The Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was founded in 1997 in Arnold’s Park, Iowa. Just over 10 years old, the hall has named a number of prominent Iowa musicians, music lovers and promoters to be a part of its legacy. Every year, there is a vote to induct people who have made a significant contribution to music in Iowa.
During this Talk of Iowa interview, host Charity Nebbe talks with Cindy Stanbro, executive director of the Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association, about the hall and about this year’s inductees. Mike Butterworth and Jason Wall-Smith of The Nadas, a part of the 2018 class, also join the conversation.
For Stanbro, the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame plays a key role in inspiring new generations of Iowa musicians.
“Our mission is to preserve the legacy of rock and roll music in Iowa by honoring achievements, educating youth, and inspiring artists,” Stanbro says. “Iowa artists needed a place to be honored as well. There’s so much that comes out of Iowa and it was important to have a place to honor those, to recognize those, to lift individuals up and to inspire those new generations of artists to pick up a guitar or try their hand at bass.”
Butterworth and Wall-Smith of The Nadas are elated about their upcoming induction into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They’ve been playing music together since their college days in Ames in the mid-90s.
“It’s an incredible honor and there are so many great artists who have paved the way who are present in that Hall of Fame,” Wall-Smith says.
The Nadas recently released their 11th studio album, One Louder. During this interview, they talk about the making of this new album, their relationship with their fans, and how you can show support for your favorite musicians.