Indie Music Room Radio Show

Heather Kelly - Indie Music Room

Hosted by Independent Recording Artist, Heather Kelly

My name is Heather Kelly and I couldn't be more excited to serve as host of the Indie Music Room. This new program is my opportunity to create a showcase for artists to share their original songs, explain the thoughts behind their creations, and play the most recent recordings a majority of the audience has not yet heard! Being an artist myself for over 10 years, I know what goes on behind the scenes to create an album of original music – I have released four of my own.

I believe indie musicians are underrated, underpaid and lead difficult careers trying to get heard and appreciated. Indie artists easily can be needles in the commercial haystack, but the Indie Music Room will give artists an outlet to connect with more listeners, hopefully open some doors, and FINALLY get their music heard!

The show has a fun atmosphere, with interviews being recorded at the renowned Junior’s Motel Recording Studio.

Be sure to subscribe to the Indie Music Room on our Fort Dodge Radio YouTube Channel and you'll be notified when each new show is released.

The Indie Music Room Podcast is also available on your favorite podcast directory. We have a few of our favorite podcast directories listed below including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeart Radio.

The Indie Music Room airs every Saturday at 6 PM and Sunday at 7 PM. Check out our Indie Music Room Facebook page for news about upcoming shows, photos, and additional insights.

If you would like to be considered as a guest on the Indie Music Room, drop me a note at [email protected] and tell me about your music and how you create it.

We also recommend the Audible Farm Podcast, another locally produced music podcast hosted by Peter Stockdale.

Indie Music Room - New Shows

Indie Music Room - #18: Annual Christmas Show 2020

December 14, 2020: It's Heather Kelly's annual Christmas show, featuring holiday music by Scott Dorman, Melvin James, Brandon Scott Sellner, Kirk Kaufman, Jack Gallup, Dave Hearn, and Tim Kelly.

Indie Music Room - #17: Scott Dorman

November 16, 2020: HHeather Kelly talks with Nashville songwriter Scott Dorman about his career in music. Scott talks about all the things he's done, from jingle writing to writing and performing in Nashville. Songs include One Thing, The Rest of My Life, and Trampoline.

Indie Music Room - #16: Joshua Sinclair

September 26, 2020: Heather Kelly talks with Joshua Sinclair about how his career has evolved over the past 20 years. Joshua talks about signing multiple record deals to the music biz in general, and all the things that go along with it. Songs include Hank, Silicone and Wine, She's Got It All, and Stitches.

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Indie Music Room - #15: Podcasting and Indie Music

August 7, 2020: Heather Kelly talks with Bill Grady about the early days of podcasting and it's connection with independent artists and their music. Bill tells how Podcasters used to connect with independent artists through Adam Curry's PodShow PodSafe Music Network. Songs include Summertime by Brother Love, Say What You Will by Chance, and Dear Cheri by Road Trip. Music provided from the PodShow Podsafe Music Network.

More from Brother Love and Them Vibes:
More from Chance:
More from Road Trip:

Indie Music Room - #14: Tim Kelly

May 23, 2020: Heather Kelly’s guest is her biggest musical influence, her father Tim Kelly. Tim talks about his journey as teen in starting a band, to a weekend musician with a family, and now writing and recording in his home studio. From appearing on KVFD’s Barn Dance as a teen to being inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Hall of Fame, Tim has done it all. Songs include South 22nd Street Bar, On My Way, and Ain’t Gonna Be the Blame.

Indie Music Room - #13: Kirk Kaufman

April 18, 2020: Heather Kelly talks with Kirk Kaufman about his many collaborations over the years. Kirk tells about how he writes his songs, and shares a story about meeting Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. Songs include End of Time, Little Bit Of, Cars Don't Rust in Outer Space, Space Cadet, and Bomber.

Indie Music Room - #12: Brook Hoover

March 21, 2020: Heather Kelly talks with Brook Hoover about the playing in the Surf Zombies, and the Flamin' Camaros. Brook talks about recording at Paisley Park Studios and gives the backstories of his songs. Songs include I'm a Lucky Guy, Beer Guzzling Swine, He Rides His Bike, and Impressed.

To find out more about Brook's music and the Surf Zombies, visit

Indie Music Room - #11: Todd Partridge

February 22, 2020: Heather Kelly talks with Todd Partridge from King of the Tramps about writing, recording, touring in Europe, and how the band's style has an Iowa influence. Songs include Wandering Kind, Last Man Standing, Old Crow, and a live version of Hard Times.

To find out more about Todd's music and the King of the Tramps, visit

Indie Music Room - #10: Jeff Banks

January 18, 2020: Heather Kelly talks with Jeff Banks about his music and playing as a session musician. Heather and Jeff talk about a recent show in Texas, his writing style, and how a dream helped him write a song. Songs include Big Dreams, Stirred Not Shaken, and High and Goodbye.

To find out more about Jeff's music, visit

Indie Music Room - #9: Christmas Show Part 2

December 14, 2019: In part 2 of our Christmas show, Heather Kelly talks with Kirk Kaufman about one of his Christmas music projects featuring artsits he's worked with. Music includes Merry Christmas by Melvin James, O Holy Night by Brandon Scott Sellner, It Won't Be Christmas by Dave Hearn, It's Christmas by Kirk Kaufman, and Christmas Time by Jack Gallup.

Indie Music Room - #8: Christmas Show Part 1

December 14, 2019: In part 1 of our Christmas show, Heather Kelly features holiday music by Dave Hearn and Tim Kelly. Dave is also in the studio with Heather and talks about each of the tracks. Music includes Deck The Halls, Pat a Pan, Coventry Carol, and Greensleeves by Dave Hearn, and The Christmas Song by Tim Kelly.

To find out more about Dave's music, visit

Indie Music Room - #7: Larry Myer

November 18, 2019: Heather Kelly talks to singer and songwriter Larry Myer. Larry has played in more than 200 towns around Iowa and over half of the U.S., and is a winner of the Branson Songwriting Contest. Heather and Larry talk about working his way up from being a street performer to playing large concert venues, life on the road and studio projects. Songs include Flatlands, Take a Look at These Blues, and Hanging On.

Learn more about Larry Myer's music at

Indie Music Room - #6: Alex Trevino

October 12, 2019: Heather Kelly talks with Alex Trevino, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, about his music which includes pop-punk to modern jazz and everything in between. Alex talks about his recording style, recording tools, and his unique way of playing the guitar upside down. Songs include The Storm, Snow, and Loaded Gun.

Learn more about Alex Trevino's music at

Indie Music Room - #5: Melvin James

September 14, 2019: Heather Kelly talks with Melvin James about his music career from sitting in with a band at the Iowa State Fair to signing with MCA Records and knocking Michael Jackson and Madonna off the MTV video charts. Melvin talks about recording his music as both a solo artist and with his band Planet Melvin. Featured songs include Why Won't You Stay, Havin' Fun, and Me and My Alien.

Indie Music Room - #4: Dennis Carlson

August 17, 2019: Heather Kelly talks with Dennis Carlson, a seasoned drummer and drum teacher about his career in music. From playing in garage bands, clubs, and recording sessions, Dennis Carlson has done it all. Dennis discusses life in the Big Apple, playing gigs, and why musicians aren't paid like they should. Songs included in this show are Take a Vacation by The Transformers, and New York to the Rescue by Dennis Carlson.

Hear more of Dennis Carlson's music at

Indie Music Room - #3: Frank Wiewel

July 19, 2019: Heather Kelly talks with Frank Wiewel and Kirk Kaufman about the history of the HAWKS. Frank talks about playing small towns, recording in historic studios such and Chess Records and Muscle Shoals. Kirk and Frank share stories from their appearance on American Bandstand and give the backstory to 3 songs by the HAWKS: Black and White, The Great Divide, and Need Your Love.

Indie Music Room - #2: Dave Hearn

June 15, 2019: Dave Hearn is a veteran songwriter, composer and independent artist from Fort Dodge, Iowa. Dave and Heather talk about his new album "Hearts Get Broken" and discuss his writing and recording style.

To find out more about Dave's music, visit

Indie Music Room - #1: Kirk Kaufman and Heather Kelly

June 15, 2019: Kirk and Heather talk about their early days as independent artists and how they write and record songs. Kirk talks about the most over-used studio effect and Heather shares her thoughts about being the host of the Indie Music Room.

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