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  • Great Things Come....All In Good Time!

    Very few folks know that during the day, I manage the Internet Department at Big Valley Dodge and Subaru in Van Nuys, California. I do this in order to help defray the costs of and also to keep the wolves away from the door.

    One of my favorite sayings is something my grandmother used to tell me when I was a kid. "God doesn't make any mistakes", she would say with the wry smile that would cross her face.

    Now many folks don't agree with that saying. Maybe they're right.... but as far as I'm concerned, I have always found that saying to be quite true.

    Such are the remarkable series of events which led Shawn Jones to arrive at BluePower's door.

    All In Good Time is a beautifully crafted series of songs, delivered from the heart by a master guitarist whose powerful vocals conjure up great strength and sensitivity. Shawn has an inner integrity sorely lacking in many of today's "manufactured" artists.

    BluePower is proud to have this accomplished musician and performer come to speak of his recent work, his trials and tribulations and his love and respect of his father.

    John Rhys-Eddins

    The Music:

    1)....Theme...."Hand Clappin'....Red Prysock
    2)...."Runnin' Out Of Time To Run"....Shawn Jones
    Live Performance...."Glory Bound"....Shawn Jones
    3)...."Heaven's Daughter"....Shawn Jones
    4)...."Can't Help Myself"....Shawn Jones
    5)...."Love's Gonna Find A Way"....Shawn Jones
    6)...."Long Goodbyes"....Shawn Jones
    7)...."Temptation"....Shawn Jones
    8)...."Why"....Danny Walden Jones
    9)...."My Best Friend"....Shawn Jones
    10)..."Hand Clappin'"....Red Prysock

    Click below to listen to "Great Things Come....All In Good Time"!

  • Getting Back To Love....!

    With Special Guest....Lori Rhys.

    In the world today, where fear and derision seem to rule; the question we're asking is: Where has love gone?

    Polorization has become the byword in America. People no longer speak to their friends due to differences in religion and politics and, bit by bit, we have become separated. What has happened to communication?

    This show exhibits what can happen to a married couple when communication on a personal level ceases to exist. When the couple stops talking to each other and communication completely breaks down.

    Join my wife and I as we speak of our own dilema in regard to our loss of sincere dialog and what happened when we finally figured what was wrong and started on our course to re-build our relationship. Amazing things happened.

    Imagine what could happen if the entire world tried speaking with each other instead of resolving our differences with violence.

    This is a different show from our normal Blues fare. We sincerely hope you enjoy and benefit from our conversation and the music provided. As always, the music tells the truth.

    John Rhys-Eddins/

    The Music Today:

    1)...."Where Is The Love"....The Black Eyed Peas
    2)...."One"....Andy Cowan
    3)...."At Last"....Etta James
    4)...."Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"....Andy Cowan
    5)...."Hold On To What You Got"....Joe Tex
    6)...."Need Your Love So Bad"....Gary Moore
    7)...."Without Love"....Clyde McPhatter
    8)...."Love's Me Like A Rock"....The Dixie Hummingbirds
    9)...."Forever Young"....The Band

    Please share your comments, stories and/or questions with us by e-mailing us at:
    Also be sure to let us know if it is okay to use part or all of what you write to us in future shows. We love to hear from you.

    John & Lori Rhys/

  • A Brief History of the Blues: Part 1

    The Blues - A Brief History

    We thought we would start the new year off with a Brief History Of The Blues.

    We tried to let folks know where the Blues came from and how it was transmitted throughout the world. Mind you; it is brief.

    I've written the tightest show yet and still it covers a lot of territory.

    We hope you enjoy it!

    Click player below to LISTEN!

    A Brief History Of The Blues: Part 1


    PART ONE: In The Beginning

    Fife and Drum....circa 1930's
    Field Holler....Parchman Farm....circa 1940's
    Field Holler....Parchman Farm....circa 1940's
    "Po Boy Blues"....John Dudley/61 Highway Mississippi/Rounder
    "Rollin' And Tumblin'"....Rose Hemphill/61 Highway Mississippi/Rounder
    "Honky Tonk" (Pt. 1)....Bill Doggett/The History Of King Records/King
    "Good Rockin' Tonight"....Wynonie Harris/The Best Of/Decca
    "Dust My Broom"....Robert Johnson (Columbia)
    "Dust My Broom"....Elmore James (Jewel/Paula)
    "Burrenstone Sunrise"....Barry McCabe w/Davy Spillane/The Peace Within/RRCD/Ireland
    "Lookin' For Love"....The Acoustic Blues Trio/Label unknown/Germany
    "Need Your Love So Bad"....Gary Moore/Blues For Greeny/Charisma
  • 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/

    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


  • Brian Roberts And Humble Harve....The Day Radio Died!

    The history of American Radio as told by two of the most famous voices in broadcasting. No punches pulled here. True stories told by the men who lived them. Check out what they describe as the decline of American Radio and the reasons leading to that demise.

    This show was posted on BluePower in the year 2000. Since that time, things have become much worse. Clear Channel alone has been allowed to purchase over 1500 radio stations in the USA. This much power in the hands of one conglomerate can be devastating to free radio in general. This is already being proven. So much for the seven station rule that was upheld until this last administration destroyed the agreement and allowed corporate monopolies to run rampant.

    John Rhys Eddins/

    Post Script: Humble Harve died two days ago in Camarillo, California. His death silenced one of the greatest voices in American radio history. BluePower is grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know this talented man. A man who was a leader in radio when American radio was a free and flourishing business. 
    God speed Harvey. You will be missed.
    John Rhys Eddins