippie Wallace – Henry Thomas, “Ragtime Texas” – Bat and her Quartet – Black Ivory King – Black Ace – Smokey Hogg – Frankie Lee Sims – Grey Ghost

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 July 14th.

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 (June 23rd)



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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