Music and Musicians

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Waterloo's renowned bluegrass and folk string band, Comfort Kings.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about their latest album, Prairie Fire.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Waterloo, IA's, loud and proud pop-rockers, TWINS.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about their latest album, Funny Faces and their upcoming album, Tomboys on Parade.

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In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Auburn, IA's whiskey gospel rockers, King of the Tramps.

Listen to and download the podcast after this weekend's broadcast to find out more about how The Tramps are making more than just music.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with "Chicago Twang" artist, Mike Himebaugh.

Listen and download the podcast to find out more about Mike's latest album, Green.

Leslie Zeglin

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Ben Kieffer chats with Moline, IL pop-rock group, Minus Six.

Listen and download the podcast to find out more about their recent album, Come Out From Where You Hide.

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In a News Buzz edition of River to River, Host Ben Kieffer talks with IPR's Clay Masters about debate over a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes containing nicotine to minors. 

We hear from Cedar Rapids Democratic Senator Liz Mathis about the need for emergency funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.  She says one family found it less costly to spend a week in a hotel, rather than heat their home using propane. 

We get local reaction to a new study on the effectiveness of mammograms. 

Lake Street Dive bassist and native Iowan Bridget Kearney appeared with her band on the 'Colbert Report' this week.  She says that the bump in attention after the appearance was immediate and significant. 'River to River' host Ben Kieffer talks with Kearney in this final segment of a 'News Buzz' edition of the program.

And here is the video of their appearance on the Colbert Report:

Valentine S.H.O.P.

Feb 10, 2014
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S.H.O.P. (the Super Hardcore Overtone Project) is a barbershop quartet on the University of Northern Iowa campus established in the fall of 2011. Members include Colby Campbell, Ben Owen, Brandon Schneider, and Austin Nolan. All four are music majors at UNI, though the quartet is entirely extracurricular and self-standing.  

The group is performing  singing Valentines (for a small fee) from Thursday, February 13th through Sunday the 16th. Their first solo show will be held Saturday night, February 15th at St. John's Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls at 7 p.m.

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When you think of jazz you might think of New Orleans or New York City.  But in the 20s, 30s, and 40s musicians in Iowa and the surrounding states kept Iowans dancing in ballrooms, hotel dining rooms, high school gymnasiums, and by playing on local radio. Join host Charity Nebbe for this hour of jazz in Iowa from the hot jazz of the 20s to the big band sound of the 30s and 40s. Hear from Jim Oatts, leader of the Des Moines Big Band, Josh Duffee, music director of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival in Davenport, and John Benoit professor of music at Simpson College.

Courtesy of Bob Dorr

When the Beatles touched down in New York on February 7, 1964 Beatlemania arrived with them.

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The annual tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper is winding down in Clear Lake as fans remember the plane crash that ended the careers of three talented rock and roll superstars. We talk with the man who emceed the tragic Winter Dance Party of 1955.

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Most albums are a group of songs acquired as a single body of music on a vinyl record, CD, or download, but musicians like Max Wellman from Des Moines are challenging this decades old system.  Wellman is a 22-year old jazz singer who has been working full time in the business for three years after dropping out of Butler University in 2011.  Last November he released the CD “You Must Believe in Spring”, a collection of songs by artists like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Frank Sinatra.  The instrumentation is mostly a string quartet to blend his love of classical music with jazz.

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Shows like America's Got Talent and YouTube videos have introduced us to many phenomenal young singers belting ballads like adult Broadway stars.  However, is it healthy for young performers to sing with such intensity?  How does hitting the high and low notes affect vocal cord development?

Chad Elliott
Chad Elliott

On this episode IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Ben Kieffer chats with Iowa native and country artist,  Chad Elliott.

Listen and download the podcast to find out more about his recent album, So Sang the Crow.

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In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with local Iowa City artists, Fire Sale.

Listen and download the podcast to find out more about how college life has influenced their music.

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The Comfort Kings are a contemporary acoustic band from the Cedar Valley.  They use a traditional bluegrass instrumental arrangement for their mix of old-time, Americana and original songs.  Join us for a live performance from The Comfort Kings in our Cedar Falls studios on Thursday, Jan. 16, in the 7:00 pm hour.  You are invited to be in the studio audience for this free show on the third floor of the Communication Arts Center on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls, or be listening to our live broadcast! 

2013 has been a busy year for Iowa Public Radio's news team. Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with reporters and correspondents about some of the most meaningful and challenging stories they covered. It's a "reporter's notebook" edition of the show.

Here is a list of the full features heard on today's show:

January 10 - Undocumented Immigrants at University

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Host Charity Nebbe celebrates acts of kindness by interviewing the people whose lives have been positively affected by others.

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Host Charity Nebbe is joined by IPR music host Barney Sherman to talk about the top classical music of 2013, and Karen Impola talks about some of the best folk music of the year.  Listen to some excerpts and a little info about the artist and performances. Scroll down for the full list of selections.

Barney Sherman's top classical music: [NOTE: Barney's complete list of 28 CDs can be found at this link]:

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It is the season for holiday classics, like Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, or the Chipmunks singing Christmas songs. But caroling is also surviving, even in corporate America.

Host Charity Nebbe sits down with "Studio One" host Mark Simmet and "Blue Avenue" and "Backtracks" host Bob Dorr of Iowa Public Radio's Studio One to talk about the best music of 2013.  Their picks are listed below, and you can hear excerpts throughout the show.

Mark Simmet - Best alternative/independent albums of 2013

10.  Sky Ferreira- Night Time, My Time   
She’s very young and she’s a tabloid celebrity, but her debut full-length album is catchy and creative.  It’s not disposable pop music, it’s good pop music.

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There is no place like home for the holidays, and that’s why pianist and composer Dan Knight is coming home.  Dan joins host Charity Nebbe for one of our favorite holiday traditions.  You tell us a story about your favorite holiday song and Dan Knight will play it. 

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Minnesota Singer/Songwriter Mason Jennings has been performing for almost two decades. Over the years he's recorded for record labels run by Jack Johnson and Isaac Brock of the band Modest Mouse. For his latest record, called "Always Been," Jennings recruited Iowa music veteran Bo Ramsey to produce. Jennings stopped by IPR earlier this fall to talk to Clay Masters about his new record. "Always Been" is this week's "CD of the Week" on Studio One.  

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Iowa City piano-player Chase Garrett discusses his tour, Chase Garrett's 4th Annual Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp. He also plays some tunes and explains why the blues and boogie woogie speak to him as a musician.

Football and Cello

Oct 2, 2013
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The story of Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick is widely known; an outstanding young athlete who died before his time.  But the very first winner of the Heisman was also from Iowa.  Host Charity Nebbe and biographer Brian Cooper discuss the life and times of Jay Berwanger.  Berwanger was the son of a blacksmith in Dubuque who almost didn't go to college.  He ended

Pieta Brown is a familiar voice for Iowa Public Radio listeners.  Her latest project is a duo with Australian singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne, performing under the name Love Over Gold.  Love Over Gold will play live in Iowa Public Radio's Studio One in Cedar Falls on Sunday, Sept.

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Iowa is home to a baseball fan who sees ghosts, one spunky librarian who owns all the books in River City's library and a cat with presidential aspirations.  It is also the future birthplace of legendary starship commander Capt. James T.

Iowa Musicians

Sep 25, 2013
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Meredith Willson left his home state of Iowa behind when he was 18 years old, but later as his career soared, he brought Iowa to Broadway and Hollywood with “The Music Man.”  Join host Charity Nebbe as Iowa Week continues to hear the stories of some of Iowa’s most famous musicians.  

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Tune in Saturday at 10 AM for this week's Spoleto Chamber Music Festival broadcast, featuring the Piano Quintet by the pioneering American composer Amy Beach, and the delightful Sextet by the neglected Tyrolean master Ludwig Thuille. The stellar performers include the St. Lawrence String Quartet and leading American musicians such as horn player Eric Ruske.

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Despite changes in how Americans are listening to music, think Pandora or Spotify, people are still checking out physical CDs from libraries. A recent PEW report found that half of Americans visited a library last year, and 16 percent of them checked out music.

But just as libraries are introducing eBooks to readers – librarians are also trying to figure out how to get digital music to library goers. Iowa City has launched a digital music library that focuses on its local music scene.

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