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June 29, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 186 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

This week we go to air the day before Canada Day, July 1st. It was known once as Dominion Day but we threw off that vestige of our colonial past. This is not a program that specializes in Canadian blues-oriented music. Week to week, we concentrate on aspects of the history of blues, r&b and soul in the classic years and we play recent or contemporary music when we judge the music connects with something in that classic tradition, whether the music comes from Canada or elsewhere. Other blues-oriented programs are more up-to-date and more expert about newer music that is placed in the blues category. We play some of what those other shows play and a lot we don’t.

Notwithstanding anything stated above, we will be playing only Canadian music on June 30th. Some of the recordings are more current. Others go back a few years. A lot of Canadian artists have gone deep into the music and found something of what is essential in it. We play those artists when we find their music and this week we turn the entire 90 minutes to Canadian recordings.

On the Show:

Kendall Wall Blues Band – Little Miss Higgins – Harpdog Brown – Sue Foley – King Biscuit Boy – Amos Garrett – Paul James Band – Jackson Delta – Michael Jerome Browne – 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 as a podcast until July 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 (July 7th)

TBA

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March 31, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 174 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 31st, (1:00-2:30 pm)

Our theme this week the origins of Robert Johnson. There’s a powerful mythology around the figure of Robert Johnson, way out of proportion to his contemporary importance when he was alive. We’ve never devoted much time to Robert Johnson’s music on The Blues & Rhythm Show, but this week we are looking at the sources of his songs, guided by Elijah Wald’s book Escaping the Delta and a CD compilation he edited for the Yazoo label, a CD titled Back to the Cross-Roads. A large part of the myth of Robert Johnson rests on the idea that his songs were not only unique but were an expression of his tormented psyche. Not given much consideration was the idea that Johnson was developing songs from models that were available to him from popular blues artists like Leroy Carr, Kokomo Arnold or Lonnie Johnson, something which Wald demonstrated in considerable detail in his book. And, while Robert Johnson revealed certain preoccupations in his songwriting, they were not in any way outside of blues convention As the title of Wald’s book suggests, Johnson’s ambitions were larger than the Delta region he emerged from and, while his music was an anticipation of the later Mississippi-in-Chicago blues and the beat of rock and roll, Wald wondered if his imagination might not have taken him in a quite different direction.

On the Show:

Michael Jerome Browne – Steve Earle – Johnnie Temple – Robert Johnson – Leroy Carr – Kokomo Arnold – Scrapper Blackwell – Rev. E.W. Clayborn, The Guitar Evangelist – Tampa Red – Mississippi Sheiks – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until April 27th.

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 (April 7th)

Can’t tell you right now.

February 9, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 167 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 10th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

We had begun putting a program together for last Tuesday when events intruded and we realized we would not be able to make the show. This week’s program picks up where last week’s incomplete draft of a show left off. Apologies to those who tuned in last week to hear a repeat.

What we have lined up for this week includes some classic blues, some R&B, and some ragtime and boogie. Also, a brief consideration of Valentine’s Day and the blues; a tribute to Don Covay; and, by request, Jackie Wilson.

On the Show:

Roosevelt Sykes – Bessie Smith – Fats Noel – Jimmy Yancey – Josie Miles – Roy Brown – Michael Jerome Browne – Don Covay – Jackie Wilson – Nathaniel Dett Chorale – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until March 9th.

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 (February 17th)

Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Also, upcoming in three weeks time (March 3rd), it will be Fundraising Week for CFMU and for this program.

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