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May 31, 2007

The Nadas, Brother Trucker And The Josh Davis Band To Appear On 'Java Blend'

Three Iowa-based bands, The Nadas, Brother Trucker and The Josh Davis Band, will be the guests on Iowa Public Radio's "Java Blend" program noon Friday, June 8, at Iowa City's Java House.

The public is invited to be part of the live audience for the show at the Java House, 211 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. The hour-long show originates from the University of Iowa's radio station, WSUI-AM 910.

The Nadas have carved a thriving career out of what was once their college pastime, consistently filling clubs and colleges across the country and selling more than 75,000 albums through their own Authentic Records. Originally formed more than 12 years ago in Ames, the group remained a favorite with Iowa audiences and has since expanded its listener base nationwide.

Des Moines rock band, Brother Trucker (photo left), is led by singer/songwriter Andy Fleming, whose songs pay homage to the underpaid, the under-loved, the unemployed and the disconnected. Fleming's vocals and rhythm guitar are accompanied by Mike Fitzpatrick on lead, Matt Winegardner on drums and Lyle Kevin Hogue on bass.

Josh Davis has been a singer/songwriter for the past five years. In 2004, Jason Walsmith and Mike Butterworth of The Nadas took an interest in his writing. Then in the spring of 2005, he joined the Nadas' label, Authentic Records. With their help, Davis put together an all-star band consisting of (photo right) Paul Hart (lead guitar), Brian Totten (drums), and Dustin Baird (bass). The Josh Davis Band's first record, "The White Whale," was released in March 2006.

This edition of  "Java Blend" will be broadcast statewide on Iowa Public Radio Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24. A full calendar of upcoming "Java Blend" performances and broadcasts see http://iowapublicradio.org/programs.php and scroll to "Java Blend."

Nadas members Jason Walsmith and Mike Butterworth will also be guests on a live broadcast of Iowa Public Radio's "The Exchange" program from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, June 8, at the Java House. Walsmith and Butterworth are the owners and founders of the Des Moines-based Authentic Records, which they started as a way to maintain control of the band's material. They will discuss the challenges they've faced in starting up a successful independent record label.

Hosted by Ben Kieffer, "Java Blend" offers an eclectic mix of live music from the vibrant independent music scene, featuring artists from around the state and around the country. Kieffer infuses the performances with lively discussion to find out about the artists' music and lives.

The program will also be videotaped for several TV broadcasts on the UITV cable channel in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area. The audio version also can be heard worldwide on the Internet via Iowa Public Radio stations' live Webcasting.

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Program: Ben Kieffer, WSUI, 319-335-5730

OTHER INFORMATION: http://wsui.uiowa.edu/events.htm; artist information at http://www.thenadas.com, http://www.myspace.com/brothertrucker, http://www.thejoshdavisband.com