Studio One

A Beatle Halloween Soundscape

This medley originally aired for Halloween 2011

A Halloween soundscape for this week's medley.

This medley originally aired for Halloween 2011

Blue Avenue October 27

Oct 25, 2013

Voodoo, hoodoo, and your black cat bone! It's the ghost of Blue Avenue Halloween!

Backtracks October 26

Oct 25, 2013

It's the ghost of Halloween Backtracks past!

Iowa Public Radio's Studio One is presenting Arcade Fire in a live concert from Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, Monday, Oct. 28 beginning at 9:00 pm.  The Montreal-based indie rock band will perform highlights from their new album, Reflektor, the follow-up to their Grammy winning 2011 release The Suburbs.








This week's song list comes from San Antonio TX listener Paul DuBay with the theme "Advice, Statements, and Suggestions"

Blue Avenue October 20

Oct 19, 2013

We'll hear new releases from Barrelhouse Chuck, Ross William Perry, and Studebaker John plus exclusive IPR recordings of Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport and some vintage vinyl from Howlin' Wolf.

Backtracks October 19

Oct 19, 2013

Recently a long-time friend of mine contacted me saying that she was doing so much traveling that she no longer had time for her hard copy CDs and did I want them. She gave me THREE HUNDRED! So this week's show is all songs from those CDs that recently found a home at my house! Including tunes by Ruth Brown, The Isley Bros., and a rare live Kinks song. It's kind of like treasure hunting!

Chvrches (pronounced "churches") are a Scottish synthpop band from Glasgow, formed in 2011.  The group consists of Lauren Mayberry (lead vocals, synthesizers and samplers), Iain Cook (synthesizers, guitar, bass, vocals) and Martin Doherty (synthesizers, samplers, vocals).   The Bones Of What You Believe is their debut album, following an EP released earlier this year.  The record's title refers to the raw "creativity and effort" that served as the skeleton for the album, according to lead singer Lauren Mayberry.

A fundraising edition of The Medley including Paul McCartney's new single

We alternate back and forth between the two surviving Fabs, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr

This program originally aired August 25

Blue Avenue October 13

Oct 8, 2013

I'll be hoping to take your calls of support during this important fundraising edition of the show, which features new releases from Lurrie Bell and Bryan Lee, Iowa blues from Nic Arp, exclusive IPR recordings of Janiva Magness at the 2012 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids and some vintage blues on vinyl by John Lee Hooker and Freddie King.

Blue Avenue October 6

Oct 8, 2013

A reprise of the Sept. 8 show featuring an interview with Pat Hayes, the leader of The Lamont Cranston Band

Backtracks October 12

Oct 8, 2013

It's an all new spotlight segment show with segments on British rockabillys of the late 50s; some answer songs of the early 60s; some 45 rpm "rekkids" from my personal collection; and some rock'n'roll instrumentals that we didn't hear last week on the all instrumental show. I'll be hosting the show LIVE so I can acknowledge and thank you for your calls of support on this important fundraising edition of the program (pledge at 88-971-8815 or on line at

Backtracks October 5

Oct 8, 2013

No Words Aloud! It's a reprise of the all instrumental show originally aired May 18th

Elvis Costello met The Roots as a result of being a guest performer on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where The Roots have been the house band since the program premiered in 2009.  ?uestlove and the other members of the band have a rich history of musical collaboration, as does Costello.   His lyrical prowess meets their solid grooves, and the result is the new record Wise Up Ghost.

The Glasgow, Scotland based band Franz Ferdinand formed in 2002, with band members Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals) and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion and backing vocals).  Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is their fourth studio album.  Kapranos has described the record as dealing with "the idea of the cynic's search for optimism and the skeptic's search for a manual."

Tune in Saturday, Sept. 28 beginning at 7:00 pm for our live broadcast of the British band Et Tu Bruce, followed by the legendary British group The Zombies.  Both bands are performing at the Ames City Auditorium as part of this week's Maximum Ames Music Festival.  The Zombies are known for such classic hits as "She's Not There" and "Time Of The Season."  The group includes founding members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent.

Ty Segall began his career as a musician in various underground bands in the San Francisco Bay area.  He began releasing solo projects in 2008.  Since then, he has already released eight solo albums (the first two were on cassette).  The new release, Sleeper, features primarily acoustic psychedelic folk compositions.  It's being called Segall's most focused album to date.

We alternate back and forth between the two surviving Fabs, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr

This medley originally aired 8/25/13

Blue Avenue September 29

Sep 22, 2013

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

This program originally aired on 8/25/13

Backtracks September 28

Sep 22, 2013

The Zombies are coming! The Zombies are coming! This week's show spotlights the music of the mid 60s British Invasion with an emphasis on The Zombies, who's set at the Maximum Ames Music Festival will be broadcast LIVE by IPR tonight starting at 7pm!

This evening's medley was picked out by Tony Venuto who listens to IPR from his home in Mt. Vernon IA

Blue Avenue September 22

Sep 19, 2013

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.

Backtracks September 21

Sep 19, 2013

A sampling of recent acquisitions for the show spotlighting 50s British rockabillies, some "answer" songs, and some "Country Funk" of the early 70s. Plus, LOTS of listener picks leftover from last week's live requestfest.

Ernest Greene records and performs as Washed Out.  On his second full-length record Paracosm, he takes the dreamlike, otherworldly atmospheres of his music further by adding a variety of old keyboards to his sonic palette of computers and synths.  Greene and his wife Blair (who plays in the Washed Out live band) recently relocated from Atlanta to a house outside Athens, Georgia.  Escaping is a theme on Paracosm.  The title refers to a phenomenon in which people create detailed imaginary worlds.

This evenings Beatle playlist was picked out by Quad Cities listener Adam Gustafson.

Blue Avenue September 15

Sep 3, 2013

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.

Backtracks September 14

Sep 3, 2013

I'm kicking off the Fall production season with a LIVE listener picks show featuring listener suggestions from email, Facebook friends, and YOUR calls! Advance requests taken at or call during the show. Don't forget, all the music on the program is at least 25 years old!