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 July 21

Jun 22, 2013

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 July 14

Jun 22, 2013

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 July 7

Jun 12, 2013

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

Blue Avenue June 30

Jun 12, 2013

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

Blue Avenue June 23

Jun 11, 2013

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 June 16

Jun 11, 2013

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 June 9

Jun 6, 2013

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

Blue Avenue June 2

May 28, 2013

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 May 26

May 19, 2013

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 May 19

May 16, 2013

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 May 12

May 9, 2013

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 May 5

May 2, 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. This show originally aired 3/31/13.

Blue Avenue April 28

Apr 25, 2013

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 April 14

Apr 11, 2013

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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