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August 4, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 253 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 30th (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

This week’s program included a special devoted to Louisiana music, mostly of the fifties and early sixties but including tracks from the forties to the eighties. Swamp blues, R&B, Cajun and Zydeco. That took up the greater part of the program but we also took a look at the Smithsonian Folkways album devoted to Lead Belly‘s recordings for Moses Asch’s various label ventures, recordings made between 1941 and 1948. Leadbelly had spent time previously in a Texas prison but the Lomaxes met up with him in the Angola Penitentiary and he grew up in the Caddo Lake region of western Louisiana.

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On the Show:

Guitar Gable – Lightnin’ Slim – Lonesome Sundown – Clarence Garlow – Classie Ballou – Nathan Abshire – Thaddeus Declouet  – Buckwheat Zydeco – Robert Pete Williams – Lead Belly – Barbara Lynn – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at the CFMU website. The program will be available to stream or download until September 24th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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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

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August 4, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 191 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 4th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

Greater part of this week’s show devoted to Cajun blues from the earliest recordings through to the beginnings of the Cajun revival of the fifties. We cover the years roughly 1929-1952. Traditional Cajun music featured the accordion and the fiddle but, in the mid-thirties, tastes shifted to French-accented Western Swing. At least, that’s what the record companies offered for the most part and what the dance clubs featured, and it remained the case until the late forties, by which time local independent labels were springing up to fill the void left by the big labels after the war. Western Swing and Cajun Honky Tonk remained popular but there was also a return to and a hardening of the sound of traditional Cajun music. The culmination in some peoples’ minds was the hard Cajun rock and roll of Cleveland Crochet’s 1960 “Sugar Bee” with Vorris “Shorty” LeBlanc on accordion and Jay Stutes, steel guitar and vocal. Through all the transitions in style and popular taste in the recording era blues have been prominent in Cajun music.

On the Show:

Robert Pete Williams – Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley – Soileau & Robin – Amédé Ardoin & Dennis McGee – Hackberry Ramblers – Happy Fats & Rayne-Bo Ramblers – Harry Choates – Nathan Abshire – Clifton Chenier – Trudy Lynn – 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 September 1st.

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 (August 11th)

TBA

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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.

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 (August 4th)

TBA

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May 27, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 81 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 28, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We depart from our usual concentration on older music this week. The greater part of our program this week will be devoted to artists scheduled to play at the Hamilton Blues & Roots Festival, to be held in Westdale Village on Saturday, June 1st. A portion of King Street between Sterling and North Oval will be closed to accommodate the festival. Attendance is free. You can go to the festival website for an up-to-date program. We’ll be featuring some of the artists on the blues side of the festival on our May 28th show.

On the show: 

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee – Georgia Sea Island Singers – Robert Pete Williams –  Harrison Kennedy – Steve Strongman – Trickbag – Alfie Smith – Paul Deslauriers – Ginger St. James – Ray Charles – 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 June 25th.

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 4th)

We put together two programs this week. We’ve also planned the music for our 90 minute special on Alan Lomax’ Southern Journey recordings.  These recordings from 1959 and 1960 include some iconic performances – some made famous by the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack from the Coen Brothers’ film. It’s humanity’s great fortune that Lomax was ready and able to make these field trips when he did. The recordings and the fascinating story behind their creation on next week’s program.

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