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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Backtracks
3:53 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Backtracks July 27

It's an all new potpourri spotlight segment show, with the spotlight changing every 15 minutes or so and including 50s rockabilly music from the vaults of Imperial Records, some more 45 rpm "rekkids" from the Des Moines collector Sam Salomone and a set of 70s hits written by Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame songwriter Allen Toussaint.

Backtracks
3:44 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Backtracks July 20

The show includes a spotlight on early 50s crossover label Red Robin Records; a spotlight on Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame sideman Earl Palmer and the entire second hour is compromised of "leftover" listener picks that were not played on last week's live requestfest!

The Beatles Medley
2:10 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

The Beatles Medley July 28

Beatle obscurities! (this medley originally aired 4/14/13)

The Beatles Medley
2:07 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

The Beatles Medley July 21

Every summer we go to the movies with The Fabs! All the songs on this week's Medley are taken from The Boys' movies.

Backtracks
6:35 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Backtracks July 13

It's the first LIVE listener picks show in six months! All the music on the show will be picked out by listeners. Advance requests: bob.dorr@bobdorr.com or call during the program: 800-772-2440 ext. 5.  Remember, all the music on Backtracks is at least 25 years old. YOU pick out the tunes!

Blue Avenue
5:15 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Blue Avenue July 28

New blues releases by Candye Kane and Kevin Selfe; a half-hour interview/music segment with Iowa native Dave Plaehn, who currently lives in Corvalis OR (and was my first harmonica teacher in the mid 70s!); Exclusive IPR recordings of Iowa City piano player Chase Garrett at the 2012 Des Moines Arts Fest and some 60s blues on vinyl by Otis Spann and Eddie Bo.

Blue Avenue
5:03 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Blue Avenue July 21

New releases from The Ruff Kutt Blues Band, Candye Kane, and Little Joe McLerran as well as the newest by Iowa native Dave Plaehn. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Dwayne Doopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers and some blues on vinyl by James Cotton and singing drummer Robert Covington.

The Beatles Medley
4:43 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

The Beatles Medley July 14

This week's medley was picked out by San Antonio TX listener Paul DuBay with the theme: Then & Later, featuring songs first done by The Beatles and later redone by one of the boys in his solo career.

Blue Avenue
4:38 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Blue Avenue July 14

Time to jump in the Wayback Machine for vintage blues from the mid 40s-late 60s including music from Sunnyland Slim, Willie Mabon, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, and Koko Taylor

The Beatles Medley
3:44 am
Tue June 18, 2013

The Beatles Medley June 30

This week's medley was picked out by listener Dan Messerschmidt from Marion. It originally aired April 7.

The Beatles Medley
1:45 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

The Beatles Medley July 7

Today is Ringo's 73rd birthday so the medley is all about the drummerman!

Blue Avenue
1:40 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Blue Avenue July 7

This week's show is a reprise of the program that originally aired June 2nd.

Blue Avenue
1:37 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Blue Avenue June 30

This week's show is a reprise of the May 19th show that recapped all of the 2013 Blues Music Award winners

Backtracks
1:32 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Backtracks July 6

This week's show is a reprise of the 3-fers show that originally aired 2/16/13

Backtracks
1:29 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Backtracks June 29

This week's show is a reprise of the April 13th show spotlighting my 45 rpm record collection. Pops and scratches at no extra cost!

The Beatles Medley
3:11 am
Wed June 12, 2013

The Beatles Medley June 23

A totally at random medley that includes something from Ringo's All-Starr Band circa 1990 and Paul's Run Devil Run solo record

Blue Avenue
9:43 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Blue Avenue June 23

It's the annual preview of The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport (called by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 10 blues festivals in the world) which happens in Davenport July 4-6. All the music on the program is from performers scheduled to appear including the 44s, John Primer, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Iowans Kevin Burt and Joe Price.

Backtracks
9:38 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Backtracks June 22

It's the return of LONG SONGS night! Every song is at least 8 1/2 minutes long. The entire two-hour show is covered by eight songs!

The Beatles Medley
12:53 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

The Beatles Medley June 16

Tuesday (June 18) is Paul McCartney's 71st birthday. San Antonio TX listener Paul DuBay has dedicated this medley of McCartney music to his favorite Beatle.

Blue Avenue
12:48 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Blue Avenue June 16

New releases by Kid Ramos, Eddie Shaw, and Gina Sicilia plus exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest and blues on vinyl by John Jackson and Muddy Waters.

Backtracks
12:42 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Backtracks June 15

It's an all new spotlight segment show including spots on 50s rock'n'roll women like Janis Martin and Colleen Carson; early 60s crossover artists Titus Turner and Tommy Tucker; a few more tracks from the new Duane Allman and Steve Stills box sets; and mid 70s tracks from Ry Cooder and Robert Palmer.

The Beatles Medley
11:36 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The Beatles Medley June 9

Every song is from vinyl recordings this week

Blue Avenue
11:34 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Blue Avenue June 9

All the music on the show is from 80s vinyl in the IPR Blues library.

Backtracks
11:28 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Backtracks June 8

Lots of spotlight segments including 50s Rock 'n' Roll duos; some early 60s instrumentals; a remembrance of Door's keyboard play Ray Manzerak and some summer songs by Mungo Jerry and Alice Cooper.

Blue Avenue
1:51 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Blue Avenue June 2

New releases from harmonica icon James Cotton, upper midwest favorites The Lamont Cranston Band, and guitarist Ana Popovic, plus new Iowa blues from Jason Stuart & Cobalt Blue (from the Quad Cities) and exclusive IPR recordings of multi Blues Music Award winner Janiva Magness at the 2012 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids.

Backtracks
1:45 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Backtracks June 1

Someone else picks out the tunes this week! Des Moines listener Sam Salomone shares his extensive 45 rpm record collection in hour #1 and Waterloo listener Gemma Hoyden shares her knowledge and personal library on the British Pub Rock scene of the 70s in hour #2

The Beatles Medley
3:35 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

The Beatles Medley May 26

This Memorial Day weekend, The Medley remembers John Lennon and George Harrison.

Blue Avenue
3:31 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

Blue Avenue May 26

It's the annual Memorial Day weekend remembrance show, remembering bluesmen/women, who have passed away during the last two years, done in a 2-fer fashion (two songs from each artist) and including music by Jimmy Dawkins, Magic Slim, Eddie King, and Ann Rabson.

Backtracks
3:24 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

Backtracks May 25

It's the annual Memorial Day weekend remembrance edition of the show, remembering rock and rollers who have passed on during the last two years, including music by Annette, Reg Presley (Troggs singer) Ronnie Montrose, Jon Lord, Alvin Lee, and Tony Sheridan.

The Beatles Medley
3:03 am
Thu May 16, 2013

The Beatles Medley May 19

FABulous songs that I haven't played recently on The Medley

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