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January 26, 2020

Blues and Rhythm Show 272 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 (10:00 to 12:00 noon) – already aired.

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Los Angeles R&B recordings from the fifties; more about Rufus Rastus (What You Gonna Do when the Rent Comes Round); Blues in the street – Maxwell Street in Chicago; guitar gospel; Stax-Volt 1968

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On the Show:

Maxwell Davis Orchestra – Ray Agee – Rusty McDonald – Steve Strongman – Ginger St.James – Mississippi Possum Hunters – Arvella Gray – Maxwell Street Jimmy – Robert Nighthawk – Stanley Brothers – Eddie “Lee :”Mustright” Jones – Ollie & the Nightingales – Jeanne & the Darlings – 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 March 18th. CFMU podcasts now available for 8 weeks. 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.

cmc

May 12, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 179 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 12th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

At the heart of today’s program. a feature on the Specialty label’s gospel catalogue. The first major gospel act to record for Specialty, in 1947, was the Pilgrim Travelers, a quartet from Texas who had recorded for the Library of Congress. The Soul Stirrers joined the label in 1950 and it was the Soul Stirrers with Sam Cooke (after he replaced the group’s original lead, R.H. Harris) who guaranteed the huge attention given to Specialty and its gospel roster, when the larger world discovered African-American gospel and its golden era.

We now know a great deal more about gospel on important labels like King, Savoy, Peacock and Nashboro, and we can appreciate how fine these other catalogues were but there’s no question that Specialty’s gospel catalogue was exceptional. Our feature will be a representation of the best-known acts on the label and a few lesser-known acts.

On the Show:

HowellDevine – Muddy Waters – Steve Strongman – Soul Stirrers – Original Gospel Harmonettes – Chosen Gospel Singers – Pilgrim Travelers – Princess Stewart – Rev. Charlie Jackson – Ruby Andrews

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 Jun 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.

Next week (May 12th)

TBA.

cmc

May 6, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 178 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 5th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

We’re writing this after the show went to air. We went to air unaware that the station had replaced the two on-air CD players so the show was marred by some bad transitions as we learned the quirks of the new machines the hard way.

This week’s show was a miscellany. In the mix, a few tracks featuring New York session guitarists Mickey Baker and Wild Jimmy Spruill; a nod to the city of Baltimore; a segment devoted to Blues and gospel artists in Britain on tours arranged by jazz band leader Chris Barber; also, King Biscuit Boy produced by Allen Toussaint

On the Show:

Roy Lee Curtis – B. Brown & His Rockin’ McVouts – Charley McCoy – Sonny Boy Williamson II – James Cotton – Steve Strongman – Stephen Barry Band – Sister Rosetta Tharpe –and many 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 Jun 2nd.

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 (May 12th)

TBA.

cmc

October 14, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 101 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

This week’s program begins with some blues, including several instrumentals. The second part of the show is devoted to gospel soloists, mostly between 1937 and around 1959.

The 1950s saw the proliferation of outstanding solo gospel singers on recordings and in live performances, singers like Mahalia Jackson, Brother Joe May, Bessie Griffin, Robert Anderson and others. Some of these performers usually recorded without vocal accompaniment; some often recorded with backing singers or choirs; and still others were members of vocal groups like the Caravans or the Roberta Martin Singers that featured the different members of the group as soloists. In fact, we are using the term simply for its convenience to identify gospel figures who have been recognized as solo performers rather more than they have as members of a particular group.

It’s probably because so many gospel acts have been quartets, groups or choirs that the distinction has been made but singers in all styles of gospel have begun their public careers singing solo in church or fronting a choir.

Records by solo gospel singers began not long after the first African-American quartets and groups were recorded, to the mid-1920s, but the emergence of Rosetta Tharpe and Mahalia Jackson in the years after World War II has the appearance of something new.

On the Show:

Downchild Blues Band – Earl Hooker –  Steve Strongman – Jimmy McCracklin – Gospel Soloists – Mahalia jackson – Georgia Peach – Brother joe May – Edna Gallmon Cooke – Alex Bradford

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 November 12th.

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 22nd)

Undetermined as of today. We’ll update.

Errors and Omissions

On last week’s program (BRS 100) we played “New Orleans Hop” by Monte Easter and His Orchestra. We failed to make mention of the fantastic tenor solos by Maxwell Davis, who may appear on more records played on Swear to Tell the Truth than any other artist and was the producer on as many records as he played on.

cmc

May 27, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 81 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 28, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We depart from our usual concentration on older music this week. The greater part of our program this week will be devoted to artists scheduled to play at the Hamilton Blues & Roots Festival, to be held in Westdale Village on Saturday, June 1st. A portion of King Street between Sterling and North Oval will be closed to accommodate the festival. Attendance is free. You can go to the festival website for an up-to-date program. We’ll be featuring some of the artists on the blues side of the festival on our May 28th show.

On the show: 

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee – Georgia Sea Island Singers – Robert Pete Williams –  Harrison Kennedy – Steve Strongman – Trickbag – Alfie Smith – Paul Deslauriers – Ginger St. James – Ray Charles – 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 June 25th.

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 (June 4th)

We put together two programs this week. We’ve also planned the music for our 90 minute special on Alan Lomax’ Southern Journey recordings.  These recordings from 1959 and 1960 include some iconic performances – some made famous by the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack from the Coen Brothers’ film. It’s humanity’s great fortune that Lomax was ready and able to make these field trips when he did. The recordings and the fascinating story behind their creation on next week’s program.

cmc

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