Posted by John Rhys on Monday, April 10, 2017 1:50 PMFor 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
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,
Posted by John Rhys on Saturday, April 1, 2017 4:15 PM
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival Returns To Santa Clarita
By Doug Deutsch
By popular demand, the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival returns to Santa Clarita, Calif. On Sunday, May 7, from 12 noon till 6 pm, taking place at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd. Presented by the same folks that sponsor the famed yearly California Beer Festival, the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival is part of the big, three-day “BBQ and Beer Festival” from May 5 through 7 that includes a Craft Beer Festival on Friday, May 5 from 5:30-9:30pm (21 and over) and a BBQ Festival on Saturday, May 6 from 12 noon till 8pm. Tickets available online now at https://www.bbqandbeerfestival.com and will also be sold at the Gate. Beer Festival tickets are priced at $20-$40; BBQ Festival (and) Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival tickets are $10 (entry must be purchased for each day). Must be 21 or older with valid ID to enter the Beer Festival on Friday and to consume alcohol for the duration of the festival. Kids 12 and under get in free Saturday and Sunday.
“We’re happy to bring the Blues to Santa Clarita, one of the many cities here in Southern California that in our experience have traditionally been very supportive of this genre,” says Brews & Blues Festival promoter, Vincenzo Giammanco.
Live music for the Blues, Brew & BBQ Festival on Sunday will be provided by two of the biggest names in the world of Blues: Tommy Castro & the Painkillers; (and) SoCal’s Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Night after night, Tommy Castro, a fierce and fiery road warrior, fervently delivers his driving, blues-soaked, soul-baring music to fans all over the world. The road is where he honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge. It’s where he learned how to captivate an audience with his intensely passionate vocals and his memorable songs, licks and grooves. In the words of Blues Revue, “Tommy Castro can do no wrong.” Over the course of his four-decade career, Castro has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of fans, packing dance floors, always leaving them screaming for more. He has released 14 albums filled with original blues, soul and West Coast rock. With their latest album Method To My Madness, the group turns the intensity up another notch.Jack Mack’s sweet and funky soul music has resulted in a critically-acclaimed thirty-year legacy of success in the music business: seven records, blockbuster movie soundtracks, and hundreds of global television and stage performances. Their new album “Back To The Shack” combines strong American/Soul roots with the classic sound and traditions of the Blues. The players include Jack Mack’s World Class horn section, “The Heart Attack Horns” plus one of New Orleans’ favorite sons, Mark Campbell, on lead vocals. They have garnered an ever-expanding and loyal following cementing their legendary reputation. But what the band is most known for is their solid, energetic and stellar live performances. The Jack Mack entertainment brand has oozed into every facet of show biz, from their incredible live performances, studio recordings, film and TV music placements and the ever-constant shoulder rubbing with celebrities.
Posted by John Rhys on Thursday, March 30, 2017 4:27 PM
The call came a few hours after I returned home from a job in Tokyo early in 1982. My friend, Artie Epstein was frantic. It seems he had just produced a show at the Roxy Theater featuring Chuck Berry and, though hiring the best pre and post production house in Hollywood, found serious problems with the recorded master video and audio tapes.
When I arrived the next morning at 10 am at Motown Studios, I found the piano track completely missing, as though it was never recorded, which I later found was the case. It seems the engineer was recording while watching the input levels. Had he watched the output levels he would have seen a malfunction in the twenty-four track machine they used. Imagine the engineer's surprise as he went to check the tape after everyone had gone home and found there was "no" piano track.
To complicate matters, on the first song, while setting the mix perifory, I noticed that the sax player's mic wasn't working. I found later that the sax mic had been mislabled as "audience 1". The mistake was corrected on the second song, thank God!
I was amazed! The premiere pre and post company in Hollywood had completely failed and could do nothing about it. Not to mention, Smitty Smith was at that time, one of the best players in town and, try as I may, could not get the piano into the mix. Yes, you can hear him in the house mix loud as hell but nothing went to tape. It's a shame. There are several copies of this show to be found on You Tube. The person who downloaded the show tried to bring up the piano but since it was only available from the monitors, completely screwed up the sound. I mixed the show in mono for TV which was standard at the time. There was no stereo mix!
In case you didn't know, Chuck Berry arrived at his specified time and when he asked for payment prior to the show, they handed him a check. Chuck went ballistic and told them the aggreement was for cash prior to the show. The producer went through all his hoops when he finally realized there was going to be no show unless Chuck got his cash. So the show as delayed over an hour while the producer went to fetch a large sum of cash on a Saturday night. Oh Boy!
As you will see, the show went on with Tina Turner as special guest. However; something happened during Chuck and Tina's only song together (Rock And Roll Music). Tina steps on one of Chuck's lines and (still playing his guitar), Chuck leans over and says something to Tina. At which, Tina backs away from Chuck as he continues the song. After the song completes, Chuck takes a break and Tina never came back to the stage. I wonder what Chuck said?
The show came out well and Chuck was amazing! An interesting feature at the tail end of this concert is Chuck bringing his daughter (Ingrid Berry) onstage to sing a number with him. She did an excellent job.
There is one video tape roll at the very beginning. Otherwise the video is excellent as I took it from the finished master which was given me when I had finished the job.
The "Poet Of Rock and Roll" is gone but his tremendous volume of work will live on in American music history. A true master of the genre, Chuck Berry's voice and inimitable guitar licks will be played for the next millenium by millions of enthusiastic young players. God Speed my brother!
List of musicians:
Piano....William "Smitty" Smith
We at BluePower hope you enjoy this video and the stories behind the concert. It certainly was a night to remember. We wish to thank Arthur Epstein and Oak Media for permission to use this content.
The BluePower team.
Posted by John Rhys on Thursday, March 30, 2017 1:21 PM
It's time to think about our country. We cannot allow everything good that has happened in the last eight years to be undone. Stand up and protest. Let your voice be heard.
The BluePower Team
Posted by John Rhys on Thursday, March 9, 2017 10:42 AM