October 11, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 331 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

A look at the Bear Family set R&B in DC. This collection covers 20 years of recordings by artists who came from DC, settled in DC and made records there–although it really begins in 1945 and ends in 1960. We look at the earlier period. Also on the program, a survey of what was known as the Excello Sound, recordings out of South Louisiana emanating from Jay Miller’s Crowley studio but issued on Nashville’s Excello label. Also on the program, Blues from Greenwich Village and Gospel from Houston’s Peacock and Songbird labels.

“Living is good and life is sweet, no matter what your case may be” — Dan Smith

“This lonely, lonely prison is the factory of the blues” — Leroy Washington

On the Show:

Joe Morris & HIs Orchestra – Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra – International Sweethearts of Rhythm – Progressive Four – Cap-Tans – Geoff Muldaur – Wiley & Thomas – Donald Ray Johnson – Marshall Lawrence – Hobart Smith – Lightnin’ Slim – Lazy Lester – Silas Hogan – Gospelaires of Dayton, Ohio – Loving Sisters – Sojourners – 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 8th 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:



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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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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