Studio One

It's the annual Memorial Day weekend remembrance show, remembering rock'nrollers who have passed on, including Hank Ballard, Davy Jones, Donna Summer and Robin Gibb

No rhyme, nor reason, nor theme, just a random trip through my own record collection, including music by Lloyd Price, Ray Charles, The Shadows of Knight, Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Bob Dylan, Todd Rundgren and Slade. And that's just in the first half of the show!

It's a potpourri spotlight segment show including rockabilly from the female perspective by Barbara Pittman and Wanda Jackson, some One-Hit Wonders of the 60s, an entire hour of leftover listener suggestions from last weeks live show and some more compilation records from my personal collection.

It's the monthly LIVE show! In addition to listener suggestions we'll hear spotlights on rockabilly music from the Capitol label including Merrill Moore and Jerry Reed. We'll pay our respects to the late Levon Helm and hear more newly released live performances by Janis Joplin. Comments/suggestions, call me while the show is going on, 800-772-2440 ext. 5. Advance email requests at

It's the return of Guest DJ Night with listeners providing the tunes and expertise. Gemma Hoyden from Waterloo spotlights the British Pub Rock scene of the late 70s in hour #1. John Niles from Cedar Rapids gives us historic recordings of The Grateful Dead, 40 years ago on the Europe '72 Tour (John has seen The Dead nearly 100 times) for hour #2. And more records from my wife's collection happens in hour #3, HOSTED BY MY WIFE!

I have hundreds of compilation records in my collection, each spotlighting a particular facet or era in rock 'n' roll history. It's from those compilations that Backtracks is built this week. We'll hear segments on the A & M, Island, Slash, and Two-Tone Records labels, singer/songwriters of the 70s, British Invasion bands, and soul singers of the 60s in the mix. The entire show is from vinyl LP.

Another spotlight segment edition of the show. Hour #1 is leftover listener suggestions from last week's live show. Hour #2 has selections from the newly released Janis Joplin and Pink Floyd CDs. Hour #3 is the return of Cheap Date Night with selections from LPs I got for a $1 (or less!)

It's the monthly LIVE show! We'll hear female rockabillies including Brenda Lee and Sparkle Moore and 60s vocal groups like The Platters & The Showmen. There'll be some leftover Long Songs from last week's show and LOTS of listener suggestions! Advance requests: or call during the show 800-772-2440 ext. 5. Remember all songs on the show are at least 25 years old.

Normally, we hear about 20 songs an hour on Backtracks. Tonight, there won't even be 20 songs on THE ENTIRE SHOW! It's LONG SONGS NIGHT! All songs at least 8 minutes long including extended plays by Bob Dylan, The Guess Who, Kansas, Procol Harum and The Blues Project.

It's another all new spotlite segment show! We'll hear from women rockabillies including Rose Maddox and Janis Martin, we'll revisit the 60s Twist dance craze, there will be listener suggestions for songs by Bob Dylan and 10 Years After, and some songs from the recently released Pink Floyd demo recordings of 1979.

We'll be wearin' the green, kissin' the Blarney Stone, and eatin' Irish stew on this St. Patrick's Day edition of the show. All the music is by Irish artists including Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy, The Pogues, Rory Gallagher and Horse Lips.

It's the monthly LIVE show! In addition to your suggestions we'll hear spotlights on 50's West Coast rock 'n' roll, a set's worth of Twist songs, and some Iowa bands in r & r history. Suggestions/comments/salutations, call during the show, 800-772-2440 ext. 5

I went on a music shopping spree and came back with some cool compilation CDs with music ranging from Hillbilly Hot Rod songs to east coast 60s Beach Music. And I found nineteen dollars worth of $1 records at a used vinyl store in Des Moines. These new acquisitions will make up Backtracks this week.

Since 2007 The Uniphonics have established themselves as one of the premier bands in Iowa and Illinois. Playing on bills with internationally touring superstars like Victor Wooten, EOTO, Primus, The Roots, Matisyahu, Members of G-Unit, Rusted Root and Parliament Funkadelic have helped build an enthusiastic fan base.

Iowa City electronic/jazz/rock quartet Slip Silo celebrated the release of its first full length album, Monsoons, on April 14th, 2012, the follow-up to the group’s 2009 self-titled EP. Formed in the summer of 2008, Slip Silo is comprised of talented, thoughtful musicians who studied jazz and who have appeared in groups such as Koplant No, OSG, Big Funk Guarantee, The Critical Hour, New Beat Society, and many more. The band combines a variety of influences to create a unique sound that listeners find delightfully difficult to classify.

Bryce Janey is an outstanding blues/rock axe slinger from Marion, Iowa. He began his career at the age of 13, touring regionally and nationally from Chicago to Los Angeles with a blues-rock trio called the Janey's. Bryce began his solo career in 1995 and has received widespread praise and accolades ever since. His newest album, "Blues in My Soul," features "soul-powered, retro-70s bluesey heavy guitar six string mojo."

Crooked Still boasts their musical prowess as a non-traditional bluegrass quintet and celebrates the recent release of their fourth album, Some Strange County. Known for their high-intensity, unusual instrumentation and innovative acoustic style, this Boston based band says that Some Strange County is their most personal and visionary album yet. During its recording, they band worked with Grammy award winning producer and engineer Gary Paczos (Alison Krauss and Union Station, Dolly Parton).

An indie artist from Richmond, Virginia, and one of the producers for albums by artists such as The Counting Crows, Jason Molina and Magnolia Electric Company, David Lowery has recently decided it is time to debut a solo record. His new CD, The Palace Guards, comes alongside successful projects as a lead singer and guitarist with rockers Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven. His debut solor project features thoughtful yet simplistic lyrical work and mellow electric guitar.

Thankful Dirt, the indie/Americana Des Moines-based duo of Darren & Molly Matthews, strums and sings while crafting an intimate look into the lives and pain of the everyman while finding a way to calm your soul. The beauty in Thankful Dirt’s music comes not only from Molly’s powerful, soul snatching vocals but also from the unique relationship the two share in the project. Together they ignite a sound both unique and universally appealing. Music lovers ‘dig’ Thankful Dirt.

Big Blue Sky started as a father-son duo in the mid-90s by Jon Stravers Sr and Jon-Jon Stravers. Their musical style includes the influence of folk, bluegrass, blues, and reggae. In their music they seek a closer connection to the planet, and indeed their musical writing comes from the inspiration of wild places and a celebration of our natural heritage and the natural rhythms of life.

Whitney Mann is an old soul with a child's glow. Her story is only beginning. It's the story of a poetic farm girl from Michigan who grew up to open for Loretta Lynn. It's the story of a young woman whose voice will break your heart but whose songs will bring you back for more. Her new package of country ballads and barn tales is called The Western Sky.

Averaging over 100 shows per year, Chad Elliott has been on the road for more than a decade performing a blend of roots, blues and folk music. He has played across the country and has been lauded as a modern-day troubadour.

The Awful Purdies are an eclectic quintet of female multi-instrumentalists who take turns stepping up as song writer and lead singer. The ensemble purdify's each song they meet, letting the song lead the way. One song might require channeling the Andrew's Sisters, while another song might reach out to a rock-a-billy or Motown sensibility.

The Candymakers of Davenport, Iowa offer a sound that is contemporary, yet keeps the essence of old-school groove bands of music past. Emulating the many talents of artists such as Ben Harper, Aretha Franklin and BB King, it’s important to the band to produce an original sound that keeps fans craving for more.

Songwriters Sam Knutson and Milk & Eggs (Jordan Sellergren) have recently collaborated for The Englert Theatre's Iowa City Song Project, recording their duet "Up the Street From You" as part of the Englert's centennial celebration.

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys are giving a nod to American traditional music, while boldly taking their own songs in new directions. Distinct vocals, tight harmonies, instrumental expertise, and creative arrangements are all essential characteristics of their unique sound. The group focuses on the original tunes of Lindsay Lou Rilko, which include true-life tales of bank-robbing aunties, moonshinin' grandpas, and celebrations of love, life, and nature.

Caroline Smith and Jesse Schuster—of Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps—will play a special duo performance on November 2nd for IPR’s Java Blend. This past summer, Caroline and Jesse toured as a duo, appearing at a small handful of intimate shows hosted in people's houses and living rooms across the Midwest. 

Mike Mangione & The Union is a touring group that combines a folk-rock sound with an orchestrated string section, soulful vocals and literate sensibility. The band’s debut album, Tenebrae, received favorable press from all corners of the country, including the honor of being an All Music Guide Album Pick, while Blurt refers to their “tearstained folk, Memphis-styled gospel and bluesy-flavored pop” as “luminous.”

Vicki and Joe Price, a husband and wife blues duo, combine talents on this energetic crowd pleaser released on their own label, Blues Acres Productions. Fun and spunky guitar riffs that make you stomp your feet, bob your head, and smile explode right out of the gate and don’t quit until the album is done.

Vicki’s powerful bluesy voice evokes an image of a woman in a 1920’s speakeasy singing her heart out.

No secrets between friends, ignorance is bliss. Brooks Strause is a singer, songwriter and musician from Iowa. Since first crawling out of incapacitating melancholy to begin playing music in the late nineteen-nineties when he was in high school, Brooks has written hundreds of songs, played numerous shows in and around Iowa, and toured in the United States and Canada.