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September 20, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 241 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 20th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

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On the penultimate Blues & Rhythm Show, we look at Chicago blues from the Chess, Vee-Jay, Cobra and Bea & Baby labels. Also, some Chicago gospel from the 1960s.

On the Show:

Martin, Bogan & the Armstrongs – Danny Overbea – Sugar Brown – Big Ed & his Combo – Eddie Taylor – Lee Jackson – Otis Rush – Arlean Brown – Windy City Four – Martha Bass – Harold Burrage – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until October 18th.

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March 22, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 222 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 22nd (1:00 to 2:30pm)

This week, we look at Memphis Blues from the pre-World War 2 era, records made between 1927 and 1938. Most of the records featured recorded between 1927 and  1930. Memphis, drawing musicians from Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and sometimes further away, was regarded by some as the capitol of the African-American south. Beale Street called the “main street of Negro America”.

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Memphis in this era known for the music played in the streets and, especially, for the jug bands. Some of the artists featured on this week’s program were associated with the jug bands for longer or shorter periods of time but we’re looking at the records by solo artists and duos, blues and songster performers. Missing from the picture for the most part are piano players from the era.

Memphis became a destination for record company field trips after Ralph Peer’s February, 1927 visit to the city in search of recording talent and the companies continued to visit in the 1930s but after 1930 the blues records made in Memphis were more reflective of the broader region than of Memphis’ idiosyncratic musical culture. Meanwhile Chicago became the centre of blues recording and it was only in the 1950s that Memphis offered a challenge to Chicago’s blues hegemony.

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On the Show:

Buster Brown – Albert King – Otis Rush – L.C. “Good Rockin'” Robinson – Furry Lewis – Gus Cannon – Sleepy John Estes – Hattie Hart – Allen Shaw –  The Soul Band – 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 April 18th.

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Next week (March 29th)

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September 22, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 196 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 15th, (1:00-2:30 pm).

Our September 15th program showcased some late-modern blues from Junior Parker, newly available Otis Rush recorded live, solo Magic Sam. We took a couple of tracks from a recent reissue of the important R&B singer Varetta Dillard, one each of her Savoy and RCA recordings. Also, a track from last year’s double CD set Native North America, Vol. 1. Track from CFMU’s Everybody Dance Now #10 by The Vaudevillian led us into the Allen Brothers and we featured a variety of tracks from the collection Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard, gospel tracks from Goodbye Babylon and obscure and “raw” gospel 45s off the collection This May Be My Last Time Singing.to round out the show.

On the Show:

Little Junior Parker – Otis Rush – Varetta Dillard – Fruteland Jackson – Icky Renrut – Allen Brothers – Gid Tanner – Brother Claude Ely – Prophet G. Lusk = Community Choir of Saulsberg, TN

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Featured album: Otis Rush, Double Trouble (Rockbeat. 2015)

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 October 11th.

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 22nd)

Full-length special:Ralph Peer and his role in turning roots music into popular music on commercial records. The man who produced the first African-American blues record, the first commercial hillbilly record and the first guitar blues among other achievements in the music industry.

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July 7, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 187 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 7th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

We wound up having to rush this show together. We move around quite a bit in this week’s program. R&B from the Federal and Recorded In Hollywood labels, Texas barrelhouse piano, South Louisiana blues and R&B are in the mix. Also, Otis Rush and trend-setting record producer Ralph Peer, who will be the subject of an upcoming program. Some of the program refers back to earlier shows and some looks ahead to upcoming shows we have planned, like the Ralph Peer special and the Louisiana special later this month.

On the Show:

Willie Wright & the Sparklers – Dolly Cooper – Linda Hayes – Bozo Nickerson – Grey Ghost – Otis Rush – Wonder Boy Travis – Juke Boy Bonner – Paramount Singers – Etta James – 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 4th.

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Next week (July 14th)

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