sweartotellthetruth

June 7, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 230 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 7th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

Product Details       Come on in and Make Yourself At Home           Product Details

Just over a year ago, we presented a 90-minute special following the death of B.B. King at the age of 89. At the time, we weren’t aware that the Japanese P-Vine label was preparing a comprehensive box set making available all of B.’s recordings for the Bihari Brothers’ Modern-RPM-Kent companies. That set has just been made available. Its full title is The Complete RPM-Kent Recording Box: The Life, Times and the Blues of B.B. King. The box contains 17 CDs, According to P-Vine the box includes all the B.B. King singles, album tracks, alternate and incomplete takes, including 100 songs premiered in the box, 10 of them completely unreleased, as well as what P-Vine calls “session scenes” with successive takes of several numbers plus the attendant studio talk.  In the box, there is also an LP with rare material from the B.B. King catalogue plus Charles Sawyer’s biography of B.B. KIng in a Japanese translation. The 56-page booklet details the tracks on every disc but there is no complete session discography. The booklet does include lyric transcriptions by Chris Smith and appreciations from various figures in the blues field. A further attraction of the booklet is the selection of photos by Ernest Withers. Much, but not all, of the booklet’s text has been translated to English from the original Japanese.

Our feature on the box will include A & B sides from the singles issued by RPM and Kent between 1951 and 1961. Some well-known titles but several that aren’t well-known.

The greater part of the 17 CDs is made up of the album tracks, alternate takes and never issued material and we’ll work that material into the show over time. Some of these tracks are organized by theme while others are organized chronologically on discs titled “B.B.’s Blues Revolution”, Phase 1 – 4.  There’s a complete disc of  “session scenes” on the disc “B.B. in the Recording Studio”. The CDs are housed in cardboard sleeves and each CD has a soft protective liner.

tt would be hard to argue that there is a greater figure than B.B. King in post-World War 2 blue and most of his great recordings were made for Modern-RPM-Kent but not many people will opt to buy a 17-CD set and the Complete RPM-Kent Recordings is a limited edition. A four-CD set on Ace (UK) called The Vintage Years remains in print and it is an excellent survey of B’s recordings for the Bihari Brothers labels.

Still, the publication of the P-Vine set is something of a momentous occasion even if the packaging is less sturdy than we might have anticipated and we thought we should devote some attention to it on the program.

Also on the program, Bluegrass Gospel, Gospel Funk and Sacred Steel.

The Complete RPM-Kent Recording Box 1950-1965

On the Show:

B.B. King – Louis Jordan – T-Bone Walker – Marshall Lawrence Band – Stewart Family – Brother John Witherspoon – 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 download until July 5th

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 14th)

Juneteenth special – Texas blues, gospel & soul

cmc. 

December 22, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 209 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, December 22nd, (1:00 to 2:30pm)

Our fifth Christmas special at CFMU. Inveitably there will be some tracks we have played before but most will be material new to the program. Blues, R&B, Gospel and, possibly, a bit of soul

Product Details                              Product Details                                 Product Details

Blues, Gospel and R&B spanning the years 1925 to 2003. Time permitting, some Cajun and Soul. 

Product Details                               Nashboro Nativity : A Christmas Gospel Collection, Vol. 1                              Product Details

On the Show:

Trudy Lynn – Louis Jordan – Ozie Ware – Rev. J.M. Gates – Alphabetical Four – Vera Ward Hall – John Lee Hooker– Alex Bradford Singers –  + (time permitting) – Blind Boys of Alabama – Vin Bruce – Mack Rice – Lowell Fulson

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 January 18th

Product Details

Merry Christmas. Season’s Greetings.

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 (December 29th)

New Year’s special – R&B, Modern Blues and not much else in between.

cmc

September 30, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 149 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

This week we continue our survey of rhythm and blues, begun last week, through the years 1947 and 1948. Commercial recording was interrupted by the second American Federation of Musicians strike, the second so-called “Petrillo Ban”, which lasted most of 1948. For that reason, most of what was released by the record companies in 1948 was recorded in late 1947 and stockpiled for later release. 1947 saw the emergence of new down-home blues performers, including Muddy Waters, Smokey Hogg and Lightnin’ Hopkins on independent labels as Columbia and Victor carried on with limited blues recording based in Chicago and diminishing rosters. That’s not our focus on this week’s show. Mostly, the record companies continue to concentrate their resources upon the new urban-based music, “jump” R&B combos, with musicians versed in playing jazz and  that’s the music that we are featuring in this three-week series of programs.

On the Show:

Todd Rhodes & His Orchestra – Albert Ammons – Hadda Brooks – Gene Phillips – Nellie Lutcher – Bull Moose Jackson – Jimmy Witherspoon – Wild Bill Moore – Louis Jordan = Roy Milton – Dixieaires

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 28th.

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 (October 7th)

Our survey of R&B continues through the music’s great year, 1949.

Errors and Omissions

Two weeks ago we played a version of the song “Today I Started Loving Your Again” by Bettye Swann. We anoounced that it was a George Jones song.  Of course, it was not.It was written by Merle Haggard.

cmc

 

May 4, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 78 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 7, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

The concept of our Louis Jordan feature evolved as we put together the program. This week’s show will be a bit unusual for the Blues and Rhythm Hour because we will be playing some jazz and African-American pop recordings to give context to Louis’ own career trajectory.

Louis Jordan was the most important figure in classic rhythm & blues and dominated the race or sepia charts for a significant period of time. If you read the histories of the blues, or watch documentaries, r&b is often treated like an interesting detour from the real blues. We see it differently. Rhythm & Blues looks to us like the next stage in blues’ evolution and the phase in which blues reached the largest audience and had the greatest influence within African-American society. We regard Louis Jordan as a very important figure in the history of the blues.

In preparation for this program, we’ve reread portions of John Chilton’s biography of Louis Jordan Let the Good Times Roll. It’s worth the time of anyone interested in Louis Jordan and the music of his era.

On the show: 

A lot of Louis Jordan – Henry “Red” Allen – Ebony Three – Hot Lips Page

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 June 3rd.

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.

Last week (April 30th)

We hope some of you heard and enjoyed our program last week, with the feature on blues recorded between 1926 and 1931. The lives of many of the great blues figures of the era are largely undocumented, including two of the greatest figures, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Blind Blake. There’s simply an absence of detail about their lives. If the lives that made the blues are of interest to you, two of the figures we played in our feature have been the subjects of well-researched and well-written biographies. Paul and Amy Garon wrote a biography of Memphis Minnie, called Woman with a Guitar. The book is fascinating on several levels. We were quite sceptical of a book called Hand Me My Traveling Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell by Michael Gray. He had written about Bob Dylan and Frank Zappa. His book on McTell turned out to be much more insightful and revelatory than we guessed and it’s a compelling read.

The  CFMU app, will be available for iTunes, Android and Blackberry, we understand. Still no date.

cmc

 

March 24, 2013

Upcoming Features on Swear to Tell the Truth: the Blues and Rhythm Hour

Here are a few of the themes we will be pursuing in upcoming shows in the not-too-distant future on Swear to Tell the Truth: the Blues & Rhythm Show – 93.3 FM, Hamilton Ontario  (Tuesday 1:00-2:30 pm) or http://cfmu.msumcmaster.ca/

Gotham label survey – blues, rhythm & blues, gospel from ’40s – ’50s indie label – scheduled for April 5th.

Louis Jordan special – the founding figure of rhythm & blues

Alan Lomax’ Southern Journey (the 1959-1960 field trips)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe feature

Victor label blues – mostly 1920s

1920s blues figures – part 2

1930s blues figures – part 2 (late 1930s)

Specialty label gospel – part 2 – the mid to late fifties

Trains and Hoboes

Although we set up this site a year ago,  we only began making regular entries last week. We will be trying to provide notice for each coming program at least a day in advance of the air date.

cmc

Blog at WordPress.com.