December 14, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 338 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, December 14, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

Some newly available albums on this week’s program–Sue Foley, Corey Harris, newly repackaged Hound Dog Taylor; Hobo songs; Western Swing on transcription discs; Cajun; Harry Oster field recordings; swamp R&B; rare sixties Gospel; and more.

“Then we rode into Shreveport where we were supposed to eat and when I got my sandwich I had to eat it on the street” — Louisiana Red

“The whites and the blacks point their fingers at me, saying, “Look there, look there at the good for nothing” — Dewey Balfa

On the Show:

Sister Marie Knight – John Creach’s Major & Minors – David Pete Mckinley – Morgan Davis – Magic Slim & the Teardrops – Louisiana Red – The Vaudevillian – Harrison Kennedy – Tuts Washington – Jimmie Rodgers – Hank Penny – Nathan Abshire & the Pinegrove Boys – Hogman Maxey – King Karl – Edna Gallmon Cooke – Staple Singers – Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys – 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 February 9th 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.

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 16, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 84 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 18, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

This week, a full-length feature on Sister Rosetta Tharpe, her life and music, forerunners, and her place in musical history. Few performers reached the heights that Sister Tharpe attained but that did not mean that her future was always secure or that her finances were not precarious. Claims that one artist or another influenced the direction of musical history are often bogus but it seems pretty clear that Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s influence extended well beyond the gospel field. Beyond that, there’s the obvious fact that she was an outlier within gospel as a woman who not only accompanied herself on guitar but flaunted her virtuosity. Many African American artists have been cited as though their alleged contributions to the evolution of rock and roll were their most significant achievement. This program is concerned with Sister Tharpe’s contribution to gospel music but it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that she helped shaped rock and roll style–for whatever that is worth.

On the show: 

Blind Willie Johnson, Arizona Dranes, Thomas Dorsey, Lucky Millinder, Katie Bell Nubin, Marie Knight, Red Foley

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 July 16th.

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 25th)

We’re thinking about putting together a classic R&B special, featuring many of the biggest names in the music–names like Joe Liggins, Roy Milton and Dinah Washington, for next week’s program.



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