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Vote: The Iowa Music Project — Listeners’ Choice

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Iowa Music Project

The Iowa Music Project — a James Gang endeavor dedicated to supporting live music throughout the state of Iowa — is now accepting submissions for a statewide songwriting showcase. 25 songs by artists with Iowa ties will be chosen for an IMP-produced compilation. This will include two listeners’ choice selections, to be voted on below.

Showcase submissions:

YouTube submissions

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SoundCloud submissions

Choose wisely!

Voting period closed

Thank you to both the artists and fans for participating in the listeners’ choice portion of the Iowa Music Project’s Songwriting Showcase. Listeners across Iowa cast more than 14,000 votes between Feb. 1 and Mar. 23! After tallying the results, we’re happy to announce that the following two artists have been selected for a spot on the IMP Songwriting Showcase:

Voting details

Browse the music featured on this page. When you’ve found a song you think deserves a spot on the showcase, cast your vote below. Vote once per day through March 23 (updated). The top two vote-getters (according to average number of votes per day) will receive:

Honorees will be announced by April 1, 2016.

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simply awesome!

Beautiful and peaceful…Deb has an angel voice!

Thanks for all the great music over the years!

Love Dust Radio! Remember that name ;)

I want to vote for Catfish Murphy but they’re not listed as an option. Add them please!

Hi Robert,

There was a small glitch earlier that prevented a couple of the most recent submissions from appearing on the poll. The problem has since been resolved, however. Thanks for the feedback!




That song by A.J. Worden is amazing o my goddddd

Seven Years Song Is Amazing!!

Beautiful song Deb!

I can’t get any sound when I play the Ben Driscoll sut. I’ve tried 3 times so far with the same result, The player appears to be playing but no music emerges. The cut before and after play; that one does not.

sut = cut

Saying Yes to Everything by Aj Worden is a fresh and expressive tip of hat to Bob Dillon’s iconic 60’s sound-i like it alot

7 Years song is straight dope!

The Fuss – Becoming The Worm –WOW!!! FTW

Agree 100%. – they Killed it !!!

Steve Couch! He’s our boss! He knows what is best for us!

Yep, Steve Couch! He’s hilarious! Great song.

Hunter Dumped Us Here takes the cake!

Gabe Reasoner of HDUH is the bomb!!!

Gabe is destroying the Iowa local scene!!

Gabe in HDUH is my favorite


Good stuff (so far): Mason Greve, Jeff Miguel, Christian Schneiders, Kaya May, Ben Dunegan, Randahl R, Lojo Russo and Steve Elliott. Check ’em out. Vote for your faves!

Crystal City! All the way!

Steve Couch is God!

Catfish Murphy! Put the ear buds in and enjoy!!

Check out Blake Bogenrief! Changed Man is great! Vote vote vote!

No comment… Wait awesome song dawg! Funky fresh keep pumping out the jams!

Another great tune: She Blew Away / Aerosol Halo. Well done!!!

Thanks for the kind words guys :)


LOVE THE FUSS! Great new music!!

Me too!!!!!

They’re the BEST !

Number One in my book #1 !!!!

Thanks guys, glad you dig it.

Ryan Sheeler is the man!!!

Submit some of your stuff Todd. They are taking submissions up to March 15.

Catfish Murphy is amazing! Check out their song rattlesnake and if you ever get the chance to catch one of their shows you definitely don’t want to miss out! Very entertaining and always a great time with great music!

Becoming the Worm is where it’s at

I love the song and Blake’s wonderful voice!

I recently submitted a song. Do all of them get put up here for people to vote upon? If so, do you know how long it will take for this list to be updated?

Thank you!

Hi Caitlyn,

New songs are added every Monday. Thanks for your submission!

Check out 252nd take in the YouTube submissions – gorgeous!! Very talented, Kristopher!

Kristopher- such amazing unique talent! Best of luck to you! You ROCK, pretty HOT too!!!

Thank you, I’m blushing :)

Agreed!!! Would love to hear more!

I voted Sunday late afternoon or early evening. Now on Monday it’s thanking me for having voted. Does it get reset every calendar day? Or is it a 24-hour period following my last vote? Thanks.

Hi Steve,

Glad you got it sorted out. To answer your question, voting resets 24 hours after the time of your last vote.


After numerous attempts at reloading the page, I was able to vote today as soon as I sent the question above. For whatever reason, problem solved.

Another good one: Ben Randall The Sun and The Rain. Check it out (cool video too).

Rendall (you’d think I could TYPE!!!!!)

Some more good stuff: Steve Couch, Dust Radio and Arturo Cavazos. Check ’em out and vote schmote.

Kevin kelley has done it again, lyrics that put a smile on your face and a tear in your eye.

Thank You Steve I’ll let Rubin know.

Crystal City’s Bait and Sitch kills it!

Love Kevin Kelley’s (aka Rubin Ptero) wit and storytelling in his songs!

Steve Couch’s song is great! love it!!

More good stuff: Blake Bogenrief, Jack Lion, Doug Collins, EightUp, Robert Otting, and Caitlyn Wolfe. Check ’em out and vote schmote!

Super thrilled to be included in this! Thank you so much for the support and shout out! :)

Give Texas Holdem’ Lava Dome a listen, you’ll enjoy them for sure!

Deb Tiemens clear pitch-perfect voice has the right sound for a song about spring. (Well it at least makes me think about spring.)

Deb Tiemens all the way!

They are awesome!!!!

Yes Marcia Hoffard – Wild Childhood is awesome!!!

Southern Iowa Music Mafia……Rick Burke…Knocks it out of the park !

Awesome song!!!!!

So impressive!

Keep up the inspiring work.

Love your music, Deb! Such a beautiful voice!

Still more good stuff: Brazilian 2wins, Einstein’s Junkyard, Brooklyn Girl (tune – don’t know the artist) and Kelli Rae Powell. Listen and vote schmote!

Love the soothing sound of 252nd take. Very talented artist!

It would be interesting to see where it would take him if he opened up his finger picking to include more than just thumb and forefinger. This is not a criticism as I think he does a great job on the tune. I just imagine even more impressive playing with a more open approach.

Thank you, Ron. I’m 100% self-taught. Never had a lesson, watched an instructional video, played covers or had anyone show me techniques. I just picked up a guitar one day and tried to figure out how to play stuff I thought sounded alright. This song was recorded years ago, and I have discovered and incorporated more tricks into my new pieces since. I’m always trying to learn and evolve, and your advice is appreciated! Thanks again for the comment!

Sounds like you’re in the same boat as I was when I started out. I just wanted to play so I bought sheet music and learned my chords from that. Years later I found I was using more difficult fingerings than necessary. Like you, I just tried to make things sound like what I heard on records. Keep at it! Like I said, I can imagine many more tunes to come as you take yourself further. Best – and hope all is well.

Thank you, Chris! I’m glad you liked it!

Kristopher!!! Oh yeh!

Thank you, Kathy!

Kathee – my apologies. Auto – corrected your name

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Many good artists. Except for a few I really didn’t like. The damfinos where not that good. Some potential. The guitarist was weak. But the basist has potential the drummer and singer was good. But the sound in the video was poor. Not worthy for my vote. Plus I think they stole there name from another band that has it copyrighted.

Love “River of Tears”. Very emotional and polished sounding.

Kelli Rae Powell !! ‘Bury Me In Iowa City’ !! Magnificent ~

Checked out Damfinos on Ryan’s advice. Agreed, the song is good but the singer is a hack! Although apparently they do a version of Drops of Jupiter by Train live, and it is so moving. The basist even plays shirtless!

Wish we could vote for more artists than just one! Also, I don’t see Einstein’s Junkyard’s song Light My Life on the listening list?

Kronos Resistor and Shitty Wizards both deserve checking out. I cant tell you how to vote, but both of these bands are very impressive. Give them a listen, they are worth your time.

Question for IMP administrators and Little Village folks:

Given that you keep soliciting and adding submissions to the Listeners’ Choice contest, and that the method for deciding the winners is “average number of votes per day,” consider this scenario: 1) Artist A has a song in the contest from day one, and gets 10 votes a day; 2) Artist B submits a song on the last day of the contest, and gets 50 votes a day.

Per your method, Artist B would win with a daily average of 50 votes. However, Artist A would have amassed some 400 more votes over the course of the contest. Fair?

Since another 23 IMP winners will, according to your site, be chosen by a different process (judging of some sort, I assume), why not run the Listeners’ Choice portion of the competition like every other such competition–set a deadline for entry, then have the artists/songs who met that deadline compete for votes until the end of the voting period (either through the daily average method or a raw number)? The way you’ve proceeded actually penalizes those artists who have been in the contest longer.


Good point as that entered my thoughts also. The other complication – for me anyway – is I can’t keep track of what I’ve already listened to and what are newer submissions. That, in my mind, also short changes the newer submissions.

It seems to me that younger people (with more friends) have a distinct advantage especially with social media as it is. The quality of a song has no bearing in these cases. Good luck to everyone…

Still even more good stuff: Artas Latinas, Keith DeBoer and the Awful Purdies. Listen and vote schmote for your faves.

Simple beautiful

Todd Courson’s Wall Cloud is Fantastic!

Please make it easier to listen to songs that were not submitted by “Sound Cloud.”

Several people have told us they don’t see any instructions or clear directions about how to listen to our song.

Charles and Lynn

When I come to the site the YouTube submissions are at the very top of the page. Scroll bar on the side. What could be easier? I would encourage you to let your friends know how to use the site after visiting yourself. HTH.

Alex Bergan all the way! Listen to Poor Man, you guys will love it!

I have been playing music in Iowa since the 1960’s. It’s about time we create the Iowa Music Scene. It’s about time the musicians in Iow aget the publicity and acknowledgement of the masses. Jimmy Holiday, Marvin Spencer, Joe Hernandez, Lonnie Flowers, David Graves and list go on and on and most musicians don’t even know who these people are. Unfortunately they have all passed on but they paved the way for a lot of musicians in this state.

Changed Man by Blake Bogenrief is by far the smoothest-flowing song on here. The transitions from verse to chorus/bridge to chorus etc. are that of someone with a TON of songwriting experience. It also utilizes male and female harmony more effectively than any other song on here, arguably. It has my vote 100%.

Vote for Jim Swim and Mary!! An amazing powerhouse sound between the two of them. Sweet and simple yet very intelligent and well constructed original music. Love them.

Portal seem like three talented young fellows. Check out their instrumental, Mountain. Interesting time changes and good versatility between the three players. Worthy of your vote!

Todd cordon is amazing!!


Awesome words….original songwriting

NoiseKillSound…I like what I hear. You get my vote today. Keep up the interesting work.

Even still more good stuff: Victor Ayara. Abbie Sawyer, Bjoens (Hank Williams Guitar), and Adma42. One more day to vote for your favorites – LISTEN and VOTE Schmote!!!

Kristopher Doepp has an awesome one worth checking out, everyone!!

Thank you for the kind words, Denise!

Slump Boyz – Dreamin Corenz kilt that song

I thought voting was done the 15th?

Check out Kristopher Doepp’s cool track! You’ll love it!

More “interesting” stuff: Twig, ARU and Juni West. @Juni: you absolutely MUST get a better recording of this tune. It’s a fun tune and it would great to hear it with better production!

Melanie Devaney, all the way! Hard working amazing singer songwriter. She deserves the win! X

Thanks Mells Bells!

I agree that Melanie Devaney is quite a talent. As evident by the many YouTube videos. Melanie has been well received in many venues. Whether she is doing cover or an original song. She always sounds great and her personality shines brightly. I’ve seen her in Bettendorf twice at the library. bought her Single Subject notebook CD.Soon to see her at a couple other venues. Has an amazing sweet yet soulful voice. On stage she exudes a wonderful rapport with the audience.

AGREE! There are so many very good tunes/performances – the folks who have to decide who gets on the album have a tough task ahead. Check out the tunes and VOTE!!

Thank you Kevin! Still working on that Gordon Lightfoot song for you!

Alec Ryan song! Check it out! It’s great! Nice job, Alec! I hope you win!
Tonya (your mom’s college roommate and fellow music major)

Thank you, Tonya! That means a lot! I’m honored to have your support!

I’ll take “interesting” from Ron for ARU. Will that be enough ? We shall see

Hey Randy, I sometimes like synth oriented “soundscapes”/music. One does not hear this kind of composition very often so it’s cool to hear some here.

Melanie Devaney, very talented, keep on!

Thank you Francisco!

My fav is Mi Familia, by David G. Smith!

Even more good stuff: Kendra Swanson, Kevin Lindgren, Soul Phlegm and Matt Van. One more day to vote tomorrow. Listen and VOTE!

AND Eric Quiner

AND Stacy Webster

THIS is a GOLDEN idea ! thankyou, Love, Auntie Lisa

Juni West! Awesome!

Congrats to Mason Greve and the Pork Tornadoes AND Matt Van for getting the well deserved votes. So many other good tunes/artists here which proves that Iowa has some talented folks that are worth the listen. Hope the IMP makes this an annual thing.

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