Ongoing Coverage:

Blue Avenue

Sundays at 5 p.m. on IPR News/Studio One
 

Host Bob Dorr presents old school, new generation, historic, and contemporary blues and its derivations including soul, funk, rock 'n' roll, and gospel.

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Blue Avenue
1:55 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Blue Avenue September 22

New releases by The Eric Hughes Band, Roomful of Blues, and Johnny Sansone, plus exclusive IPR recordings of boogie woogie piano player Chase Garrett at the 2012 Des Moines Arts Festival and the "Blues on Vinyl" set has music by a couple of Alberts: Albert Collins and Albert King.

Blue Avenue
11:09 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Blue Avenue September 15

New releases from Mavis Staples, Delbert McClinton, and Andrew Jr. Boy Jones as well as exclusive IPR recordings of multi Blues Music Award winner Janiva Magness at the 2012 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids plus the blues on vinyl segment has records by Freddie King and Otis Rush.

Blue Avenue
5:22 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Blue Avenue September 8

New releases from Omar Dykes and The Charles Burton Blues Band. A half-hour with Pat Hayes, the leader of The Lamont Cranston Band. Exclusive IPR recordings of Iowa Blues Hall of Famer Perry Welsch, and blues on vinyl by Jimmy Dawkins.

Blue Avenue
9:20 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Blue Avenue September 1

It's all about the workin' blues on this Labor Day weekend, with all the songs having something to do with the work/labor experience, including songs by Walter Trout, Hamilton Loomis, BB King, Jimmy Reed, and Otis Rush.

Blue Avenue
5:01 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Blue Avenue August 25

New releases by Little G Weevil, Delbert McClinton and The Tedeschi/Trucks Band; a half-hour interview segment with Rick Raven of Reverend Raven & The Chain Smoking Alter Boys; exclusive IPR live recordings of soul/blues sing Charles Bradley and some blues on vinyl by John Lee Hooker and Willie Dixon

Blue Avenue
4:24 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Blue Avenue August 18

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

This show originally aired 7/14/13

Blue Avenue
3:37 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Blue Avenue August 11

New releases by Buddy Guy, Roomful of Blues, Trampled Under Foot, and Walter Trout plus exclusive IPR recordings of Janiva Magness at the 2012 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids and some vintage blues on vinyl by Earl Hooker.

Blue Avenue
2:41 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Blue Avenue August 4

Lots of new blues releases to listen to on this week's show including the latest by Trampled Under Foot, Buddy Guy, and the reigning queen of Beale Street, Barbara Blue. Plus we'll hear exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport. And the Blues on Vinyl set includes records by Clarence Carter and Jr. Wells.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Blue Avenue
2:59 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Blue Avenue May 19

It's the annual recap of the Blues Music Awards given out by The Blues Foundation in Memphis on May 9. We will hear music from the winners in 20 BMA categories including Song of the Year, Band of the Year, and BB King Entertainer of the Year.

Blue Avenue
8:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Blue Avenue May 12

We'll hear the latest releases by Ana Popovic, Doug Mac Cloed, and The Lamont Cranston Band, plus exclusive IPR recordings of John Lisi & Delta Funk at the 2011 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids, and the Blues On Vinyl segment includes records by Big Walter Horton and Johnny Winter.

Blue Avenue
1:23 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Blue Avenue May 5

New blues releases from Minnesotan Sena Ehrhardt, Chicago's Cash Box Kings, and Iowan Rush Cleveland. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Reverand Raven & The Chain Smokin' Alter Boys at the 2010 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids and some blues on vinyl from John Lee Hooker. This show originally aired 3/31/13.

Blue Avenue
1:11 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Blue Avenue April 28

New blues releases by Doug MacCleod, Ana Popovic, and Gina Sicilia plus exclusive IPR recordings of Chicago guitar player Linsey Alexander at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport and a vinyl tribute to the late Jimmy Dawkins

Blue Avenue
2:58 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Blue Avenue April 14

On this week's drive down Blue Avenue, we'll hear new releases by 18 year old guitar phenom Andy Poxon, new blues supergroup Southern Hospitality, and Kansas City's Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport and the Blues on Vinyl segment has records by Son Seals and Charlie Musselwhite

Blue Avenue
4:15 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, April 7, 2013

New releases by new blues supergroup Southern Hospitality, Boz Scraggs, and Chicago guitarman Michael Wheeler plus exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport and some blues on vinyl by John Hammond.

Blue Avenue
4:14 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, March 31, 2013

New blues releases from Minnesotan Sena Ehrhardt, Chicago's Cash Box Kings, and Iowan Rush Cleveland. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Reverand Raven & The Chain Smokin' Alter Boys at the 2010 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids and some blues on vinyl from John Lee Hooker.

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

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.

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

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!

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.

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