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August 5, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 91 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

Hoodoo Party: Just at the time when blues’ decline as African-American popular music was beginning, Louisiana became a source of popular blues recording, reflecting an active and varied blues scene. An independent local record industry developed in response to the unique musical traditions in the state and several of those independent labels persisted long past the time when small labels in other parts of the U.S. ceased operation or sold out to larger interests. Louisiana became associated with the Excello Sound, the blues recordings made at Jay Miller’s Crowley, Louisiana Studio but sold by Ernie Young’s Nashville-based Excello label. What Miller didn’t or couldn’t sell to Excello, he issued on his own labels. Not always so immediately identifiable were records made in Lake Charles, for Eddie Shuler’s Goldband Records. Jin Records of Ville Platte, Louisiana and Carol Rachou’s La Louisianne label in Lafayette were later entrants to the R&B market. We’re going to look at blues and R&B from the Pelican State, starting in 1954. Some of these records reached the national market while others had only local distribution. Whether the records sold nationally or not, what came out of these recording studios was an expression of local music scenes and musical cultures.

On the show: 

Katie Webster  –  Clarence Garlow  –  Al Ferrier – Lonesome Sundown – Smoky Babe –  Lazy Lester – Margo White – Rockin’ Sidney – Whispering Smith – and others

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 September 3rd.

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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.

Next week (August 13th)

No feature next week. Some kind of eclectic mix with likely a bit of gospel and soul and some more recent sounds than we’ve featured in the past couple of weeks.

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April 28, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 77 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

The feature will be a selection of blues artists of the 1920s. Emphasis on guitars rather than pianos. (We avoid using the misleading term “country blues”.) We’ll be playing tracks recorded between 1926 and 1931. A surprising number of the artists who recorded in this time period never recorded afterwards and the recording industry of the 1930s was much different from the industry of the previous decade.

While the record companies could create a studio sound about the classic and vaudeville singers who made records in the twenties, blues and country records by southern artists on stringed instruments in the late 1920s had less of the studio and the songwriters’s hand in them. What came out on record was more exactly what the performers brought with them. This began to change significantly in the 1930s with the shift to combo sounds and, sometimes, studio groups who backed different artists from one session to another.

On the show: 

Blind Lemon – Jaybird Coleman – Peg Leg Howell & His Gang –  Sleepy John Estes – The Two Poor Boys – Katie Webster – Spade Cooley – Original Sloth Band – Jackie Shane & Frank Motley – and others, of course.

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 May 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.

Next week (May 7th)

Our feature on Louis Jordan, tracking the full extent of his career as a recording artist. Louis Jordan can justly be called the father of Rhythm & Blues and the dominant figure of R&B’s classic era. He influenced many artists in the blues field not just as a musician and singer but as a performer.

Still waiting to hear about the soon to be available CFMU app, which will allow people to listen to CFMU programs on mobile devices.

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