March 29, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 123 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 18, 2014 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We didn’t post about BRS 123 before the show but we’re trying to make up for that now. We followed several loose threads on that program but the heart of the program was a followup to our show from February 25th, when we presented a special on the blues of St. Louis from 1927 to 1936. On March 18th, we played a couple of tracks from “rediscovered” St. Louis blues artists of the twenties and thirties, a couple of commercial sides from around 1950 and some modern St. Louis blues recorded in the eighties

On the Show:

Jimmy “Preacher” Ellis – Cab Calloway – Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley – Edith Johnson – Clifford “Grandpappy” Gibson – David Dee – Clayton Love – Shirley Caesar (as Baby Shirley) – Swan Silvertones – Etta James – 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 April 14th.

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Next week (March 25th)

Our March 25th program didn’t follow any particular plan but included a selection of R&B records, most with backing vocal choruses, either vocal groups or ensemble band vocals. Also a couple of Medicine Show Men and a selection of Gulf Coast soul.


November 18, 2013

Blues and Rhythm Show 106 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We had several plans for this show, which is why this posting is late. We wanted to present a feature devoted to gospel quartets. We settled on a feature devoted mostly to quartet recordings of the 1940s and early fifties–a period we haven’t yet featured in detail, although we’ve certainly played records from that era. When people talk about the “golden era” of gospel they generally appear to mean the 1950s, when Speciaity, Peacock, Nashboro, and other labels were issuing quartet recordings that have come to define the genre. Many of the groups that dominated the fifties were already active in the 1940s, if not earlier. The Dixie Hummingbirds, Swan Silvertones, both groups of Blind Boys toured and made records in the 1940s and we know less about these recordings in the same way that we know less about blues & R&B of the forties. Our feature will include early recordings by some of the biggest name quartets in gospel.

Also on the program, some Nashville artists and a couple of blues harmonica players from the West Coast. 

On the Show:

Al Garner – George “Harmonica” Smith – Downchild – Harmonizing Four  – Swan Silvertones – Blind Boys of Alabama (Happyland Singers) – Blind Boys of Mississippi – Jackson Gospel Singers – Candi Staton – Roscoe Shelton

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 December 17th.

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 (November 26th)

Undetermined as of today. we’ll update.



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