Friday, April 21, 2017

Ep 45 - Cover by Russ Richardson

"My passions are music, sports, and my faith."
- from his Facebook profile

"No website or anything. Whenever I go to a (Blue Band) gig, i take pictures. I do it because Bob has provided all of us so much over the years, it was a way for me to give back to him 👍."
- from a message sent to this podcast

Original version of photo used as the cover

Ep 45 - Song 1: "Arc Welded" by Bob Dorr and The Blue Band

"I’m a little late to the party here, but I’ve just got to say it: Bob Dorr, Iowa Public Radio’s voice of blues and rock for the past 4+ decades — and the leader of Iowa’s beloved The Blue Band — is a state treasure.

"You’d expect someone with a voice that good — whether he’s singing the blues or growling his signature “This is Bob Dorr, driving the blues bus down Blue Avenue” into his studio microphone — to act a bit like the rock star he is.

"You’d be wrong."
- from a Dan Weeks article in The Iowan

"2015 finds Bob Dorr & The Blue Band celebrating their 34th anniversary. Beginning June 10, 1981, the band has averaged playing around 100 dates a year for its 30+ year existence, resulting in a multi generational, dedicated fan base, and making them one of Iowa’s most revered, storied, and requested bands. Kansas City music writer Paul Taylor says "If you wanted to furnish your own nightclub, you would want The Blue Band. They are like one of those gleaming bright white appliances that you oohh and ahh over, and when you open the doors, all the best features you ever wanted come spilling out." Mississippi Valley Blues Society Director Karen McFarland says "...the best damn rockin’ soul dance band in the heartland." Originally called "Bobby’s Blue Band" (an obvious tongue-in-cheek play on blues icon Bobby Blue Bland), The Blue Band is a 5-7 piece group whose sound can only be described as The blues/soul/rockabilly/reggae/creole/rhythm Band! The band can play nearly three hours of original music or another three hours of popular covers, done in Blue Band fashion. A typical night mixes originals and covers plus a few requests.

"These days The Blue Band has evolved into a veritable Iowa All-Star collection of regular and alumni players, spearheaded by founding members Bob Dorr with his unmistakable lead vocals (Dorr can also be credited with a 40+ year career on Iowa Public Radio) and Jeff Petersen on his 1968 Gibson Flying V guitar, lap steel guitar, vocals, and song writing. Two drummers split time on the Blue drum chair. Longtime eastern Iowa drum legend Steve "The Chief" Hayes has been part of the group since 2003, longtime Cedar Falls drummer John Rohlf (Johnny Metro) joined the drum team in December of 2011. "Uncle" Al Naylor brought his renowned trumpet chops to the Blue horn section in 2008. The "new guy" is bass player Doug Norton, who joined the group in 2013. It’s not unusual to catch a number of "Blue Alumni" also playing with the band on any given night including guitarists Ron DeWitte and Bryce Janey and sax men Nathan Peoples, Tom Barry, Bob Thompson, Heath Alan and Jerry Peoples. Iowa Blues and Jazz Hall of Famers Sam Salomone and Tommy "T-Bone" Giblin often lend their talents on keyboards. The band generally travels within a 300-mile area of their home base in Eastern Iowa which includes Minneapolis, Kansas City, Omaha, and Chicago, performing at live music venues, summer festivals, and private functions. The band also has had regular appearances in Summit County and Denver, Colorado, and has performed at Bluestock International Convention & Festival in Memphis, Tennessee and Sun Valley ski resort in Idaho. Bob Dorr &The Blue Band-STILL rockin’ your soul after all these years. Be part of the show some night soon!"
- from their home page

"Kansas City music writer Paul Taylor says, 'If you wanted to furnish your own nightclub, you would want The Blue Band. They are like one of those gleaming bright white appliances that you oohh and ahh over, and when you open the doors, all the best features you ever wanted come spilling out.' Mississippi Valley Blues Society Director Karen McFarland says '...the best damn rockin' soul dance band in the heartland.' Originally called 'Bobby's Blue Band' (an obvious tongue-in-cheek play on blues icon Bobby "Blue" Bland), The Blue Band is a 5-7 piece group whose sound can only be described as 'The blues/soul/rockabilly/reggae/creole/rhythm Band!' The band can play nearly three hours of original music or another three hours of popular covers, done in Blue Band fashion. A typical night mixes originals and covers plus a few requests."
- from an article in The Chronicle Times

"It’s the band that’s been his baby, however, and it’s hard to let go.

“'I don’t have children, and essentially, The Blue Band has been my only child since I was 29 years old,' he said. 'This has been kind of an emotional roller coaster already, and I’ll bet it will just magnify itself as it goes along.

“'The Blue Band literally has given me a sense of purpose, and I think all humans need a sense of purpose in order to maintain some kind of sanity and reason to get up in the morning. So from that standpoint, I’m a little anxious as to what’s next,' he said.

"The last State Fair gig, the last Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival gig — the last this and the last that — were too hard to contemplate last year. But he’s steeling himself for these moments as the band goes on its last tour this spring and summer.

“'This gives me an opportunity to actually live in the moment for all of these ongoing Blue Band gigs,' he said."
- from the Diana Nollen article, "Blue Band sings its last goodbye", on the Gazette website

“"It’s fantastic to be recognized by people that do the same thing that you do,' Dorr says. 'To persevere through all the BS to where people recognize and honor your perseverance — that was really, really special.'

"Since 1981 Jeff Petersen has been The Blue Band’s guitarist (Dorr is the lead singer and harmonica player). Peterson first knew Dorr as 'that mysterious voice coming through the radio.' Since then he has come to know Dorr as a complex personality, a fair businessman, and a loyal friend. Petersen says Dorr’s relationship with music is a sacred union.

“'Anything to keep the blues alive, he’d be up for it,' Petersen says. 'He loves music. It’s the paramount thing in his life.'"
- from an article on the Intertnational Regional Magazines Association website

Bob Dorr - vocals, zydeco tie, harp
Jeff Petersen - guitar, vocals
Doug Norton - bass, vocals
John Rohlf - drums
Nolan Schroeder - tenor saxophone
Brian Crew - trombone
Cathy Henry - vocals

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Ep 45 - Song 2: "One Man's Ceiling is Another Man's Floor" by Philbo King

"Independent artist performing original songs, operating Tangent Studio, and doing gigs throughout northeast Iowa

"Philbo has been playing guitar for more than 45 years, starting at the age of 10. He was in many groups over the years, and after taking off time to raise a family, has now decided to get serious about making some music with heart..."
- from his Facebook page

Acoustic and Delta blues performed on authentic delta instruments"
- from his Gig Salad page

Philbo King - vocals, all instruments

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Ep 45 - Song 3: "Broken" by Laura McDonald

"Laura McDonald is a twenty year veteran of the music scene. Coming friom a very musical background she started singing in various rick bands and was singing in casinos by the age of 22 doing up to 15 shows per week . Always very aware of taping into all aspects if music always accepting the challenge that she could sing all types of music not limiting herself to one genre.. Her roots are rock but heart and soul in blues."
- from their ReberbNation page

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Extra - "Tennessee Whiskey" and "Good Blues Tonight" by Blue Scratch

Due to legal and financial constraints I can't play covers. So I couldn't put this band on the podcast, but I'm including them here.

"We play Classic Rock and R&B that will get your feet moving with tasty bits of the Blues to bind your heart and stir your soul."
- from their Facebook page

"Matt began drumming at the age of 13 thinking in the back of his mind that somehow being a great drummer would help him get some attention from the ladies. After his first gig, he realized singers and guitarists were the ones getting all the attention. Too late, he was hooked on drums...

"Over the years, Jay has played a variety of musical styles in as many different bands, holding down the bottom for classic rock, hard rock, blues, country, jazz, and even some musical theater. This has lead him to an appreciation of and desire to play all types of music. Okay, well, maybe not polka…. He enjoys working with the hardware, modifying and repairing his own gear. It’s been rumored that this is actually because he gets high from the solder fumes but that cannot be verified. He is also easily distracted by bright shiny objects...

"For Jeorgia, music and in particular the blues, remains the universal language. Two beers and Clapton will allow you to talk with anyone, respectable or not. Jeorgia has recorded an album of faith based blues and classic rock CD known as Blues from the Back Pew. If you are nice, she might share a copy. Through her CD and the blues in general, Jeorgia has opened a musical view on her life as yet another square peg shoved into a damnable round hole...

"Kimberly was born and raised in Massachusetts and came from a very musical family. She started singing in church from a very young age and has always had a passion for music. To put it plainly, singing is a part of her soul."
- from their home page

Guitar: Jeorgia Robison
Vocals: Kat Blue
Bass: Jay Dean
Drums: Matt Johnson

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Ep 45 - Song 4: "A Man Who Loves You" by The Other Brothers

- from their BandCamp page

"The Other Brothers have a sound unlike anything out there. Blazing hot guitar and howling harmonica ride alongside booming drums and bottom heavy bass. Whiskey-laden vocals and solid original songs give the band an old-meets-new school show that has to be seen to believed. A revved up, country-fried Cream. A river rat Led Zeppelin. The thrill of the open road on two wheels, throttle wide open."
- from their Sonic Bids page

"The Other Brothers are a three-piece rockabilly blues outfit born and bred out of the heartland. The band is led by frontman Eli Clark on guitar, harmonica & vocals. The rock-solid rhythm section is provided by Lorenz Inez on bass and Jason Kadiwhompus whomping up the drums."
- from their Facebook page

"Clark has never been a patient person, a trait that shows on stage, giving Other Brothers shows a feeling of manic immediacy..."
- from a Chad Taylor review in Cityview

"Say hello to your new favorite band."
- from Chad Taylor in a Cityview review

Eli Clark - Frontman
Lorenz Inez - Bass
Jason Kadiwhompus - Drums



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Ep 45 - Song 5: "Plight (of the Working Man)" by Soul Phlegm

"Blues-Roots Outlaw Funk band based in Iowa, USA."
- from their SoundCloud page

"Fusing a contemporary sound of blues, soul, folk & rock n' roll, Soul Phlegm oozes through the fuses & out through your front door. Hailing from the California coast, the Arizona high desert, the Chicago jungle & the Indiana plains respectively, Joseph Michael Ewart, Kyle Talon Ballard, Timothy Eugene Hunziker and Robert Scott Abrams compose the group & all were introduced to music in diverse fashions but draw deep equally from their influences of soulful instrumentation, weird humor, passionate lyricisms & mischievous sounds. A likely combination of musicians in unlikely circumstances / a series of multiple bands gone awry & estranged / a life changing road trip / engineering philanthropy through mystery. Soul Phlegm is the fruit of the fight. The wind whispering: Why? A ghost of the past & a phantom from the phuture."
- from their Facebook page

"Soul Phlegm is currently making a name for themselves in Iowa and the greater Midwest with their original material: a dynamic fusion of blues, soul, funk & rock n roll. Melodic, lyrical, intricate, raw & heavy. Sometimes called Blues Roots Outlaw Funk, it's music sure to move you."
- from their ReverbNation page

Kyle Talon Ballard - Lead Vocals/Harmonica
Joseph Ewart - Guitar/Vocals
Timothy Hunziker - Bass
Robert Scott Abrams - Drums/Percussion




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Ep 45 - Song 6: "Sidetrack Lounge" by Bo Ramsey and The Backsliders

"He made his debut in Williamsburg, Iowa in 1973, fronted the Mother Blues Band, and rose to prominence as a soloist when he opened for Lucinda Williams on her 1994 tour. He has produced or played guitar on several of her albums, including Essence, which was nominated for a Grammy Award, and appeared in her band in performances on The Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Night With Conan O’Brien and in Wim Wenders’ "Soul Of A Man" segment for the Blues series of Martin Scorsese. He has also produced recordings for Joan Baez, Dave Zollo, Pieta Brown, Iris DeMent, Ani DiFranco, and Kevin Gordon, with whom he co-fronted a band, and worked as a guitarist with the above and with Elvis Costello. He has worked extensively with Greg Brown, including an appearance in 1999 on A Prairie Home Companion, and has been inducted to the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, and Iowa Blues Hall of Fame."
- from his Wikipedia page

'Born and raised in the blue-collar Mississippi River town of Burlington, Iowa in 1951, Robert Franklin ‘Bo’ Ramsey not only played a vital role in shaping Eastern Iowa’s distinctive blues-rock hybrid, but has continued in his still-vibrant career as a performer, much-in-demand producer, recording session guitarist and “hired gun” in touring bands of high-profile national acts.

"Ramsey broke out in the early-’70s with the seminal Mother Blues Band, a honking powerhouse which also featured Iowa blues legends Joe Price and Patrick Hazell. In the latter part of the decade, the guitarist broke off to form Bo Ramsey & The Sliders.

"Merging the sounds of his beloved Chess Records blues masters with Rolling Stones muscle and swampy, river basin funk, Ramsey & The Sliders enjoyed a strong following on the Midwest circuit for nearly a dozen years.

"Following a brief hiatus in the late-’80s, Bo began a collaboration/friendship with revered folksinger Greg Brown that continues to the present...

"He’s a fine, evocative and passionate writer in his own right, but his guitar magic is such that he keeps many, many songwriters lined up, waiting for his unmistakable six-string imprint. A long-promised project rounding up Bo’s inspirational nuggets drawn from the likes of Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters remains unfinished, but lurks in the near future.

"Bottom line: this ol’ Iowa boy surely can rock it--always has, always will. For these reasons Bo Ramsey joins the elite Iowa Hall of Fame Class of 2005."
- from his page on the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website

"THE YEAR IS 1973; THE PLACE is Williamsburg, Iowa. He steps out onto the stage, straps on his guitar and is greeted by a screaming crowd of … aunts, uncles, moms, dads, cousins, friends and, of course, the bride and groom. It’s a wedding dance. But at the end of it all, he leaves with more money in his pocket than he came with. This is Robert Franklin “Bo” Ramsey’s first gig, and he isn’t looking back...

"Records blues masters to the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, Bo took the sounds he heard, blended them and re-tooled them until he had a sound that no other local player possessed. He worked with several bands during the ’70s and ’80s, but took a hiatus from music for a time during the ’80s to work a day job to pay the bills and support his family. The hiatus would be temporary. The ever-restless and always active Bo Ramsey was continually looking for a way to make his mark, and his living, doing what he loved best; making music. Always the visionary, Bo was driving one day and heard a song on the radio by Greg Brown, another native Iowan who’d made his mark in the music scene. After listening to the song, Bo realized that he could help take Greg’s music to the next level. He contacted Greg, a meeting took place, and a musical partnership was conceived that continues to this day."
- from Nick Stika's article on the Premiere Guitars website

"Bo Ramsey is one of music's unsung heroes -- and he doesn't care...

"A genuine Midwest blues-rock legend, everyone predicts he'd be famous if he left Iowa's cornfields for Nashville's streets of gold...

"Ramsey is flattered. But he doesn't really care.

"'Fame is kind of a loaded word,' Ramsey admits. 'I don't think of playing music in those terms. I'm a firm believer in the music. I go where the music takes me and 99 percent of the time, I'm glad to be there.'...

"'The music itself requires that. There are certain things I shut out because they don't play into the process of recording, performing, whatever. But I also leave the window open for spontaneity or certain things that might come in and affect the music or a song,' he explains.

"'There are so many moments that are very satisfying. It can be a fleeting moment in a performance when everything seems to come together or it can be in the studio, when you get the sound you want.'...

"'Playing live is essential. It's a gauge for me. I may write a song but playing it live is the real test, to see if it's going to fly. You do gain some confidence, but you never get over the fact you're always exposing something about yourself. It's nerve-wracking,' he admits.
- from a Melody Parker article in The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Marty Christensen - Bass, Vocals
Jim Dreier - Percussion
Eric Griffin - Drums, Handclapping
Steve Hayes - Drums
Bo Ramsey - Guitar, Vocals
Al Schares - Guitar, Vocals

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Ep 44 - Cover by Robert Braune

“ There is this desire that I have, to want to paint people the way that they are seen. The way that I see them. But if I am honest with myself, I find that I lack a talent that is needed to achieve such an image. So while still attempting to do so, part way through I am reminded of the difficulty that is involved with this task. So I find this medium ground where I can still portray human without it being pure representational. They become these monster like humans, but retain human qualities. Thus becoming less monstrous and more humanly relatable. Or I would like to think so. I’m not other people so I cannot speak for them.

"More so, I am ultimately trying to create memorable images. Ones that people will one day want to put in some college students art history book. So, the images I paint, I try to make them as representative of my work and the way that I plan to continue to work...

“I would say my work is abstracted realism. Often I paint from something that is real but it becomes abstracted through the quality of my work. By definition I would be abstract. But abstract is an abstracted word. It’s been simplified to the point that it’s to easily applied to things... Honestly, when people ask me what I paint, I usually just say still lifes and portraits. Then I just show them some photos of work. People can make up their own minds on what my paintings are.”
- from an interview with Jon from the Art Beacon website

Original version of artwork
in its original proportions and form

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Ep 44 - Song 1: "King Size Cigarette" by The Law

"Well, The Law was, like, Des Moines’ big pop-punk band, and they decided that, since nothing was going on in Des Moines, they would move to Boston."
- from an interview with Scruffy the Cat's Stephen Fredette on the New, Reviews, and Interviews website

"(Charlie Chesterman) brought punk rock to the plains, way back when such a thing just wasn't done. His band the Law plowed that sound into the heartland underground and it's never been the same."
- from the liner notes of Chorus Vs. Solos: A Tribute To Charlie Chesterman

"When I was still in high school, a long, long time ago, the only radio station I listened to regularly was WPRB, operated by students at Princeton University. I first heard a lot of great bands through the station, including some that eventually became standard-bearers--R.E.M., the Violent Femmes, the Minutemen, the Feelies, Mission of Burma--but to be honest I know I've forgotten the great majority. I learned about groups like the Neats and the Dream Syndicate, who didn't quite get canonized but still mean just as much to me now as they did nearly two and a half decades ago. And I remember a handful of songs that earned a special place in the station's rotation but were by bands that nobody really knew much about, even at the time.

"One was called "King Size Cigarette," a fantastic, ultracatchy garage tune by a band from Des Moines, Iowa, called the Law, reputedly the state's first punk act. It'd been released as a single in 1980, but WPRB had transferred it to a cart--a bulky cartridge containing a tape loop, usually used for commercials or public service announcements (I know this because I eventually got to DJ on the station one evening in 1986). Another fine song from the single, "Reason for Treason," also got some airplay. The Law's front man, Charlie Chesterman, later moved to Boston, where he started Scruffy the Cat. A great holiday song by the Law called "What Did Santa Claus Bring You for Christmas?," cut in 1981, eventually turned up on the My Pal God Holiday Record, a compilation released by WPRB alum and former Chicagoan Jon Solomon."
- from a post by Peter Magasak on the Chicago Reader website

UPDATE 3-11-17: Fixed a mistake in the lineup where it correctly listed Eric Coleman as the drummer.

Chuckie Suicide (Charlie Chesterman) - Vocal, Guitars
Tim P. The Very Dangerous (Tim Johnson) - Guitar
Billy Disease (Kevin Hensley) - Organ, Sax
Mac Paul (Mac Stanfield) - Bass
Bolt Upright (Tad Hutchison) - Drums

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Ep 44 - Song 2: "Candy Lips" by The Frank Lloyd Tribe

"My name is Nicholas Buckton and I am the lead singer/guitarist of a band called the Frank Lloyd Tribe. I was born in Des Moines and have been recording and writing music here since I was in fifth grade.

"FLT was a rock band that was formed in Ames, IA when I was in school at ISU from 2008 to when I graduated in 2013. We would play (extremely) raucous house shows and would throw parties that centered around our band playing for many hours. We had the fortune to have our music played on the radio, used in a professional skiing video and a host of other odd and fantastic things.

"I have since calmed down a bit, but the music has been recorded and still remains from that time period."
- from an email to IMSC

Nicholas Buckton - Guitar/Vocals
Jay Kasperbauer - Drums
Elizabeth Opie - Bass




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Ep 44 - Song 3: "Rebekah (You've Got the Whole World)" by Liberty Hall Collective

"Hailing from the lands of corn (2 guys) and the lands of cheese (the other guy), Liberty Hall Collective was forged from a mutual necessity for music making in Storm Lake, Iowa in late 2013. Since then, they have risen to considerable acclaim for their unique mix of 60’s and 70’s-bred pop, modern rock sensibilities, and a foundational love of all kinds of music. From Brett Pongratz’s pop-punk-esque ventures to Kamron Warden’s Paul McCartney-style compositions to Chase Harrison’s anything-goes songwriting, the diverse range explored in the group is impressive. Liberty Hall Collective’s fun and diverse sound and stage antics are sure to delight audiences the world over."
- from their ReverbNation page

"From The Beatles to Ty Segall to Panic at the Disco, Liberty Hall Collective’s music has been compared to a number of sounds, but it truly has no equals. Forged from a mutual necessity for music making in Storm Lake, Iowa in late 2013, the group is founded on a unique blend of 60s and 70’s-bred pop, modern-rock sensibilities, and a foundational love of all kinds of music. This is aided by an exciting and dynamic stage show with as many twists and turns as a great novel. The band’s second album, Lights, shows the band’s scope and scale expertly, from earth-shattering arena rock to reserved, delicate jazz-pop ventures. (I don’t know how to end this)"
- from their Facebook page

Brett Pongratz - Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Chase Harrison - Bass, Backing Vocals, Wah-wah pedal
Kamron Warden - Drums, Organ, Backing Vocals




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Ep 44 - Song 4: "Good Intentions" by The World Is Flat

"Buzzkill rock from Des Moines, Ia."
- from their BandCamp page

"Three high school friends raised in a homeschooled environment spent their time playing Green Day and Modest Mouse covers in a basement. One day, one of them said 'Hey! This sounds pretty ok.' So they called themselves 'Branded As Better.' After everyone asked them why they were called, 'Brandon Is Better' and why there was no one named Brandon in the band, they renamed themselves 'Anticonscience.' They played shows for several months and over that time were challenged to write better and more authentic music. With a short hiatus, the group got together and began writing, working out a specific sound. They came back at 'The World Is Flat.'

"There are three of us.
Josiah Sutton, a pretentious wannabe philosopher with a love of 90s alternative, punk, and indie.
Stuart Merritt, a guitarist stuck on bass who keeps trying to make our music sound like Coldplay.
Morgan Vander Hart, a drummer who spends his time playing metal and indie, and serves the job of being attractive."
- from their Facebook page

Josiah Sutton - guitar, bass, vocals
Stuart Merritt - guitar, bass, vocals
Morgan Vander Hart - drums, raw sex appeal




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Ep 44 - Song 5: "Masquerade" by No Good Deed

"No Good Deed is a rock band from Des Moines Iowa comprised of a group of battle scarred veterans of the central Iowa music scene. "
- from their BandCamp page

“'In practices, people contribute with drum or guitar parts, and we’ll see what works and go from there,' Morgan said. '(Hansen) will come in with a bunch of ideas, and I’ll come in with a bunch, and we’ll all just kind of jam on riffs and see what works. At this point, after being together for a couple of years, we’ve kind of gotten to the point where we finish each other’s sentences.'"
- from an article by Chad Taylor in Cityview

"If you’re looking for beefy heartland rock ‘n’ roll with enough of a pop sheen to make it palatable, you’re 'Looking for a Mantra.' These fo​ur guys, veterans of the no-BS Midwest scene, rumble like they’re trying to keep the years at bay, and they’re succeeding.

"Guitarist/vocalist Doug Hansen drops fat chords and takes instrumental breaks in unanticipated directions. At times it’s the sonic equivalent of watching a mountain biker with a ProCam wobblying at the edge of a vertiginous cliff. Hansen is the dominant songwriter with six and one-half writing credits (the half shared with drummer Tim Schmitt) but everybody contributes to an effort made vastly more formidable through the efforts of many hands...

"Mostly, though, it’s reliable power pop with an edge sharp enough to cut yourself on. Imagine Urge Overkill without the preening, or Material Issue without the eagerness to please."
- from Patrick Beach on Austin American-Statesman

"No Good Deed’s component members have been around the scene for a couple of decades. In a way, you could call the band a kind of “super group” of early-’90s Des Moines influences... Lead singer Rob Reeves and guitarist Doug Hansen drive No Good Deed’s sound with a classic combination of clean vocals and crunchy rock riffs. It might not be hipster-slick, but it’s definitely still cool."
- from a review by Chad Taylor in Cityview

"Much like Cedar Valley bands House of Large Sizes and the Mittens, No Good Deed are what some people might call old-timers (all of the members are older than 40) who have stayed true to loud, fast rock 'n' roll while resisting grunge and other dreary sounding trends from the 1990s." - from a review by John Molseed in The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Doug Hansen - Guitar Vocals
Jeff Morgan - Bass, Vocals
Ray Ebert - Drums

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Ep 44 - Song 6: "The Falling" by Karen Meats The Vahnevants

"Karen Meat and the Vahnevants, two great Des Moines sounds that taste oh so great together. On this release, we find local singer/songwriter/musically schizophrenic pop-star Karen Meat getting dissolved into the acid-drenched “Back from the Grave” stylings of the Vahnevants. Just like taking too much of too much of Hoffman’s Olde Original, It’s nearly impossible to tell where the Id and Ego of each entity begins and ends."
- from Ed Bignar's Pop Occulture website

"Karen Meat and The Vahnevants hail from Des Moines, Iowa, where the musicians are a tightknit bunch with a penchant for collaboration. Given their shared interests and buddy status, It’s only right and natural that Karen Meat (Arin Eaton) and the Vahnevants would make a record together. The resulting EP,“Karen Meats the Vahnevants,” will not disappoint fans of either act.

"On first listen, the four songs on this EP might sound like the Vahnevants with a different frontperson. Closer inspection, however, reveals Eaton’s songwriting assuming an equal role. The creative signatures of the two acts blend well, with melodies teased out by guitars as much as vocals...

"Throughout the proceedings, them Vahnevant boys whip out lil’ lassos of C&W licks and strangle vibrato-laden leads out of their guitfiddles. 'Karen Meats the Vahnevants' is the musical equivalent of falling off a barstool. Morricone banshee wails blow by like tumbleweeds, and the overall effect is something akin to Joe Meek scoring a western.

For all the obvious points of aural reference, “Karen Meats the Vahnevants” never wanders into pastiche. The lyrics hit on the age-old concerns of rock ‘n’ roll (falling in love, falling out of love, getting soused) but framed in modern terms (they use the word ‘thot’ in a song title, fer fuck’s sake). The bleached-out recording–captured by Des Moines’ busiest taper, Phil Young–benefits the songs, the vocals at once present and distant, a thick film covering the lens.

So here ya go: rock ‘n’ roll chocolate and peanut butter. Eat y’self fitter and grab the tape, out now on the recently revived RULE_OG_Y label."
- from a review by Bob Bucko on the Your Record Collection Sucks website

Arin Eaton - vocals
James Brittenson - bass guitar
bRyan Meier - cello/drums
Micah Sturdevant - guitar/piano
Jared Vaughn - guitar/drums


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Ep 44 - Song 7: "30 Days" by Men of Science and Faith

"Formed in the beginning of 2014, Men of Science & Faith grew out of the idea of playing music forever. The group met on campus at Central College, with all of the members participating in performing arts ensembles. Honing their skills in and outside of classes and rehearsals, the four-piece band began rehearsing and writing."
- from their ReverbNation page

Dann Kuttler
Nathan Thiessen
Lucas Hamilton




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