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August 9, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 235 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, August 9th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

WE ARE REPEATING A PROGRAM FROM TWO MONTHS AGO WHEN CFMU EXPERIENCED A PODCAST FAIL.

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Fifteen months ago  we presented a 90-minute special following the death of B.B. King at the age of 89. At the time, we weren’t aware that the Japanese P-Vine label was preparing a comprehensive box set making available all of B.’s recordings for the Bihari Brothers’ Modern-RPM-Kent companies. That set has just been made available. Its full title is The Complete RPM-Kent Recording Box: The Life, Times and the Blues of B.B. King. The box contains 17 CDs, According to P-Vine the box includes all the B.B. King singles, album tracks, alternate and incomplete takes, including 100 songs premiered in the box, 10 of them completely unreleased, as well as what P-Vine calls “session scenes” with successive takes of several numbers plus the attendant studio talk. In the box, there is also an LP with rare material from the B.B. King catalogue plus Charles Sawyer’s biography of B.B. KIng in a Japanese translation. The 56-page booklet details the tracks on every disc but there is no complete session discography. The booklet does include lyric transcriptions by Chris Smith and appreciations from various figures in the blues field. A further attraction of the booklet is the selection of photos by Ernest Withers. Much, but not all, of the booklet’s text has been translated to English from the original Japanese.

Our feature on the box will include A & B sides from the singles issued by RPM and Kent between 1951 and 1961. Some well-known titles but several that aren’t well-known.

The greater part of the 17 CDs is made up of the album tracks, alternate takes and never issued material and we’ll work that material into the show over time. Some of these tracks are organized by theme while others are organized chronologically on discs titled “B.B.’s Blues Revolution”, Phase 1 – 4. There’s a complete disc of “session scenes” on the disc “B.B. in the Recording Studio”. The CDs are housed in cardboard sleeves and each CD has a soft protective liner.

It would be hard to argue that there is a greater figure than B.B. King in post-World War 2 blue and most of his great recordings were made for Modern-RPM-Kent but not many people will opt to buy a 17-CD set and the Complete RPM-Kent Recordings is a limited edition. A four-CD set on Ace (UK) called The Vintage Years remains in print and it is an excellent survey of B’s recordings for the Bihari Brothers labels.

Still, the publication of the P-Vine set is something of a momentous occasion even if the packaging is less sturdy than we might have anticipated and we thought we should devote some attention to it on the program.

Also on the program, Bluegrass Gospel, Gospel Funk and Sacred Steel.

The Complete RPM-Kent Recording Box 1950-1965

On the Show:

B.B. King – Louis Jordan – T-Bone Walker – Marshall Lawrence Band – Stewart Family – Brother John Witherspoon – 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 September 6th.

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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 (August 16th)

The Document label.

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May 24, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 228 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 24th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

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This week on the Blues & Rhythm Show, some piano blues from the southwest, white country blues on studio recordings and one from the radio, King label R&B, another track from the new Howard Tate compilation, and something from the new compilation of gospel from the Halo label, plus Sacred Steel.

On the Show:

Howelldevine – Robert Jefferey – Cliff Carlisle – Maddox Brothers & Rose – Ginger St. James & the Grinders – Roy Brown – James Brown –  Howard Tate – Salem Travelers – Campbell Brothers – and others

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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 download until June 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 (May 31st)

TBA.

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March 29, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 223 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)R

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 29th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

The History of Soul label is a soul music-dedicated label that we have been waiting for. All kinds of vintage soul music has been reissued over the years on LP and CD–artist compilations, label compilations, regional and studio collections. History of Soul appear to be attempting to present the history of the music in their various album releases from gospel and R&B to the earliest soul recordings up to the beginnings of funk. This week on the Blues & Rhythm Show we are looking at the three double album sets from H.O.S. that carry the title Where Southern Soul Began, Volumes 1,2, and 3, the collections covering differing periods of time but together spanning the years 1954 to 1963. While other H.O.S collections have documented the gospel records that the compilers suggest lead to the emergence of soul music, these collections are focused on blues, R&B and the earlier examples of southern soul music on record. It’s a serious undertaking although there is no attempt by the compilers to explain their approach, so the music is left to tell the story by itself. There are pretty extensive liner notes providing profiles of the artists but usually without explaining their place in the development of southern soul. We’re going to play a selection from the 6 CDs. We’ve tried to present a balance of styles and of the different recording centers and record labels represented in the collection.

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Also on the program, more soul from Solomon Burke and O.V. Wright

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On the Show:

Lucky Millinder & HIs Orchestra– Gloria Hardiman – Treasa Levasseur – Bobby “Blue” Bland – Roy Brown – Cookie & the Cupcakes – Arthur Alexander – Joe Tex – Joe Hinton – Solomon Burke – O.V. Wright – 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 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 (April 5th)

TBA

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Blues and Rhythm Show 223 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 29th (1:00 to 2:30pm)

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The History of Soul label is a soul music-dedicated label that we have been waiting for. All kinds of vintage soul music  has been reissued over the years on LP and CD–artist compilations, label compilations, regional and studio collections. History of Soul appear to be attempting to present the history of the music in their various album releases from gospel and R&B to the earliest soul recordings up to the beginnings of funk. This week on the Blues & Rhythm Show we are looking at the three double album sets from H.O.S. that carry the title Where Southern Soul Began, Volumes 1,2, and 3, the collections covering differing periods of time but together spanning the years 1954 to 1963. While other H.O.S collections have documented the gospel records that the compilers suggest lead to the emergence of soul music, these collections are focused on blues, R&B and the earlier examples of southern soul music on record. It’s a serious undertaking although there is no attempt by the compilers to explain their approach, so the music is left to tell the story by itself. There are pretty extensive liner notes providing profiles of the artists but usually without explaining their place in the development of southern soul. We’re going to play a selection from the 6 CDs. We’ve tried to present a balance of styles and of the different recording centers and record labels represented in the collection. 

Also on the program, more soul from Solomon Burke and O.V. Wright

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On the Show:

Lucky Millinder & HIs Orchestra– Gloria Hardiman – Treasa Levasseur – Bobby “Blue” Bland – Roy Brown – Cookie & the Cupcakes – Arthur Alexander – Joe Tex – Joe Hinton – Solomon Burke – O.V. Wright – 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 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 (April 5th)

TBA

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May 26, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 181 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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Swear to Tell the Truthfor Tuesday, May 26th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

On this week’s program, we present a tribute to B.B. King who died two weeks ago Wednesday. We’ll be mostly following a playlist we developed for a program we presented last July. The show showcased a few of B’s most important influences and then followed the course of his early career on records.

The description we gave for that earlier program explains the approach we took last July:

“Considering his place in blues history, we’ve played relatively little B.B. King over 139 shows. A listener suggested we put a B.B. King feature or special on the air and we thought it was high time that we did that. Whenever we concentrate our attention on a particular artist or theme we find ourselves going back to music we’ve overlooked, forgotten or misremembered and our research turns up information we’d forgotten or never knew about in the first place. In the case of B.B. King, we read the man’s autobiography for the first time, a book co-authored with David Ritz. In the book, King recalls the criticism he and Bobby Bland encountered from new white blues fans during the so-called blues revival. His music and Bland’s was condemned as commercial and a sell-out by people whose point of entry to blues was the folk movement. In time, the folk purism dissipated and British commentators, as well as some British musicians, had a lot to do with the inevitable reassessment of B.’s music and his place in the blues tradition. Still, King recalled the period before that happened as a time when his music was being rejected by both its traditional audience, now engaged by soul music, and the new audience who saw it as a betrayal of a tradition they barely knew about. Today, B.B. King enjoys almost universal and largely uncritical celebration. His dedication to studying his craft and improving his technique appear to have been lifelong commitments, as attested to by former members of his bands. As a DJ and a student of his own tradition he has developed a broad awareness of blues before and after B.B. King and not just blues. B’s musical interest is pretty wide-ranging.

Our feature deals with the period of greatness when B.B. King and his audience were in the same place and B. was extending the horizon of blues and taking the audience with him.”

On the Show:

B.B. King – Lonnie Johnson – Charlie Christian – Roy Brown

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 23rd.

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 2nd)

Magazine show – no special theme

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February 9, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 167 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, February 10th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

We had begun putting a program together for last Tuesday when events intruded and we realized we would not be able to make the show. This week’s program picks up where last week’s incomplete draft of a show left off. Apologies to those who tuned in last week to hear a repeat.

What we have lined up for this week includes some classic blues, some R&B, and some ragtime and boogie. Also, a brief consideration of Valentine’s Day and the blues; a tribute to Don Covay; and, by request, Jackie Wilson.

On the Show:

Roosevelt Sykes – Bessie Smith – Fats Noel – Jimmy Yancey – Josie Miles – Roy Brown – Michael Jerome Browne – Don Covay – Jackie Wilson – Nathaniel Dett Chorale – and others

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 March 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 (February 17th)

Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Also, upcoming in three weeks time (March 3rd), it will be Fundraising Week for CFMU and for this program.

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July 29, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 140 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, July 29th (1:00-2:30 pm)

Considering his place in blues history, we’ve played relatively little B.B. King over 139 shows. A listener suggested we put a B.B. King feature or special on the air and we thought it was high time that we did that. Whenever we concentrate our attention on a particular artist or theme we find ourselves going back to music we’ve overlooked, forgotten or misremembered and our research turns up information we’d forgotten or never knew about in the first place. In the case of B.B. King, we read the man’s autobiography for the first time, a book co-authored with David Ritz. In the book, King recalls the criticism he and Bobby Bland encountered from new white blues fans during the so-called blues revival. His music and Bland’s was condemned as commercial and a sell-out by people whose point of entry to blues was the folk movement. In time, the folk purism dissipated and British commentators, as well as some British musicians, had a lot to do with the inevitable reassessment of B.’s music and his place in the blues tradition. Still, King recalled the period before that happened as a time when his music was being rejected by both its traditional audience, now engaged by soul music, and the new audience who saw it as a betrayal of a tradition they barely knew about. Today, B.B. King enjoys almost universal and largely uncritical celebration. His dedication to studying his craft and improving his technique appear to have been lifelong commitments, as attested to by former members of his bands. As a DJ and a student of his own tradition he has developed a broad awareness of blues before and after B.B. King and not just blues. B’s musical interest is pretty wide-ranging.

Our feature deals with the period of greatness when B.B. King and his audience were in the same place and B. was extending the horizon and taking the audience with him.

On the Show:

B.B. King – Blind Lemon Jefferson – Roy Brown – Doctor Clayton – 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 August 24th.

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 5th)

No feature has been planned as yet but we may present some kind of mid-summer down-home blues special

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