October 4, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 330 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 5, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

Sun Blues singles; Risqué Blues & “The Dozens”: Muddy Waters, live and early; old-time Country; Rhiannon Giddens; Crystal Thomas.

“Into every man’s life some rain has got to fall” — Bumble Bee Slim

“Don’t play the dozens. Don’t know the rules of the game” — Chicago Carl Davis

“i know all about your pappy and your mammy, your big fat sister and your little brother Sammy, your aunty and your uncle and your ma’s and pa’s, you all got drunk and showed your Santy Claus — Memphis Minnie

On the Show:

Joe Houston – Percy Mayfield – Jimmy DeBerry – Muddy Waters – Claude Hopkins Quartet with Rena Collins – Memphis Minnie – Nappy Brown – Big Maybelle – Morgan Davis – Carolina Buddies – Rhiannon Giddens – Smoke Wagon Blues Band – Earl King – Willie May – 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 December 1st 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:



March 17, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 172 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 17th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

This isn’t the program we set out to put together but we patched together a program for this week with some material we’ve been looking to work into the show for a while, a few new releases and material we’ve overlooked over the past while. R&B and blues from L.A; blues from Texas; recent acoustic blues; obscure J.O.B. label singles from Chicago; new and posthumous Pops Staples, unreleased Soul Stirrers, live gospel from Atlanta.

On the Show:

Joe Houston – Big Sis Andrews & Her Huckle-Busters – Gene Taylor – Robert Dunbar & Eagle-Aires of Chicago – Marshall Lawrence – Big Walter “The Thunderbird” Price – Luke “Long Gone” Miles – Pops Staples – Soul Stirrers – Rev. Johnny L. Jones – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until April 13th.

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 24th)

No plan as yet.


March 25, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Hour 72 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Program for Tuesday, March 26, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

Rhythm & Blues in the first half of Tuesday’s program. Recordings from 1947 to 1951. A brief gospel quartet feature in the second half of the program, with quartets from the “Golden Era” out of Detroit, Atlanta, Newark, Cleveland and Chicago.

On the show: 

Joe Houston – Blue Lu Barker – Andrew Tibbs – Roy Hawkins – Memphis Slim & Terry Timmons – Harrison Kennedy – Detroiters – Afro Quintette – Friendly Brothers – Como Mamas – Drink Small

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 April 25th.

Harrison Kennedy

We missed the benefit concert for Harrison Kennedy on March 9th. We need to venture further into The Spectator every day, beyond the front section. Someone told us about it after the event had taken place. The drive is to pay for cancer surgery not covered by OHIP and we gather the campaign to raise funds for the medical procedure is ongoing. You can get more information on Harrison’s website and you can also donate to the fund there at http://www.harrisonkennedy.ca. We have been informed that there will be a Harrison Kennedy concert at This Ain’t Hollywood on April 3rd.


Part or all of next week’s program will be devoted to the Gotham label of Philadelphia. Gotham was a fair-sized independent label that recorded southeastern blues, northeastern R&B and some of the finest gospel of the era. It didn’t really survive the rock and roll era but it was an important label for its decade or so of operation and some of the label’s recordings are the kind we call essential today.


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