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Oct. 5, 2005

Note: This is a corrected release. The original headline listed the performance date as Oct. 7. The actual date is Oct. 14.

The 100s Perform Live on 'Talk of Iowa' Radio Program Oct. 14

Steadily gaining notice for its own brand of Americana music, The 100s blend elements of folk, country and rock 'n' roll in their debut CD "Take the Gravel Home." Members of this Eastern Iowa band will perform live and talk about their music on the Oct. 14 edition WSUI's "Talk of Iowa" radio program.

The public is invited to join the audience for this special edition of the show, broadcast live at 10 a.m. from The Java House in downtown Iowa City.

The 100s' original material on "Take The Gravel Home" addresses the themes of "love and loyalty, rainstorms and redemption, drunkards and dreamers, better days and bitter harvests," according to the band's biography. "Happy On The Farm" is a paean to the simple joys of country living; the tragic "Darwin Adams" could be a footnote from the 1980s farm crisis; and "Shakytown" is a haunting meditation about moving west and wondering what lies ahead. The album includes two covers -- Joe Henry's "Fireman's Wedding" and "Annabel" by Detroit band The Volebeats.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reviewer Eric Clark calls six-member band "upbeat, melodious and as straightforward as its members' Eastern Iowa roots."

Hosted and produced by Ben Kieffer, "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. It 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 by clicking on "Listen to WSUI"; it is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays.

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