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February 18, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 119 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 18, 2014 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We left a few loose ends so we’re going to round off our Bob Geddins feature of last week. Also on the program, a couple of tracks from the Galaxy label (L.A. blues from the 1960s). We have some live blues and gospel tracks; “raw American gospel” from a Tompkins Square compilation that appears to be out-of-print now; preachers and one-time quartet leads on the Nashboro label

On the Show:

Dexters – Jimmy Nelson – Ray Agee – Clarence Green (Sonny Rhodes) – Mainline – Harrison Kennedy – Missionary Mamie Sample – Reverend Willingham – Johnnie Taylor – 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 March 17th.

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

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Next week (February 25th)

Next week we’ll present some pre-World War 2 blues in some kind of feature yet to be determined.  In two weeks, it will be Fundraising Week at CFMU. That will be March 4th for this program. We hope some of you will show your support for the station and the program, including those who might listen online. (That’s also Fat Tuesday, so we will not be able to present a Mardi Gras program this year.) February 11th will be our annual all-woman show for International Women’s Day. Fundraising prevents us from putting on this show in advance of I.W.D. 

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September 16, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 97 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

Just a brief outline for you today. This week we’ll be looking at the headliners from the Blues Explosion scheduled for September 27th at Hamilton Place. We’ll also be be picking up on a few themes we’ve talked about on recent shows, about early blues, on the one hand, and early blues recordings, on the other.  We won’t have time to get very far into it this week but we may take a longer look soon on a future program.

We’ll just note for the moment the difficulty of knowing exactly when songs originated. Some lyrics were recorded for the first time by theatre singers and appeared later in down home performances but where did the songs originate? Sometimes the lyrics were snatched from folk sources by professional songwriters, sometimes by the classic singers themselves. In other cases theatre singers and down home performers were possibly drawing from the same folk sources. And it’s easily forgotten that the marketplaces where songs and bits of songs were exchanged was likely to be a city, whether Kansas City, Nashville, or New Orleans–to name only the places that feature in this week’s program

On the Show:

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Henry Thomas (“Ragtime Texas”) –  Cleo Gibson – Mainline – Matt Murphy – Eddy Clearwater – Sugar Blue – Ted Hawkins

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 15th.

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 24th)

Nothing planned as yet but we’ll likely be looking at some gospel , perhaps a gospel feature

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