Blue Avenue

Sundays at 5 p.m. on IPR News/Studio One and Thursdays at 2 p.m. on Studio One online

Host Bob Dorr presents old school, new generation, historic, and contemporary blues and its derivations including soul, funk, rock 'n' roll, and gospel.

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After six weeks of surveying the nominees for this year's Blues Music Awards, it's back to a more "normal" show. Lots of new blues releases including the latest by Otis Taylor, Nick Moss, and the late Eddie Kirkland, plus exclusive IPR recordings of Reverend Raven & The Chain Smoking Alter Boys at the 2010 Linn County Blues Society Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids and some blues on vinyl by Electric Flag and Sleepy John Estes.

We continue our 6-week survey of nominees for this year's Blues Music Awards from the Blues Foundation by hearing selections from all the nominees for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of The Year and Contemporary Blues Album of The Year. Plus, hear exclusive IPR recordings of Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band at the 2011 Linn County Blues Society Bluesmore Festival and new releases from Big James and the Chicago Playboys and Iowa's Candymakers.

This show originally aired on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012