Bluepower Blog

  • 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/BluePower.com



    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
    BluePower.com
  • Guns And God!

    Mr. Thomas Paine once wrote; These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.

    Our observation of freedom in America has been tied to wanton consumption. For many years, good jobs easily had, were the backbone of American society paying for the goods and services every American enjoyed so freely. Truly....our cups "did" runneth over.

    Now, nearly all Americans are working twice as hard and twice as long in order to make ends meet. People are working for corporations with voracious appetites for more and more profit, the easy time in the sun is over and there are dark days ahead.

    Fear now blasts from every audio orifice since the corporate heads found that fear increases sales to a weary public. This must be stopped!

    Guns and God are two of the leading protagonists in a world being torn apart. Though weaponry and spirituality are not the only beasts thriving in this sea of fear and corruption, they are the two major conspiritors in the division of the world today. And if you don't think our beautiful world is divided....just look around. We now see a machine of wide and elaborate contrivance and as well fitted for the oppression, impoverishment and degradation of a people as ever proceeded from the perverted ingenuity of man. Divide and conquer. Muslim against Christian. Republican against Democrat and on and on.

    A great man once said, "Music is the weapon of the future." Look out! The future is now.

    Playlist:

    1)...."The Merry Minuet"..........................The Kingston Trio
    2)...."Guns And God...................................Lawrence Gowan
    3)...."For What It's Worth".......................Jeffrey Osborne
    4)...."Money"..............................................Barrett Strong
    5)...."Smilin' Faces"...................................The Undisputed Truth
    6)...."Compared To What"........................Les McCann and Eddie Harris
    7)...."Troubles, Troubles, Troubles".......Clarence Henry
    8)...."Livin' In The Real World"...............Bobby Barth

    It's a strange show folks. I hope you enjoy it. If you do....please pass it on. It's time to make a difference.

    Take back our freedom now! React!


    John Rhys Eddins
    BluePower.com
    Please send all death threats to....blupwr@sbcglobal.net
     
  • 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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  • In The Beginning....Skip James!


    After several months of deliberation, BluePower has come to the conclusion that it would be beneficial to develop a series which exposed the many fine artists who added so much to the rich heritage of the American folk tradition called The Blues.

    In order to accomplish our goals in this regard, we needed the product necessary to assemble these pieces of business. Coming to our aid in the form of early Blues product was Mr. Alec Palao and his great company, Ace Records of London, England whom we gratefully thank for their generosity and kindness.

    Our first show highlights one of the strangest and most unique Blues artists of all time....Nehemiah Curtis James who came to be known as Skip James.

    Born in 1902 in Bentonia, Mississippi in 1902, Mr. James struggled all his life to find a place in the world of the Blues. It took him til nearly the end of his life before he was discovered by three, up and coming, young musicians who talked him into taking a giant step to become known.

    Listen as BluePower tells a brief history of Mr. Skip James and plays some of his amazing music.

    Stay Tuned....
    John Rhys

    Here's the music:

    1)...."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury Records
    2)...."Hard Time Killing Floor Blues....Skip James....Blues From The Delta....Ace Records
    3)...."Careless Love"....Skip James....Blues From The Delta....Ace Records
    4)...."Devil Got My Woman"....Skip James....Blues From The Delta....Ace Records
    5)...."Crow Jane"....Skip James....Blues From The Delta....Ace Records
    6)...."I'm So Glad"....Skip James....Blues From The Delta....Ace Records
    7)...."I'm So Glad"....Cream....Fresh Cream....Atlantic Records
    8)...."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury Records



    Click here to go to Ace Records!
  • Bluesmen Of The 20th Century....Stevie Ray Vaughan!

    Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Born in Dallas, Texas on October 3rd, 1954, Stevie Ray Vaughan grew up to become one of America's finest gifts to the blues world.

    After playing with several garage bands, Vaughan dropped out of high school to concentrate full time on playing music. When his original band, The Cobras broke up, Stevie formed Triple Threat in 1975. Triple Threat featured bassist Jackie Newhouse, drummer Chris Layton and vocalist Lou Ann Barton.

    When Barton left the band in 1978, Stevie decided to continue the band and call it Double Trouble. At this point, Stevie Ray Vaughan became the the band's lead singer.

    Vaughan's debut album, Texas Flood, was released in the summer of 1983 to rave reviews although much talk was stemming from Stevie's fine backup work on David Bowie's Let's Dance LP.

    In the late summer of 1990, Vaughan and Double Trouble set out to do an American headline tour. On August 26th, 1990, after concluding their East Troy, Wisconsin job, Stevie boarded a helicopter bound for Chicago. Just minutes after takeoff, the helicopter crashed, killing Stevie Ray and several other passengers. Stevie was 35 years old.

    And so....one of America's and the blues world's finest performers was gone in an instant. Stevie has left us with so much great recorded music. All we have to do is listen to keep his spirit alive.

    John Rhys/BluePower.com

    Here's the music:

    1)...."Hand Clappin "....Red Prysock....Mercury
    2)...."The House Is Rockin' "....Stevie Ray Vaughan....Epic
    3)...."Texas Flood"....Stevie Ray Vaughan....Epic
    4)...."Texas Flood"....Fredrik Strand Halland....Self
    5)...."Little Wing"....Stevie Ray Vaughan....Epic
    6)...."Pride And Joy"....Stevie Ray Vaughan....Epic
    7)...."Life Without You"....Stevie Ray Vaughan....Epic
    8)...."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury


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