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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 6, 2004

'Live Java Blend' Benefit CD Is Now Available

"Live Java Blend," a public radio benefit compilation of live recordings from WSUI's "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House," is now available at local stores, by mail order, and at WSUI studios.  

The CD is $15 and is available at all Java House locations in Iowa City, New Pioneer Co-ops in Iowa City and Coralville, Iowa Artisans Gallery, The Galleries Downtown and Prairie Lights Books. It can also can be purchased at WSUI studios or sending a check for $15 per CD plus $2 shipping to WSUI, 710 S. Clinton St., Iowa City, IA 52242.

An online order form is also available at the WSUI website, where you can hear online audio samples from "Live Java Blend" and see and a list of other locations around Iowa where the CD is on sale. Proceeds from the $15 CD will go to support WSUI and KSUI, the University of Iowa's public radio stations.

Java House host and the CD's producer Ben Kieffer compiled the 20-song collection. Selections range from the jazzy American songbook style of Susan Werner to the harmonious folk-rock melodies of The Nadas and Big Wooden Radio, and from a tragic Celtic ballad by Border Lord to a powerful love song by rhythm and blues artist Kevin "B.F." Burt. Well-known folk veterans John Gorka and Dave Moore also contribute songs, as do such notable talents as Mike and Amy Finders, Bob and Kristie Black, Scott and Michelle Dalziel, Stuart Davis, Jen Gloeckner, Dave Zollo, Will Whitmore, Robert Morey, Patrick Brickel, Amelia Royko, Ben Schmidt, No River City and Burn Disco Burn. 

"We hope people will give them as gifts," said Kieffer. "It's uniquely Iowa, featuring diverse Iowa talent for the benefit of Iowa's public radio."

All the artists donated their performances. The colorful artwork for the CD cover was specially created for the project and donated by Iowa City artist Bekah Ash.

The "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" program is broadcast 10 a.m. Fridays on WSUI. The show mixes live local music with talk about contemporary arts, community, and cultural issues.

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

CONTACTS: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: Kieffer is available for interview at 319-335-5730 or 319-325-0900

OTHER INFORMATION: See initial release on  "Live Java Blend" at; see also