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  • 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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  • Ace Is The Place!

    Recently, I had the golden opportunity to browse a catalog from Ace Records in England. I was amazed at the thousands of titles available in that beautifully prepared catalog. I was whisked through time as though I were in a time machine.

    I marked down the CDs I would have liked never thinking that I would receive them all. To my surprise, they sent everything I had checked off. It was like having all my birthday wishes come true.

    The show today is a thanks to Ace for their generosity and to Mr. Alec Palao for setting the process in motion.

    May I suggest you crank up your computer and travel to Ace Records and request a catalog for your own "time travel" experience. I'm in heaven.

    John Rhys/BluePower.com

    Here's the music:

    1)...."I Am Looking For A Woman"....Bo Diddley....Bo's Blues....Ace Records
    2)...."Diddy Wah Diddy"....Bo Diddley....Bo's Blues....Ace Records
    3)...."Variety Boogie"....Hadda Brooks....Romance In The Dark....Ace Records
    4)...."I'm So Glad"....Skip James....Blues From The Delta....Ace Records
    5)...."I'm In Love Again"....Fats Domino....The Imperial Singles #3....Ace Records
    6)...."Blueberry Hill"....Fats Domino....The Imperial Singles #3....Ace Records
    7)...."I Did My Part"....Irma Thomas....Time Is On My Side....Ace Records
    8)...."Pretty Girls Everywhere"....Eugene Church....The Very Best Of....Ace Records



    Ace Is The Place!

    Click here to go to Ace Records for your very own catalog!


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  • Bobby Womack....From Valentino To Superstar!



    Bio from: AMG
    Written by: Steve Huey

    A veteran who paid his dues for over a decade before getting his shot at solo stardom, Bobby Womack persevered through tragedy and addiction to emerge as one of soul music's great survivors. Able to shine in the spotlight as a singer or behind the scenes as an instrumentalist and songwriter, Womack never got his due from pop audiences, but during the late '60s and much of the '70s, he was a consistent hitmaker on the R&B charts, with a high standard of quality control. His records were quintessential soul, with a bag of tricks learned from the likes of Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, and Sly Stone, all of whom Womack worked closely with at one time or another. Yet often, they also bore the stamp of Womack's own idiosyncratic personality, whether through a lengthy spoken philosophical monologue or a radical reinterpretation of a pop standard. An underrated guitarist, Womack helped pioneer a lean, minimalist approach similar to that of Curtis Mayfield, and was an early influence on the young Jimi Hendrix. Additionally, his songs have been recorded by numerous artists in the realms of both R&B and rock, and the best of them rank as all-time classics.

    This perfomance was mixed by John Rhys at Master Sound Recorders in Hollywood.

    We at BluePower.com wish to extend our congratulations to our dear friend on his acceptance into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. An award long overdue to one of the true contributors of American popular music.



    Listen To Bobby Womack Live At The Roxy With Special Guest..Sly Stone!
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