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  • Walter Trout....Live In The Studio!

    One of the most influential guitarists in the world today, Walter Trout presents to BluePower listeners an exciting show which was performed live in the studio in 2002.

    These performances have never been podcast before.

    Watch a live video of one of the songs recorded on this session. A must for all guitar players!

    Listen: Walter Trout Live In The Studio!



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  • BluePower Presents....Banned In Boston!


    This is a re-run from February 25th, 2007

    During the late 1940s and the 1950s, there were a lot of records made that were a bit past the "blue"side....in fact, these records were downright "gray". So much so, that these records were banned in Boston.

    Now banned in Boston is just a term borrowed from the late twenties when there was an organization (which was housed in Boston) that literally banned books from entering public libraries and stopped these books from being sold in America.

    In the instance of these recordings however, it was white owned radio during these years which banned what they called "Race" music. Race music in the late forties was merely black music. That title did not change until a young editor from Billboard Magazine came up with a catchy phrase....the rhythm and blues. That man was Jerry Wexler and he would go on to produce some of the greatest rhythm and blues music of all time.

    This music spawned some of the greatest labels America has ever known. Atlantic, Atco, Chess, Checker, Argo, King (from which label many of the cuts heard tonight hail), Federal, and on and on. These records needed to be heard. Black radio stepped in to fill the gap and a whole new business was created.

    One of the terms of many of these records is "rock and roll" and everyone thinks that Alan Freed coined the phrase. I personally believe that Mr. Freed loved this wild music as much as any of us did at the time and simply borrowed the term. It stuck....and American music would never be the same again.

    Tune in as I play many of my favorite "dirty" songs. The songs my step-father did his best to stop me from listening. As you can hear....he failed.

    Here's tonight's music:

    1)...."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury Records
    2)...."My Big Ten Inch"....Moose Jackson....King Records
    3)...."I Didn't Want To Do It"....The Spiders....Imperial Records
    4)...."My Babe"....Little Walter....Checker Records
    5)...."Herpes Blues"....Matt Lucas....BJCD Records
    6)...."Sixty Minute Man"....The Dominoes....Federal Records
    7)...."Lovin' Machine"....Wynonie Harris....King Records
    8)...."Work With Me Annie"....The Midnighters....Federal Records
    9)...."I'm Your Hoochie-Coochie Man"....Muddy Waters....Chess Records
    10)..."It Ain't The Meat, It's The Motion"....The Swallows....King Records  
    11)..."Yield Not To Temptation"....Bobby "Blue" Bland....Duke Records
    12)..."Turn On Your Lovelight"....Bobby "Blue" Bland....Duke Records
    13)...."Good Mornin' Little School Girl"....Junior Wells....Chess Records
    14)..."All She Wants To Do Is Rock"....Wynonie Harris....King Records
    15)..."Sexy Ways"....The Midnighters....Federal Records
    16)..."My Ding-A-Ling"....Dave Bartholomew....King Records
    17)..."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury Records

    I made a serious mistake in this show. Be the first to point it out to me and I will send you a great new live concert DVD.

    Thanks for listening!
    John Rhys-Eddins/BluePower.com



    Listen to....BluePower Presents....Banned In Boston!
  • Influential American Guitarists....T- Bone Walker!

    T-Bone Walker

    Born: May 28, 1910 in Linden, Texas
    Died: March 16, 1975 in Los Angeles, Ca.

    Aaron Thibeaux Walker was a product of the early Dallas, Texas blues scene. Marco Washington, T-Bone's step-father, was a bass fiddle player with a group called The Dallas String Band. Almost all of T-bone's family played instruments of one kind or another and the young man followed his step-dad's example by learning every stringed instrument his talented hands could find. Once he learned the guitar, that was it.

    T-Bone and his friend Charlie Christian hustled many gigs which included both playing and dancing. Neither one of the young men went to school that much. They were into making money so they could eat.

    T-Bone Walker recorded from 1929 until 1973. During that time Walker recorded over 400 records. A recording discography unmatched by any guitar player to date. He also played with some of the most prestigious band leaders and performed in the world's finest venues.

    Anyone who has enjoyed the music of BB King, Albert King or Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Albert Collins, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, Stevie Ray Vaughan or any of a host of other blues and blues-influenced players has heard the influences of T-Bone Walker.

    T-Bone Walker suffered a stroke 1n 1974 brought on by persistent stomach problems and died in Los Angeles, California in 1975.

    John Rhys/BluePower.com

    Here's the music:

    1)...."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury Records
    2)...."Strollin' With Bone"....T-Bone Walker....Imperial Records
    3)...."The Hustle Is On"....T-Bone Walker....Imperial Records
    4)...."Black Snake Moan"....Blind Lemon Jefferson....Gold Box Records 5)...."Stormy Monday Blues"....T-Bone Walker....Black and White Records 6)...."Tomorrow Night"....Lonnie Johnson....King Records
    7)...."Johnny B. Goode"....Chuck Berry....Chess Records
    8)...."Hard Way"....T-Bone Walker....Imperial
    9)...."Blue Mood"....T-Bone Walker....Imperial Records
    10)..."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury Records

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    Listen to....Influential Guitarists....T-Bone Walker!
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  • BluePower Presents....An Evening With Teresa Russell!



    A raging Southern California guitar phenomenon .....

    Described as "the most awesome Female rock guitarist...ever!" this is simply an understatement - Teresa Russell is one of the best guitarists out there: male or female.

    Teresa, is the only female to ever qualify" in the top eight" for the national finals in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's lead guitar competition, Guitarmageddon. Competing with over 2000 guitarists across the country, she accomplished this by winning the West regional in Los Angeles where she received "out-of-seat-thumbs-up" kudos from such Grammy award, celebrity judges/guitarists as Steve Lukather (Toto) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol).

    Teresa started guitar lessons at age 7. She was playing teen halls, high schools and navy bases by age 9. At age 12, she was playing on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. With guitar influences such as Hendrix and Clapton, she rocked regularly at Gazzari's and the Whiskey A-Go-Go. Numerous TV appearances followed as well as writing songs for a movie called The Young Graduates. At age 14, Teresa and her band were contracted to do a six-month engagement in Mexico City, performing at the El Camino Real and El Senior Real Hotels and night clubs.
    After attending Northridge University on a guitar scholarship, she hit the road to continue seasoning her rock chops in countless roadhouse bars throughout the western U.S. She later formed an all-female rock band and performed for several years on the Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe circuits.

    After touring all over the world with Helen Reddy throughout the late 80's, playing live TV and major concert venues, Teresa decided to pursue projects of her own. She focused on her Blues-rock roots with an aggressive style establishing a wide-spread fan base throughout southern California.

    On the recent release of her 3rd CD with Cocobilli, "Show You What Love Can Do", Teresa delivers an electrifying performance that features raging guitar solos. Her vocal style has been compared to such divas as Janis Joplin, Melissa Etheridge, and Bonnie Raitt, combining a rock-hard edge with a supple warmth that quickly distinguishes her voice as uniquely that of Teresa Russell. Joined in her virtuosity by bassist Billi Breland and drummer Coco Roussel, this popular trio can be seen performing regularly throughout Southern California.

    For more information, go to Teresa Russell





    Teresa Russell!
  • BluePower Presents....The Stax Story!

    There's an old saying
    That goes like so
    Keep trying
    And you'll get where you want to go
    When things get rough
    Buckle down
    Don't give up
    You can conquer the world with your original sound.
    They knocked at the front door
    And couldn't get in
    They heard a sound and went to the back door
    And the sound let them in.

    (This is an unattributed poem from an early Stax Records publicity release.)

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    In 1961, I had the good fortune of working for a great gentleman and famous record promotion man, Joe Galkin.

    We were traveling through the deep south, promoting along the way when we came to Memphis, Tennessee. Joe said the first stop we were going make was at some friends of his who had just started a small record label named Satellite.

    We pulled into the black section of Memphis and turned onto McLemore Street and stopped in front of an old theatre; The Capitol. Inside The Capitol was a small record store. I was introduced a white lady whose name was Estelle Axton. She was selling records to a couple of young folks while the music blared through the small store.

    Little did I know at the time that this was the humble beginning of what would become one of the most powerful music driven companies in the world....Stax Records.

    There is no one in the world who has not heard a Stax record. This company also became one of the most important driving agencies for political change in the USA. Certainly a great deal more than Motown until Marvin Gaye was allowed to release his famous What's Goin' On LP.

    Stax Records. The name today is still rich in associations. Carla and Rufus Thomas, Sam and Dave, Booker T. and the MG's, Otis Redding....the roll call could go on and on. A tiny label that started out in 1960 renting a unused movie theater in a shabby neighborhood that was going from white to black.

    On the theater marquee would soon appear in giant letters of red plastic,

    SOULSVILLE U.S.A.

    BluePower is presenting these three shows in order that our listeners may hear all three shows with just one click. Once again....The music says it all!

    John Rhys/BluePower.com





    Part One....The Stax Story!




    Part Two....The Stax Story!




    Parts of intro piece compliments of Peter Guralnick from his wonderful book....Sweet Soul Music.

    Click here to go directly to....Concord Music Group!

    Click here to go directly to....The Stax Museum!
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