Bob Dorr

Backtracks, Blue Avenue, and Beatles Medly host

Bob started his 40+ year career in Iowa Public Broadcasting (radio and TV) when he did the first rock 'n' roll show EVAH on an Iowa Public Radio station Oct. 2, 1972. He was honored/recognized for those years by being inducted into the Iowa Rock'n'Roll Music Association's Hall of Fame in Sept. of 2000.

Simultaneously, Bob has been the leader, singer, and harmonica player of The Blue Band for 30+ years for which he was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2005 and reinducted into the Iowa Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Bob has a BA in Radio/TV Speech from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Bob's favorite program on IPR is (what else?) Backtracks.

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The Beatles Medley
4:05 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

The Beatles Medley March 31, 2013

The Fabs as a good old American rock'n'roll cover band.

Backtracks
3:55 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Backtracks Saturday, March 30, 2013

Lots of spotlight segments including Rockin' Women of the 50s, some more song comparisons, British Beat of the early 60s (pre British Invasion) some more of my 45 rpm "rekid" collection, and a few selections from the new Duane Allman Restrospective box set.

Blue Avenue
4:12 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, March 24, 2013

The blues the way it was made to be played: LIVE! Every song done live by classic performers like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, contemporary performers like Joe Louis Walker and Janiva Magness, and exclusive IPR recordings of zydeco music master Chubby Carrier at the 2011 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids

The Beatles Medley
4:06 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

The Beatles Medley Sunday, March 24, 2013

Some recent Beatle additions to my personal collection including 70s vinyl from George's Extra Texture LP and the Wings 3-record set Wings Over America plus selections from the Yellow Submarine Soundtrack.

Backtracks
3:54 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Backtracks Saturday, March 23, 2013

LOTS of spotlight segments including 45rpm records from my personal collection (pops and scratches at no extra charge!); more song comparisons between the hit versions and the original not so famous versions; and some tracks from the new 7-CD Duane Allman Retrospective Boxset.

Blue Avenue
12:00 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, March 17, 2013

New blues releases by Long Tall Deb, The Cashbox Kings, and Iowa City's Catfish Keith; Exclusive IPR recordings of Eric Gales at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport; and some blues on vinyl from 1980 by the Nighthawks.

The Beatles Medley
12:00 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

The Beatles Medley Sunday, March 17, 2013

An at random selection, post 1966, with a little Luck o' the Irish thrown in for St. Paddy's Day!

Backtracks
12:00 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Backtracks Saturday, March 16, 2013

A spotlight segment show including rock 'n' roll duets & duos of the 50s, some more song comparisons between the hit version and it's not so famous original version, some Irish rockers in celebration of St. Patrick's Day weekend and tributes to recently passed English guitar heros Alvin Lee and Peter Banks.

The Beatles Medley
12:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

The Beatles Medley Sunday, March 10, 2013

"Help!" "Money" "Can't Buy Me Love" but it can get you great radio shows on Iowa Public Radio! It's a fundraising edition of the medley. Fab Four Fans we need to hear from you, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! Pledge: 800-971-8815 or iowapublicradio.org

Blue Avenue
12:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, March 10, 2013

New blues from Kelly Richey, 4 Jacks, and Big Papa & The TCB. Exclusive IPR recordings of Iowa City boogie-woogie piano player Chase Garrett at the 2012 Des Moines Arts Festival. And hopefully your pledges of support for this locally produced weekly blues bus ride down Blue Avenue. Pledge: 800-971-8815 or iowapublicradio.org

Backtracks
12:00 pm
Sat March 9, 2013

Backtracks Saturday, March 9, 2013

It's a LIVE fundraising edition of the show! Music segments include spotlights on "50s Girls", "Duets in Rock'n'Roll History", some "Hippie 60s On Vinyl" and some listener picks that have come in via email in recent weeks. Hopefully IPR's Music Director Al Schares and I will be reading your name and thanking you on-air for your financial pledge in support of this locally produced rock'n'roll history show. Pledge at 800-971-8815 or iowapublicradio.org

The Beatles Medley
12:00 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

The Beatles Medley Sunday, March 3, 2013

An unusual at random playlist with the 3rd song on each successive album comprising the 10 song medley

Blue Avenue
12:00 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, March 3, 2013

After two months of listening to BMA nominees, we're back to spotlighting new blues releases, including the latest efforts by Big Bill Morganfield, Otis Taylor and James Hunter. Plus a reprise of the half-hour conversation/spotlight on singer Shaun Murphy that you might have missed when it originally aired on Super Bowl Sunday!

Backtracks
12:00 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Backtracks Saturday, March 2, 2013

It's an all new potpourri spotlight segment show including spotlights on rock'n'roll duets of the 50s, some early 60s releases from the vaults of ABC-Paramount Records, some song comparisons between the hit version and the NOT so famous original version, and lots and lots of listener suggestions leftover from last week's Listener Picks show.

The Beatles Medley
12:00 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

The Beatles Medley Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cedar Rapids listener Ray Marshall picks out this week's medley, celebrating his favorite Beatles' birthday. George Harrison would have been 70 years old this weekend!

Blue Avenue
12:00 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, February 24, 2013

We conclude our eight week series surveying the nominees for this year's Blues Music Awards with the nominees in the two BIGGEST categories: The B B King Entertainer of the Year and Band of the Year. Plus we'll listen to exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport.

Backtracks
12:00 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

Backtracks Saturday, February 23, 2013

A combination of new acquisitions and listener picks. The show needs to be prerecorded by Wednesday night 2/20, so if you have song suggestions, get them to me by then! bob.dorr@bobdorr.com

Blue Avenue
12:13 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, February 17, 2013

We continue to survey the nominees for this year's Blues Music Awards by hearing every song nominated for Song of the Year and a selection from every Album of the Year nominee. Plus, exclusive IPR recordings of Shane Dwight at Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo and more of the interview with Shaun Murphy!

Blue Avenue
12:12 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, February 10, 2013

We'll hear music by all of the nominees For Blues Music Awards from The Blues Foundation in the Soul Blues Album of the Year and the Traditional Blues Album of the Year categories. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport.

Blue Avenue
12:11 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, February 3, 2013

Hear music from all of the Blues Foundation's nominees for Blues Harmoncia Player of the Year and Contemporary Blues  Male Artist of the Year. Plus a spotlight on Shuan Murphy who has done world tours with Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, and Little Feat. Not bad for a girl who went to high school in Cedar Rapids!

Blue Avenue
12:11 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, January 27, 2013

The multi-week survey of nominees for The Blues Foundation's Blues Music Awards continues with music by all of the nominees for the Koko Taylor Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year and The Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. Plus we'll hear exclusive IPR recordings of Bryce Janey at The Campbell/Steele Gallery in Marion.

Blue Avenue
12:10 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, January 20, 2013

We continue the multi-week series of listening to the nominees for this year's Blues Music Awards from The Blues Foundation. This week, hear all the nominees for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year and Gibson Blues Guitar Player of the Year. Plus, hear exclusive IPR recordings of Perry & The Pumpers at the 2011 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids.

Blue Avenue
12:10 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, January 13, 2013

We continue our multi-week survey of the Blues Foundation's nominees for the annual Blues Music Awards including the Best New Artist Debut category and the Rock Blues Album of the Year category. Plus we'll listen to exclusive IPR recordings of Memphis guitar player Eric Gales at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport.

Blue Avenue
12:09 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, January 6, 2013

We'll hear from all the nominees for Blues Music Awards in the Acoustic Album of The Year and Traditional Blues Male Artist of the year catagories, plus exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport.

Blue Avenue
12:08 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, December 30, 2012

Some of my personal favorites of 2012 including the latest realeases by Mississippi Heat, Little G Weevil, Paula Harris, and Robert Cray. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Trampled Under Foot at last February's Friends Blues Blowout.

This show originally aired 11/25/12

Blue Avenue
12:08 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, December 23, 2012

Blues Christmas! Including songs for the season by Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Washboard Pete, Bob Pace, and the late Rick Cicalo. Ho Ho Ho!

Blue Avenue
12:07 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, December 16, 2012

The latest releases from soul bluesman John Nemeth, Texas duo Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King, and Robert Cray; new blues artists Paula Harris  and The 44s; exclusive IPR recordings of The Shane Dwight Band; and blues on vinyl from one of the first records by Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers

This show originally aired 11/11/12

Blue Avenue
12:06 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, December 9, 2012

Some artists that were "new to me" in 2012 including Darren Jay & The Delta Souls, Little G Weevil, and soul singer Meena. Some Christmas blues by Chris Cain and The Mighty Blue Kings. And exclusive IPR recordings of Iowa bluesman Bryce Janey at the Campbell Steele Gallery in Marion.

Blue Avenue
12:06 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, December 2, 2012

New releases from Eric Lindell, Sean Carney, and Iowa's Craig Erickson; exclusive IPR recordings of Chubby Carrier at the 2011 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids, and blues on vinyl by J.B. Hutto and Jr. Wells

This show originally aired 6/3/12

Blue Avenue
12:05 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, November 25, 2012

Some of my personal favorites of 2012 including the latest realeases by Mississippi Heat, Little G Weevil, Paula Harris, and Robert Cray. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Trampled Under Foot at last February's Friends Blues Blowout.

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