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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Iowa Blues Showcase 14

Hey hows it going!!!   New show tonight features acoustic to screaming blues.  Kyle Dean Patton answer the question that yes you can dance to an acoustic band, and Bob Pace blows the lid off the joint with the most amazing set in showcase history!   you can now download the Iowa Blues Showcase on several sites most notably on ITunes, but also coming soon on Google Play!  Just do a google search and find out if your favorite download site has us.  if not ask for us!!!

Iowa Blues Showcase 14

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Iowa Blues Showcase 13

Iowa Blues showcase episode 13 is now up and running.  You can get it either on Podbean, or Itunes.  Make sure you subscribe so that you don't miss any episodes!

Iowa Blues Showcase 13

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Iowa Music Showcase

A nice blog post about the Blues Historian, and my blues related projects!  Thanks to Dan at the Iowa Music Showcase for featuring us.  It is good to know that Dan is helping all Iowa musicians by getting out the good news about Iowa music.  He also has a podcast and an internet radio show.  Check him out!!

Iowa Blues Showcase 12

Tonights show features Willie James Shay, Jimmy Shiffer, Steve George and the Living Stones.  ENJOY!!

Iowa Blues Showcase 12

on Itunes click here

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Taylor Hicks LIVE!!!!

Its been awhile since I have posted some Taylor Hicks!   Hey Soul Patrol hows it's going!  I am always grateful when Taylor plays the blues.  Things are tough right now and even on the local level it is hard to convince bar owners to hire blues bands.  With people like Taylor out there playing the blues gives me hope.  If Taylor is in your area you need to see him.  The man is a true hero of soul and blues. Thanks for keeping the blues alive!!!!

Iowa Blues Showcase 11 Dan Doran Tribute

Episode 11 is dedicated to Dan Doran, one of Kansas Cities best blues piano players.  He helped me learn to play the blues so many years ago.   Please listen, share, and subscribe.

Iowa Blues Showcase 11 Dan Doran Tribute

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Iowa Blues Showcase Episode 9

Yup Kids!!! Its SUNDAY FUNDAY!!!!!   Episode 9 is up and running on podbean.  As always if you are an ITunes subscriber give it a couple of hours and it will be there too!!!!     For ITunes go here

For Podbean you can listen below, or go over there and Subscribe!!!!!   also please like!!! Share!!!!  Help us spread the good news of the blues.  You know the blues is having hard times and you can play a part in saving it by helping us, and all of our artists out by sharing liking, and subscribing!!!!  See Ya later!!!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Iowa Blues Showcase Episode number 8

Hey kids its another Iowa Blues Showcase.   Episode 8 features the Late Great Gary Smith, and Gene Jackson with help from CC Stewart and Steve George.   Please listen, like and subscribe either on, or on Itunes.

Iowa Blues Showcase Episode number 8

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Episode 7 of the Iowa Blues showcase just in time for your 4th of July needs!  features Doug Johnson, and CC Stewart.  Great show!!!!!!!!    Enjoy!!

BTW, we should have a new venue, and will record new shows in September.  Check here for more Updates!!!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Podcast number 6th of the Iowa Blues Showcase

Here is the latest podcast of the Iowa Blues Showcase.  Our guests tonight are Steve George, Big Daddy Dennis Kain, and Jimmy Pryor.  originally recorded on January 11th 2003.  enjoy, like, rate, and share!!!!!!!      

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Podcast number 3!!!!

Wow!!!  Thanks everyone who has been listening to the Iowa Blues Showcase.  We are currently in tenth on PodOmatic, which is our current host.  Not sure where we are on ITunes, but this is exciting!  Episode three features Jimmy Pryor, the Midnite cowboy!   Des Moines legendary performer who lived, dressed, and sang the blues!   This was a great show from August 1999 recorded on a 4 track Fostex.  It still sounds pretty good considering that it was from a 17 year old cassette tape!!   I did work on the EQ because the second set was way too loud.  Sounds great though!   BTW, it is available on ITunes podcasts for those of you who use Ipad, or Ipods.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Podcast number two of the Iowa Blues Showcase

Podcast number two is up and running at Itunes  Click below

Its a great show featuring Roy Cashman, Don Brown, Dewey Cantrell, Steve George, and the Worlds most dangerous blues band the Bad Boys of the Blues.

Please subscribe, like and leave comments on ITunes.  Thanks!!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Iowa Blues Showcase Podcast

So a lot of changes here at the Blues Historian.  First the radio station has been long gone.  Live 365 either went out of business, or was sold to someone else, and bye bye Iowa blues on internet radio.  However, one of my long term goals is finally coming true, and that is the variety and blues show the Iowa Blues Showcase is finally going to be a real thing.  Technology has come a long way since the early 2000s when I was trying to get a local blues radio program on the air.   So many struggles, and trying to please program directors, sound men, engineers, etc, etc, etc,   There was just so many gate keepers that it was impossible to get everything lined up to get a show on the air.  However, now technology has made it easier and easier to produce and publish music online.  Especially the growth of Podcasting, much like everything else in the music business, the middle men have been taken out and the artists can pretty much do what they please.  Yet, the problem with freedom is that you have a ton of choices, and boy is the field crowded!  YIKES!!!!!  

The nice thing is that the Iowa Blues Showcase doesn't have to start from scratch since long time readers of the blog know about it, and even though I have been a lazy blues historian lately, this blog amazingly still pulls in visitors daily.  Most days about 100 of you are digging through the archives, and just two days ago 250 of you just showed up for no reason.  Thanks to you this decrepit blog still functions.  For the next few days I will be working on updating and fixing issues with the blog.  I will also try to delete posts that have no content.  (which will be hard considering there is several thousand posts)  Finally I will add new content including the return of the Iowa Blues Showcase!

That link above is your ticket to the podcast.  through this month it will be archived shows that you probably never have listened to, or if you did you were one of the few who caught it on the old Iowa Blues Showcase radio show on Live 365.   In July we start recording new shows so you definitely want to subscribe to the new podcast.  

BTW, the show will be recorded live once a month.  I will let you know the time and place so if you are interested in performing, or attending let me know by commenting, or emailing me.  

I look forward to finally getting this old blog back up and running.  I know, I have promised it before, but I finally have a lot to write about the blues again, and hey its time to get thing started.  

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Return of the Bad Boys of the Blues

Latest ad for our new gig at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines Iowa.  Starts Sunday March 13 and every Sunday after.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Bad Boys of the Blues! At The Basement

One more show with the Bad Boys of the blues!  Live at the Basement 901 Cherry St. Des moines iowa. 50313.   Be there or be square.  ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Red Haired Woman

Jon East singing Red Haired Woman with the Bad Boys of the Blues.  This was the last night of the jam at the Ingersoll Tap.  Jan 24th we will be doing a one night jam at the Basement.  Located under the Kum and Go theater in Downtown Des Moines.  You don't want to miss it if you are in the area.