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July 1, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 283 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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A couple of years ago we were off the air and in a restless moment we began compiling a disc-history of blues recordings in the post-World War 2 years. This disc-history grew to about 300 recordings on 10 mp3 discs. This week, having not put any playlist together for the show, we decided to make the first disc of the set our playlist. The show covered the years 1941 to 1947 and the playlist consists of representative blues and recordings from the blues side of R&B. We follow the path of blues releases, which, at the end of the war were mostly from RCA Victor in Chicago or from New York indie labels. Most labels everywhere else were pursuing uptown sounds, Jazz records with blues-oriented singers or rhythm & blues. By 1947, record men on the West Coast and in Chicago were looking to the south again, drawing from the local blues scenes and beginning to cater to audiences with down-home tastes.

“Y’all know I ain’t no Christian ’cause I once have been baptized”–Wright Holmes

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On the Show:

Michael Jerome Browne – Jay McShann with Walter Brown – Gabriel Brown – Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson – Wilbert “Big Boy” Ellis – Albinia Jones – Big Maceo – Cousin Joe – Ralph Willis – Doctor Clayton – Arthur Crudup – Memphis Slim & the House Rockers – Lowell Fulson – Jazz Gillum – Betty Hall Jones – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until September 17th as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

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

TBA.

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June 23, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 282 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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On the program today, a little bit of classic R&B, some 1930s blues, some traditional gospel, a set of Hillbilly Boogie and R&B and Soul from Nashville, 1956-1970. 

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On the Show:

Wild Jimmy Spruill – Jimmy Preston – Ruth Brown – Peetie Wheatstraw – Kokomo Arnold – Jazz Gillum – Jubilee Gospel Team – Prophet Powers – Paul Howard & His Cotton Pickers – Merle Travis – Guitar Slim – Stephen Barry Band – Gene Allison – Dottie Clark – Consolers – Wayne McGhie  – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until September 17th as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

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

TBA.

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September 6, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 238 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

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This show follows the development of blues in Chicago after 1945. Before World War 2, Chicago was the place where a great deal of blues recording took place and where there was a ready audience for blues performers. You might say that a Chicago blues style developed in the thirties but you likely wouldn’t refer to “Chicago blues” in the 1930s because Chicago was the hub of the blues industry with only New York, less of a blues city, as competition in terms of a recording centre.  In a sense, the rise of independent record companies decentralized recording and encouraged the development and marketing of local styles after the war. The new Chicago electric blues seem like an expression of an era of heavy industrial development in the U.S. midwest from Chicago and surrounding cities in the region. Before the war Lester Melrose recorded artists from Mississippi with down-home appeal, like Arthur Crudup and Tommy McClennan, for Bluebird but what was sometimes disparagingly referred to as the “Bluebird Beat” was a danceable swing blues that was devoid of much regional sense and the repeated use of the same session musicians tended to reduce the individuality of perfrmances on record. The new “Chicago” blues made its appeal to a narrower segment of the population and a Mississippi or Deep South sensibility.

On the Show:

Nature Boy Brown – Jazz Gillum – John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson – Muddy Waters – Bay Face Leroy – Grace Brim – Johnny Shines – Big Boy Spires – Floyd Jones – Snooky Pryor – Raoul & the Big Time & 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 September 27th.

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.

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Next week (September 6th)

Next week is Welcome Week at McMaster. This year, we will be broadcasting from the studio rather than the Atrium of the McMaster Student Union Building but we will be heard in the Atrium. Easier for the programmer. We’ll present a mix of all that we do week to week.

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