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September 22, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 257 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 17th (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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The term “R&B” is still used today to describe “urban” or African-American style music that is not hiphop. Just our opinion but it seems unfortunate that no more accurate term has been applied to this current field of music.

The term “rhythm & blues” was introduced in 1949 by Billboard Magazine to categorize what previously was categorized as “race music”. Jerry Wexler has been credited with advocating the new term. “Rhythm & Blues” thus began to be used as a term for marketing and merchandising music but it would soon applied more specifically to the music that emerged around the time of the Second World War and appeared to  be a hybrid of jazz and blues.

It’s in that sense that we apply the term on The Blues & Rhythm Show and we also talk about “classic” rhythm & blues” by which we mean music that began to form at the end of the 1930s and remained broadly popular until roughly 1954 when rock and roll entered the scene in a major way while social and economic change and, importantly,  changing aspirations, began to have an impact upon blues culture.

This week a survey of what we call Classic Rhythm & Blues spanning the years 1941 to 1955. Stars of the R&B era as well as less prominent performers are included in the mix. Also, a selection of retro performances of music from the classic R&B era.

On the Show:

Earl Jackson – Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra – Bull Moose Jackson – Mabel Smith – Rubberlegs Williams – Roomful of Blues – Shakura S’Aida – Johnny Nocturne Band – Roy Milton – Percy Mayfield – Dinah Washington – Charles Brown – Johnny Ace & Big Mama Thornton – 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 November 12th. 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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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

Stars of classic R&B

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October 13, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 200 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

   Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 13th, (1:00-2:30 pm).

No special theme on our 200th original show. Blues, R&B, Gospel and Soul this week. We’ve gone back to some vinyl sources for some of tracks for this show. As is often the case, we’re following up on some threads pulled loose on earlier shows. Blues recordings from the 1930s and from the Blues Revival era, storefront and streetcorner gospel, a sampling of R&B records, a few random Soul tracks on the program.

We can’t represent all the music we play every week, or any week, so we try to rotate styles, eras, artists from  week to week. We didn’t have a plan when we put this week’s show together but we wanted to play a few particular recordings, some of which made the cut and others that didn’t. The rest of the show fell into place.

                                                                              

There are two competing pressures that influence us when we put together the program each week. The first is the compulsion to play everything we’d like to play in 90 minutes per week. The other is the instinct to save every great selection for exactly the right context in the right program. Some weeks we’re happy with the result. Other weeks, not so much.

On the Show:

Jimmy McGriff – Ricky Allen – Bumble Bee Slim – Flora Molton – Linda Hopkins – Duke Robillard – Shakura S’Aida – Rev. Anderson Johnson – Roy lee Johnson – Sam Cooke – et al.

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 November 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.

Errors and Omissions:

Last week, we identified Willie Steele as the guitar player on the “Prison Bound Blues”  by Willie Nix. It was, of course, Willie johnson. Willie Johnson and Willie Steele both played in Howlin’ Wolf’s band before he moved to Chicago. Steele was the drummer.

Next week (October 20th)

TBA

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December 30, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 162 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

For the week between Christmas and New Year’s we generally dispense with any broad themes or features on the program and minimize the commentary. This year’s end of the year show will be heavy on Chicago blues from the album era with some R&B on the side.

On the Show:

Big Jay McNeely – Michelle Willson – Shakura S’Aida – Lefty Bates – Son Seals – Zora Young – Freddie Roulette – Eddie Kirkland – Sue Foley – Roy Milton – 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 January 28th

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 (January 6th)

Can’t tell you now what we’ll be doing on our first program in 2015 but it will be varied.

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March 29, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 122 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 11, 2014 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We failed to post for several weeks but we’re trying to catch up. Our program from March 11th will still be available to stream or download until April 7th. That program was our International Women’s Day special, delayed by several days because all CFMU programming was dedicated to fundraising the previous week. We did not organize the show around particular themes in our IWD program but we presented a selection of women’s blues, rhythm & blues and gospel. 

On the Show:

Viviane Greene – Helen Humes – Bessie Smith – Sweet Pease Spivey – Mattie Delaney – Lil Green – Mary Deloatch – Original Gospel Harmonettes – Shakura S’Aida – 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 April 7th.

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 (March 18th)

Our March 18th program included a selection of St. Louis blues recordings following up on our 1930s St. Louis blues special  of February 25th. 

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April 6, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Hour 74 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Program for Tuesday, April 9, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We’ve had a couple of weeks heavy on rhythm & blues in the past two editions of the program. This coming Tuesday, we’re going to pick up some threads from the Gotham label special last week, showcase a few East Coast blues artists on Pete Lowry’s Trix label and sample some recordings made in Philadelphia and Chicago by Pete Welding for his Testament label. Along the way, we’ll be playing some great tracks.

On the show: 

Carolina Chocolate Crops – Bascomb Lamar Lunsford – Henry Johnson –  Willie Trice – Ironing Board Sam – Blind Connie Williams – Gospel Twins – Otis Spann – Eddie Taylor – Shakura S’Aida – and many 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 May 6th.

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