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September 13, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 240 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 13th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

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We’ve tried to cover the classic R&B of the forties and early fifties on this radio program as much as, or even more than, other periods in blues history. For us, R&B was the important blues of its era even as other forms of blues persisted and evolved alongside the new amalgam of blues and jazz music. On this week’s feature we will try to trace the direction of the music from the pre-war years, through the wartime period when two particular circumstances–the musicians strike of 1942-1944 and the wartime shortage of shellac needed for pressing 78 discs–combined to limit  the amount of recording that took place;  then, with the resumption of recording activity, through to the end of 1946.  On the program some of the biggest names in R&B, some recognized during the years 1939-1946, others not established as stars of the music until 1947 or later The end of  1946 is an appropriate time to stop. 1947 was something of a breakout year for R&B music and for the independent labels marketing it, even if the end of the year turned out to be another stopping point for the recording industry as James Petrillo’s American Federation of Musicians attempted to impose a second ban on recording, in defence of live music, commencing on January 1st, 1948.

On the Show:

Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra – Joe Turner – Saunders King – Four Vagabonds – Hot Lips Page – Julia Lee – Wynonie Harris – Ivory Joe Hunter – Jack McVea’s All Stars -Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers  – and others

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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 11th.

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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.

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Next week (September 13th)

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November 10, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 204 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

Our plan for this week’s program changed as we put it together. What we have is a program of blues and R&B, some well-known recordings and some obscure. The R&B we have lined up to play ranges from 1941 to 1964, from an era when what was recorded was pretty much what the arrangement the band brought to the studio to the era when the music was as much the producer’s art or the studio band’s as it was the named artist.

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Besides R&B we have some modern blues records a bit off the beaten path and several piano blues recordings from 1936. On the R&B side, there’s a rare track from Cleo Brown from a new compilation called Boogie Woogie Gals.

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No overriding theme in this week’s program. A few longtime favourite tracks and other things we found when we were putting together the show.

On the Show:

Noble “Thin Man” Watts – Hot Lips Page – Buddy Johnson Orchestra – Marie Adams – Smiley Lewis – The Rockin’ Highliners – Jesse James – Ray Agee – Ted Taylor – Tiny Topsy – Little Willie John – 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 December 7th.

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 (November 17th)

Next week, the station will play a repeat. We have to take a week off. Brand new show in two weeks.

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September 9, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 96 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

Well, we survived our live broadcast in the McMaster Student Centre and then, unaccountably, became quite ill for a few days, so we had to scramble to get a program together for this week, operating at a little less than optimum efficiency. What we’ve done is to revise a feature we did a year and a half ago on Savoy label R&B. If you happened to catch that early program, we’ve retained part of the playlist from the feature but changed several tracks. The non-feature portion will all be brand-new, including something new in The Walter Davis Project, new little Miss Higgins, Alvin Youngblood Hart–here on the 27th at Hamilton Place–and the Butanes Featuring Willie Walker. Also a track from the reissue CD, The Cry of the Wounded Jukebox. Anybody know whose CD that might be?

On the Show:

Walter Davis – Little Miss Higgins – Harrison Kennedy –  Hot Lips Page – Gatemouth Moore – Paul Williams – Helen Humes – Billy Wright – Brother Napoleon Brown – Bessie Griffin. 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 October 8th.

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 (September 17th)

We’ll be fortunate to get this program to air. No idea about next week as yet.

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May 4, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 78 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 7, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

The concept of our Louis Jordan feature evolved as we put together the program. This week’s show will be a bit unusual for the Blues and Rhythm Hour because we will be playing some jazz and African-American pop recordings to give context to Louis’ own career trajectory.

Louis Jordan was the most important figure in classic rhythm & blues and dominated the race or sepia charts for a significant period of time. If you read the histories of the blues, or watch documentaries, r&b is often treated like an interesting detour from the real blues. We see it differently. Rhythm & Blues looks to us like the next stage in blues’ evolution and the phase in which blues reached the largest audience and had the greatest influence within African-American society. We regard Louis Jordan as a very important figure in the history of the blues.

In preparation for this program, we’ve reread portions of John Chilton’s biography of Louis Jordan Let the Good Times Roll. It’s worth the time of anyone interested in Louis Jordan and the music of his era.

On the show: 

A lot of Louis Jordan – Henry “Red” Allen – Ebony Three – Hot Lips Page

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 June 3rd.

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.

Last week (April 30th)

We hope some of you heard and enjoyed our program last week, with the feature on blues recorded between 1926 and 1931. The lives of many of the great blues figures of the era are largely undocumented, including two of the greatest figures, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Blind Blake. There’s simply an absence of detail about their lives. If the lives that made the blues are of interest to you, two of the figures we played in our feature have been the subjects of well-researched and well-written biographies. Paul and Amy Garon wrote a biography of Memphis Minnie, called Woman with a Guitar. The book is fascinating on several levels. We were quite sceptical of a book called Hand Me My Traveling Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell by Michael Gray. He had written about Bob Dylan and Frank Zappa. His book on McTell turned out to be much more insightful and revelatory than we guessed and it’s a compelling read.

The  CFMU app, will be available for iTunes, Android and Blackberry, we understand. Still no date.

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