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Oct. 31, 2005

WSUI To Release Second 'Live Java Blend' CD Nov. 15

Iowa Public Radio station WSUI is releasing a sequel to its successful "Live Java Blend" homegrown music compilation Nov. 15, featuring artists from around Iowa and across the country who have performed on "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" program.

Just as with the first "Live Java Blend" CD, which has netted more than $10,000 in sales since its release in December 2004, proceeds will go to support public radio in Iowa.

This second volume will feature not only the work of Iowa artists like blues legend Patrick Hazell, folk-rock favorite Ben Schmidt and Tipton native Matthew Wright, but also original songs by top-notch musicians from coast to coast. The work of award-winners Rachael Davis of Boston, Sarah Sharp of Austin, Willy Porter of Milwaukee and Kelly Joe Phelps of Seattle will appear on the disc.  The artists are donating selected performances of their original songs to create the CD. All shows were recorded before live audiences as part of the Friday morning broadcast produced and hosted by Ben Kieffer. 

"As soon as we saw how much interest there was in the first CD, it was an easy decision to get to work on the second one," says Joan Kjaer, WSUI/KSUI general manager and program director of KSUI. "Ben's got a wealth of great performances to draw from. I can't wait to hear it myself."

The CD also includes many Iowa talents such as Fairfield singer-songwriter Jeffrey Hedquist. His original song "New York Times" reminisces about his days as a young songwriter in the Big Apple. It's the only one of the collection that was not recorded at the show's home venue, Iowa City's downtown Java House. The performance, which featured Hedquist and a host of musicians from the Fairfield area, took place at Fairfield's Café Paradiso during the show's summer tour of coffee houses across the state. Hedquist calls the broadcast "a great weekly gift for radio listeners and musicians alike that has made it easier for us musicians to reach larger audiences."

After more than four years and some 200 live shows, the Friday morning show that promises "fresh-brewed conversation topped off with live music" has captured the attention of many nationally-known artists and agents. 

"My first Midwest tour was planned around a chance discovery and invitation by Ben Kieffer," says acclaimed Texan singer-songwriter Sarah Sharp. Sharp, the recipient of numerous awards including two Austin Music Awards for best pop and best jazz artist, says she's "honored and delighted" to donate a song to the new CD. Her performance was arranged after a chance meeting with Kieffer in Austin, where he had just finished a long day at a public radio conference. "I went to check out Austin's famous live music scene and saw Sarah Sharp perform. I was instantly mesmerized by her voice and asked her right then to come to Iowa to be on the broadcast," Kieffer said.

After its release, the CD can be ordered by mail through WSUI. Business owners interested in supporting public radio by selling the CD at their place of business can get copies through WSUI. For more information, email or call WSUI at or 319-335-5730.

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,