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July 1, 2005

Bluegrass Band Featured July 8 on 'Talk of Iowa' Program

The Burlington Street Bluegrass Band, which includes some of  Iowa's best and most respected bluegrass players, will perform live on the July 8 edition of "Talk of Iowa," produced by the University of Iowa public radio station WSUI-AM 910.

The program is broadcast live on public radio affiliates throughout Iowa. The public is invited to join the audience for this 10 a.m. live broadcast at The Java House in downtown Iowa City.

The newly formed group is comprised of Bob Black, Al and Aleta Murphy, Dale Thomas, Joe Peterson and Mike Finders.

Black played banjo as one of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys from 1974 to 1976. Black's solo debut from 1979, "Ladies on the Steamboat," has just been reissued in compact disc format plus five songs recorded live with Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys. On the program, he will discuss his new book "Come Hither to Go Yonder: Playing Bluegrass with Bill Monroe."

For the second straight year, Mike Finders has taken first place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, a world-renowned Americana/roots music festival. 

Every Friday morning at 10 a.m., "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. Host Ben Kieffer moderates the mix of lively discussion, drama and live music drawn from a rich pool of intellectual, artistic and tuneful talent.

The "Talk of Iowa" show can be heard on WSUI AM 910 from Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI AM 640 from Ames/Des Moines, KTPR - FM  91.1 from Fort Dodge, KOWI FM 97.9 from Lamoni and KWOI FM 90.7 from Carroll. The broadcast can also be heard in streaming audio at http://wsui.uiowa.edu/ by clicking on "Listen to WSUI"; it is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu.