Lots of new blues releases to listen to on this week's show including the latest by Trampled Under Foot, Buddy Guy, and the reigning queen of Beale Street, Barbara Blue. Plus we'll hear exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport. And the Blues on Vinyl set includes records by Clarence Carter and Jr. Wells.
It's an all new potpourri spotlight segment show, with the spotlight changing every 15 minutes or so and including 50s rockabilly music from the vaults of Imperial Records, some more 45 rpm "rekkids" from the Des Moines collector Sam Salomone and a set of 70s hits written by Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame songwriter Allen Toussaint.
The show includes a spotlight on early 50s crossover label Red Robin Records; a spotlight on Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame sideman Earl Palmer and the entire second hour is compromised of "leftover" listener picks that were not played on last week's live requestfest!
Valerie June grew up in the small town of Humboldt, Tennessee before moving to Memphis. She spent years honing a distinctive sound that shifts between eras and genres, with a voice that has been described as somewhere between Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday. June wrote or co-wrote all but one of the 11 tracks on her debut album, Pushin' Against A Stone, with a blend of rural roots, country, rock and blues styles.
It's the first LIVE listener picks show in six months! All the music on the show will be picked out by listeners. Advance requests: firstname.lastname@example.org or call during the program: 800-772-2440 ext. 5. Remember, all the music on Backtracks is at least 25 years old. YOU pick out the tunes!
Originally from Laguna Beach, California, Mikal Cronin's garage pop sound is influenced by indie rock of the '90s. He is known for collaborating with Ty Segall, who also appears on Cronin's recordings. After moving to San Francisco, Cronin recorded his second album. MCII is his first for the Merge Records label, and with a few exceptions (including a couple of guitar solos from Segall), Cronin played all of the instruments.
Join us for live sets from the 2012 80/35 Festival Play In Finals in the first hour of Studio One, beginning Sunday, June 30. We will feature a different live set each night leading up to the 2013 80/35 Festival July 5 and 6 in downtown Des Moines. Here is the lineup:
The fourth album from French electronic duo Daft Punk is Random Access Memories. Daft Punk recorded the album largely using live instrumentation with session musicians, and limited the use of electronics to drum machines, a modular synthesizer and vintage vocoders. The record also features collaborations with Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas, Giorgio Moroder and more.
New blues releases by Candye Kane and Kevin Selfe; a half-hour interview/music segment with Iowa native Dave Plaehn, who currently lives in Corvalis OR (and was my first harmonica teacher in the mid 70s!); Exclusive IPR recordings of Iowa City piano player Chase Garrett at the 2012 Des Moines Arts Fest and some 60s blues on vinyl by Otis Spann and Eddie Bo.
New releases from The Ruff Kutt Blues Band, Candye Kane, and Little Joe McLerran as well as the newest by Iowa native Dave Plaehn. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Dwayne Doopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers and some blues on vinyl by James Cotton and singing drummer Robert Covington.
Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox first met guitarist Lockett Pundt while attending high school in Georgia. Years later, Cox met keyboardist Moses Archuleta and began jamming with him. Deerhunter was established in 2001, and currently consists of Cox, Pundt and Archuleta plus bassist Josh McKay and guitarist Frankie Broyles. The new album, Monomania is a garage rock record full of the layered and hazy vintage guitar sounds Deerhunter are known for. Deerhunter will be appearing on the main stage at this year's 80/35 Festival in Des Moines.
Join us Thursday, June 20 for an exclusive Iowa Public Radio recording of Divine Fits' entire set from the 2013 Mission Creek Festival. IPR recorded Divine Fits this past April at the Blue Moose Tap House in Iowa City. Band members include Britt Daniel, Dan Boeckner, Sam Brown and Alex Fischel. The live set will begin around 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 20, on IPR's Studio One.
Iowa Public Radio is very excited to be teaming up with the 80/35 Festival again this year- offering the opportunity for local and regional bands to play their way onto the main stage of the 80/35 Festival in July in Des Moines. The winner of this year's IPR 80/35 Play In is the Waterloo/Cedar Falls based Dylan Sires And Neighbors. They will play Saturday, July 6 at noon on the 80/35 main stage. The other two finalists, Emperors Club and The Uniphonics (both from Iowa City) will play on the Hy Vee Triathalon Stage- one at 5:00 PM Friday and the other at 1:00 PM Saturday. We were very im