October 11, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 331 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

A look at the Bear Family set R&B in DC. This collection covers 20 years of recordings by artists who came from DC, settled in DC and made records there–although it really begins in 1945 and ends in 1960. We look at the earlier period. Also on the program, a survey of what was known as the Excello Sound, recordings out of South Louisiana emanating from Jay Miller’s Crowley studio but issued on Nashville’s Excello label. Also on the program, Blues from Greenwich Village and Gospel from Houston’s Peacock and Songbird labels.

“Living is good and life is sweet, no matter what your case may be” — Dan Smith

“This lonely, lonely prison is the factory of the blues” — Leroy Washington

On the Show:

Joe Morris & HIs Orchestra – Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra – International Sweethearts of Rhythm – Progressive Four – Cap-Tans – Geoff Muldaur – Wiley & Thomas – Donald Ray Johnson – Marshall Lawrence – Hobart Smith – Lightnin’ Slim – Lazy Lester – Silas Hogan – Gospelaires of Dayton, Ohio – Loving Sisters – Sojourners – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until December 8th as a podcast. Just go the website, scroll through 40 shows to Tuesday 10:00 am bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

Next Week:



August 2, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 234 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

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What was supposed to be three weeks away from the program turned out to be the entire month of July because of technical work that had to be carried out last Monday and Tuesday in the on-air and production studios at CFMU but we’re back now in August.

This week, we take a brief look at sanctified gospel groups in the pre-war era; also Excello label blues, Rockin Sidney and Ohio Soul.

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On the Show:

Five Blind Boys of Mississippi – McIntorsh & Edwards – Rev. Benny Campbell – Gospel Minnie – Mahalia Jackson – Whitehorse – Silas Hogan – Rockin Sidney – Shy Guy Douglas – Albert Washington – Treniers

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 August 29th.

Contact Us:

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Next week (August 9th)

Next week, we will present our B.B. King special, based upon the Complete RPM-Ken Recordings a second time. CFMU’s podcast facility was not functioning the first time we aired the show so other-than-live streaming and downloading was not supported. In two weeks, we plan to air the special tracing the history of the Document label.


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