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Java Blend

Andy White (#107)

Irish singer-songwriter Andy White carries a 12-string guitar under his arm and wears his particular brand of Irish magic and charm on his sleeve. He has the political edge of the young Bob Dylan, the romance of David Gray and the Celtic influences and lyricism of the Waterboys.
Andy has ten critically-acclaimed studio albums to his name. He has won Ireland’s top rock and songwriting awards, toured the world working with the likes of Mary Black and Van Morrison, and written with Peter Gabriel and Neil and Tim Finn (Crowded House). [27 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Iowa Public Radio's "Java Blend" with Ben Kieffer serves up fresh-brewed performances and conversation with musicians from around the state and around the country. Recorded before a live audience at The Java House in downtown Iowa City, the shows offer an eclectic mix of live tunes from the vibrant independent music scene. Ben Kieffer infuses the performances with lively chats to find out about the artists' music and lives.

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  • Pieta Brown (#101)

    Pieta Brown's unique blend of alt-country, folk, blues and indie-rock has gathered her music fans from around the world. [27 minutes]

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  • The Awful Purdies (#102)

    Formed in the summer of 2006 Awful Purdies is a 4 piece all female  band featuring Katie Roche on accordion, whistles and percussion, Nicole Upchurch on banjo, Katie Burnes on cello and Sarah Cram on guitar and percussion. This all-female quintet is an eclectic collection of musicians who banded together out of the shared experiences of creating music across genres and being female in a male-dominated industry. All singers and multi-instrumentalists, they purdify every original and borrowed song they meet. [27 minutes]

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  • Miles Nielsen (#103)

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  • The Right Now (#104)

    The Right Now plays soul music, and soul music is all about feeling; not style, not fashion, but emotion. The band's new album Carry Me Home, set to be released on March 3, 2010, lives within the four walls erected by the arresting lead vocalist Stefanie Berecz, the stellar song crafting of Brendan O'Connell, the spot-on horns and layers of back-up vocals, and a solid bedrock of rhythm. The Right Now continually tours the country, converting listeners to a brand of R&B that is simultaneously classic and contemporary. [28 minutes]

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  • Raldo Schneider (#105)

    Veteran Cedar Falls musician Raldo Schneider brings his signature country-folk with a jolt and a twang to the stage of The Java House. A native of Bennett, Iowa, Schneider has recorded nine albums over the decades of his career. For the last 15 years he has performed throughout the state as Raldo and Friends with John Stortz on guitar and Travis Smiley on bass. [27 minutes]

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  • Randy Weeks (#106)

    On the finges of country music are some truly enjoyable artists. One of these artists is Randy Weeks. Probably best known to many country music fans as the writer of the oft-recorded rocker "Can't Let Go," Weeks has been writing and recording interesting music for many years. Randy Weeks writes amazingly well crafted, beautifully melodic songs and delivers them with his own brand of laid back vocals and surfboard cool, very hip approach" says Lucinda Williams, who included his song "Can't Let Go" as the sole cover on her Grammy winning album,Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. The Los Angeles Times names Weeks "Artist to Watch in 2009," saying he "puts together a batch of consistently evocative, witty lyrics that he sings in a distinctively wry Lou Reed-meets-Willie Nelson voice. [27 minutes]

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  • Gregory Douglass (#108)

    Singer and Songwriter Gregory Douglass’s evocative, alternative sound has been compared to Tori Amos, Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright. His numerous accolades include being a finalist for both the 2005 International Songwriting Competition and the 2004 Independent Music Awards. Douglass actively appears at listening rooms, clubs, festivals, and campuses throughout the United States and has shared the stage with artists like They Might Be Giants, Melissa Ferrick, Jason Mraz, Regina Spektor, Third Eye Blind and Margaret Cho. [27 minutes]

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  • Mike Droho & The Compass Rose (#109)

    Mike Droho & The Compass Rose feature a one-of-a-kind set up of a guitarist/singer accompanied with classically disciplined electric violin and a stage shaking beat boxer. The band is based in Madison, WI and has been touring the country over the last 3 years. The group covers much stylistic ground, jumping from genre to genre, drawing comparisons to Jason Mraz, OneRepublic, and Brett Dennen. [26 minutes]

  • Patrick Hazell (#110)

    Patrick Hazell is "a legend in Iowa Music," according to The Des Moines Register and is referred to by many as the "Godfather of Iowa Blues.” Hazell began his professional career in 1961, and in 2000, he was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame as well as the Iowa Music Association Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. [26 minutes]

  • Sons of Sylvia (#111)

    Sons of Sylvia is a country-rock trio out of Nashville. Formerly named The Clark Brothers, the group won the top prize in the Fox Networks talent competition The Next Great American Band. Sons of Sylvia (yes, that is their mother’s name) make a tour stop at Java Blend to support their debut album, Revelation. [27 minutes]

  • Joe and Vicki Price (#112)

    Joe and Vicki Price bring their energetic country blues back to the Java Blend stage. While the duo inhabit classic blues standards as if they were favorite shirts, they also bring to the stage their own deep and varied bag of original music. [27 minutes]

  • Hipknosis (#113)

    The power pop band HipKnosis, formerly known as H&K featuring Heather Kelly and Kirk Kaufman, has gone from a duo to a full band and has gotten several reviews both nationally and internationally. The band spent the last four years perfecting their sound and recruiting some of the top players in the industry including, Erick Hovey, Melvin James and Chris Anderson. [27 minutes]

  • Englishman (#114)

    Englishman is the song vehicle of Andrew English. The native Kentuckian is joined on stage with Matt Duncan. The musicians recently spent a year sharing stages with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Deer Tick, Vandaveer, Lost in the Trees, Frontier Ruckus, Sam Quinn, and many other fine folks. Englishman’s debut album was recorded in a rural Ohio barn that English help build. [27 minutes]

  • The Wandering Bears (#115)

    The Wandering Bears are fronted by the smooth harmonies of Sarah Mannix and Samantha Blickhan. Backing the duo are musicians David Earl and beard brothers Drew and Mitch Fischels. The group has been compared to Fleetwood Mac, Metric, Death Cab for Cutie, and Pieta Brown. [27 minutes]

  • Bermuda Report (#116)

    Bermuda Report brings a cool, calypso-timed, jazz sound to the Java Blend stage. Abbie Sawyer and her band mates combine bluesy lyrics with jazz reminiscent melodies. The band features Paul Kresowik, drums; Billy Legrand, guitar; Nick Leo, keyboard and Jeremiah Murphy, bass. [28 minutes]

  • Jen Chapin Trio (#117)

    With story songs that search for community and shared meaning, Jen Chapin creates a funk and soul-inspired kind of urban folk described by National Public Radio as “brilliant and soulfully poetic.” In her appearance on the Java Blend stage, she is joined by acclaimed musicians Stephen Crump on bass, and Jamie Fox on guitar. [27 minutes]

  • Kevin 'bf' Burt (#118)

    Native Iowan Kevin ‘B.F.’ Burt brings his powerful voice and soulful guitar playing to the Java Blend stage. Burt writes his own music as well as puts his own unique blues-inspired spin on popular covers. His special mix of funk-inspired blues is a result of two decades of touring the Midwest. [27 minutes]

  • Chase Garrett (#119)

    Chase Garrett’s style is pure boogie-woogie. The Iowa City native brings the Java Blend stage alive with his infectious blues piano playing. Mostly self-taught, the 21-year old Garrett has been traveling the boogie-woogie festival circuit around the United States and has even played in Barcelona, Spain. [28 minutes]

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