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September 6, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 239 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

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Yesterday was Labour Day and it’s Welcome week once more at McMaster. For technical reasons, we will not be located in the Atrium of the Student Centre this year but the broadcasts  will be streamed to the CFMU tent in the Student Centre. We have a varied program of Blues, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues and Soul lined up for this week.

On the Show:

Percy Mayfield – Blind Willie Johnson– Fred McDowell – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Lula Reed – Barbecue Bob – Morgan Davis Band – Little Miss Higgins – Sir Mack Rice – Staple Singers live – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until October 4th.

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Next week (September 13th)

TBA

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January 12, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 212 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 12th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

We were putting together our playlist for this week when we checked Facebook and found a post from Harrison Kennedy concerning Otis Clay. He died on Friday at the age of 73. Otis Clay was a great if largely unrecognized figure in Soul music. He was also one of those people who created and maintained his own place in the music industry after some initial success as a recording artist who reached the national R&B charts several times over 12 years.  Otis Clay was an excellent live performer and he was a professional in the way he conducted himself. We know these things because we witnessed his live show at different times, and with different bands accompanying him, and because we once had the opportunity to interview him for radio.  We’ve put together a show that includes a feature tribute to Otis Clay. We couldn’t locate one track we’d have liked to play and we’re leaving out his most recent recordings which we’ve drawn from on some recent shows. Overall, we think it’s a fair representation of his career. 

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In later years, it was material produced by Willie Mitchell from Hi Records where Otis Clay recorded between 1972 and 1974 and again in 1977, that stood out in his set lists. He didn’t feature his earlier recordings, except 1968’s “Hard-Working Woman” which became a kind of signature song. He’d perform “A Nickel and a Nail”, which O.V. Wright recorded with Willie Mitchell for Back Beat but not so much  his own records on One-derful, unless memory deceives us.  We’re going to skip the Hi material this week (including his best-known single) for the most part but we’ll work some into future shows. Otis told people he preferred to sing gospel more than anything else and we’re including a bit of his gospel side.

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Other things on the program include a couple of Memphis barrelhouse piano players,  a bit of Chicago blues from the Wolf label and a couple of Canadian prairie blues figures.

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On the Show:

Otis Clay – Booker T. Laury – Hubert Sumlin – Little Miss Higgins – Colin Linden – Gospel Songbirds – and others

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 8th.

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To reach us with comments or queries, write us at sweartotellthetruth@gmail.com.

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Next week (January 19th)

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June 29, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 186 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

This week we go to air the day before Canada Day, July 1st. It was known once as Dominion Day but we threw off that vestige of our colonial past. This is not a program that specializes in Canadian blues-oriented music. Week to week, we concentrate on aspects of the history of blues, r&b and soul in the classic years and we play recent or contemporary music when we judge the music connects with something in that classic tradition, whether the music comes from Canada or elsewhere. Other blues-oriented programs are more up-to-date and more expert about newer music that is placed in the blues category. We play some of what those other shows play and a lot we don’t.

Notwithstanding anything stated above, we will be playing only Canadian music on June 30th. Some of the recordings are more current. Others go back a few years. A lot of Canadian artists have gone deep into the music and found something of what is essential in it. We play those artists when we find their music and this week we turn the entire 90 minutes to Canadian recordings.

On the Show:

Kendall Wall Blues Band – Little Miss Higgins – Harpdog Brown – Sue Foley – King Biscuit Boy – Amos Garrett – Paul James Band – Jackson Delta – Michael Jerome Browne – and others

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 28th.

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Next week (July 7th)

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December 30, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 160 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

Our program the week before Christmas featured several songs with Christmas references but not really Christmas themed. These songs regularly fill out Christmas compilation albums.

There was no particular theme to the program but we did highlight some significant albums that appeared in 2014, without attempting to rank them or assemble any kind of comprehensive list.

On the Show:

McKinney’s Cotton Pickers – Big Three Trio – Blind Boy Fuller – Little Miss Higgins – Reverend Robert Wilkins – The Wandering Five – Candi Staton – David Wilcox – Tracy Nelson – 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 January 14th.

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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 (December 23rd)

Our Christmas special

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September 9, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 96 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

Well, we survived our live broadcast in the McMaster Student Centre and then, unaccountably, became quite ill for a few days, so we had to scramble to get a program together for this week, operating at a little less than optimum efficiency. What we’ve done is to revise a feature we did a year and a half ago on Savoy label R&B. If you happened to catch that early program, we’ve retained part of the playlist from the feature but changed several tracks. The non-feature portion will all be brand-new, including something new in The Walter Davis Project, new little Miss Higgins, Alvin Youngblood Hart–here on the 27th at Hamilton Place–and the Butanes Featuring Willie Walker. Also a track from the reissue CD, The Cry of the Wounded Jukebox. Anybody know whose CD that might be?

On the Show:

Walter Davis – Little Miss Higgins – Harrison Kennedy –  Hot Lips Page – Gatemouth Moore – Paul Williams – Helen Humes – Billy Wright – Brother Napoleon Brown – Bessie Griffin. 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 October 8th.

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 (September 17th)

We’ll be fortunate to get this program to air. No idea about next week as yet.

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