Music and Musicians

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with The Parish Festival about the trip back to their native Iowa. 

Download the podcast to hear their uniquely infectious music. 

Featuring lead vocalist Jamey Cummins from the Hot Club of Davenport, The Parish Festival was formed in 2005 in Davenport, IA. Making up the band are Andy Rappel, Sara Ulloa, Kurt Lammers, and Jim Foster.

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There’s a new music festival, Hinterland, in Des Moines this summer, and other communities in Iowa are looking to get involved in the summer festival scene. This year marks the third anniversary of Fairfield’s “Fairfest,” a free weekend series of concerts and the Gentlemen of the Road Tour is stopping over in Waverly this weekend.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with longtime Iowa musician Raldo Schneider. 

Download the podcast to listen to Raldo's distinctive country-folk. 

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Around the start of the new millennium, the eyes of the nation turned to Omaha, Neb., and bands like Bright Eyes and its label Saddle Creek Records. As it often does, the spotlight has flickered elsewhere in the search of what's next. But Omaha's music scene is still going strong: there are a number of new albums coming out this year with ties to the Midwestern city.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer talks with world-renowned acoustic blues artist Catfish Keith. 

Download the podcast to listen to foot-stomping tracks off his new album, "Honey Hole."

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer catches up with singer songwriter Ben Schmidt. 

Download the podcast to hear some tracks from Ben's upcoming projects. 

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend,"  host Ben Kieffer chats with the Ames based rock band The Colt Walkers.

Download the podcast to listen to tracks off their debut album. 

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A cappella singing has come a long way since its roots in cathedrals or a barber shop quartet, as exemplified by the new film Pitch Perfect 2. Lee Nelson directs choral activities at Wartburg College and says it’s a constantly evolving genre.

  On this episode of IPR Studio One's Java Blend, Ben Kieffer and a packed Java House welcomed The Weepies back to the stage for the first time since 2011.   Download the full hour of superb songwriting and catchy melodies put forth by the husband and wife duo. 

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" host, Ben Kieffer will chat with award-winning multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Anna Laube.

Download the podcast to listen to tracks off her new self-titled album.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" Ben Kieffer will chat with Quad Cities based artist, Lojo Russo.

Download the podcast for a full hour of Americana, blues, and roots music from the renouned vocalist backed by two local favorites, Gayla Drake and Laurie Haag.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with the Twin Cities rock group Doug Collins and the Receptionists

Download the full hour podcast below for a listen to Collins' witty lyrics, backed by the roots rock sound of the Receptionists.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Wisconsin-based folk duo, The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers.

Download the podcast to listen to a full hour of their unique blend of vaudeville, country, and folk.

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The month of April means tax time and for the past 50 years, in one Northeast Iowa town there’s a tradition that’s almost as reliable. It’s the Shell Rock Spring Swing Show.

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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2013 host, Ben Kieffer chats with local Iowa City group, The Beggarmen.

Download the podcast to listen to a full hour of Celtic roots and Irish music.

Dustin Smith and the Sunday Silos

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2013 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Des Moines-based folk rockers, Dustin Smith and the Sunday Silos.

Download the podcast to listen to tracks off their latest album, Northerner

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" join host Ben Kieffer as he chats with Des Moines-based pop artist, Damon Dotson. 

Damon Dotson is a singer/songwriter based out of Des Moines, IA and originally from Northwest Iowa.

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Katie Roche is no stranger to the stage. She's in both the all-female folk band The Awful Purdies and the swing band The Dandelion Stompers.

But one of her recent efforts is with a special band member--her six-year-old daughter Stella Roux. Roche and Roux have a song featured on "For Kids & By Kids: Songs from Iowa Rock City Volume One." 

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Fifty years ago The Sound of Music hit the big screen, and people all over the world fell in love with the von Trapp family.

On this Talk of Iowa segment, Charity Nebbe talks with Sofia and Amanda von Trapp. Along with their brother and sister, they are carrying on the family legacy, but not quite in the way you might expect. 

What do you hear when you think Americana?

Red Rock Hill's music is exactly what you want to hear out of good Americana with a local perspective. 

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" join host Ben Kieffer while he chats with the group about their latest album, Fine Line.

In this episod of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" host, Ben Kieffer chats with The Delta Routine about their latest album, You and Your Lion.

Have you ever wondered which songs your state representative puts on repeat?

Iowa Public Radio’s Bob Dorr asked himself that question after State Representative Scott Ourth from Warren County reached out to him through social media.

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The annual Russian Guitar Festival in Iowa City will focus on Ukrainian music this year in light of the recent turmoil in the country. 

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" join host Ben Kieffer while he chats with Colorado-based bluegrass band, Head for the Hills.

Summer Osborne is out to change the world one soul at a time with her music.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" join host Ben Kieffer as he chats with the Illinois-based spiritual artist.

Who doesn’t love a good jam? Fire Sale certainly does. 

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There’s a new music festival coming to Des Moines this summer.

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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Korby Lenker.

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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Tallgrass.

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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Snowblink.

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