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February 23, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 218 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 23rd (1:00 to 2:30pm)

Moving about between themes this week. We have some Soul, some Gospel, R&B from Maxwell Davis as performer, producer and band-leader, Delta blues, 1930s jug band music, and a couple of items from the Blues Revival.

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Next week, our one and only annual fundraising program. We hope that you’ll tune in and help CFMU and The Blues & Rhythm Show the one time in the year that we appeal to our listeners for support. If you’re not in the Hamilton area and you stream the program from the CFMU website, it’s very easy to make a contribution. Just go to Promotions and follow the simple instructions.

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On the Show

Chris Kenner – Maxwell Davis Swingtet – Patti Anne – Roosevelt Sykes live – Son House & friends – Jack Kelly’s South Memphis Jug Band – Walter “Wolfman” Washington – Willie Walker – Radio Four – Edna Gallmon Cooke – 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 March 21st.

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 (March 1st)

CFMU’s Fundraising Week is coming up! Our fundraising program will be nest Tuesday–March 1st.

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December 3, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 108 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We’re very late posting this. This week’s program is a 90 minute feature on R&B and Soul music in Nashville. Nashville had a thriving R&B scene and developed its own local record industry. That Nashville became Music City, not just the historic home of the Opry but the center of the multi-miliion dollar country music industry, doesn’t seem to have meant a lot to the independent labels producing R&B and soul. They lasted as long as did independent labels in other places in the U.S. Meanwhile Nashville maintained its own distinct African American music scene and the record companies had a well of local talent from which to draw. Other components of the local music scene in Nashville were the record mail-order businesses operated by Randy Wood and Ernie Young, powerful radio stations, especially WLAC, and the “sound alike” recording companies who provided work for performers who could closely approximate the sound of hit recordings.

The local record companies recording R&B didn’t produce a lot of national R&B hits and even fewer crossover hits, but there appears to have been sales enough to sustain a number of labels, though many were short-lived. By the sixties, the local labels were attracting talent from around the South but our feature will mostly concentrate on Nashville performers on Nashville labels. We’ll play recordings from 1946 to, at least, 1969. Our intention was to carry our survey as far as the R&B revival in Nashville that took place in 1990s, but we decided that was a bridge too far.

On the Show:

Johnny Jones – Nashville Washboard Band – Radio Four – Sherman Williams  – Christine Kittrell – Rudy Greene – Larry Birdsong – Roscoe Shelton – Lucille Mathis – 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 December 31st.

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 (December 10th)

We don’t have a plan. No special feature next week. It will be a mixed bag.

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May 13, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 79 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 14, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We’ve been playing a few records from Nashville lately. We’re going to play a few more on Tuesday. Also on the program, some very appealing gospel quartet records made between 1947 and 1956 by groups who were pretty well known in their time but not mentioned today among he leading groups from the golden era.

On the show: 

Gatemouth Brown – Roscoe Shelton – Charles Walker –  Jackson Delta – Donna Rhodes – Holy Ghost Spirituals – Highway QC’s – Radio Four – Johnnie Taylor – and many others, of course.

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 June 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 (May 21st)

Nothing definite, as yet, for May 21st. We have tentatively planned our Alan Lomax special for May 28th. But we’ll update you. That’s going to be a lot of work.

No word yet about the  CFMU app, which will allow people to listen to CFMU programs on mobile devices. Station management confident it is on the way.  Might even consider a Blackberry Q10 ourself.

We’re late getting this out and accidentally published it before it was ready. Don’t know if Twitter will send out a new notice. We shall see.

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