September 25, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 287 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 25, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon.

We submitted the audio file for this program late and we are unsure when it will air as of this moment. Our eighth show from the home studio. On the program this week, a feature devoted to Rhythm & Blues from Kansas City, both from K.C. itself and from L.A. where many K.C musicians located after a reform movement swept the Pendergast city government machine from power and as the lure of the Coast economy drew them from the city at the same time as opportunities to play were disappearing. Also on the program, Western Swing, and in that segment the story of Johnnie Lee Wills’ “Rag Mop”–as we understand it. Bit of Soul to end the program.

“They’ll tell you to your face, this ain’t no po’ folks home” –Charlie Q. Price

On the Show:

Julia Lee – B.B. King – Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets – Shakura S’Aida – Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers – Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys – 4  Jacks – Lottie Kimbrough – Crown Prince Waterford – Myra Taylor – Jesse Price – Buddy Tate Sextet – Albert King- Bobby Marchan – Oscar Toney, Jr. – Bettye Swann – 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 October 20th 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


January 27, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 116 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 28, 2014 (1:00-2:30 pm)

Two themes on The Blues and Rhythm Show this week. We’re playing a fairly random assortment of blues from the Chess label of Chicago. Some big names and an ace inastrumentalist in the mix. Also, a wide-ranging selection of R&B tracks recorded between 1945 and 1960. 

On the Show:

Sidemen – Little Walter – Muddy Waters – Little Milton – Fenton Robinson – Mr. Bear & His Bearcats – Jesse Price – Sam “Highpockets” Henderson – Lee Roy Little – Jack de Keyzer

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 February 24th.

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 (February 4th)

We’re doing research for a program of railroading songs and railroad themes in blues, R&B and gospel song. We haven’t settled on a theme for next week’s program.

Last week

We played Booker T. & the MGs’ “Chinese Checkers” and described it as a clever bit of “chinoiserie”. According to Rob Bowman, the song wasn’t originally conceived that way. Booker T. Jones devised the piece on an electric piano he had obtained. Some of the keys didn’t work and he wrote the piece using a 5-note scale. By the time the piece was recorded, however, its “Chinese” character seems to have been something Booker T. and the band embraced.




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