March 2, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 309 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 2, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon) – International Women’s Day Program

On this year’s International Women’s Day program, we feature women’s Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Gospel and a bit of Soul. Our playlists week by week are dominated by recordings by men, of songs written by men, produced by men, and issued by companies run by men. The themes of the songs we play reflect men’s point of view most of the time. We try to maintain a balance but ot is difficult given the legacy of recording we work from. Blues as a genre were pretty conservative over the years and the same verses and themes keep manifesting from one generation of songs to the next. Ironically, a lot of the songs that have become associated with male singers were passed on from the classic era of the twenties, the years dominated by women’s recordings, which lasted until 1926 or 1927. Most people recognize the male versions of the songs without recognizing the verses that come from songs by Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter or other classic singers but it’s men’s voices that have been dominant in Blues, R&B and Soul. So, we do this show to in a small way redress the balance.

On the Show:

Cleo Brown – International Sweethearts of Rhythm – Gladys Bentley – Ella Johnson – Alberta Hunter – Louise Johnson – Rita Chiarelli – Mary Lou Williams – Big Mama Thornton – Arizona Dranes – Inez Andrews – Molly Johnson – Jackie Richardson – Big Maybelle – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until April 27h as a podcast. Just go the website, scroll through 40 shows to Tuesday 10:00 am bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show

Next Week:

Fundraising. Please support CFMU.


March 1, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 219 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

Raise Your Voice 2016 – CFMU Fundraising – Call 905-528-9888 or go to CFMU Promotions – “Donate”

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Blues, R&B, string rhythm, gospel and soul on our annual fundraising special

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On the Show:

Smiley Lewis – Tiny Powell – Charley Taylor – Cats & the Fiddle – Rose Mitchell – Blind Arvella Gray – Robert “Nighthawk” Johnson – Inez Andrews – Salem Travelers – Sir Mack Rice – 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 as a podcast until March 28th.

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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 (March 8th)

International Women’s Day 2016 special



August 31, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 95 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

This coming week is Welcome Week on the McMaster Campus. We’ll be broadcasting live from the ground floor lobby of the McMaster Student Union Centre. Just as CFMU introduces new and returning students to the role of the radio station in Welcome Week , so,  this edition of Swear to Tell the Truth will be our attempt to introduce new listeners to all that we do week in and week out on the program. Because of the venue, emphasis will be greater on the music than on any commentary. We’ll have a mix of Blues, R&B, Soul and Gospel on the show (no filler), including tracks showcasing Eddy Clearwater and Matt Murphy, slated to appear at Hamilton Place September 27th along with Sugar Blue and Alvin Youngblood Hart.

We’ve also unwisely volunteered to fill a vacant hour of programming before The Blues and Rhythm Show on Tuesday. Not sure what we’ll do with that hour. Something we have to figure out tomorrow.

On the Show:

Lou Pomanti – Eddy Clearwater – Deitra Farr –  Jo-Ann Kelly – Big Maybelle – Nappy Brown – Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie – Casey Bill – Kendall Wall  Blues Band – Betty LaVette – Inez Andrews

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 1st.

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 10th)

No plan as yet but, time permitting, we may put together a feature on Savoy label rhythm & blues.


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