Studio One

It's the first EVAH, LIVE afternoon Backtracks show! Advance requests: or call 800-772-2440 ext. 5 during the show. Remember, the show deals exclusively in songs that are at least 25 years old.

A survey of lots of new acquisitions for the show including Roots of Rockabilly featuring Hank Snow and Hardrock Gunter; some one-hit wonders like The Bonnie Sisters and The Mello-Tones; some 60s British Psychedelia with The Gods and The Idle Race; and some 70s hits by Melanie and Blood Sweat and Tears.

It's a "Best Of" spotlight segment show including 50s R & B from The Clovers and Big Joe Turner; some early takes of George Harrison songs; and live performances by 10 Years After and Iron Butterfly.

The music content of this show originally aired 6/9/12

It's time again to triple our fun with another 3-fer show! Three songs from each of the featured artists including The Ronettes, The Byrds, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Leon Russell, Grand Funk Railroad, and The B52s.

It's the first EVAH Backtracks show in the afternoon! Girl Powered Rockabilly, some new acquistions and LOTS of leftover listener requests from last week's live show, 3-5pm.

After all these years, Backtracks is finally moving to the day shift (!) on Sept. 15 (3pm) What we listen to on this final Sat. night show is largely up to you. IT'S A LIVE REQUESTFEST!! Advance suggestions: or call during the show, 800-772-2440, ext. 5.

It's the ABCs of vinyl! We'll work our way, alphabetically, through my personal vinyl LP collection from Laurie Anderson to The Band to J. J. Cale (the ABCs) to The Yardbirds and ZZ Top, everything from the original vinyl release.

This show originally aired 2/4/12

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!

This show originally aired 4/28/12

This week marks the 35th anniversary of the passing of the King of Rock'n'Roll. It must be time for the annual Elvis Presley Special! We'll hear early hits, TV performances, a rare recording of his first appearance in Las Vegas-1956 and some interview segments with his longtime manager, Col. Tom Parker among the mix.

This show originally aired 1/7/12

An all new spotlight segment show including 50s female rockabillies, one-hit wonders, 70s soul music, bubblegum hits, guitar stars, live festival recordings and some new acquisitions for the upcoming Fall production season

Backtracks is happy to give up its time slot for IPR's Live coverage of the Linn County Blues Society Bluesmore celebration. Join us next week for an all new show!

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.

This show originally aired 4/21/12

An all new "leftovers" show including 50s rockabilly from the Imperial label, the entire second hour is leftover listener suggestions from last week's live show, and a leftover segment from Joel & Ed's guest DJ segment on British Pub Rock

A rare summer LIVE show! In addition to LOTS of listener suggestions, we'll hear spotlight segments on 50s rockabilly music from the Capitol label and 60s soul music from the Hi label. Advance requests: or call during the program 800-772-2440 ext. 5.

A spotlight segment show made up of previously aired segments. Hour #1 we'll hear from women rockabillies including Rose Maddox and Janis Martin, as well as revisit the 60s Twist dance craze. Hour #2 will be a nationally syndicated special on Janis Joplin and the making of her Pearl album. And hour #3 is all about the 70s/80s Wave & Punk bands.

It's an all new spotlight segment show including rockabilly women of the 50s and New York City folkies of the early 60s. Guest DJs Joel & Ed have an hour of British Pub Rock with all the songs having a connection to Pub Rock icon Nick Lowe and I'll talk to Joe McDonald of Country Joe & The Fish fame during hour #3.

It's triple the fun, twice over! This week's 3-fer edition of Backtracks originally aired 10/15/11 using three songs to spotlight each artist including The Shadows of Knight, Rory Gallagher, Buffalo Springfield, and Al Green.

It's an all vinyl show spotlighting records that I found in the IPR library while trying to find all the listener suggestions during the recent live shows. If obscure music on vinyl is your thing, this is the show for you, including music by Trooper, Barrabas, Redbone, and Ian Lloyd & Stories.

Lots of spotlight segments including records I got at garage sales this spring, lots of leftover listener suggestions from last week's live show, some obscure albums I found in the IPR library while hunting for those listener suggestions and a set of San Francisco Hippie jams from the 60s.

It's the monthly LIVE show! In addition to listener suggestions, we'll have some spotlight segments on women in rockabilly music, one hit wonders of the 60s and some Iowa Rock'n'Roll of the 70s and 80s. Advance listener suggestions: or call during the show, 1-800-772-2440 ext. 5.

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of Gabriel Kahane and the Blackberry Bushes Stringband, plus music by Andrew Calhoun, Heidi Talbot, the Yonder Mountain String Band, and Doc Watson.

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of Mary McAdams and Crooked Still, plus music by James McCandless, Taj Mahal, and Sara Watkins.

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of singer-songwriter and keyboard whiz Radoslav Lorkovic and Texas band Milkdrive, plus music by Bonnie Koloc, Leftover Salmon, and Old Blind Dogs.

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault and of Latin American rhythms from Los Llaneros, plus music by Talitha MacKenzie, Paul Geremia, the Greencards, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of fiddler April Verch and of Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman, plus music by Carrie Elkin, Notorious, Bob Black, and Sarah McQuaid.

Between 1:00 and 3:00 today, Karen Impola presents an exclusive IPR live recording of Irish Christmas in America, recorded last year at CSPS in Cedar Rapids, with musicians from the top-notch Irish band Teada plus one of the most talked-about vocal acts to emerge from Ireland in recent times—Lumiere, comprising the talents of Eilís Kennedy & Pauline Scanlon.

From 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., The Folk Tree will be pre-empted by a holiday special, "A Christmas Celtic Sojourn" (details here)

From 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., it's our usual mix of folk music old and new, with a particular emphasis on holiday favorites.  Here music from Monroe Crossing, Catie Curtis, Gina Forsyth and more, plus a live recording of Beppe Gambetta.

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Jim Lauderdale and Mr. Baber's Neighbors.  plus music by Debra Cowan, The Red Clay Ramblers, Bela Fleck, and The Early Mays, among others.

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of The Mike and Amy Finders Band and The Refugees.  plus music by Peter Mayer, The Red Clay Ramblers, Peter Ostroushko and Anna Livia among others.

Join us for our annual post-Thanksgiving show, featuring songs of food and gratitude.  Hear live recordings of Crooked Still and John McCutcheon, plus songs by Robin and Linda Williams, Roy Book Binder, Tim Grimm and more.