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
12:04 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, November 18, 2012

More new blues releases including the latest by The Mannish Boys, Nathan James, and Iowa City's Catfish Keith. Exclusive IPR recordings will allow us to hear a short set by Trampled Under Foot at Waterloo's Electric Park Ballroom and the Blues On Vinyl set includes gospel blues by The Reverend Gary Davis

This show originally aired 10/14/12

Blue Avenue
12:04 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, November 11, 2012

The latest releases from soul bluesman John Nemeth, Texas duo Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King, and Robert Cray; new blues artists Paula Harris  and The 44s; exclusive IPR recordings of The Shane Dwight Band; and blues on vinyl from one of the first records by Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers

Blue Avenue
12:03 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, November 4, 2012

Lots of new releases including the latest by Mississippi Heat, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and Mud Morganfield. Exclusive IPR recordings of Chicago guitarman Linsey Alexander at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival and Blues on Vinyl by Big Mama Thornton and Clifton Chenier.

This show originally aired 9/30/12

Blue Avenue
12:02 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, October 28, 2012

New releases from Teresa James, Sugar Blue, and Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin; Classic 1930s blueswomen including Memphis Minnie and Lucille Bogan; exclusive IPR recordings of Reverend Raven & The Chin Smokin' Alter Boys.

Blue Avenue
12:02 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, October 21, 2012

It's Ladies Night! All the music is done by female performers in today's contempory blues scene, including Cassie Taylor, E.G. Kight, Deanna Bogart, Shemekia Copeland, Cee Cee James, and Tracy Nelson.

This show originally aired 9/16/12

Blue Avenue
12:01 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, October 14, 2012

More new blues releases including the latest by The Mannish Boys, Nathan James, and Iowa City's Catfish Keith. Exclusive IPR recordings will allow us to hear a short set by Trampled Under Foot at Waterloo's Electric Park Ballroom and the Blues On Vinyl set includes gospel blues by The Reverend Gary Davis

Blue Avenue
12:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lots of new releases including the latest by Cee Cee James, Lisa Mann, and James Armstrong. Exclusive IPR recordings of Iowa bluesman Bryce Janey. And the Blues on Vinyl segment has 80s records by Joanna Conner and Johnny Copeland.

This show originally aired 8/19/12

Blue Avenue
12:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, September 30, 2012

Lots of new releases including the latest by Mississippi Heat, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and Mud Morganfield. Exclusive IPR recordings of Chicago guitarman Linsey Alexander at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival and Blues on Vinyl by Big Mama Thornton and Clifton Chenier.

Blue Avenue
11:59 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, September 23, 2012

New releases by Chuck Leavell, Big Walker, and Mary Bridget Davies. Exclusive IPR recordings will take us back to February's Friends Blues Blowout for a set by Trampled Under Foot and the Blues On Vinyl segment includes records by Johnny Shines and Big Walter Horton

This show originally aired 6/10/12

Blue Avenue
11:58 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, September 16, 2012

It's Ladies Night! All the music is done by female performers in today's contempory blues scene, including Cassie Taylor, E.G. Kight, Deanna Bogart, Shemekia Copeland, Cee Cee James, and Tracy Nelson.

Blue Avenue
11:58 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, September 9, 2012

Lots of new releases including the latest by Magic Slim, Lisa Mann, and Robert Cray. Exclusive IPR recordings will take us to Cedar Rapids for a set by zydeco master Chubby Carrier at the 2011 Linn County Bluesmore Celebration, and the Blues On Vinyl segment has records by Bobby Bland and Otis Spann.

Blue Avenue
11:57 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, September 2, 2012

Often promised, finally delivered, it's The 60s British Blues special! From it's founding fathers John Mayall and Alexis Korner to the next generation bands Foghat and Fleetwood Mac and including the British Invasion blues bands like The Yardbirds and Rolling Stones. Blues with a British accent!

This show originally aired 1/8/12

Blue Avenue
11:56 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, August 26, 2012

Eureka I found it! I recently discovered an interview with the late Blues Hall of Famer Luther Allison that I did on Aug. 27, 1980. I have been searching for this full interview for three decades. This week, hear the full interview and out of print music from this blues icon.

This show originally aired 7/8/12

Blue Avenue
11:56 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, August 19, 2012

Lots of new releases including the latest by Cee Cee James, Lisa Mann, and James Armstrong. Exclusive IPR recordings of Iowa bluesman Bryce Janey. And the Blues on Vinyl segment has 80s records by Joanna Conner and Johnny Copeland.

Blue Avenue
11:55 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, August 12, 2012

New releases from Quintus McCormick, Robert Cray, and Marion James; Iowa blues from Catfish Keith and Skeeter Lewis; exclusive IPR recordings of Shane Dwight and some Blues On Vinyl from Charlie Mussellwhite and Fenton Robinson

Blue Avenue
11:54 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, August 5, 2012

All exclusive Iowa Public Radio recordings from festivals/events from around the state including Chubby Carrier at the 2011 Bluesmore celebration, Trampled Under Foot at the 2012 Friends Blues Blowout, and Patrick Hazell at the 2004 Sturgis Falls celebration.

This program originally aired on July 1, 2012

Blue Avenue
11:54 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, July 29, 2012

We hope you enjoy IPR's live coverage of The Newport Folk Festival during this time slot and hope you can catch The Blues Bus for the next drive down Blue Avenue, next week!

Blue Avenue
11:53 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, July 22, 2012

On this week's drive down Blue Avenue we'll step into the Way Back Machine and spend the entire program with music from the most classic of blues eras, the 50s, with tunes by the most classic of blues performers including Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Jr. Wells, and Bobby "Blue" Bland, just to name a few.

This program originally aired 7/31/11

Blue Avenue
11:53 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lots of new releases including the latest by Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, and Little Feat. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of two-time Iowa Blues Challenge winners The Avey Bros and the Blues On Vinyl segment includes records by Albert Collins and Slim Harpo.

Blue Avenue
11:52 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, July 8, 2012

Eureka I found it! I recently discovered an interview with the late Blues Hall of Famer Luther Allison that I did on Aug. 27, 1980. I have been searching for this full interview for three decades. This week, hear the full interview and out of print music from this blues icon.

Blue Avenue
11:51 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, July 1, 2012

All exclusive Iowa Public Radio recordings from festivals/events from around the state including Chubby Carrier at the 2011 Bluesmore celebration, Trampled Under Foot at the 2012 Friends Blues Blowout, and Patrick Hazell at the 2004 Sturgis Falls celebration.

Blue Avenue
11:51 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, June 24, 2012

The blues bus heads down Blue Avenue towards the Quad Cities for an overview of next weekend's Mississippi Valley Blues Society 3-day festival. We'll hear music from 18 of the artists at this year's fest including Kenny Neal, Coco Montoya, Lady Bianca, and Guitar Shorty

Blue Avenue
11:50 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, June 17, 2012

New releases by Dr. John and Sonny Landreth, Iowa Blues from Catfish Keith and Skeeter Lewis, Exclusive IPR recordings of Shane Dwight and some 80s blues on vinyl by Walther "Wolfman" Washington and slide guitarman Roy Rogers.

Blue Avenue
11:49 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, June 10, 2012

New releases by Chuck Leavell, Big Walker, and Mary Bridget Davies. Exclusive IPR recordings will take us back to February's Friends Blues Blowout for a set by Trampled Under Foot and the Blues On Vinyl segment includes records by Johnny Shines and Big Walter Horton

Blue Avenue
11:48 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, June 3, 2012

New releases from Eric Lindell, Sean Carney, and Iowa's Craig Erickson; exclusive IPR recordings of Chubby Carrier at the 2011 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids, and blues on vinyl by J.B. Hutto and Jr. Wells

Blue Avenue
11:48 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, May 27, 2012

This Memorial Day weekend we remember those blues men and women who have passed on to Blue Heaven including Luther Allison, Michael Burks, Hound Dog Taylor and Son Seals

Blue Avenue
11:47 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, May 20, 2012

It's the annual recap of the Blues Music Awards given out by The Blues Foundation in Memphis on May 10. We'll hear from 22 of the 26 BMA catagories including Best New Debut Artist, Best Traditional Blues Album, The B. B. King Entertainer of The Year, and Band of The Year.

Blue Avenue
11:47 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, May 13, 2012

The latest releases by Peter Karp & Sue Foley, San Francisco's Tip of The Top, and Canada's Treasa Levasseur; exclusive IPR recordings of Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Alter Boys at the 2010 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids and some blues on vinyl by Homesick James and Otis Rush.

Blue Avenue
11:46 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, May 6, 2012

New releases by The Jimmy's, Walter Trout, and Mary Bridget Davies. Iowa blues by Cedar Rapids guitarman Bryce Janey and Des Moines' Bobcats. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Deanna Bogart at the 2010 Linn County Blues Society Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids.

Blue Avenue
11:45 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, April 29, 2012

Three times a year, Blues Revue sends out a "sampler CD" to their magazine subscribers. The latest is out now and we'll hear tunes from that disc by Beverly McClellan and Shawn Starski. Also new releases from Joan Osborne and the late Pinetop Perkins. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of zydeco music master Chubby Carrier at last year's Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids.

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