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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.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Bad Boys of the Blues: Don't Do It

 One of the last shows we did at the Ingersoll Tap.  Hope you enjoy our rendition of the Five Royales, Don't Do It.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

1/2 a Million views!!!!!!!!!!!!

I missed this milestone, because, well, I have been lazy.  Yup, I used to post 6 to 8 times a day, 7 days a week, then it eventually went down to 7 times a week, mostly on Monday, then a couple times a month to a couple times a year to nothing.  yes, I know life is like that.  It got really, really complicated.  I had a full time job, an 8 hour work day, and I could devote my time to blogging, but now I have five part time jobs, and I am lucky to have time to do anything.  I am not going to promise to be more active.  although with a built in audience that I have that still pulls in 100 views a day, I am pretty dumb to not use this platform.   Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo, I will try to be a better blogger. Not going to say that things will be like the glory days, or that anything will change, but I will try to keep this going. 

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

BB King

As of now BB King still lives.  He is at home under hospice care.  While most people used hospice at the end of their life, it also can be used for elderly people without anyone to help them.  It is really hard to know just what is going on.  There seems to be a feud between BB Kings management which has power of attorney.  Vs. the family who called the police because of what they believed was elder abuse.  It is also hard to know just what happened in BB's brief stay in the hospital.  I have avoided all of the typical parasitic paparazzi tabloid new sites, because they really don't know either.  What I do know is that BB has been sick since last winter and has canceled months of shows.  This is not good.  However, don't give up hope. Keep positive thoughts going his way. 

Ben E King RIP

The great Ben E King passed away.  It is unfortunate that his passing and the critical illness of BB King have confused a lot of people.  Ben E King was a soul singer who had hits with the Drifters.  They had hits with such songs as Under the Boardwalk and Save the Last Dance for Me.  After leaving the Drifters he had a hit with Stand By Me, which later was a hit again for the soundtrack of the movie Stand By Me.  For more information check out CNN here.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Best of Des Moines Blues, Blues Army of Des Moines, and Saving the Blues One Soul at a Time.

Sorry for not blogging, but life is busy, and the blue class was canceled. Apparently college kids are not interested in the blues.  Probably a fairly true statement not because they dislike the blues, but have never heard it, or realized that they have listened to it.  Every time you watch TV, or a commercial you hear the blues.  It is used a lot in popular entertainment, and yet the kids seem unaware of its existence.

 However, if you need a blues fix I am posting now at the Best of Des Moines Blues. It is part of the Blues Army of Des Moines an attempt to save the blues by promoting local blues musicians.  Trust me it could be a long up hill battle, but if your town is like Des Moines you have probably seen fewer places playing the blues, and even fewer local bands playing the blues.  Certainly national acts still come through Des Moines, but how can you have a local blues scene without a blues bar, or local blues bands?????? 

If you like come join our fight.  You don't need to be from Des Moines to join the blue army, just like us on Facebook. I will still stop by from time to time to post here, but mostly I will be working on the Best of Des Moines blues Vlog. 


Blues Historian

Monday, February 10, 2014

Tyrone Davis - Can I Change My Mind

The late great Tyrone Davis! 

Bobby Rush - I Ain't Studdin You (Live)

Twerking before it was called twerking.   Bobby Rush and his dancers have been twerking long before young white girls started doing it.  You would be amazed at the number of people who tell me that young kids don't like the blues, but they sure do still steal from the blues:-)   I also caught my kids at the high school a few years ago listening to Clarence Carter!  

Friday, January 31, 2014

New Artist of Southern Soul

2009 video of FaLisa JaNaye nice Southern Soul and another blues artist you probably haven't heard about.  Keep checking in here for the next few months to get educated about the best blues you have never heard.