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August 4, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 253 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

This week’s program included a special devoted to Louisiana music, mostly of the fifties and early sixties but including tracks from the forties to the eighties. Swamp blues, R&B, Cajun and Zydeco. That took up the greater part of the program but we also took a look at the Smithsonian Folkways album devoted to Lead Belly‘s recordings for Moses Asch’s various label ventures, recordings made between 1941 and 1948. Leadbelly had spent time previously in a Texas prison but the Lomaxes met up with him in the Angola Penitentiary and he grew up in the Caddo Lake region of western Louisiana.

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On the Show:

Guitar Gable – Lightnin’ Slim – Lonesome Sundown – Clarence Garlow – Classie Ballou – Nathan Abshire – Thaddeus Declouet  – Buckwheat Zydeco – Robert Pete Williams – Lead Belly – Barbara Lynn – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at the CFMU website. The program will be available to stream or download until September 24th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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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.

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June 18, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 249 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 18th (10:00 to 12:00noon)

This week a Texas special to mark The arrival of Juneteenth, Juneteenth is observed annually on June 19th in memory of the Emancipation of slaves in America. The date, June 19th, is the date in 1865 that General Granger came to Galveston with troops and affirmed the Emancipation Proclamation that had hung in abeyance in the state of Texas. With Texas effectively distant from much of the conflict in the Civil War slaveholding continued as though the Proclamation had not taken effect on January 1, 1863.

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No political theme to this program but two hours of Texas blues, R&B, soul and gospel, perhaps not unlike the Juneteenth Festivals that take place in different locales. An exploration of the rich and diverse traditions of black Texican music.

On the Show:

Ray Sharpe – Little Chickadee – Frankie Lee Sims – Oak Cliff T-Bone – Lead Belly – Miss Country Slim – Lightnin’ Hopkins – Dallas Jamboree Band – Hop Wilson – Gatemouth Brown – James Davis – Miss Lavelle – Milton Hopkins & Jewel Brown – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at the CFMU website. The program will be available to stream or download until August 13th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Couldn’t be easier. Just go the website, bring up the 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

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January 5, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 211 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

 to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 5th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

We outlined a plan for this week’s program but decided to play some older music than what we had tentatively planned.  Instead, we’re going to take a brief look at the Johnny Otis show of the 1970 era and at some slightly later Johnny Otis productions and we’re going to feature some recordings collected by Alan Lomax at Parchman Farm Penitentiary.

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We all understand the romance of so-called country blues and excitement of electric blues from Chicago but it’s still hard for us to understand the general lack of interest blues enthusiasts in the 1960s in the R&B of the forties and early fifties, when the artists were still close to their prime.  Paul Oliver, the doyen of early blues researchers, barely mentioned R&B in his writings  There were hints of interest but not many. Columbia issued two records of King R&B classics, perhaps because the names of James Brown and Hank Ballard were still current. The first, from 1967,  was called 18 King Size Rhythm & Blues Hits. Polydor, in Great Britain issued a 1968 album called Kings of Rhythm & Blues, one side devoted to Wynonie Harris, the other to Tiny Bradshaw. Specialty Records issued volume 1 of This Is How it All Began in 1969, with tracks by Roy Milton, Joe Liggins, Jimmy Liggins and Percy Mayfield. Volume 2 followed the next year. These five albums were how it all began for us but it would be a while before a flood of research and reissues filled out the picture. As so often, the Europeans would be ahead in this game. Meanwhile, in 1970, Johnny Otis began presenting the stars of R&B playing and singing something like their original style. He also produced a series of albums showcasing a number of the biggest stars of the music. These were recorded in 1974. We’re going to play a bit of this music on the program.

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Also, on the program a brief look at recordings made at Parchman Farm, represented on the 2014 Parchman Farm album-book combination on Dust-to-Digital. At this point the Dust to Digital set is easier to obtain than the two Rounder CDs of Alan Lomax’ field collection from 1947 and 1948. As well as tracks from those 1947-48 field sessions there are recordings from the Southern Journey field trip of 1959 but beyond the selection of tracks from what had already been issued from the 1947-48 and 1959 sessions, there is material that had not previously been available to the public before.  

Also on the program, two Western Canadian blues guitarists and early Soul or proto-Soul recordings.                                                                                                                            

On the Show:

Ted Taylor – Esther Phillips – Charles Brown – Lead Belly – Tangle Eye– Clarence Alexander –Ervin Webb & group – Marshall Lawrence – Big Dave McLean – Joe Medwick – Mavis Staples

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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 February 1st.

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 12th)

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Errors and Omissions

Song we played by Good Rockin’ Charles Edwards was, as first announced, “Five Years in Prison”. The title comes from an original verse Charles introduced to what was essentially a cover of  the song “Broke and Hungry, Ragged and Dirty Too”. We questioned on air whether we had played the right song. We also called the Five Keys “Hucklebuck With Jimmy” a cover but the original had a different title. It was Jimmy Preston’s “Hucklebuck Daddy”.

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June 16, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 184 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 16th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

Our program for Juneteenth. Juneteenth, trditionally June 19th, the date marking the American government’s enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas when Texas was slow to comply. It’s been observed in other places but its roots are in Texas and we are using the occasion to feature traditional music from Texas–not the music of the slavery era but the music that postdated slave times and by performers who grew up in the shadow of slave times.

On the Show:

Buster Pickens – Lead Belly – Sippie Wallace – Henry Thomas, “Ragtime Texas” – Bat and her Quartet – Black Ivory King – Black Ace – Smokey Hogg – Frankie Lee Sims – Grey Ghost

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 July 14th.

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 (June 23rd)

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February 24, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 169 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 24th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

We’re moving around a lot on this weeks program. On the show, Houston R&B; R&B from the Capitol label; Lead Belly, on the date Smithsonian Folkways releases its 5 CD Lead Belly Folkways box set; couple of female gospel groups from gospel’s golden era, more gospel from Memphis’ custom label, Designer Records, soul, including Jackie Shane.

On the Show:

Piano Red – King Tut – Scat Man Crothers – Lead Belly – R.L. Burnside – Johnny Shines – Sallie Martin Singers – Harps of David – Jackie Shane – 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 March 23rd.

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 3rd)

Next week is Fundraising Week. We’ll have a mix of the best of blues, R&B, gospel and soul, including some hard-to-find material. If you follow the show, we’d appreciate your help. Call in during the show or go to http://cfmu.mcmaster.ca/app/promotions via your browser and link with CFMU’s PayPal. A significant part of CFMU’s audience listens via the internet. If you can help the station and this program stay on the air, we need the support

In two weeks, on March 10th, a couple of days late because of Fundraising, our International Women’s Day annual special

Errors and Omissions

Last week’s Mardi Gras show turned into a technical errorfest. There is no adequate explanation, so we won’t attempt one. We just hope you weren’t paying close attention and that we can make things right this week.

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May 29, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 82 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 4, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We are in the unusual position of having our playlist ready for next week and so we can provide you with more advance notice of next Tuesday’s program. Next week will be our Alan Lomax Southern Journey special presentation. The Southern Journey is the way that Alan Lomax’ hurried and underfunded field trips of 1959 and 1960 in search of unadulterated traditional music from the American South have come to be described. It was a project born of a passion to document old time musics and of the ego of the individual who sought to prove he was the man who could find this music. Prove it he did and he paved the way for other field researchers who followed but he had the advantage of embarking on this quest when America was on the cusp of a tidal shift in its social evolution. Of course, Alan Lomax is not the real subject of our program. The real subject is the music and the musicians he located and recorded.

On the show: 

Lead Belly – McKinley Morganfield – Hobart Smith –  Vera Hall – Miles & Bob Pratcher – Fred McDowell – Rose Hemphill – Bessie Jones – Rev. I.D. Beck – Bright Light Quartet – and many 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 July 2nd.

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 (June 11th)

The following week, we’ll take a step back and try to present you with a mosaic of the different styles we try to bring you week to week, fill some gaps, follow some leads from recent programs. At this point, in all honesty, we don’t have a plan.

For those interested in the progress of the CFMU app, we’re told that the delay has to do with developing an app that works on three platforms–but it is coming.

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