Bluepower Blog

  • Getting Back To Love....!

    With Special Guest....Lori Rhys.

    The following show was posted 10 years ago. We republished it yesterday afternoon before receiving 2 texts around 12:30 pm last night telling us that our friend, Phil Dick and his wife, Kim had been 20 feet away from the explosion in Manchester. The texts went on to say that they had no idea how they had come through unscathered and that Kim had dived into the carnage and helped a young girl with a leg wound.

    We are adding this dedication to this particular show today as we are deeply saddened by the events in Manchester, England and that 10 years after this show was recorded we must still ask this same question: Where has love gone?

    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.

    Scripted material written by Lori Rhys.

    John & Lori Rhys/

    Listen to....Getting Back To Love!
  • America's Ambassador Of Music....Mr. B.B. King! (Parts One & Two)

    Occasionally I run behind with new shows and for that, I apologize. However; there are always a plethera of shows looming in BluePower's background which I can substitute while I work on something new.

    This week, I am posting the BB King show I did several years ago. The reason being that it is a good show and quite informative. It speaks of BB's influences, which are significant for young guitarists. They were for me.

    Part One deals with the set up at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas where Mr. King was to perform. You get a definite idea as to what instruments BB uses in his ensemble; the set up etc. Good stuff to know.

    Then John interviews BB King....truly, one of the nicest men on the planet.

    Part Two deals with BB's musical influences as a young musician growing up. His influences may astonish you.

    Many thanks to my dear friend, Jim Cantale of ESI Event Services for his efforts on BluePower's behalf.

    I do hope you enjoy BB King Parts One and Two.

    Thank You,
    John Rhys-Eddins

    Listen To BB King, Part One!

    Listen To BB King, Part Two!

    Go to BB King's Web Site!

  • BluePower Is Back!


    For the last two years I have not been well. I found that I had a heartrate of between 25 and 32 beats a minute. On December 14th I had an episode where my heart dropped to 9 beats a minute and that's just not enough to sustain life and I almost vanished from this sphere. Had it not been for my wife Lori, who managed to do 20 minutes of CPR, I would have died. 

    As you can tell, I am still here. To tell the truth, I feel like an 18 year old. 

    BluePower has added to it's team and we are taking steps to make sure the Blues get the treatment and respect the genre deserves. We also intend to watch this new administration to make sure everything is on the up and up. BluePower will take them to task if that's not the case. We keep the First Amendment in the front of our minds as we work. 

    So be prepared! Our team is powerful and complete with all the necessary tools to make BluePower an even more dynamic site than it was before.

    Here is a list of our new team mates:

    Tim Piper....Technical Consultant
    Brian Rhys Eddins....Engineering and Program Staffer
    Dave Schools....Programming Consultant
    Doug Deutsch....Blues News contributor
    Mike Toth....Webmaster

    BluePower welcomes these fine folks to our staff and thanks all our friends and listeners who continued loving the Blues while I was ill. That makes us smile.

    During these times of trial here in America and the world, BluePower hopes you all will continue to be safe and in good health. Remember! Freedom is the bottom line.

    Thank you all for being here....
    John Rhys Eddins and staff,
  • Santa Barbara Blues Society Member's Show!

  • The Word From Pappy!

    My exceedingly old friend John Rhys has asked me to write a little blurb for BluePower. One would expect that I would write something guitar related, but the state of the planet and especially this country have me way too messed up to write about anything as ancient history as the music business. There "is" no music business in America anymore.

    Just like the politicians of both parties, who spend millions of dollars focus grouping every word that comes from their mouths, the predators in the music business have honed their skills in making money from someone else's work to a sharp edge. You probably haven't thought about it, but some TV shows are using awful songs, recorded in a home studio, sung by people who aren't really singers, a lot of them are terrible, but never fear, a few people have started companies who's prime objective is to fill their coffers with ducats, pulled unceremoniously from some poor artists' rectum. Business is business.

    They know that some production company is looking for a sad motorcycle song for a scene in a tv show. They will let you submit your masters and only charge a 500 dollar fee to join their "team". Once you're in, you can submit songs for every show of which they inform you . So the network fee has gotten lower, lower and lower, I've heard of network masters, buy outs for 350-500 dollars. Now I don't know if the "company" is making money on the back end from the networks, but they sure like the idea of paying 350 bucks for a piece in a network show.... just listen, you'll hear it. 

    Musicians care about their music, they think every song they have ever written is a smash and they love their songs.

    But the Vampires that were there in the 50's, who made the lion's share of the money have passed their craft on to new generations.They have turned the act of pulling money from the artist's pocket into an art form. All the while, having the artists smile, thank them, then love and trust them. Watch out for those "Smiling Faces."

    Thanks to algorithms made from hit songs of the past, producers today can literally reproduce "hooks" from past hits and paste them into new songs. I know I've had my fair share of managers, producers, publishers bend me over the couch. I still don't own the biggest hits I've written. They have passed from this company to that company and now I'm just too old to chase them down and shoot 'em. Just kidding.... kinda.

    Well, as usual, I've gone into the music business, when I intended to write about state of the country and our odds of the USA surviving another 50 years. I promise I'll write about it next time, unless I get a new guitar or write what will be the greatest song ever written, then all bets are off.

    Pappyville, Florida