BluePower has spent eleven years on the net. We have always endeavored to produce the best and most comprehensive music shows possible. Our premise is to make a small contribution in making the world a better place in which all people and nationalities can live in peace and harmony.
The Blues is an integral part of all popular music. Recently, we have found that many of our listeners are under twenty years old. They had never heard Muddy Waters or Ike Turner. They're listening now....to the "real" thing. The roots.
Thanks to the net....Everything old is new again:)
The Blues has no color; creed; race or nationality.
Let's make some music together!
This time IKE pulls no punches. He speaks about the record companies of the fifties and sixties and their ways of doing business. He talks about JERRY WEXLER and AHMET ERTEGUN at ATLANTIC. PHIL and LEONARD CHESS of CHESS RECORDS. The BIHARI BROTHERS at MODERN and SID NATHAN from KING RECORDS. (Ike's first contract at King Records paid him 1/4 of a cent per record sold. Outrageous by today's standards.) On the other side of the coin however; Ike reminds us that these companies were the standard bearers of Black music and were responsible for the giant steps that brought Blues and Rhythm and Blues to the forefront of American popular music and that without these independent record companies and the men that ran them, these genres may have died out completely. Ike speaks out about RAP and the negative values of the genre regarding African Americans. Parts 3 & 4 of a four part series.John Rhys/BluePower.com Listen to Part 3 | Listen to Part 4
BluePower is proud to present Part One and Two of an exclusive interview with the inimitable IKE TURNER. Hailed as the FATHER OF ROCK AND ROLL, Turner talks of the early days on the road, his influences and of the racial parameters Black musicians had to mind in the South. In this first hour of a four hour series, John and Jeanie attempt to uncover Ike's feelings regarding many topics. We think you will be surprised to find this man is "not" the ogre of which he has been made by the media. You will find that Ike Turner was one of the most gifted popular American musicians and contributed more to the world of popular music than even the experts realize.John Rhys/BluePower.comListen To Part One! Listen To Part Two!
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.John Rhys/BluePower.comFor more information, go to Teresa RussellListen now to Teresa Russell!
The strength of the Blues can be determined by the sheer amount of ground the music has covered in the last 80 years. In that time, this purely American art-form has managed to blossom in nearly every country in the world. The Blues has been transformed into nearly every language and is understood by every man and woman ever born. No one can honestly say they "have not" had the Blues at one time or another.In this presentation, BluePower honors a man for his contributions to the Blues and Rock from the beautiful country of Ireland. Barry McCabe was born in Virginia, Co. Cavan, Ireland and has managed to travel the world bringing his music to hundreds of thousands of people. Barry's music can best be described as Rock and Blues with a Celtic twist.This show features music from many of Barry's CDs but primarily from his new release, Beyond The Tears.Tune in to this masterful player, writer and performer as he guides us through many stories of life and the pursuit of happiness. A true storyteller in every sense of the word, Barry McCabe gives his all to his art; to our benefit.John Rhys/BluePower.comThe songs are:1)...."Sunrise"....Barry McCabe/Davey Spillane2)...."In The Dead Of Night"....Barry McCabe 3)...."Oh Well"....Barry McCabe written by Peter Green 4)...."Sheilagh"....Barry McCabe5)...."Rollin'"....Barry McCabe 6)...."Trouble"....Barry McCabe 7)...."The Emigrant"....Barry McCabe/Davey Spillane 8)...."Talkin' Woman Blues"....Barry McCabe 9)...."Full Moon On Main Street"....Barry McCabe 10)..."Arthur"....Barry McCabe 11)..."Tempted"....Barry McCabeListen to....BluePower Presents....An Evening With Barry McCabe!To Find more on Barry McCabe....Click here!
Can you believe it? Another year has passed quickly away. Where did the time go? I'll have to check my diary.I know we lost a lot of good folks somewhere along the way this year and I surely hope they have passed this mortal coil in a positive direction.Myself....Well I consider it lucky now if I just wake up every day and feel pretty good. I am not unique in that regard.I did want to put a little something together for Christmas just in case a few folks would like to hear a few tunes which are not ordinarily played off the normal channels.Please join me on this beautiful California, laid back, Christmas Eve.Thanks for listening....John Rhys-EddinsHere are the players and performers for this show....:)1)...."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury2)...."Christmas Celebration"....BB King....HOB 3)...."Santa Clause Wants Some Lovin' "....Albert King....HOB 4)...."Sonny Boy's Christmas Blues"....Sonny Boy Williamson....HOB 5)...."Boogie Wopogie Santa Clause"....Mabel Scott....HOB 6)...."Santa Claus, Santa Claus"....Louis Jordan....HOB 7)...."Winter Wonderland"....The Ronnie Cole Trio....Paula Records 8)...."Please Come Home For Christmas"....Charles Brown....Paula Records 9)...."Lonesome Christmas" (Pt. 1)....Lowell Fulsom....Paula Records 10)..."Lonesome Christmas" (Pt. 2)....Lowell Fulsom....Paula Records 11)..."All I Want For Christjmas Is You"....Vince Vance....Waldoxy 12)..."Merry Christmas Baby"....Charles Brown....Paula Records 13)..."Let's Make Christmas Merry Baby"....Amos Milburn....HOB 14)..."Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"....The Saint John's Choir....Savannah, Georgia 15)..."Santa"....Lightnin' Hopkins....HOB 16)..."Santa's Messin' With The Kid"....Eddie C. Campbell....HOB 17)..."White Christmas"....Sugar Boy Crawford...Paula Records 18)..."What Child Is This/Greensleeves"....The Saint John's Choir (organist unknown)Listen to....A Laid Back Christmas Eve, 2009!