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September 6, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 145 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ont

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

A special program for Welcome Week at McMaster University.We were live in the atrium of the McMaster University Student Union. No theme, just a selection of blues, R&B, gospel and soul. As well, a couple of examples of the hybrid music known sometimes as soul-blues, music sustained by a loyal audience but which survives without much attention from the larger music industry or the blues media.

On the Show:

Smiley Lewis – Sam “Highpockets” Henderson – Eddie Kirkland – Ginger St. James & the Grinders – Joe Pullum – Little Smokey Smothers – Loving Sisters – Bettye Swann – Willie Clayton – Little Booker

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 October 7th.

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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 (September 9th)

A review program based upon Amanda Petrusich’s book Do Not Sell at Any Price, about the pursuit of the rarest 78 recordings and the influence that blues 78 collectors have had upon what we understand about early blues. The show will feature many fine recordings from the twenties and thirties.

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January 27, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 116 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 28, 2014 (1:00-2:30 pm)

Two themes on The Blues and Rhythm Show this week. We’re playing a fairly random assortment of blues from the Chess label of Chicago. Some big names and an ace inastrumentalist in the mix. Also, a wide-ranging selection of R&B tracks recorded between 1945 and 1960. 

On the Show:

Sidemen – Little Walter – Muddy Waters – Little Milton – Fenton Robinson – Mr. Bear & His Bearcats – Jesse Price – Sam “Highpockets” Henderson – Lee Roy Little – Jack de Keyzer

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 February 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 (February 4th)

We’re doing research for a program of railroading songs and railroad themes in blues, R&B and gospel song. We haven’t settled on a theme for next week’s program.

Last week

We played Booker T. & the MGs’ “Chinese Checkers” and described it as a clever bit of “chinoiserie”. According to Rob Bowman, the song wasn’t originally conceived that way. Booker T. Jones devised the piece on an electric piano he had obtained. Some of the keys didn’t work and he wrote the piece using a 5-note scale. By the time the piece was recorded, however, its “Chinese” character seems to have been something Booker T. and the band embraced.

 

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