July 28, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 190 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 28th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

A mid-summer special devoted to post-war Louisiana blues this week–mostly the music of South Louisiana – swamp blues, R&B, zydeco. We’ll feature records made between 1953 and 1969. Small label blues from South Louisiana were arguably the last wave of popular commercial blues over the years 1954-1966. We spotlight what was known as “the Excello Sound”, records from Jay Miller’s Crowley, Louisiana studio as well as recordings on Folk Star and Goldband from Eddie Shuler’s Lake Charles operation and the odd track from other small Louisiana indie labels. As well, we draw from the folkloric recordings collected by Dr. Harry Oster in the years 1959-1963.

On the Show:

Percy Mayfield – Clarence Garlow – Lightnin’ Slim – Slim Harpo – King Karl with Guitar Gable – Rockin’ Sidney – Herman E. Johnson – Robert Pete Williams – Ashton Savoy – Lonesome Sundown – Carol Fran – Donnie Jacobs – a.o.

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 August 25th.

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 (August 4th)



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.

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 (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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