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  • It's Time To Make A Stand!

    We're having some fun now!

    I'm bitchin' and whining and totally carrying on.

    I do have the help of some sterling folks to help me through the show however. Their music is the true saving grace. BluePower is taking no prisoners from now on!

    Here's the list of tonight's artists and their contributions:

    1)....Theme.....Cliffdweller...."When The World Is Runnin' Down, Make The Best Of What's Still Around" (Sting-Police)

    2)....Teresa Russell....."Bustin' Loose"....(Teresa Russell)

    3)....Walter Trout and The Radicals...."How Much Do You Want?"....(Walter Trout)

    4)....Elvin Bishop...."What The Hell Is Going On?"....(Not Listed)

    5)....Stockholm Syndrome...."Empire One"....(Jerry Joseph)

    6)....Renee' Austin...."Mouth Of The Delta"....(Renee'Austin-David Grissom)

    7)....Popa Chubby...."If The Diesel Don't Get You Then The Jet Fuel Will"....(Ted Horowitz)

    8)....Theme....Cliffdweller...."Runnin' Down"....(Sting-Police)

    Here's a great line I heard a while back from one of the Iraq Veterans Against The War, Mr. Hart Viges...."An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

    Thanks for listening....John Rhys





    Thanks to....

    Mackie Electronics
    Pearlman Microphones
    Mr. Mark Hanson/Great Britain/page design
    Mr. Doug Welch/Considerable help and wisdom daily
    Mr. Steve Altman/Technical assistance
    Mr. Mike Toth


  • BluePower Presents....The Blues From Catalonia!

    Since we have been involved with BluePower, we have been sent the Blues from some strange places. The country of origin for tonight's music is certainly not a place known for the Blues. Until now, that is. The music and artists for tonight's show come from the relatively little known country of Catalonia. To be quite honest, I have been to Barcelona, Spain before and never knew it was the capitol of Catalonia. I always thought Barcelona was part of Spain. Well....that's a long story and one you should possibly dig into a bit. Catalonia's history is worth studying.

    Catalonia is a Mediterranean country located on the northwestern triangle of the Iberian Peninsular. Historically, it's location has turned it into a land of peace, where various peoples and cultures have come together.

    The CD we're presenting tonight is titled Blues Cat and features artists who all hail from Catalonia, Spain.

    The CD was sent to us from our friend, Vicente Zumel of Barcelona. Vicente has been producing and hosting a Blues radio show in Barcelona for 25 years called La Hora Del Blues. The man has a remarkable set of archives and does a wonderfully impromptu show. Please give a listen when you have time.

    BluePower sends it's congratulations to all the talented artists of Catalan and apologizes for the fact that we could not get to all the great players on Blues Cat this time around. We hope you'll forgive us.

    Thanks for tuning in.
    John Rhys/BluePower.com

    Tonight's artists are:

    1)....Theme...."Koz's Walk"....Koz Kosinski
    2)...."Woatinee"....Amadeu Casas
    3)...."Blues Through My Veins"....Alex A. & TNT
    4)...."Sugar Sweet"....Joan Pau Cumellas-Miguel Talavera
    5)...."Drowning In The Blues"....Loti Lewis
    6)...."Waiting At The Train Station"....Joan Vinyals-Cece Giannotti
    7)...."Trist Gris"....Errol Woiski
    8)...."Cara De Foc"....Big Mama & Joan Pau Cumellas
    9)...."Cansat"....Blues De Picolat
    10)..."Jungle's Groove"....Lluis Coloma



    BluePower Presents....The Blues From Catalonia!

    Click here to go to....La Hora Del Blues!
  • About Us...



    John Rhys

    WHY DO I PLAY THE BLUES?

    "My only friends were the kids of the black folks who worked for my stepfather at The Flint River Inn. It was on those occasions when my stepfather was away that I got to hear what was to become a lifelong love. The Blues. Race music it was called then. The last selection list on the old Wurlitzer juke box".

    In 1947 I climbed on a Coca Cola crate so that I could see the selections on my Dad's Wurlitzer juke box. The juke box was located in the night club section of a business called The Flint River Inn, located just outside Cordele, Georgia.

    I climbed up there for the first time not knowing what to expect. There, in front of me, was a mechanism that contained a series of flat discs that played music. That music was listed in front of the machine in categories.

    There was Country, Popular, Big Band, and way down at the end was a category called "Race".

    Now I didn't quite know what to think about that so I dropped a nickel into the slot and pushed one of the selections in the "Race" category.

    This music was different. It had a "beat". The snare drum was way out front. The harmonies were velvet. It was a Wynonie Harris song. The man was a monster. As soon as the record started playing, some of the folks who worked for my dad, started dancing and clapping their hands. One of the ladies picked me up and danced with me. I loved it. She later told me it was the blues I had played.

    Called "Race" because it was predominantly recorded by blacks for black entertainment. (Sold mostly by white record companies however).

    The feelings I felt that first time I heard the blues, will never leave me. A young man, just come from England to a strange and different land where the only new friends were black people and their children, built a bridge in my heart. The loneliness disappeared and was replaced by a never ending love of all that is The Blues and The South. The players, the history and the music have been an integral part of my life ever since and I'm sure will be until I die.

    Bluepower will be a gathering point for anyone in the world who would like to learn about The Blues and it's contributions to the American musical art form.

    The life and death struggle of a displaced people trying desperately to hold on to a small amount of dignity and some remnants from their past, must be saved for future generations to observe and from which to learn.

    But most of all I love the blues because it makes me feel good. It always has.

    John Rhys Eddins/BluePower

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    Lori Rhys

    Raised in Queens, New York; Lori moved to L.A. in 1975. Her first job on the west coast was at a Beverly Hills boutique, Right Bank Clothing Company; where the clientele would have been and was comfortable gracing any red carpet. After managing a boutique called Apropos, her next position was at Anita De Thomas & Assocs., a business managment firm whose stable boasted another star-filled cast. Following that she worked with Joey Reynolds in the Creative Services Dept. of 20th Century Fox Records, a truly crazy experience.

    Now a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractor, working from her home office; she divides her time to work with John. John & Lori's, love at first sight, romance has produced two amazing children (just ask their unprejudiced parents) and has persisted through many trials. Together they host the Getting Back to Love Series and grapple with the many business aspects of BluePower.com.



    Mark Hanson



    Mark Hanson is 39 years old and lives in Leicestershire, England. Mark has studied computer graphics and graphics design.

     

    Mr. Hanson grew up on black music, especially The Ink Spots, Mills Brothers and The Platters; his parents favorites.

    One day, his sister introduced Mark to Northern Soul and Motown. Two of Mark's relations were DJ's in the mid-70's in the Northern Soul scene. Upon seeing this growing phenomena, Mark decided to become part of the scene. Mark became a promoter, DJ and one of Northern Soul's strongest supporters.

    By the early 80's, Mark was into the Northern Soul scene properly along with his second love; motor scooters. He started collecting Soul and Deep Soul records but his first love is 60's Detroit records along with Soul music from artists residing in Chicago, Philadelphia and the Carolinas.

    In the 90's, Mark became co-editor a British Soul Fanzine called Soul Up North.



  • Bluesmen Of The 20th Century....Freddie King!

    Freddie King

    All this week BluePower will feature highly influential guitarists. Players a novice must listen to and emulate in order to learn. Today we are featuring Freddie King. Freddie wrote "Hide Away" and "The Stumble". Two of the most copied guitar instrumentals of all time.

    Freddie King was born in Gilmer, Texas on September 3rd, 1934. Taught to play guitar by his mother and his uncle, Freddie originally studied Lightnin' Hopkins and his style of country blues.

    When Freddie became a teen, he fell in love with the electrified sounds of the Chicago blues and when he was 16, his prayer was answered....he moved to Chicago. In 1950, Chicago was overflowing with emigrants from the South. With them came the rural blues or country blues which was transformed into the basic electrified Chicago blues which in turn, generated some great record labels. Chess and Vee-Jay are labels which were spawned by the huge focus of primary blues artists streaming into Chicago. It was a mighty time!

    It's funny that Syd Nathan at King Records in Cincinnati wound up releasing Freddie King's major hits considering Freddie was living right in Chicago. Such is the entertainment world.

    Thanks for listening....
    John Rhys/BluePower.com

    Here's the music:

    1)...."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury Records
    2)...."Hide Away"....Freddie King....King Records
    3)...."I'm Tore Down"....Freddie King....King Records
    4)...."Dust My Broom"....Freddie King....Black Top Records
    5)...."Ain't Nobody's Bizness"....Freddie King....Black Top Records
    6)...."Key To The Highway"....Freddie King....Black Top Records
    7)...."San-Ho-Zay"....Freddie King....King Records
    8)...."Hand Clappin'"....Red Prysock....Mercury Records





    Listen to....Influential Guitarists Featuring Freddie King!
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  • 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





    Listen to....Influential Guitarists Featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan!
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