The collection consists of noncommercial recordings of interviews with and performances by various blues artists. Some of the performers represented in this collection are: Big Bob Deance ; Steve Gannon ; Sonny Kenner ; Steve Kenner ; Lady Margaret and Jimmy McCracklin. Also included are interviews with and performances by artists who have not issued any commercial recordings.
Biographical/historical: The Bluestime Power Hour is a series of non-commercial video documentaries designed to showcase locally prominent blues musicians from throught the United States. The videos which were produced between 1997-1998, include footage of live performances by the featured artists, and many include interviews with the performers.
The Bluestime Power Hour video series was the concept of Cinthea T. Coleman, an entrepenuer, music enthusiast and semi-professional producer. With Diva Music Productions, the precurser of The Bluestime Power Hour, Coleman attempted to start a company to sell blues recordings over the internet. While working on this venture Coleman became interested in the possibilties of useing streaming technology for the broadcast of live or taped performances accross the Internet. The Bluestime Power Hour grew out of this concept.
The programs consist of live performances of the featured perfrormer along with introductory and closing comments by the host (usually Coleman). The shows often contain interviews with the featured artist. Coleman began the series in the Oakland/East Bay area. She subsequently took her production on the road, featuring artists from Kansas City, St. Louis and central California.
Content: The Bluestime Power Hour videos contain video footage of live performances and interviews with local blues artists recorded throughout the state of California, as well as Kansas City, MO. The collection features several musicians that achieved widespread acclaim, including guitar Shorty and Oliver Sain.