Bob Dorr

Backtracks, Blue Avenue, and Beatles Medly host

Bob started his 40+ year career in Iowa Public Broadcasting (radio and TV) when he did the first rock 'n' roll show EVAH on an Iowa Public Radio station Oct. 2, 1972. He was honored/recognized for those years by being inducted into the Iowa Rock'n'Roll Music Association's Hall of Fame in Sept. of 2000.

Simultaneously, Bob has been the leader, singer, and harmonica player of The Blue Band for 30+ years for which he was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2005 and reinducted into the Iowa Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Bob has a BA in Radio/TV Speech from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Bob's favorite program on IPR is (what else?) Backtracks.

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Blue Avenue
2:56 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Blue Avenue November 17

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.

This show originally aired 9/15/13

Backtracks
2:53 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Backtracks November 16

Lots of spotlight segments including Rockin' Women of the 50s, some more song comparisons, British Beat of the early 60s (pre British Invasion) some more of my 45 rpm "rekid" collection, and a few selections from the new Duane Allman Restrospective box set.

This show originally aired 3/30/13

The Beatles Medley
11:23 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Beatles Medley November 10

We alternate songs from Paul McCartney's NEW cd with songs from his career with Wings and The Beatles

Blue Avenue
11:20 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Blue Avenue November 10

The latest releases by Watermelon Slim & The Workers, Sugaray Rayford, and Barrelhouse Chuck, plus exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport, and some brand new blues on vinyl by Andrew Jr. Boy Jones

Backtracks
11:15 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Backtracks November 9

An all new spotlight segment show with sets showcasing 50s New Orleans rock'n'roll; some Answer Songs of the early 60s; some previously unreleased takes by Van Morrison and Sly & The Family Stone; and a blues set with John Mayall and John Lee Hooker with Canned Heat.

The Beatles Medley
12:54 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

The Beatles Medley November 3

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

This medley originally aired 9/22/13

Blue Avenue
12:50 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Blue Avenue November 3

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.

This show originally aired 9/22/13

Backtracks
12:43 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Backtracks November 2

Someone else picks out the tunes this week! Des Moines listener Sam Salomone shares his extensive 45 rpm record collection in hour #1 and Waterloo listener Gemma Hoyden shares her knowledge and personal library on the British Pub Rock scene of the 70s in hour #2

This show originally aired 6/1/13

The Beatles Medley
12:10 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Beatles Medley October 27

A Beatle Halloween Soundscape

This medley originally aired for Halloween 2011

The Beatles Medley
12:06 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Beatles Medley October 27

A Halloween soundscape for this week's medley.

This medley originally aired for Halloween 2011

Blue Avenue
12:04 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Blue Avenue October 27

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

Backtracks
12:02 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Backtracks October 26

It's the ghost of Halloween Backtracks past!

The Beatles Medley
12:45 am
Sat October 19, 2013

The Beatles Medley October 20

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

Blue Avenue
12:39 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Blue Avenue October 20

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
12:33 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Backtracks October 19

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!

The Beatles Medley
5:10 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

The Beatles Medley October 13

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

The Beatles Medley
5:07 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

The Beatles Medley October 6

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

This program originally aired August 25

Blue Avenue
4:54 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Blue Avenue October 13

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
4:49 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Blue Avenue October 6

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

Backtracks
4:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Backtracks October 12

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 iowapublicradio.org)

Backtracks
4:38 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Backtracks October 5

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

The Beatles Medley
11:33 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

The Beatles Medley September 29

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

This medley originally aired 8/25/13

Blue Avenue
11:31 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Blue Avenue September 29

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
11:28 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Backtracks September 28

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!

The Beatles Medley
2:00 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

The Beatles Medley September 22

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

Blue Avenue
1:55 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Blue Avenue September 22

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
1:49 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Backtracks September 21

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.

The Beatles Medley
11:12 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

The Beatles Medley September 15

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

Blue Avenue
11:09 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Blue Avenue September 15

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
11:04 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Backtracks September 14

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 bob.dorr@bobdorr.com or call during the show. Don't forget, all the music on the program is at least 25 years old!

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