June 15, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 321 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

Juneteenth marks a significant step in the abolition of slavery for the United States as a whole but, in fact, it is observance of something that happened in Texas on June 19, 1865 when General Granger was sent to Texas to proclaim General Order No. 3 which ordered the end of slavery in the state of Texas. Texas had been largely outside the fighting in the Civil War and local authority had not taken steps to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. By the end of 1865 the U.S. had enacted the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Juneteenth has been observed throughout the U.S. but we have made it the occasion of a program consisting of African-American music from Texas. Our program includes pre-war blues; jump blues and R&B from the post-war era; recordings from the Library of Congress; some more recent blues recordings; and Gospel.

“They brag about New Orleans but give me my Texas town” — Lester Williams

On the Show:

T-Bone Walker – Ray Reed – Pete Mayes – Bobbie Cadillac – Kitty Gray & her Wampus Cats – Little Hat Jones – Shreveport Home Wreckers – Willie Mae Thornton – Long John (Hunter) & Orchestra – Texas Alexander – Lil Son Jackson – “Lightnin'” & convict group – Smith Casey – Bells of Joy – Sister Jessie Renfro – Gloria Edwards – 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 August 10th 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:

We’ll be off next week. There will be a repeat broadcast.


March 3, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 170 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 3rd, (1:00-2:30 pm) – Fundraiser 2015

This is Fundraising Week. CFMU needs your financial support to help see us through another year. A successful fundraising drive secures the station and its programming for the coming year.  It also makes the difference between effective equipment maintenance and upgrades rather than deferring work to an indefinite future date. If you listen to this show or other CFMU programs via the web, you can easily donate to the station by clicking on the 2015 Fundraiser box on the CFMU homepage and clicking the donate button on the Fundraiser page. If you live in Hamilton, make a $30.00 donation and you will receive a Friends of CFMU Card which entitles you to savings, special offers and bonuses for select businesses, including the Art Gallery, cafes, stores, and services. Check the CFMU website to see a list of participating businesses.

On the Show:

Trenier Twins – Esquerita – Cleo Gibson – Polk Miller’s Old South Quartette – John Lee Hooker – Morgan Davis  – Bobo Jenkins – Sister Jessie Mae Renfro – Big Dan & the Gospel Heavyweights – Otis Clay – Ruby Johnson – 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 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 (March 10th)

Our March 10th show will be devoted to our annual International Women’s Day Special.


December 23, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 111 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

Each year at this time we present a Christmas special. As we do every week, we play some contemporary tracks but most of the program is from the great traditions of Blues, Gospel, R&B and Soul. This is a challenge at Christmas time because there are a finite number of recordings from which to draw but we do our best to find material that is not so well-known and we try to avoid a lot of repetition of songs from one year to the next. We hope you enjoy this year’s selection and, quite incorrectly, we wish you a Merry Christmas!

On the Show:

Sister Luciile Pope & the Pearly Gates – Jimmy McCracklin – Sonny Parker with Lionel Hampton’s Orchestra –  Bertha “Chippie” Hill – Magnolia Five – Gladys Bentley – Big Dave McLean – Sister Jessie Mae Renfro – Larks – Mel Brown – Fiddlin’ John Carson

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 January 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 (December 24th)

New Years Eve special show


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