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September 6, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 239 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 6th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

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Yesterday was Labour Day and it’s Welcome week once more at McMaster. For technical reasons, we will not be located in the Atrium of the Student Centre this year but the broadcasts  will be streamed to the CFMU tent in the Student Centre. We have a varied program of Blues, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues and Soul lined up for this week.

On the Show:

Percy Mayfield – Blind Willie Johnson– Fred McDowell – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Lula Reed – Barbecue Bob – Morgan Davis Band – Little Miss Higgins – Sir Mack Rice – Staple Singers live – 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 4th.

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Next week (September 13th)

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November 2, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 203 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

 

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, November 3rd, (1:00-2:30 pm).

What we know about the roots and vernacular music of the first half of the twentieth century we know largely from the commercial recordings of the period plus the field recordings by the Lomaxes and a few other folklorists and their recording devices. An additional resource from recent years has been the recordings of traditional musicians by later generations of field researchers–Frederick Ramsay, Harry Oster, George Mitchell, David Evans and Art Rosenbaum are a few of the names. Memories fade and performances may change imperceptibly over time but traditional artists can provide previously unheard songs, versions of songs and different ways of playing and singing them.   Through the recordings obtained by these modern song collectors, and from interviews they conducted, we know more about styles of music that are already represented in the recordings of the time as well as styles that were underrepresented on record, such as African-American banjo music, or hardly represented at all,  like the fife and drum ensembles of Mississippi. Some musicians and singers reached back to the era before blues and country music were of interest to the record industry and played and sang in older (pre-1920) styles

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We have a brief feature on recordings by Art Rosenbaum. Without his efforts, we can guess that a small circle of blues musicians in Indianapolis, including the great Scrapper Blackwell,  would not have recorded in the early 1960s, but Rosenbaum’s researches brought any number of unusual and unexpected performances and performers to tape. Some of Rosenbaum’s taped recordings were available on mostly forgotten and now collector’s item LPs but much of the material only became available to a broad public when the Dust to Digital company commissioned a compilation of his recordings that became a pair of 4-CD sets. We’ve organized a feature set of recordings that includes black and white versions of blues as well as some gospel recordings. Art Rosenbaum’s interests extended beyond blues and old-time country to ethnic musics, including Norteno and Cajun music and French Canadian fiddle music. While other field collectors scoured the South, Rosenbaum found fascinating and signficant music in the northern states as well as a lot of music from Georgia, where he moved in 1976. 

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Also on the program this week,  some R&B recordings involving tenor player, producer and arranger, Maxwell Davis; something from Harrison Kennedy’s latest and  Grand Prix du Disque award winning album, This Is From Here; plus a couple of other modern roots performances and songs about work in the modern era.

On the Show:

Bumble Bee Slim – Percy Mayfield – Harrison Kennedy – Shirley Griffith – Jake Staggers – Mabel Cawthorn – Traveling Inner Lights – Maurice John Vaughan – Artie “Blues Boy” White – 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 November 30th.

 

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Next week (November 1oth)

Next week, a selection of favourite tracks, all styles, all eras. We may need to take a week off November 17th. On November 24th, we plan to present part 2 of our blues hits of the 1950s special feature but that’s subject to change.

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July 28, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 190 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 28th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

A mid-summer special devoted to post-war Louisiana blues this week–mostly the music of South Louisiana – swamp blues, R&B, zydeco. We’ll feature records made between 1953 and 1969. Small label blues from South Louisiana were arguably the last wave of popular commercial blues over the years 1954-1966. We spotlight what was known as “the Excello Sound”, records from Jay Miller’s Crowley, Louisiana studio as well as recordings on Folk Star and Goldband from Eddie Shuler’s Lake Charles operation and the odd track from other small Louisiana indie labels. As well, we draw from the folkloric recordings collected by Dr. Harry Oster in the years 1959-1963.

On the Show:

Percy Mayfield – Clarence Garlow – Lightnin’ Slim – Slim Harpo – King Karl with Guitar Gable – Rockin’ Sidney – Herman E. Johnson – Robert Pete Williams – Ashton Savoy – Lonesome Sundown – Carol Fran – Donnie Jacobs – 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 25th.

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Next week (August 4th)

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May 19, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 180 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 19th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

We went over our database of playtracks last week in preparation for our Specialty label gospel feature and noticed that we’ve never done a feature on Specialty label R&B although we have announced our intention to present such a feature. That changes this week.

When the world at large discovered classic R&B and interest grew in this genre of music, people often learned first about Specialty Records, the label that issued records by Roy Milton and Joe Liggins, not to mention, in later years, Lloyd Price and Little Richard.

Specialty emerged from a gaggle of post-war indie startup record labels in LA. It was actually not founded until 1946 as owner Art Rupe shut down his first label, Juke Box, founded in 1944, and sold off most of the Juke Box masters. Rupe ran Specialty himself, without partners, and he ran a tight ship. He established a roster of name artists and didn’t try to maintain a large and diverse catalogue. For as long as he could he declined to engage in payola, or radio pay-for-play. When he sensed the industry had shifted and his small indie could no longer get by, like Sam Phillips, he wound down the business.

Rupe began from an interest in “race music”, especially gospel. He attributed his success with Specialty to his ability as a producer, part of which would have meant the confidence to identify the acts that could make records he would be able to sell and leave the rest to other labels.

Unlike Sam Phillips, Art Rupe held onto his masters and was able to see them reissued in a comprehensive series of albums, which only enhanced the reputation of Specialty’s catalogue. Two early album\ reissues that surveyed the Specialty catalogue were titled This Is Where it All Began.

Our survey begins in 1944 with the Juke Box label recordings and ends in 1954.

On the Show:

Camille Howard – Sepia Tones – Roy Milton & HIs Solid Senders – Joe Lutcher – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy – Nelson Alexander Trio – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Percy Mayfield – Willard McDaniel – Lloyd Price – Chuck Higgins with Daddy Cleanhead

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 Jun 16th.

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Next week (May 26th)

B.B. King special

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