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
8:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Blue Avenue May 12

We'll hear the latest releases by Ana Popovic, Doug Mac Cloed, and The Lamont Cranston Band, plus exclusive IPR recordings of John Lisi & Delta Funk at the 2011 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids, and the Blues On Vinyl segment includes records by Big Walter Horton and Johnny Winter.

Backtracks
8:42 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Backtracks May 11

Another spotlight segment show including Duos of the 50s like The Collins Kids and Shirley & Lee, some British Beat Bands of the 60s, plus some Iowa rock 'n' rollers including Truth & Janey and Madness. AND, the entire final hour is comprised of car songs, left over from last week's You Drive Me Crazy special.

The Beatles Medley
1:26 am
Thu May 2, 2013

The Beatles Medley May 5

The Fabs as a good old American rock'n'roll cover band. This show originally aired 3/31/13

Blue Avenue
1:23 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Blue Avenue May 5

New blues releases from Minnesotan Sena Ehrhardt, Chicago's Cash Box Kings, and Iowan Rush Cleveland. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Reverand Raven & The Chain Smokin' Alter Boys at the 2010 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids and some blues on vinyl from John Lee Hooker. This show originally aired 3/31/13.

Blue Avenue
1:11 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Blue Avenue April 28

New blues releases by Doug MacCleod, Ana Popovic, and Gina Sicilia plus exclusive IPR recordings of Chicago guitar player Linsey Alexander at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport and a vinyl tribute to the late Jimmy Dawkins

Backtracks
1:05 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Backtracks April 27

Lots of spotlight segments including Rockin' Women of the 50s like The Bobbettes and Brenda Lee, early vocal duets and duos, British Beat bands of the early 60s and some more of my vinyl 45rpm records including a half-hour of Iowa rock'n'rollers like The Neoterics and Midnight Sam

Backtracks
2:49 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Backtracks April 13

All the music on this week's show comes directly from the original vinyl 45 rpm record (pops and scratches at no extra charge!) including singles by The Syndicate of Sound, The Turtles, Desmond Dekker & The Aces, The Trashmen, Badfinger, and The Mc Coys.

Blue Avenue
4:15 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, April 7, 2013

New releases by new blues supergroup Southern Hospitality, Boz Scraggs, and Chicago guitarman Michael Wheeler plus exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport and some blues on vinyl by John Hammond.

Blue Avenue
4:14 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, March 31, 2013

New blues releases from Minnesotan Sena Ehrhardt, Chicago's Cash Box Kings, and Iowan Rush Cleveland. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Reverand Raven & The Chain Smokin' Alter Boys at the 2010 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids and some blues on vinyl from John Lee Hooker.

The Beatles Medley
4:05 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

The Beatles Medley March 31, 2013

The Fabs as a good old American rock'n'roll cover band.

Backtracks
3:55 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Backtracks Saturday, March 30, 2013

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.

Blue Avenue
4:12 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, March 24, 2013

The blues the way it was made to be played: LIVE! Every song done live by classic performers like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, contemporary performers like Joe Louis Walker and Janiva Magness, and exclusive IPR recordings of zydeco music master Chubby Carrier at the 2011 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids

The Beatles Medley
4:06 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

The Beatles Medley Sunday, March 24, 2013

Some recent Beatle additions to my personal collection including 70s vinyl from George's Extra Texture LP and the Wings 3-record set Wings Over America plus selections from the Yellow Submarine Soundtrack.

Backtracks
3:54 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Backtracks Saturday, March 23, 2013

LOTS of spotlight segments including 45rpm records from my personal collection (pops and scratches at no extra charge!); more song comparisons between the hit versions and the original not so famous versions; and some tracks from the new 7-CD Duane Allman Retrospective Boxset.

Blue Avenue
12:00 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, March 17, 2013

New blues releases by Long Tall Deb, The Cashbox Kings, and Iowa City's Catfish Keith; Exclusive IPR recordings of Eric Gales at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport; and some blues on vinyl from 1980 by the Nighthawks.

The Beatles Medley
12:00 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

The Beatles Medley Sunday, March 17, 2013

An at random selection, post 1966, with a little Luck o' the Irish thrown in for St. Paddy's Day!

Backtracks
12:00 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Backtracks Saturday, March 16, 2013

A spotlight segment show including rock 'n' roll duets & duos of the 50s, some more song comparisons between the hit version and it's not so famous original version, some Irish rockers in celebration of St. Patrick's Day weekend and tributes to recently passed English guitar heros Alvin Lee and Peter Banks.

Blue Avenue
12:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, March 10, 2013

New blues from Kelly Richey, 4 Jacks, and Big Papa & The TCB. Exclusive IPR recordings of Iowa City boogie-woogie piano player Chase Garrett at the 2012 Des Moines Arts Festival. And hopefully your pledges of support for this locally produced weekly blues bus ride down Blue Avenue. Pledge: 800-971-8815 or iowapublicradio.org

The Beatles Medley
12:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

The Beatles Medley Sunday, March 10, 2013

"Help!" "Money" "Can't Buy Me Love" but it can get you great radio shows on Iowa Public Radio! It's a fundraising edition of the medley. Fab Four Fans we need to hear from you, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! Pledge: 800-971-8815 or iowapublicradio.org

Backtracks
12:00 pm
Sat March 9, 2013

Backtracks Saturday, March 9, 2013

It's a LIVE fundraising edition of the show! Music segments include spotlights on "50s Girls", "Duets in Rock'n'Roll History", some "Hippie 60s On Vinyl" and some listener picks that have come in via email in recent weeks. Hopefully IPR's Music Director Al Schares and I will be reading your name and thanking you on-air for your financial pledge in support of this locally produced rock'n'roll history show. Pledge at 800-971-8815 or iowapublicradio.org

Blue Avenue
12:00 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, March 3, 2013

After two months of listening to BMA nominees, we're back to spotlighting new blues releases, including the latest efforts by Big Bill Morganfield, Otis Taylor and James Hunter. Plus a reprise of the half-hour conversation/spotlight on singer Shaun Murphy that you might have missed when it originally aired on Super Bowl Sunday!

The Beatles Medley
12:00 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

The Beatles Medley Sunday, March 3, 2013

An unusual at random playlist with the 3rd song on each successive album comprising the 10 song medley

Backtracks
12:00 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Backtracks Saturday, March 2, 2013

It's an all new potpourri spotlight segment show including spotlights on rock'n'roll duets of the 50s, some early 60s releases from the vaults of ABC-Paramount Records, some song comparisons between the hit version and the NOT so famous original version, and lots and lots of listener suggestions leftover from last week's Listener Picks show.

Blue Avenue
12:00 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, February 24, 2013

We conclude our eight week series surveying the nominees for this year's Blues Music Awards with the nominees in the two BIGGEST categories: The B B King Entertainer of the Year and Band of the Year. Plus we'll listen to exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport.

The Beatles Medley
12:00 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

The Beatles Medley Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cedar Rapids listener Ray Marshall picks out this week's medley, celebrating his favorite Beatles' birthday. George Harrison would have been 70 years old this weekend!

Backtracks
12:00 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

Backtracks Saturday, February 23, 2013

A combination of new acquisitions and listener picks. The show needs to be prerecorded by Wednesday night 2/20, so if you have song suggestions, get them to me by then! bob.dorr@bobdorr.com

Blue Avenue
12:13 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, February 17, 2013

We continue to survey the nominees for this year's Blues Music Awards by hearing every song nominated for Song of the Year and a selection from every Album of the Year nominee. Plus, exclusive IPR recordings of Shane Dwight at Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo and more of the interview with Shaun Murphy!

Blue Avenue
12:12 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, February 10, 2013

We'll hear music by all of the nominees For Blues Music Awards from The Blues Foundation in the Soul Blues Album of the Year and the Traditional Blues Album of the Year categories. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport.

Blue Avenue
12:11 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, February 3, 2013

Hear music from all of the Blues Foundation's nominees for Blues Harmoncia Player of the Year and Contemporary Blues  Male Artist of the Year. Plus a spotlight on Shuan Murphy who has done world tours with Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, and Little Feat. Not bad for a girl who went to high school in Cedar Rapids!

Blue Avenue
12:11 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, January 27, 2013

The multi-week survey of nominees for The Blues Foundation's Blues Music Awards continues with music by all of the nominees for the Koko Taylor Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year and The Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. Plus we'll hear exclusive IPR recordings of Bryce Janey at The Campbell/Steele Gallery in Marion.

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