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September 21, 2021

Swear to Tell the Truth, September 21, 2021 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

We had a show in production but couldn’t complete it in time. This week’s program is a repeat of BRS 304, including technical glitches.

All post-war music this week. Vocal Group R&B from King Records, Chicago Blues from Delmark and Alligator, obacure gospel recordings from the 1960s. Something from each of the recent Jordan Officer and Kennedy, Milteau, Segal albums.

“I’m gonna move in a house with no windows” — Hank Ballard

“Everything I do, I do it off the cuff, y’all” — Freddy Robinson

On the Show:

Jordan Officer – Johnny Sellers – Aretha Franklin – Clifford Blivens – Five Royales – Hank Ballard & the Midnighters – Colin James – Tommy Kizziah – Jody Williams – Mighty Joe Young – Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials – Staple Singers – Sensational Saints of Ohio – Pearly Gates – 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 November 16th 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.

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:

TBA

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August 30, 2021

Swear to Tell the Truth, August 31, 2021 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

We’ve been on a summer schedule but haven’t taken off a block of time. We’ve alternated new shows with repeats. This will be the last summer repeat. Look up Blues & Rhythm Show #298 for the original description of this week’s repeat.

We weren’t entirely happy with this program when it first aired in December. We do think the playlist stands up, so here is the original show with a couple of minor modifications.

This week’s program is all Gospel. Our original notion was to trace the history of Gospel recordings from the beginning. but that was probably too ambitious for a two hour program. We decided to limit the show’s attention to post-war Gospel and then looking at the widespread concept of Gospel’s Golden Age. Our playlist includes Gospel groups, quartets, soloists and singing preachers, some of whom played instruments. In some cases we have chosen the obvious and celebrated sides of well-known artists and in others the more obscure recordings in the discography.

“Some of you members, two by seven, some of you members will never get to Heaven” — Elder Charles Beck

“Just about the time I thought I was lost my dungeon shook and then the chain fell off” — Edna Gallmon Cooke

On the Show:

Staple Singers – Wings of Jordan Choir – Dixie Hummingbirds – Pilgrim Travelers – Famous Ward Singers – Brother Joe May – Goldia Haynes – Swan Silvertone Singers – Elder Charles Beck – Blind Boys of Alabama – Edna Gallmon Cooke – Rev. Cleophus Robinson with Josephine James – Swanee Quintet – Sensational Nightingales – and others.

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.

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 October 26th 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:

Brand new show. Check this blogsite for details.

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January 19, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 304 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 19 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

All post-war music this week. Vocal Group R&B from King Records, Chicago Blues from Delmark and Alligator, obacure gospel recordings from the 1960s. Something from each of the recent Jordan Officer and Kennedy, Milteau, Segal albums.

“”Everything I do, I do it off the cuff, y’all” — Freddy Robinson

On the Show:

Jordan Officer – Johnny Sellers – Aretha Franklin – Clifford Blivens – Five Royales – Hank Ballard & the Midnighters – Colin James – Tommy Kizziah – Jody Williams – Mighty Joe Young – Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials – Staple Singers – Sensational Saints of Ohio – Pearly Gates – 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 March 16th 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.

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:

TBA

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December 1, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 298 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, December 1, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

This week’s program is all Gospel. Our original notion was to trace the history of Gospel recordings from the beginning. but that was probably too ambitious for a two hour program. We decided to limit the show’s attention to post-war Gospel and then looking at the widespread concept of Gospel’s Golden Age. Our playlist includes Gospel groups, quartets, soloists and singing preachers, some of whom played instruments. In some cases we have chosen the obvious and celebrated sides of well-known artists and in others the more obscure recordings in the discography.

On the Show:

Staple Singers – Wings of Jordan Choir – Dixie Hummingbirds – Pilgrim Travelers – Famous Ward Singers – Brother Joe May – Goldia Haynes – Swan Silvertone Singers – Elder Charles Beck – Blind Boys of Alabama – Edna Gallmon Cooke – Rev. Cleophus Robinson with Josephine James – Swanee Quintet – Sensational Nightingales – and others.

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at cfmu.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks until January 19th as a podcast. Couldn’t be much easier. Just go the website, click on “Shows”, scroll down through 40 different programs to Tuesday, 10:00am bring up the playlist you choose, and stream or download the show.

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

TBA

June 2, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 280 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 2nd or June 9th, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon) – air date of prerecorded show is uncertain

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After being away from the air we followed the instruction from the radio station to begin preparing radio shows from home, if possible. It’s a steep learning curve for the technically unsavvy. We managed to undermike our voice and made a few other mistakes along the way to our first home broadcast file.

Along the way, we played some pretty interesting music, however–R&B, Blues, Hokum Blues, Western Swing, Old Time, Gospel and Soul.

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On the Show:

Noble “Thin Man” Watts – Roy Hawkins – Wynona Carr – Hokum Boys – Jimmy Revard’s Oklahoma Playboys – Prince Albert Hunt – R.L. Burnside – Buster Benton – Nationals – Brooklyn Allstars – Stella Burke – Earl Gaines – Staple Singers – Dexters – and others

Listen to the program each week at FM 93.3 in Hamilton, live on Cogeco Cable 288 or on CFMU online at CFMU.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until for eight weeks as a podcast. Just go the website, bring up the right playlist and stream or download the show.

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

TBA.

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September 3, 2019

Blues and Rhythm Show 255 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, September 3rd (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

After four out of five weeks absence from the studio we’re back with a new show. 

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We have a program devoted mostly to music from Chicago or influenced by Chicago blues. Main feature is a segment devoted to Chicago Blues from the years 1947 to 1960, with recordings made for small Chicago indie labels but also for Columbia and Chess. We can draw from recent box sets devoted to Chicago blues from Boulevard Varese and Wienerworld. 

Commentators have always wrestled with how to describe post-war blues style as distinguished from rhythm & blues since writers for Billboard and Cashbox developed their own shorthand in the 1940s for capsule reviews of new releases. Reissuers today appear to have settled upon the term “Down Home”. We don’t think it’s an exact fit but it emphasizes the continuity in style and themes between pre- and post-war blues as opposed to R&B. Blues in the large and mid-size cities of the midwest and west coast reflected an experience that was different from what performers and their migrant audience had lived in the south but singers didn’t abandon the older themes and their songs were still partly addressed to a southern audience. Singers in Chicago sang about life in Chicago but were still singing about Mississippi and Arkansas to former and present southerners.

On the show, we also have some later performances of Chicago blues standards on the bill and a few gospel sides from Chicago. Along the way, we also have a couple of sides from the country corner and a brief look at the music the Ace/Kent Record labels of England are selling as New Breed R&B and blues.

On the Show:

Hound Dog Taylor – Howell/Devine – Dirty Red – Memphis Minnie – Homesick James – Chuck Berry – Eddie Boyd  – Earl Wright – Stephen Berry Band – Harpdog Brown – Bobby Radcliff – Cool Papa Jarvis – Mary Love – Staple Singers – Norfleet Brothers – 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 October 29th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. Just go the website, bring up the playlist and stream or download the show.

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

Detroit Special

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September 23, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 98 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

Most of this program will feature music emanating from . Not that we planned a special on Chicago. It just worked out that way.

Chicago was home to a distinctive style of blues in the fifties and beyond. Mention Chicago blues and people have an idea of what you are talking about. After World War 2, independent record companies sprang up in Chicago to exploit local talent and markets. Miracle, Aristocrat-Chess, Parkway, Chance, VeeJay, United/States, USA were among the labels recording blues and gospel in the city. This evolution of local labels and studios supporting local music continued through the sixties with the rise of soul music and Chicago represented its distinctive soul styles on both locally based and on national labels. OKeh and Brunswick each operated from Chicago offices for a period of time. In the end, both blues and soul were eclipsed by disco and, later, hip-hop but not before the labels that recorded and marketed the music disappeared one by one or were the object of corporate takeovers, like GRT Corporation’s purchase of Chess and the move of Chess company headquarters to Los Angeles. 

All of the above is background to the music which was created by waves of African-American migrants to Chicago as well as and in combination with native born Chicagoans like Billy Boy Arnold. And even after the labels folded or were bought out, artists like Syl johnson and Tyrone Davis continued to perform for local audiences while new generations of performers have emerged to carry on and renew the blues and soul traditions of the city in a changing demographic. As national trends shifted away from blues and soul, Chicago still had the critical mass of support to sustain some kind of local scene.

Included on the program, once more, will be three of the headliners of the Blues Explosion show, scheduled for this coming Friday, September 27th, at Hamilton Place.

On the Show:

L.C. McKinley – Howlin’ Wolf –  Mighty Joe Young – Johnny B. Moore – Ricky Allen – Erma Franklin – Lucy Smith – Staple Singers – Norfleet Brothers – 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 October 22nd.

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 (October 1st)

We don’t have a plan yet for next week’s show. We might include some R&B vocal groups.

Upcoming programs

It’s a new season and we’re working on some rough ideas for programming themes for The Blues & Rhythm Show in the coming months. We’ll list some of them on this blogsite soon.

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