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October 2, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 259 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 1st (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

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We opened this weeks program with some R&B out of Chicago on the Miracle and Premium labels and from Aristocrat and Chess. We try to cover Rhythm & Blues from the forties and fifties as closely as we do down-home blues from the  same era. As with blues recordings there were many worthy but obscure records and many that have been forgotten since they were once current. Where R&B once ruled the African-American charts it was mostly forgotten by the 1960s when the so-called Blues Revival took place. Today, we can appreciate the quality and variety of this music and we can appreciate a bit better the way the world was in a bygone time.

Also on this weeks program, a bit of mandolin blues, a couple of what appear to have been studio bands that recorded dance and blues records in the late 1930s, Bill and Charlie Monroe, new music from Harpdog Brown and something from HowellDevine.

Last segment of the show devoted to the Gospel Spirit reissues from Columbia Legacy following our exploration of blues from the Columbia catalogue. Many of the pre-war blues recordings in Columbia’s vaults were acquired from other companies in the twenties and thirties. Columbia Legacy put together some excellent gospel reissues in the 1990s, much of it recorded by Columbia or its OKeh subsidiary.

These parts of Columbia’s vaults have been mostly neglected in recent years but you can still find most of the Columbia Legacy reissue albums of blues and gospel one way or another today, if you are so inclined. Meanwhile, we like to highlight these collections from time to time because of the resources and documentation that went into their production. We don’t have to identify the source albums on the air but you can identify the titles from each week’s playlist on the CFMU website as long as the shows remain available as podcasts, ie., eight weeks.

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On the Show:

Cryin’ Jesse & his Orchestra – Ella Mae Morse – Five Blazes – Kitty Stevenson – Jimmy Nelson – Harpdog Brown – Sleepy John Estes – Harlem Hamfats – Charlie Monroe & His Kentucky Pardners – Morgan Davis – Blind Willie Johnson – Jackson Gospel Singers- Dorothy Love Coates – and others

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March 22, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 222 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 22nd (1:00 to 2:30pm)

This week, we look at Memphis Blues from the pre-World War 2 era, records made between 1927 and 1938. Most of the records featured recorded between 1927 and  1930. Memphis, drawing musicians from Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and sometimes further away, was regarded by some as the capitol of the African-American south. Beale Street called the “main street of Negro America”.

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Memphis in this era known for the music played in the streets and, especially, for the jug bands. Some of the artists featured on this week’s program were associated with the jug bands for longer or shorter periods of time but we’re looking at the records by solo artists and duos, blues and songster performers. Missing from the picture for the most part are piano players from the era.

Memphis became a destination for record company field trips after Ralph Peer’s February, 1927 visit to the city in search of recording talent and the companies continued to visit in the 1930s but after 1930 the blues records made in Memphis were more reflective of the broader region than of Memphis’ idiosyncratic musical culture. Meanwhile Chicago became the centre of blues recording and it was only in the 1950s that Memphis offered a challenge to Chicago’s blues hegemony.

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On the Show:

Buster Brown – Albert King – Otis Rush – L.C. “Good Rockin'” Robinson – Furry Lewis – Gus Cannon – Sleepy John Estes – Hattie Hart – Allen Shaw –  The Soul Band – and 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 April 18th.

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Next week (March 29th)

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