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October 7, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 292 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 29, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

This episode aired on September 29th but podcasts from that date were lost and we decided to reair the show  today, October 6th, to permit online listeners to stream or download.

Think back to the 1960s. It’s easier if you were around back then. At the beginning of the decade there was new interest in what were called “country blues”. Musicians from the pre-world war 2 era were sought out and were recorded on the spot or brought to recording studios. Some had kept up their playing at home, some hadn’t touched an instrument in years, a few had remained active trying to make a living as musicians. As the decade unfolded interest grew about electric Chicago blues and some musicians like J.B. Hutto or Johnny Young who had laid down their instruments returned to playing for new audiences. Dylan went electric. The interest in blues beyond the African-American audience came just as interest in blues was dwindling in the black community and the new blues commentators would complain about the rise of “commercial” Soul music at the expense of “authentic” blues and the displacement of blues from the clubs. Meanwhile, a wave of creativity swept through the clubs and record studios and the new music filled both the clubs and the charts. We think of Soul as emanating from the studios of Memphis and Muscle Shoals. It came from all over but perhaps nowhere more than from Chicago, supported by a wide array of large and small independent record labels.

On the Show:

Jo Armstead Band – Ruby Andrews – Harold Burrage – Dorothy Prince – Johnny Sayles – Billy Butler & the Enchanters – Impressions – Ricky Allen – Willie Henderson – Etta James – Lee Shot Williams – Cicero Blake – Erma Franklin – Little Milton – Otis Clay – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until November 24th as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

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You can also follow the program at sweartotellthetruth@nosignifying on Twitter.

Next week

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June 2, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 182 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

We follow a few different themes on this week’s program. Prompted by the first interview in Steve Cushing’s recent book, Pioneers of the Blues Revival, we decided to devote some space to interviews of bluesmen and blueswomen conducted by Paul Oliver in 1960. Oliver wrote the first real study of blues, published as Blues Fell This Morning, in 1959. The two months he spent in July and August of 1960 might be considered to be the first systematic primary research project devoted to blues, although Alan Lomax’ song hunting for the Library of Congress and his privately funded Southern Journey of 1959-60 captured many blues performances along with old time country and bluegrass.

Also on the program, Los Angeles R&B from John Dolphin’s record labels. Elmore James, acoustic blues and North Carolina fiddler Joe Thompson

On the Show:

Elmore James – Linda Hayes – Peppermint Harris – Brother John Sellers – Stump Johnson – The Vaudevillian – Precious Bryant – Ruby Andrews – Frazey Ford

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 30th.

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 9th)

TBA

cmc

May 12, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 179 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 12th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

At the heart of today’s program. a feature on the Specialty label’s gospel catalogue. The first major gospel act to record for Specialty, in 1947, was the Pilgrim Travelers, a quartet from Texas who had recorded for the Library of Congress. The Soul Stirrers joined the label in 1950 and it was the Soul Stirrers with Sam Cooke (after he replaced the group’s original lead, R.H. Harris) who guaranteed the huge attention given to Specialty and its gospel roster, when the larger world discovered African-American gospel and its golden era.

We now know a great deal more about gospel on important labels like King, Savoy, Peacock and Nashboro, and we can appreciate how fine these other catalogues were but there’s no question that Specialty’s gospel catalogue was exceptional. Our feature will be a representation of the best-known acts on the label and a few lesser-known acts.

On the Show:

HowellDevine – Muddy Waters – Steve Strongman – Soul Stirrers – Original Gospel Harmonettes – Chosen Gospel Singers – Pilgrim Travelers – Princess Stewart – Rev. Charlie Jackson – Ruby Andrews

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 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 (May 12th)

TBA.

cmc

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