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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.

cmc

 

November 18, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 106 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We had several plans for this show, which is why this posting is late. We wanted to present a feature devoted to gospel quartets. We settled on a feature devoted mostly to quartet recordings of the 1940s and early fifties–a period we haven’t yet featured in detail, although we’ve certainly played records from that era. When people talk about the “golden era” of gospel they generally appear to mean the 1950s, when Speciaity, Peacock, Nashboro, and other labels were issuing quartet recordings that have come to define the genre. Many of the groups that dominated the fifties were already active in the 1940s, if not earlier. The Dixie Hummingbirds, Swan Silvertones, both groups of Blind Boys toured and made records in the 1940s and we know less about these recordings in the same way that we know less about blues & R&B of the forties. Our feature will include early recordings by some of the biggest name quartets in gospel.

Also on the program, some Nashville artists and a couple of blues harmonica players from the West Coast. 

On the Show:

Al Garner – George “Harmonica” Smith – Downchild – Harmonizing Four  – Swan Silvertones – Blind Boys of Alabama (Happyland Singers) – Blind Boys of Mississippi – Jackson Gospel Singers – Candi Staton – Roscoe Shelton

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 17th.

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 (November 26th)

Undetermined as of today. we’ll update.

cmc

 

June 9, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 83 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 11, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

After last week’s 90 minute special, this week we have no particular theme. In the first part of the program, we fill some gaps, correct a past error, follow a particular lead, and feature a couple of artists we were late to discover. In the second part of the program, we have a selection of soul recordings made between 1965 and 1973, mostly from southern recording studios.

On the show: 

Roy Gaines – King Karl – Ry Cooder –  Ndidi Onukwulu – Big Three Trio – Mel Brown – Z.Z Hill – Roscoe Shelton – Ted Taylor – Tommie Young – and much more.

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 July 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 (June 18th)

We may present a  feature on Sister Rosetta Tharpe this month–either next week or the week after. It likely would not be a ninety minute presentation. We’ll update you when we know, ourselves.

cmc

 
 

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.

cmc

 

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