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Iowa Music Project announces 2016 Songwriting Showcase honorees

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Results for the Iowa Music Project’s 2016 Songwriting Showcase are in! After fielding more than 200 submissions, curators at the Iowa Music Project have narrowed their list down to 25 finalists (plus two bonus tracks from Halfloves and Middle Western, performing at the June. 2 IMP launch party). The 25 finalists — listed below — will receive one half-day recording session at Flat Black Studios. A selection of these 25 tracks will also be included in a vinyl pressing released by Maximum Ames Records.

The compilation includes two Listeners’ Choice honorees, Matt Van and Mason Greve & the Pork Tornadoes. Music aficionados across Iowa cast more than 14,000 votes in the poll, which featured hundreds of submissions by Iowa-based artists.

Join us at the IMP Launch Party

Join Little Village and the Iowa Music Project on June 2, 2016 at the Des Moines Social Club for an IMP launch event featuring two opening acts and headliners The Middle Western, an Iowa songwriting supergroup led by William Elliott Whitmore and David Zollo. Iowa Public Radio will broadcast and emcee the event. Stay tuned for more details!

IMP Songwriting Showcase honorees

Artist / Group Track
1. Elizabeth Moen State Lines
2. Middle Western Help Me
3. Mason Greve and The Pork Tornadoes One Stop Shop *
4. Blake Bogenrief A Changed Man (feat. Jamie Eberhart)
5. Curt Oren Bing Bong
6. Annalibera Basic Writer
7. Tambourine Words
8. Ben Dunegan Liberation
9. Mutilated by Zombies The Tenth Man
10. Flash in a Pan Skunk River Blues
11. Peter Rolnick Brooklyn Girl
12. A.J. Worden Saying Yes to Everything
13. Jim Swim and Mary Bozaan Recently Lately
14. Maiden Mars I Dare You
15. Jenny Lynn Stacy and the Dirty Roosters Two Pennies for the Boatman
16. The Fuss Becoming the Worm
17. Doc Miller Pale Ale (Beware)
18. Squirrel Flower Midwestern Clay
19. Rick Burke Lazarus
20. Vanessa Ellsbury Lay Me Down
21. Matt Van I Don’t Wanna *
22. MarKaus Fallout
23. Halfloves No More Secrets
24. Victor Ayara Mfina Ibaha
25. Juni West Creeping Eyes
26. Calle Sur Tilín, Tilán
27. Justin Alan Cox & Jeremy Bos Old Northender

* Listeners’ Choice Winner

Listen: IMP Songwriting Showcase honorees (SoundCloud & Youtube)

About the IMP

The Iowa Music Project is made possible through by the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and presented in partnership with Flat Black Studio, Little Village Magazine, the Des Moines Social Club, and Maximum Ames Records. Additional support is provided by Adamantine Spine Moving.


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