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:



September 6, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 145 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ont

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

A special program for Welcome Week at McMaster University.We were live in the atrium of the McMaster University Student Union. No theme, just a selection of blues, R&B, gospel and soul. As well, a couple of examples of the hybrid music known sometimes as soul-blues, music sustained by a loyal audience but which survives without much attention from the larger music industry or the blues media.

On the Show:

Smiley Lewis – Sam “Highpockets” Henderson – Eddie Kirkland – Ginger St. James & the Grinders – Joe Pullum – Little Smokey Smothers – Loving Sisters – Bettye Swann – Willie Clayton – Little Booker

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 7th.

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Next week (September 9th)

A review program based upon Amanda Petrusich’s book Do Not Sell at Any Price, about the pursuit of the rarest 78 recordings and the influence that blues 78 collectors have had upon what we understand about early blues. The show will feature many fine recordings from the twenties and thirties.


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