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1985November16Live from Honolulu, Hawaii Another classic broadcast with the late Chet Atkins, Taj Mahal & Carlos Andrade, the Sons of Hawaii, Peter Ostroushko, and Butch Thompson.
1985November23Live from Claremont, California Here's a vintage broadcast, which features the late Chet Atkins. With Willie Nelson, Johnny Gimble and Peter Ostroushko.
1996January13Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With Laurie Lewis and Butch Thompson.
1996January20Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With Ad Vielle Que Pourra and Ch'uwa Yacu
1996January27Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. With Rosemary Clooney, Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series, Janis Hardy, Maria Jette, Helen Bonchek Schneyer and Vern Sutton
1996February3Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With The Horseflies, Jack Knife and the Sharps, Kate Mackenzie and The Vibro Champs.
1996February10Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With James Earl Jones, The Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series, John Hammond, and Richard Greene.
1996February17Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With the Cox Family; Peter Rowan and Jerry Douglas; and Francine Roche with Mark Stillman.
1996February24Live from the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada With La Bottine Sourainte, Natalie McMaster, Pierre Imbert, Linda Cullen, Bob Robertson, Vicki Gabreau and Bill Richardson.
1996March2Live from Anchorage, Alaska With the Alaska Chamber Singers, Libby Riddles and Northern Lights Dancers
1996March30Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota It's The Second Annual "Talent from Towns Under 2,000" contest.
1996April6Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With the Battlefield Band and their "Celtic fusion" (rooted in traditional Scottish music), plus guitarist Leo Kottke.
1996April13Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With Erica Rhodes, the Turtle Island String Quartet and, from New York, two other audience favorites, Walter Bobbie and Allison Janney.
1996April20Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With the Hopeful Gospel Quartet.
1996April27Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota "Where do jokes come from, and where do they go?" with humorist Roy Blount Jr. and comedian Paula Poundstone.
1996May4Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With Butch Thompson and a New-Orleans-style jazz band.
1996May11Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota It's the Young Artists Showcase with 14-year-old mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, and 27-year-old Seamus Egan, Irish traditional musician, leading the quintet called Solas.
1996May25Live from Chapel Hill, North Carolina With the Red Clay Ramblers, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and "backward talker" Kelly Inch.
1996June1Live from the Palace Theater in Columbus, Ohio With a cappella group Throat Culture and National Heritage Foundation Fellow, fiddler Kenny Sidle.
1996June8Live from the Alberta Bair Theater in Billings, Montana With Jo Miller/Laura Love Connection, humorist Ian "Sandy" Frazier, and poet Wallace McRae.
1996June15Live from the Laurie Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas With Flaco Jimenez y su Conjunto, fiddler Johnny Gimble, and prize-winning laughers from the Ripley's Believe It or Not contest: "Oddest Laugh in Texas."
1996June22Live from the Johnny Mercer Theater in Savannah, Georgia With the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
1996June29Live from the Johnny Mercer Theater in Savannah, Georgia Live from the Interlochen Fine Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan With the Interlochen Players.
1996July6A rebroadcast of the March 4, 1995 broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, live from Amherst, Massachusetts, with the New England Chestnuts, a Contra dance band; traditional musician Mike Seeger; and the Hopeful Gospel Quartet. Sketches includes "Adventures in Ethics," about a talk-show host with a conscience (the conscience's voice is child-actress Erica Rhodes).
1996July13A rebroadcast of the April 8, 1995 broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota-" Talent From Towns Under 2,000." Featuring six acts from the small towns and rural areas of the upper Midwest: the Bob Brenny Polka Band, harmonica player Larry Cooper, pianist William Munson, guitarist-singer Yata Peinovich, a cappella octet Sometimes 8, and yodeler Janet Sorenson.
1996July20A rebroadcast of the April 1, 1995 broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, live from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. With Nanci Griffith, The Fairfield Four, Chet Atkins with Paul Yandell, and the Hopeful Gospel Quartet. Songs include "Back Again," about Republicans in Washington; and "Stealin' from Chet," played by Pat Donohue and Chet Atkins.
1996July27A rebroadcast of the April 22, 1995 broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, with Butch Thompson and Australian singer Eric Bogle. Thompson and pianist Rich Dworsky play "Chopsticks Fantasy," four hands on the piano, and "The News From Lake Wobegon" is the listener favorite-a couple is injured by a ceiling mirror at the Romeo Motel.
1996August3A rebroadcast of the April 29, 1995 broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul Minnesota, with The Duke's Men, playing the music of Duke Ellington; Michael Cooney, singer of old songs; and poet Sharon Olds. "The News From Lake Wobegon" is the hilarious monologue about the Sons of Knute lodge.
1996August10A rebroadcast of the May 6, 1995 broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, with guitarist Leo Kottke and the Hopeful Gospel Quartet. Sketches includes "Uncle Art and Gloria," featuring Keillor as Art the Butcher and Erica Rhodes as his talented niece.
1996August17Rebroadcast of the May 13, 1995 broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, with Peter Ostroushko & the Mando Boys, and French-Canadian folk musicians Kate & Anna McGarrigle. Sketches include Guy Noir and the lie-detecting dog and the story "The Old Man Who Loved Cheese," with underscoring by Rich Dworsky.
1996August24A rebroadcast of the May 27, 1995 broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, live from San Diego, California, with Maria Muldaur and the U.S. Navy Band-San Diego. APHC's Memorial Day show, complete with Sousa music.
1996August31A rebroadcast of the May 20, 1995 broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, live from Hartford, Connecticut, with violinist Chee Yun and blues artists Paul Rishell & Annie Raines. In Lake Wobegon, it's graduation day, the fishing opener, and fumes from the repainted Whippets' dugout.
1996September7A rebroadcast of the June 17, 1995 broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, live from Jackson, Mississippi, with gospel singer Fontella Bass, bluesman Lonnie Pitchford. Farmer Jim, local radioman met Garrison on the train; in "The News From Lake Wobegon," Minnesotans are lured by sweet Southern voices.
1996September14A rebroadcast of the June 3, 1995 broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, live from the Bay Area-Concord, California. With the Turtle Island String Quartet and underground cartoonist R. Crumb and his band, the Cheap-Suit Serenaders. Keillor talk about Concord/Bay Area, Puff from Bertha's Kitty Boutique is corrupted by Crumb's Fritz the Cat; Guy Noir and Guy's Alpha Cologne.
1996September21Rebroadcast of the April 27, 1996, "Where do jokes come from, and where do they go?" broadcast, live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, with comedian Paula Poundstone, humorist Roy Blount Jr., guitarist Pat Donohue and harmonica player Howard Levy.
1996September28Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota A Prairie Home Companion's 1996-97 season opener, live from Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Saint Paul (connected to the Saint Paul Civic Center)! F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, 100 years ago this week and so we're dedicating this week's broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion to him with his granddaughter � Eleanor Lanahan, his secretary while he was in Hollywood � Frances Kroll Ring, authors Joseph Heller, Jane Smiley, Tobias Wolff, Bobbie Ann Mason, Patricia Hampl, and Michael Dorris, '20s music by Butch Thompson and his band ... and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, playing the overture to John Harbison's new Gatsby opera.
1996October5Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With the Hopeful Gospel Quartet.
1996October12Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With French-Canadian group La Bottine Souriante (note: this group played in our Vancouver show this winter and they were a big hit with PHC listeners). Also, another listener favorite—the Turtle Island String Quartet.
1996October19Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota A live PHC fundraiser, to go with Coordinated Fundraising Week. With music by Kate MacKenzie and her band, to celebrate her new album's release. Also, guitar-mandolin virtuoso Norman Blake, and Philip Brunelle leading the Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series.
1996October26Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With New Orleans- style pianist Marcia Ball & her band—she brought down the house in last spring's Mardi Gras show! And the Piedmont blues of Cephas & Wiggins.
1996November2Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With Dworsky—a talented studio musician and a past Al Jarreau pianist—leading The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band each week on PHC. Also Sally Dworsky, Sean O'Driscoll and Laurence Nugent.
1996November9Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota It's "The Family Band Show"—familes who play music together, with The Forbes Family and the Steele family.
1996November16Live from The Town Hall in New York City With Al Franken, Jaki Byard, Alice Playten, and Radio Gals Cast.
1996November23Live from The Town Hall in New York City With street-corner a cappella group The Persuasions; blues-guitarist John Hammond and jazz clarinetist/pianist Butch Thompson. With a cameo appearance by Metropolitan Opera singers Susanne Mentzer and Mary McLaughlin.
1996November30Live from The Town Hall in New York City With cabaret singer Susanna McCorkle and Canada's hot Celtic-rooted band, called "those five larked-throated siblings"—The Rankin Family.
1996December7Live from The Town Hall in New York City With the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, classical pianist Garrick Ohlsson, and Broadway singer Victoria Clark.
1996December14A rebroadcast of a holiday favorite: the December 18, 1993, APHC broadcast, featuring the Boys of the Lough, Anonymous 4, Turtle Island String Quartet, and holiday classics like "The Shoppers Waltz," the answering-machine sketch, and Johnny Johnson's Christmas Dance and Dinner.
1996December21Live from Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan With the Boys of the Lough, the Ypsilanti High School Chamber Singers, and the 14-member Sonos Handbell Ensemble
1996December28Live from The Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee Live broadcast from Memphis, home of the legendary Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock'n'roll and the recording studio for early rock stars like Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. Our guests include the Sun Rhythm Section, sought-after session musicians who played with some of Sun Studio's best.
1997January4A repeat broadcast of the Second Annual "Talent from Towns Under 2,000" (T-TUTT) with The Freight Hoppers, a Southern-Mountain string band from Bryson City, North Carolina (pop. 1556); 10-year-old Emily Shackelton, a young singer from Biwabik, Minnesota (pop. 1428); The Fly Creek Philharmonic, from Fly Creek, New York (pop. 350), a 13-person group of performers playing toy instruments, and three other groups from the small towns and rural areas of the U.S.
1997January11Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota Garrison Keillor makes T-TUTT announcement this week. Guests include Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.
1997January18Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With folk singer Greg Brown and singer-guitarist Kate MacKenzie.
1997January25Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With the Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series, Robin and Linda Williams, and Dave Frishberg.
1997February1Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, and sibling classical musicians: violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Orli Shaham.
1997February8A repeat broadcast of the February 3, 1996, APHC broadcast, live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul with "The Battle of the Buddy Holly Bands"—featuring Jack Knife and the Sharps and the Vibrochamps—to mark the day that Buddy Holly's plane went down in Iowa. Also with Kate MacKenzie and the Horseflies.
1997February15A repeat broadcast of APHC's January 13, 1996, broadcast, live from the Fitzgerald Theater with Butch Thompson and The Hiawatha Marching Band, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum.
1997February22A repeat broadcast of APHC's January 20, 1996, broadcast, live from the Fitzgerald Theater with the traditional Canadian folk of Ad Vielle Que Pourra, and Ch'uwa Yacu, the South American band who won the New York Subway Musicians contest and were given an all-expense-paid trip to St. Paul to perform at the Fitzgerald Theater. (They arrived in the middle of a below-zero cold snap.)
1997March1A repeat broadcast of APHC's March 2, 1996, broadcast, live from Anchorage, Alaska on the day that the Iditarod Sled Dog Race began. With past Iditarod champion Libby Riddles, the Alaska Chamber Singers, and the Northern Lights Inuit Dancers.
1997March8A repeat broadcast of APHC's January 27, 1996, performance, live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul with Rosemary Clooney, Helen Schneyer, the mini-opera, "La Influenza," with Vern Sutton and Janis Hardy and the Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series.
1997March15Live from Muncie, Indiana It's the Third Annual "Talent From Towns Under 2,000," live from Muncie, Indiana, with last year's winner, Emily Shackelton, making an appearance to award this year's Watertower Trophy.
1997March22Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota Tribute to the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe, featuring bluegrass performers: Kate MacKenzie, Peter Rowan, and the Nashville Bluegrass Band.
1997March29Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With jazz pianist-singer Diana Krall, Greg Brown, and the Hopeful Gospel Quartet.
1997April5Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota Our Second Annual Joke Show! With humorist Roy Blount, actress/comedian Julia Sweeney, best known for her androgynous character Pat on Saturday Night Live! and for her recent one-woman Broadway show, God Said Ha! Plus some musical comedy—Tom Weaver, a tooth tapper from central Minnesota; Rachel Schlafter-Parton, a medical-syringe player from Luttrell, Tennessee; Rick Paul, a tongue clucker from Peshastin, Washington.
1997April12Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With The Natalie MacMaster trio, led by Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster and comedian Paula Poundstone. Also opera singer Maria Jette.
1997April19Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With acclaimed country singer-songwriter Gillian Welch and guitarist David Rawlings. With Kate MacKenzie and a cameo by Butch Thompson.
1997April26Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With poet Donald Hall, Butch Thompson playing the music of Duke Ellington, and Philip Brunelle, leading the Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series.
1997May3Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With old-time musicians Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerard and The Battlefield Band—playing their new compositions of traditional-style Scottish music.
1997May10Live from Norfolk, Virginia With Mike Seeger and pianist Rob Fisher, Broadway musical director and conductor of the Coffee Club Orchestra.
1997May17A rebroadcast of PHC's Canada Show (Feb. 24, 1996) Originally aired from Vancouver, British Columbia, with La Bottine Souriante, Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster, AND top CBC personalities.
1997May24Live from Columbia, Missouri With Iris DeMent & the Troublemakers AND guitarist Leo Kottke.
1997May31Live from Ithaca, New York With country blues singer-guitarist Rory Block. Bonnie Raitt calls Block's guitar-playing, singing, and songwriting "some of the most soulful in traditional and modern blues." Also with the Cornell University Glee Club.
1997June7Live from the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio With guests Leon Redbone and Diana Krall.
1997June14Live from Miami, Florida With author/humorist Dave Barry and John Conga.
1997June21Live from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma With folksinger-guitarist Arlo Guthrie, Byron Berline, Billy Joe Foster, and the Classen School of Advanced Studies Show Choir.
1997June28Live from Woodinville (Seattle), Washington With the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, lap-style slide guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps and the Tudor Choir.
1997July5Just a stone's throw away from Old Faithful—on the park's 125th anniversary With Skip Gorman, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, and former U.S. Representative Pat Williams.
1997July12A repeat of PHC's February 10, 1996, show, originally broadcast live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with Delta bluesman John Hammond, Richard Greene & The Grass Is Greener, the Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series, and a walk-on by actor James Earl Jones, who does a skit called "Jim & Huck" with Keillor. Guy Noir deals with poetry-writing thug Tony Rigatoni.
1997July19A repeat of PHC's February 17, 1996, show, done at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with Peter Rowan & Jerry Douglas, The Cox Family, chanteuse Francine Roche with accordionist Mark Stillman. In Lake Wobegon, Darlene tries to meet a computer-bar date and Mr. Berge goes fishing with Ole, his dog.
1997July26A repeat of PHC's May 4, 1996, broadcast, performed at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with Butch Thompson & The Hiawatha Jazz Band and the Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series. In The News From Lake Wobegon, Daryl Tollerud is keeping an eye on his neighbor, a bad-tempered man who sits on the back step with a .22 and drinks beer.
1997August2A repeat of PHC's May 11, 1996, broadcast—the "Young Artists' Showcase"--originally aired live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Kate MacKenzie co-hosts with Keillor; guests are artists in their teens and '20s: mandolinist Chris Thile, fiddler Michael Cleveland, and Irish musician Seamus Egan & his band Solas.
1997August9A repeat of PHC's October 28, 1995, broadcast, originally aired live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. With Jearlyn Steele Battle, Kate MacKenzie, bluegrass singer Larry Sparks, soprano Elisabeth Comeaux, and Bill Hinkley & Judy Larson. It's Halloween time—in Lake Wobegon, Mr. Martinson is dressing up like the Grim Reaper and jumping out of bushes, and Lake Wobegon is full of all sorts of ghost stories.
1997August16A repeat of PHC's June 15, 1996, show, a tour show done in San Antonio, Texas. With fiddler Johnny Gimble & his band, Texas Swing, and accordionist Flaco Jimenez and his band. In Lake Wobegon, Judy Ingqvist is worried about her daughter Kate, whom she raised to be Sandra Day O'Conner, but who is turning into Sandra Dee.
1997August23A repeat of PHC's June 8, 1996, broadcast, first aired live from Billings, Montana. With the Jo Miller/Laura Love Connection, cowboy poet Wallace McRae, and author/humorist Ian Frazier, who reads from his bestseller Great Plains.
1997August30A repeat of PHC's June 22, 1996, show, done live from Savannah, Georgia, with the Squirrel Nut Zippers, who play music of the '20s and '30s; the Hopeful Gospel Quartet; and John Berendt, author of the bestselling Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which takes place in Savannah.
1997September6A repeat of PHC's October 21, 1995, broadcast, performed live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with dual pianists Irina & Julia Elkina, Broadway star Barbara Cook with Wally Harper on piano, and—singing Keillor's original Thanksgiving mini-opera, "Donna Grazie" Maria Jette, Janis Hardy, and Vern Sutton. With a cameo by Hollywood legend Jack Lemmon, who was in town making a Grumpy Old Men movie—Lemmon has a great conversation with Keillor and then plays a honky-tonk piano number, "When You're Ever-Lovin's Double-Crossing You."
1997September13A repeat of PHC's October 28, 1995, broadcast, originally aired live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. With Jearlyn Steele Battle, Kate MacKenzie, bluegrass singer Larry Sparks, soprano Elisabeth Comeaux, and Bill Hinkley & Judy Larson. It's Halloween time—in Lake Wobegon, Mr. Martinson is dressing up like the Grim Reaper and jumping out of bushes, and Lake Wobegon is full of all sorts of ghost stories.
1997September20A repeat of PHC's November 4, 1995, broadcast, done at the Fitzgerald Theater with rockabilly band Jack Knife & The Sharps, prose poet Louis Jenkins, mandolin virtuoso Evan Marshall, and Bill Hinkley & Judy Larson. Plus a cameo by Irish flutist James Galway, who was in town from Belfast to perform with the Minnesota Orchestra.
1997September27Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota Our season opener! With Kate MacKenzie, and Butch Thompson and his Theater Orchestra, playing music of the '20s and '30s, the Powdermilk Biscuit Band, and rockabilly band, Jack Knife & the Sharps. Followed by a Street Dance & Supper ($5 meatloaf and mashed potato supper, cheap beer, free weak coffee and pie) from 7 to 10 p.m. in front of the theater on Exchange Street.
1997October4Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With Danish poet/humorist Benny Andersen and the Nashville Bluegrass Band.
1997October11Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With award-winnning Norwegian trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen and the piano-cello duets of Butch Thompson and Laura Sewell.
1997October18Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With guitarist Leo Kottke and the bluegrass of the Del McCoury Band.
1997October25Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With Scottish group The Tannahill Weavers and Hungarian folk group Muszikas with singer Marta Sebestyen. Millions heard Sebestyen's compelling vocals on the soundtrack for the movie epic The English Patient. Her song, "En Csak Azt Csodalom" (Lullaby for Katharine) is heard during the movie's opening credits. Moviegoers will also remember "Szerelem, Szerelem" (Love, Love), which weaves in and out throughout the film: the mysterious Count Almasy, played by Ralph Fiennes, plays the song to seduce his lover.
1997November1Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With gospel quintet The Fairfield Four and Robin and Linda Willliams & Their Fine Group.
1997November8Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With classical guitarist Sharon Isbin and Brazilian percussionist Guadencio Thiago de Mello, plus polka band John Flipczak & the Classics.
1997November15Repeat of November 11, 1995, with the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, Butch Thompson & Laura Sewell, Roy Blount Jr., and the Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series telling the true story of Handel, who really wrote a THANKSGIVING ORATORIO, recently found in a chicken coop. Comic sketches about sibling rivalry, Dusty and Lefty contemplating marriage, and sound-effects man Tom Keith singing Scottish songs.
1997November22Live from a great old ballroom in Gibbon, Minnesota A Prairie Home Companion's Polka Show! Live from a great old ballroom in Gibbon, Minnesota. Polka bands include John Filipczak & the Classics, Alpenfest, and Skålmusic.
1997November29Live from the Medinah Temple in Chicago, Illinois With radio host and author Studs Terkel, R & B singer Mavis Staples, and all-Ireland accordionist John Williams with fiddler Martin Hayes & guitarist Dennis Cahill.
1997December6Live from Town The Hall in New York City With Delta bluesman John Hammond, the amazingly gifted bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, and Frank McCourt, author of New York Times bestseller Angela's Ashes.
1997December13Live from The Town Hall in New York City With Scottish group The Battlefield Band, pianist-singer Diana Krall & her trio, and more.
1997December20Live from The Town Hall in New York City With classical pianist Garrick Ohlsson, actors John McDonough and Walter Bobbie, and more.
1997December27A repeat of A Prairie Home Companion's December 16, 1995, broadcast, originally done from the Town Hall in New York with violinist Gil Shaham & pianist Orli Shaham, singer Jean Redpath, and the Hopeful Gospel Quartet. Plus the News From Lake Wobegon about the perfect Christmas.
1998January3Repeat of A Prairie Home Companion's December 2, 1995 broadcast, originally done from the Town Hall in New York. With the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Victoria Clark and Walter Bobbie. It's our Subway Musicians Contest: Who will win? Chuwa Yacu, Mr. Spoons, Sean Grissom, Didjiworks, or Invest? The News From Lake Wobegon is Florian Krebsbach's 75th birthday and he's worrying the day away because he thinks that Myrtle is going to throw a surprise party for him.
1998January10Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With "Piano" Day with Rich Dworsky, Irina & Julia Elkina, Butch Thompson.
1998January17Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Greg Brown, Philip Brunelle and the Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series.
1998January24Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Cajun band BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and mandolinist Peter Ostroushko & Friends.
1998January31Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With old-time band Bruce Molsky & Big Hoedown, poet Billy Collins.
1998February7Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Scottish singer Jean Redpath, radio host/author Studs Terkel.
1998February14Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Greg Brown and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove.
1998February21A repeat of A Prairie Home Companion's January 11, 1997, broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and the Lake Wobegon Tuba Quintet. The Tuba Quintet played with Garrison Keillor on a listener-favorite story, "The Finn Who Would Not Take a Sauna." In Lake Wobegon - a busload of child psychologists, 42 of them, are stranded in Lake Wobegon.
1998February28A repeat of A Prairie Home Companion's January 18, 1997, broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul with singer Kate MacKenzie and with Greg Brown, who brought along laptop style slide-guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps. This show marks one of the first appearances of our former stagehand Chico, who dedicates a song to his old boss, "Mr. Kyler." In snowy Lake Wobegon, hometown son Frank Bergy gave $5,000 to the Lake Wobegon library. So they're throwing a banquet in his honor ... and they've asked him to give a few remarks.
1998March7A repeat of A Prairie Home Companion's January 25, 1997, broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul with Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group, Philip Brunelle and the Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series singing the work of Johannes Brahms, a cameo by jazz pianist-singer Dave Frishberg, and a listener-favorite News From Lake Wobegon about Ronnie, who three years ago took his parents' Winnebago out onto the lake to go ice fishing with his buddies.
1998March14A repeat of A Prairie Home Companion's February 1, 1997, broadcast, from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul with violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Orli Shaham playing the work of Antonin Dvorak, Cajun band BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, radio private eye Guy Noir and his investments in flower futures, our former stagehand Chico who is sending his old boss "Mr. Kyler" to Costa Rica, and---in Lake Wobegon---Wally from the Sidetrack Tap is fed up with his deadbeat son Leland, who's trying to run an insurance scam, while all Wally wants to do is sell the Sidetrack and leave Lake Wobegon.
1998March21Live from San Francisco, CA With the Sonos Handbell Ensemble and bluegrass duo Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum.
1998March28Live from Portland, OR With Scot-turned-Aussie singer-songwriter Eric Bogle and jazz pianist-singer Dave Frishberg.
1998April4Live from The Town Hall in New York It's the 4th Annual "Talent from Towns Under 2000" contest. With returning Silver Watertower Trophy champion, Kirkmount, and more.
1998April11Live from The Town Hall in New York With Irish group Altan and the Hopeful Gospel Quartet
1998April18Live from The Town Hall in New York The Third Annual PHC Joke Show, with Walter Bobbie, Paula Poundstone, and Roy Blount Jr.
1998April25Live from Potsdam, NY With French-Canadian band La Bottine Souriante and Kate MacKenzie.
1998May2A repeat of A Prairie Home Companion's March 22, 1997, broadcast: a Tribute to Bill Monroe, with the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Peter Rowan, and Kate MacKenzie.
1998May9Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With pianist and R&B legend Charles Brown and his quintet and Finnish folk trio Troka.
1998May16Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Studs Terkel, mandolinist/fiddler Peter Ostroushko and the Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series.
1998May23Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Nashville legend Chet Atkins, the group Open House, led by fiddler Kevin Burke and with dancer Sandy Silva, who provides the band's percussion by dancing on a wooden platform equipped with a microphone at floor level.
1998May30Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Robin & Linda Williams, Kate MacKenzie, and slide guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps.
1998June6Live from Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX With rockabilly band the Derailers, Tish Hinojosa, and humorist Roy Blount Jr.
1998June13Live from Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall in Durango, CO With acoustic blues guitarist-singer Mary Flower and The Durango Children's Chorale.
1998June20Live from Merrill Auditorium in Portland, ME With singer-songwriter David Mallett, Cindy Kallet, and Gordon Bok.
1998June27Live from Spokane Opera House, Spokane, WA It's Hoop Fest! Guests include The Bullas, a family bluegrass band and Butch Thompson.
1998July4Live from the The Starlight Theatre In Kansas City, MO With humorist Calvin Trillin, singer Iris DeMent, and R&B singer and piano player Kelley Hunt.
1998July11A repeat of PHC's October 5, 1996, broadcast, with Manhattan Transfer and the Hopeful Gospel Quartet.
1998July18A repeat of PHC's October 12, 1996, broadcast, with the Turtle Island String Quartet and a traditional nine-piece band from Quebec called La Bottine Souriante. Features the Six-Minute Iliad, with Jake Nicholson as Achilles, Elvis as Agamemnon, Ross Perot as Hector, and Mr. Rogers as Odysseus.
1998July25A repeat of PHC's October 26, 1996, broadcast, with New Orleans-style pianist/singer Marcia Ball Band, Piedmont blues duo Cephas & Wiggins, and—in Lake Wobegon—the haunted Niemiller farm, and why two of the farm's doors always had to remain locked.
1998August1A repeat of PHC's November 2, 1996, broadcast: the Richard Dworsky Piano Recital with Rich's sister, singer Sally Dworsky; and Celtic musicians Sean O'Driscoll and Laurence Nugent. With Guy Noir, who is working with a producer, Mr. Nibs, on a new version of Madame Bovary; and Lyle, who's teaching about biological urges in school and facing them at home.
1998August8A repeat of PHC's A repeat of PHC's November 16, 1996, broadcast, with humorist Al Franken, jazz piano legend Jaki Byard, and the cast of Radio Gals, then playing on Broadway. With "The Queen's Drum Solo," Al Franken's parody on BBC classical broadcasts, and a News From Lake Wobegon about Bob Anderson, a New York City dancer whose parents visit from Minnesota.
1998August15A repeat of PHC's March 29, 1997, broadcast, with jazz pianist-singer Diana Krall and her trio, singer Greg Brown, and the Hopeful Gospel Quartet. In "Lives of the Cowboys," Dusty and Lefty run into troublemakers on the trail—worse yet, they're feathered and they're free-range. And, in Lake Wobegon, the Chatterbox Cafe basement is covered with ankle-deep water, which could be breeding a nasty fungus.
1998August22A repeat of PHC's April 12, 1997, broadcast, with comedian Paula Poundstone, opera singer Maria Jette, and 24-year-old Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster. With Deanna Brower, floating down Minnesota's Red River in her house; a dreaded sound-effects surprise party, and a story of host Garrison Keillor's days after high school, when he was a dishwasher in Minneapolis and went on a date with an older woman---she was 25 years old.
1998August22A repeat of PHC's April 19, 1997, broadcast, with singer Gillian Welch—whom critics have embraced as "the Carter Family's long-lost niece"—and guitarist David Rawlings, plus boogie-woogie pianist Butch Thompson and singer Kate MacKenzie. With Larry from the basement, Chico the former stagehand; Deanna Brower, floating down Minnesota's Red River; Wobegonics (now being taught in schools), and—visiting Lake Wobegon—Donnie Krebsbach and his new baby.
1998September5A repeat of PHC's May 3, 1997, broadcast, with bass-baritone singer LeRoy Lehr, old-time/bluegrass pioneers Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, and Scottish group The Battlefield Band, whose young fiddler, John McCusker, has written a song called "Woe Be Gone," especially for the show. At Lake Wobegon High School, Mr. Halverson has ordered that no students throw their mortarboards into the air after graduation. But Elizabeth Bunsen cannot make herself follow his orders.
1998September12A repeat of PHC's May 24, 1997, broadcast, from Columbia, Missouri, with guitarist Leo Kottke and singer Iris DeMent with her band, the Troublemakers. Radio private eye Guy Noir wants to be dressed for a picnic and turns to Gary's Plaid Pants Warehouse, and in Lake Wobegon, it's prom night, and the theme is "A Night in Barbados."
1998September19A repeat of PHC's June 7, 1997, broadcast, from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with guitarist-singer Leon Redbone and jazz singer-pianist Diana Krall with her trio. Plus the show's rock'n'roll demolition band, The Love Shovels; and, in Lake Wobegon, Irene Bunsen goes to a doctor in Minneapolis but doesn't tell anyone about it.
1998September26A repeat of PHC's March 15, 1997, broadcast, our Third Annual "Talent from Towns Under 2,000" contest from the Ball State University campus in Muncie, Indiana. With six groups from small towns across the nation—some of them defying icy roads and delayed flights to make it to Muncie—and a News From Lake Wobegon about botulism and canning.
1998October3Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Kate MacKenzie, the Tannahill Weavers, and Ann Hampton Callaway.
1998October10Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With the Hopeful Gospel Quartet and Dave Van Ronk.
1998October17Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, James and Jeanne Galway and the Russian group Trio Voronezh.
1998October24Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With soprano Maria Jette and the Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series.
1998October31Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Kate MacKenzie, Butch Thompson & The Hiawatha Marching Band, and The Chenille Sisters.
1998November7Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With blues slide guitarist Roy Rogers and Cajun band Balfa Toujours.
1998November14A repeat broadcast from November 9, 1996, with The Forbes Family (bluegrass), the Steele Family (gospel), along with singer Kate MacKenzie and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Script highlights include the Six-Minute Macbeth, and a Guy Noir visit to Las Vegas.
1998November21Live from Atlanta, Georgia With Georgia native, humorist Roy Blount, Jr. And with "manualist" John Twomey, who makes music by blowing air through his hands-remember 5th grade? He uses the same technique as the class clown-but it's amazingly musical ... last time he was on PHC, he played "Stars & Stripes Forever" with his hands and it brought the house down. Actor/blues singer Guy Davis, and joining the Guys All-Star Shoe Band, steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons.
1998November28Live from The Town Hall in New York, NY With jazz singer/pianist Diana Krall and Russell Malone on guitar.
1998December5Live from The Town Hall in New York, NY With our special guest Emmylou Harris, with Buddy and Julie Miller. Hot Klezmer band The Klezmatics with vocalist Chava Albertstein joins us as well.
1998December12Live from The Town Hall in New York, NY With comedian and bestselling author Al Franken, jazz singer Ann Hampton Callaway who, says critic Rex Reed, "is the definitive singer of her generation to inherit the mantle the legendary Ella Fitzgerald left behind." Also, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson join us.
1998December19Live from The Town Hall in New York, NY With Broadway star Sarah Jessica Parker, Piper, whistle player, and fiddler Christy O'Leary with Claire Mann on flute and Frank Kilkelly on guitar. O'Leary is from County Kerry in Ireland, married a Swede and moved to Sweden. His music is a mix of Irish and Swedish. Also, pianist Andre Watts. On this broadcast, we will draw the names of the winners in our Trip Giveaway Contest.
1998December19A rebroadcast from December 12, 1996, from Ann Arbor, Michigan with guests the Boys of the Lough, the Ypsilanti High School Chamber Singers, and the Sonos Handbell Ensemble. Script highlights include "Guy Noir Gets the Flu," "The Twelve Days of Christmas," and "The Little Drummer Boy Virus."
1999January2A repeat broadcast from December 31, 1996, from Dallas, TX, with broadway singer Victoria Clark, opera singers Jan Grissom and Julian Patrick, and The Wayne Hancock band.
1999January9Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With A Prairie Home Companion favorite, Greg Brown and Opera singer Dawn Upshaw.
1999January16Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With 12-string guitar virtuoso, Leo Kottke. Butch Thompson joins the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and blues singer Sandra Reaves-Phillips heats up a cold January.
1999January23Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes, Geoff Muldaur. (He composed scores for film and television, and his definitive recording of "Brazil" provided the seed for and was featured in Terry Gilliam's film of the same title.)
1999January30Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Poet Naomi Shihab-Nye, cajun band BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, and The Hopeful Gospel Quartet.
1999February6Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Scotland's Phil Cunningham on accordian and Shetland Islands' Aly Bain on fiddle. Master of the 6- and 12-string guitar, Leo Kottke.
1999February13Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With bluesman Keb' Mo' (making his first appearance on APHC) and one of our favorite musicians, Butch Thompson, along with The Jazz Originals.
1999February20Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With the Irish music of Solas, and R&B with the Kelley Hunt Band.
1999February27A repeat broadcast from January 24, 1998, from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul with Peter Ostroushko and Friends, Michael Doucet avec BeauSoleil, Pat Donohue with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band performing "The Snow Shuffle" and Ian Frazier's wonderfully hilarious Lamentations of a Father.
1999March6A repeat broadcast from January 17, 1998, from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN with the Statesboro Blues Band, Connie Dover and Roger Landes, The Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series, and A Prairie Home Companion favorite, Mr. Greg Brown.
1999March13A repeat broadcast from January 10, 1998, from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN with Butch Thompson, Rich Dworsky performing original piano compositions, Julia and Irina Elkina, and a drama about life in the corporate world, "The Fall Guy."
1999March20A repeat broadcast from January 31, 1998, from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul with Bruce Molsky and Big Hoedown, Tom Hazelton at the theater organ, poet Billy Collins, and, the popular monologue, Mr. Berge shovels his roof.
1999March27Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With the Boys of the Lough, Robin and Linda Williams and Kate MacKenzie, and The Hopeful Gospel Quartet!
1999April3Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Scottish group the Battlefield Band and guitarist Leo Kottke.
1999April10Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN It's the 4th Annual Joke Show live from the Fitzgerald Theater!!
1999April17Live from Peoria, IL It's the 4th Annual "Talent From Towns Under 2,000" Competition. Guests include last year's winners, The Virtual Consort, and finalists selected from this year's contestants.
1999April24Live from The Northrop Auditorium, St. Paul, MN On the campus of the University of Minnesota. Guests include music from the fiery Latin group, ¡CUBANISMO!, a 17-member group led by former Sierra Maestra trumpeter Jesús Alemañy.
1999May1Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With special guests Dave Von Ronk, Butch Thompson, and the Plymouth Music Ensemble Singers.
1999May8Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Norwegian pianist Morten Gunnar Larsen performing ragtime and early jazz and Blues Legend Charlie Musselwhite.
1999May15Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With special guest Greg Brown.
1999May22Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With special guests Roy Rogers, and Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.
1999May25A repeat broadcast of the May 31, 1997, show at Bailey Hall, Cornell University in Ithaca, NY; Monologue—Memorial Day, Fishing; Rory Block, The Cornell Glee Club, Serena Wong (bell tower), Pat Donohue—Fall Creek
1999June5Live from Butte, MT With special guests Stephanie Davis and Cowboy poet Paul Zarzisky.
1999June12Live from Greeley, CO With special guests Robin and Linda Williams and Kate MacKenzie.
1999June19Live from Reno, NV With special guests Kirkmount, Geoff Muldaur, and Fritz Richmond.
1999June26Live from Knoxville, TN It's fiddle fever this weekend, with some of Nashville's best musicians on hand for A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION's live broadcast from Knoxville. There's Sam Bush, there's the amazing Bob Douglas, a 99 year-old fiddle legend, and there's Charlie Acuff and the Lantana Drifters.
1999July3Live from Washington D.C. at Wolftrap A Prairie Home Companion celebrated the end of the season and its 25th anniversary from Wolf Trap. Classical pianist Garrick Ohlsson joined Garrison and company, Robin and Linda Williams and Kate MacKenzie—The Hopeful Gospel Quartet—were there, and mandolin virtuoso Peter Ostroushko.
1999July10A repeat broadcast from July 5, 1997, from Old Faithful Lodge Recreation Hall in Yellowstone National Park, WY with Skip Gorman, Tracy Silverman, Hopeful Gospel Quartet, Yellowstone Waitstaff, Pat Williams (congressman) and Pat Donohue.
1999July17A repeat broadcast from May 10, 1997, from Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, VA, at the Virginia Waterfront Arts Festival with Mike Seeger, Ruth Brown, Rob Fisher, and Stevie Beck (autoharp).
1999July24A repeat broadcast from June 14, 1997, from the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, FL with Dave Barry; Johnny Conga & The Roots Of Rhythm.
1999July31A repeat broadcast from June 28, 1997, from Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Amphitheater in Woodinville, WA with Kelly Joe Phelps, Robin & Linda Williams, and The Hopeful Gospel Quartet.
1999August7A repeat broadcast from October 25, 1997, from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN with The Tannahill Weavers, Muzsikas and Marta Sebestyen.
1999August14A repeat broadcast from November 1, 1997, from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN with the Fairfield Four, Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group and The Hopeful Gospel Quartet.
1999August21A repeat broadcast from November 8, 1997, from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN with Sharon Isbin & Thiago de Mello, Steve Ross, John Fillipczak and the Classics, and Cedar Lake Seven.
1999August28A repeat broadcast from December 6, 1997, from The Town Hall in New York, NYwith John Hammond, Bryn Terfel & John Fisher, and Frank McCourt (author).
1999September3A repeat broadcast from September 27, 1997, from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN, with Kate MacKenzie, the Powdermilk Biscuit Band, Butch Thompson and his Theater Orchestra, Jack Knife and the Sharps.
1999September10A repeat broadcast from October 4, 1997, from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN, with Kate MacKenzie, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, and Benny Anderson.
1999September17A repeat broadcast from October 11, 1997, from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN, with Ole Edvard Antonsen, Butch Thompson and Laura Sewell, Rosaleen Linehan, and a Pat Donohue feature.
1999September24A repeat broadcast from October 18, 1997, from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN, with Leo Kottke and The Del McCoury Band.
1999October2Live from St. Paul, MN With R&B legend Ruth Brown, Cuban sensation Barbarito Torres, and clarinetist Butch Thompson. Street Dance following.
1999October9Live from St. Paul, MN With singers/songwriters Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, guitarist Geoff Muldaur, and the legendary Dave Van Ronk.
1999October16Live from St. Paul, MN With The Nashville Bluegrass Band, pianist Butch Thompson with singer Rebecca Kilgore and trumpeter Duke Heitger.
1999October23Live from St. Paul, MN With amazing guitar legend Doc Watson with Jack Lawrence, and the gospel group The Fairfield Four.
1999October30Live from St. Paul, MN With the Scottish group The Battlefield Band and Classical violinist Gil Shaham.
1999November6Live from St. Paul, MN With Bluegrass group the Del McCoury Band and Kelly Joe Phelps on slide guitar.
1999November13A repeat broadcast of our November 22, 1997, Polka Show.
1999November20Live from Rapid City, South Dakota With Bluegrass singer Becky Schlagel and her group True Blue, and saddle up for Rapid City's own western quartet, The Cowboys.
1999November27Live from New York City With classical pianist Andre Watts, and cabaret star Andrea Marcovicci.
1999December4Live from New York City With singer Faith Prince, actor and director Walter Bobbie, along with Butch Thompson on piano and clarinet.
1999December11Live from New York City With Cape Breton fiddler and step dancer Natalie MacMaster and her wonderful band, visiting from Canada. And up from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, it's Robin and Linda Williams and their Fine Group.
1999December18Live from New York City With classical violinist Chee Yun.
1999December25Live from New York City With Vince Giordano and his hot swing band The Nighthawks for a musical overview of the 20th century. Humorists Roy Blount, Jr. and Al Franken appeared to comment on life in the last millennium. And special guest, 99-year-old Ernest Stein, played Schumann.
2000January1Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Rich Dworsky and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Butch Thompson, soprano Maria Jette, folksinger Ann Reed, guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke, and much more.
2000January8Repeat broadcast from February 7, 1998, featuring Jean Redpath and Studs Terkel.
2000January15Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With young Swedish ensemble V�sen and singer/songwriter Guy Clark.
2000January22Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With singer/songwriter Greg Brown and the Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series.
2000January29Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Cajun music from Michael Doucet avec BeauSoleil and Butch Thompson and Laura Sewell playing the music of Joseph Lamb.
2000February5Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With Czech bluegrass band Druh� Tr�va and Pat Donohue.
2000February12Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With scat, swing, jazz and ballad vocalist Karrin Allyson and Retrograss with Mike Seeger, David Grisman, and John Hartford.
2000February19A rebroadcast from Valentine's Day, 1998, with Kate MacKenzie, poet Rita Dove, and Greg Brown. In Lake Wobegon, the Luther League almost visits Duluth.
2000February26A special live performance from Edinburgh, Scotland With guests The Battlefield Band, Ian Rankin and Dave Richardson.
2000March4A very special live broadcast from Dublin, Ireland With special guests, traditional Irish singer Niamh Parsons with Graham Dunne, Cathal McConnell along with Big John and Valerie McManus, and Frank Harte.
2000March11A repeat broadcast from March 21, 1998, from the Masonic Auditorium on Nob Hill in San Franciso, CA. Guests include Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, The Sonos Handbell Ensemble, and opera singer Frederica Von Stade.
2000March18A repeat broadcast from March 28, 1998, from The Arlene Schnitzer Theater in Portland, OR. Guests include Eric Bogle & his Band, singer/songwriter Dave Frishberg, and a Monologue about The Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church Directory.
2000March25A repeat broadcast from April 25, 1998, from the North Country of New York: Hosmer Hall at Potsdam College in Potsdam, NY. Guests include Kate MacKenzie, who duets with Garrison Keillor, and from Canada, La Bottine Souriante.
2000April1Live from The Town Hall in New York City It's the Fifth Annual Joke Show with special guests, Scottish musicians Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, and comedian/writer Monteria Ivey.
2000April8Live from The Town Hall in New York City With special guests, classical violinist Chee-Yun and classic swing band Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks.
2000April15Live from The Town Hall in New York City It's our Fifth Annual Talent from Towns Under Two Thousand contest!
2000April22Live from The Town Hall in New York City With Swedish traditional artists, Frifot, and performs a tribute to the Broadway Chorus with Vern Sutton and Rob Fisher.
2000April22An April 11, 1998, rebroadcast from Town Hall in NYC with Robin and Linda Williams, and Irish group Altan.
2000May6Live from the Sundome Center for the Performing Arts in Sun City West, AZ With special guests Linda Ronstadt, Butch Thompson and Lynn Peterson.
2000May13Live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasedena, CA With special guests Randy Newman and Nickel Creek.
2000May20Live from The Redding Convention Center in Redding, CA With guest artists Ramblin' Jack Elliott and women's vocal ensemble Kitka.
2000May27Live from The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN With guest artists Kathy Mattea, Butch Thompson and Nicole Hanson.
2000June3Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With special guests Plymouth Ensemble Singers, Peter Ostroushko and Maria Jette performing songs written by Garrison Keillor.
2000June10Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With special guests New Orleans jazz vocalist Banu Gibson and her band and Lynn Peterson.
2000June17Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN With special guests the Irish musical group Dervish and folksinger Tom Paxton.
2000June24Live from Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, OH With guest artists Robert Lockwood Jr., Cliff Wittstruck and Lynn Peterson.
2000July1Live from Tanglewood in the Berkshire Mountains With special guests pianist Emmanuel Ax, Norumbega Harmony singing Shaker music, and the Berkshire Highlanders Pipe & Drum Band.
2000July8A June 6, 1998, rebroadcast from the Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX, with special guests Tish Hinohosa, The Derailers, and Roy Blount Jr.
2000July15A June 13, 1998, rebroadcast from Fort Lewis College Field House in Duranago, CO, with special guests Mary Flower on guitar and dobro and The Durango Children�s Chorale.
2000July22A June 20, 1998, rebroadcast from Merrill Auditorium in Portland, ME, with special guests Dave Mallett and Gordon Bok & Cindy Kallet.
2000July29A July 4th, 1998, rebroadcast from the Starlight Theater in Kansas City, MO, with special guests Kelly Hunt and her band, Iris DeMent, a Pat Donohue Feature and Calvin Trillin as Thomas Jefferson in a re-enactment of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
2000August5A May 9, 1998, rebroadcast from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with The Charles Brown Quintet and Troka. In Lake Wobegon, Myrtle and Florian have been fighting for fifty years
2000August12A May 16, 1998, rebroadcast from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul with Peter Ostroushko and Friends, the Plymouth Music Series Ensemble Singers. John Krebsbach catches the big one in Lake Wobegon.
2000August19An October 31, 1998, rebroadcast from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with Butch Thompson and his Hiawatha Marching Band, Kate MacKenzie, and The Chenilles, singing "The House is Haunted" for Halloween. Guy Noir visits a demented dentist, and in Lake Wobegon, it's time for Halloween pranks.
2000August26A May 30, 1998, rebroadcast from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul with Kelly Joe Phelps, Kate MacKenzie and Robing and Linda Williams.
2000September2An October 3, 1998, rebroadcast from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul with the Tannahill Weavers, and Broadway vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway. Kate MacKenzie joins Garrison Keillor for duets, and Guy Noir solves a case about a term paper artist.
2000September9An October 17, 1998, rebroadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with oldtime duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Russian folk artists, Trio Voronezh, and James and Jeanne Galway.
2000September16An October 24, 1998, rebroadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with poet Joyce Sutphen, The Plymouth Music Series Ensemble Singers, Maria Jette, and a Pat Donohue feature with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.
2000September23An April 17, 1999, rebroadcast from the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL featuring the fourth annual Talent from Towns Under 2000 competition, with appearances by The Virtual Consort, who won the contest in 1998, and the 1999 contestants including the Groveton Marimba Band, Nikki Matteson, Uncle Henry's Favorites, Bobby Arnell, Jill Jones and the Lone Star Chorale, and Jason Moody.
2000September23An October 18, 1997, rebroadcast with Leo Kottke, and Del McCoury and his band, and in Lake Wobegon, the story of the World's Largest Pile of Burlap Bags.
2000October7Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul A Prairie Home Companion celebrates the start of a new season with special guests Jack Knife & the Sharps, Dick Rees and Norden and Lynn Peterson.
2000October14Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With guests Dan Newton and his accordion, and a special tribute to the Jewish holiday, Succoth, a food festival, and slide guitarist Mike Dowling.
2000October21Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With our favorite singer/songwriter, Greg Brown, and the amazing Nashville Bluegrass Band.
2000October28Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With Scandinavian folk group, Spaelimenninir, and mandolin player, Peter Ostroushko.
2000November4Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With guests Geoff Muldaur, Bradley Greenwald, Maria Jette and a look at campaign songs and the romantic songs of our former presidents.
2000November11Live from the Singletary Center in Lexington, Kentucky With guests The Sam Bush Band, The Del McCoury Band, author Bobbie Ann Mason and auctioneer Scott Caldwell.
2000November18A rebroadcast from November 28, 1998, with talk about Thanksgiving, jazz singer Diana Krall and her trio, Ernest Stein celebrating his 98th birthday, and Vince Giordano joins the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.
2000November25Live from The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in New York City With guests Art Baron, Bill Easley, and Barrie Lee Hall performing Duke Ellington Music, jazz singer Ira Hawkins, classical pianist Andr� Watts and Broadway director Walter Bobbie.
2000December2Live from The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in New York City With special guest Ramblin' Jack Elliott and a visit from some of New York City's most exciting subway musicians.
2000December9Live from The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in New York City With Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham, Irish singer Susan McKeown, the New York Revels and a special guest appearance by Emmylou Harris.
2000December16Live from The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in New York City With Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, and a special tribute to Beethoven's birthday with classical pianist, Garrick Ohlsson.
2000December23Live from The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in New York City With Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, singer Ann Hampton Callaway, actresses Alice Playten and Linda Lavin, broadway actor Howard McGillian and Robin and Linda Williams. Plus, Bill McLaughlin and Peter Schickele square off to determine who can write the most unusual piece of holiday music.
2001January6Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Bruce Molsky on their "Winter's Grace" tour, plus a salute to Twelfth Night with actor Charles Keating and a 12-person drum ensemble with Marc Anderson.
2001January13Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With Butch Thompson and a reunion of Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen.
2001January20Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With Eastern European womens' voice ensemble, Kitka, mandolinist Peter Ostroushko, yodeler Katey Bellville and Lynn Peterson.
2001January27Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With Butch Thompson, trumpet player Duke Heitger, Robin & Linda Williams, and Leo Kottke, wizard of the twelve string guitar.
2001February3Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With Rhonda Vincent and the Rage and singer/songwriter John Hiatt.
2001February10Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With singer/songwriter Greg Brown, Australian slide guitarist Jeff Lang, and from the Catskills, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.
2001February17Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With Cajun favorite BeauSoleil, Spencer Bohren and a special appearance by Ralph Stanley.
2001February24A February 20, 1999, re-broadcast from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul with The Kelley Hunt Band, Seamus Egan and Solas, and Butch Thompson and the Jazz Originals. Plus, Elvis plays a marriage counselor and, in Lake Wobegon, ice fishing is coming to an end.
2001March3Live from the Neues Berliner Kabarett in Berlin, Germany With singer Max Raabe, singer/writer Gayle Tufts and the Berlin Comedian Harmonists.
2001March10Live from Vicar Street in Dublin, Ireland With Altan, Deirdre Monaghan, Dublin's own Frank Harte, and sisters Maighr�ad and Tr�ona N� Dhomhnaill from Donegal.
2001March17A rebroadcast of the April 10, 1999, Joke Show from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with Robin & Linda Williams and Paula Poundstone.
2001March24A rebroadcast of the April 24, 1999, show from Northrup Auditorium on the University of Minnesota campus, with Cubanismo!, Robert Bly and the U of M Concert Choir.
2001March31A rebroadcast from March 27, 1999, from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with the Boys of the Lough and the Hopeful Gospel Quartet.
2001April7Live from the campus of Purdue University With Kelley Hunt and her band, Butch Thompson, the Purdue Varsity Glee Club and Shaker Chime Ensemble.
2001April14Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With Lynn Peterson, Aly Bain, Phil Cunningham and the Battlefield Band.
2001April21Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul It's our annual Talent from Towns Under Two Thousand show, with acts from small towns around the country and last year's winner Leilani Clark.
2001April28Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With Paul Geremia, Tom Paxton, luthier David Folland, the New Wood Quintet, and Charmian Carr, also know as "Liesl," from The Sound of Music.
2001May5Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With singer Mollie O'Brien and guitarist Nina Gerber, John Renbourn, and Robin and Linda Williams.
2001May12Live from Norfolk, Virginia With fingerstyle guitar picker Stephen Bennett, blues duo Cephas & Wiggins, and Robin and Linda and Their Fine Group.
2001May19Live from the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie, Wyoming With guitar player Mike Dowling, Stephanie Davis, plus Spencer, Dale and Norinne Bohren.
2001May26Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With Dave Alvin with guitarist Greg Leisz, and the Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series.
2001June2A rebroadcast from January 30, 1999, from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul with Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil, The Hopeful Gospel Quartet, poetry from Naomi Shihab Nye, and in Lake Wobegon, Kate Ingkvist heads for college.
2001June9Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With the Holmes Brothers, dobro player Sally Van Meter, Steve James on steel guitar, and the Angelica Cantanti Concert Choir.
2001June16Live from the Orpheum Theater in Memphis With Alvin Youngblood Hart, the Memphis Horns, and R&B singer Tracy Nelson. Plus, a special post-show broadcast from Beale Street.
2001June23Live from Chateau Ste. Michelle outside of Seattle With Mollie O'Brien, guitarist Nina Gerber and fiddlers from Seattle's Skandia Folkdance Society.
2001June30Live from the Music Shed in Tanglewood (Massachusetts) With the Juilliard String Quartet, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Rob Fisher.
2001July7Live from Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia With Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, vocalist Maria Jette and the City of Washington Pipe Band.
2001July14A rebroadcast from April 3, 1999, at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with Swedish folk group Vasen, and The Battlefield Band from Scotland. In the News from Lake Wobegon, Mr. Westley marries Guadalupe.
2001July21A rebroadcast from February 6, 1999, with Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, twelve string guitar player Leo Kottke, and some talk about Buddy Holly. In Lake Wobegon, life is "not that bad."
2001July28A rebroadcast from May 13, 2000, from Pasadena, California, with special guests Randy Newman and Nickel Creek. Highlights include the Sushi song, Tom Keith's audio portrait, "Chicken of the Sea," Guy Noir enters the movie business.
2001August4A May 15, 1999, rebroadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with special guests Greg Brown and country musician Junior Brown.
2001August11A June 17, 2000, rebroadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with special guests Dervish and Tom Paxton.
2001August18A June 26, 1999, rebroadcast from Knoxville, Tennessee, with Sam Bush & Jeff Autry, Charlie Acuff, and Bob Douglas.
2001August25A May 27, 2000, rebroadcast from The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, with special guests Butch Thompson, and Kathy Mattea and her band.
2001September1A June 5, 1999, rebroadcast from Butte, Montana, with singer/songwriter Stephanie Davis, plus a special appearance by Robin and Linda Williams.
2001September8A May 1, 1999, rebroadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with musical guests, Butch Thompson, Dave Van Ronk and the Plymouth Music Series Ensemble Singers.
2001September15A May 22, 1999, rebroadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with special guests Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, soprano Maria Jette, and blues guitarist Roy Rogers. [Includes special message about the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks]
2001September22A November 23, 1985, rebroadcast from Claremont, California. Here's a vintage broadcast, which features the late Chet Atkins, with Willie Nelson, Johnny Gimble and Peter Ostroushko.
2001September29A November 16, 1985, rebroadcast from Honolulu, Hawaii. Another classic broadcast with the late Chet Atkins, Taj Mahal & Carlos Andrade, the Sons of Hawaii, Peter Ostroushko, and Butch Thompson.
2001October6Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With guests Mollie O'Brien, Jack Knife & the Sharps, and C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band.
2001October13Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul Featuring old-time country music from Norman Blake and Peter Ostroushko, and soprano Maria Jette.
2001October20Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With R&B and country singer Delbert McClinton and Stephanie Davis.
2001October27Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With folk and blues singer Geoff Muldaur with guitarist Amos Garrett, pianist Butch Thompson, and poet Louis Jenkins.
2001November3Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With bluegrass group Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, and old-time country artists Gillian Welch & David Rawlings.
2001November10Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With the Nashville Bluegrass Band and Celtic duo Andy M. Stewart and Gerry O'Beirne.
2001November17Live from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota With the St. Olaf Choir and Orchestra.
2001November24A November 25, 2000, rebroadcast from the Town Hall in New York City, with Andr� Watts, Ira Hawkins, Walter Bobbie and a tribute to Duke Ellington.
2001December1Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With pianist Marcia Ball, singer/songwriter Stephanie Davis, the Filament String Ensemble, and the Tungsten Quartet. Plus, our special Light Bulb Joke Contest.
2001December8Live from the Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks, North Dakota With BeauSoleil, Robin and Linda Williams and Mollie O'Brien.
2001December15Live from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan With Jeremy Kittel and Jesse Mason, Jo Serrapere and the Hot Tail Section, Robin and Linda Williams and Mollie O'Brien.
2001December22Live from Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, New York With Stephanie Davis, Canadian fiddler April Verch and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Chamber Singers.
2001December29Live from the Oscar Mayer Theate, in Madison, Wisconsin With Mollie O'Brien, the Nob Hill Boys and Peter and Lou Berryman.
2002January5Live from the Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu, Hawaii With George Kahumoku, Jr., Ledward Kaapana, and Noelani Mahoe & the Leo Nahenahe Singers.
2002January12A rebroadcast of a March 4, 2000, show from RTE Studios in Dublin, Ireland, with Frank Harte, Cathal McConnell and John McManus and Valerie McManus and Niamh Parsons.
2002January19A rebroadcast of a January 15, 2000, show from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN, with Swedish group V�sen, Guy Clark & Verlon Thompson, and Lynn Peterson.
2002January26A rebroadcast of our April 17, 1999, Talent From Towns Under Two Thousand show from the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois.
2002February2A rebroadcast of a January 29, 2000, show from the Fitzgerald Theater with BeauSoleil (avec Michael Doucet), Butch Thompson and Laura Sewell playing the music of Joseph Lamb, and singer/songwriter Lynn Peterson.
2002February9Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With Robin and Linda Williams, Mollie O'Brien, and Rhonda Vincent. It's our Wobegon Weekend show.
2002February16Live from The Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana With Spencer Bohren, pianist Butch Thompson and trumpet player Duke Heitger, and singer/songwriter Geoff Muldaur.
2002February23Live from C.Y. Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa With singer/songwriter Dave Moore, Radoslav Lorkovic, and the Barn Owl Band.
2002March2Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With Stephanie Davis, Peter Ostroushko, steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar, and Richard Thompson.
2002March9Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With Stephanie Davis, Peter Ostroushko, Mike Dowling, and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar.
2002March16Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Mollie O'Brien, Robin and Linda Williams, Peter Ostroushko, and Dan Newton.
2002March23Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With Mollie O'Brien, Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group, Greg Leisz, and Peter Ostroushko.
2002March30Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With Stephanie Davis, Robin & Linda Williams, Peter Ostroushko, and bluegrass band IIIrd Tyme Out.
2002April6Live from the Town Hall in New York City It's our Joke Show, with humorist Calvin Trillin, Rob Fisher, Erik Charlston, and The Klezmatics.
2002April13Live from the Town Hall in New York City With classical violinist Joshua Bell, Walter Bobbie, and Dave Frishberg.
2002April20Live from the Town Hall in New York City With Kate Rusby, Fiddlers Four (Michael Doucet, Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger and Rushad Eggleston) and US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins.
2002April27Live from the Town Hall in New York City With blues singer Odetta, Kristin Chenoweth, Alexandra Hughes, and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.
2002May4Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With classical violinist, Midori and the Ensemble Singers of the Plymouth Music Series.
2002May11Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With accordian player Dan Newton, 12-year-old pianist Kyle Coolidge and guitarist Adam Granger.
2002May18Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With Al Franken, Paul Geremia, and Jo Serrapere and the Willie Dunns.
2002May25A rebroadcast of our April 15, 2000, Talent from Towns Under Two Thousand show from New York City, with Jason Moody, Leilani Clark, Molasses Creek, the Camptown Ladies, the Lonesome Brothers, the Local Girls and Bon Temps Roulez.
2002June1Live from the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California With Taj Mahal, Marni Nixon, Peter Ostroushko, Greg Leisz, and Stephanie Davis.
2002June8Live from the Filene Center at Wolf Trap (near Washington, D.C.) With Kristin Chenoweth, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, Peter Ostroushko, tenor Mark Thomsen, Sonja Thompson, and Mike Auldridge.
2002June15Live from the Starlight Theater in Kansas City, Missouri With Iris DeMent and the Wilders, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, and the Memphis Horns.
2002June22Live from the Fraze Pavillion in Kettering, Ohio With the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, tenor Mark Thomsen, Sonja Thompson, and Peter Ostroushko.
2002June29Live from Tanglewood near Lenox, Massachusetts With jazz singer Karrin Allyson, the Juilliard String Quartet, Bella Hristova, Peter Ostroushko, and Cindy Cashdollar.
2002July6Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With French Canadian group Entourloupe, singer Stephanie Davis and accordion player Dan Newton. Includes clips from our Live Video Webcast.
2002July13A rebroadcast of our June 3, 2000, show from the Fitzgerald Theater with the Plymouth Ensemble Singers, Peter Ostroushko and Maria Jette.
2002July20A rebroadcast of our February 5, 2000, show from The Fitzgerald Theater, with Czech bluegrass band Druhá Tráva, guitarist Pat Donohue along with accordion player Dan Newton, and singer/songwriter Lynn Peterson.
2002July27A rebroadcast of our April 1, 2000, Joke Show from The Town Hall in New York City, with Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham all the way from Scotland.
2002August3A rebroadcast of our April 8, 2000, show from New York, with classical violinist Chee-Yun and classic swing band Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks.
2002August10A rebroadcast of our October 28, 2000, show from St. Paul, with Spaelimenninnir from the Faroe Islands, Peter Ostroushko and Pat Donohue.
2002August17A rebroadcast of our June 24, 2000, show from The Blossom Music Center near Cleveland, Ohio, with Art Baron and a tribute to Duke Ellington, Lynn Peterson, and Robert Lockwood Jr.
2002August24A rebroadcast of our October 14, 2000, show from The Fitzgerald in St. Paul, Minnesota, with guitarist Mike Dowling and accordion player Dan Newton.
2002August31A rebroadcast of our October 30, 1999, show from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, with violinist Gil Shaham and from Scotland The Battlefield Band.
2002September7A special rebroadcast from various New York City shows, featuring Vince Giordano, Al Franken, Walter Bobby and others. Plus, Garrison reads an essay about September 11.
2002September14A rebroadcast of a show aired originally on May 13, 2000, from Pasadena, California, with Randy Newman and Nickel Creek.
2002September21A rebroadcast of our November 6, 1999, show from the Fitzgerald theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, with special guests the Del McCoury Band and Kelly Joe Phelps.
2002September28A rebroadcast of our February 17, 2001, show from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, with Cajun group BeauSoleil, Spencer Bohren and Ralph Stanley.
2002October5Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota It's our Season Opener and Street Dance with poet David Lehman, Latin band Salsa del Soul and Dan Lund and Butch Thompson join the Shoe Band.
2002October12Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With Ledward Ka'apana, Owana Salazar, Dave Frishberg, and old friend Dan Newton.
2002October19Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With Jorma Kaukonen, The Hopeful Gospel Quartet, Ale Moller and Aly Bain, Cindy Cashdollar and Peter Ostroushko sit in with the Shoe Band.
2002October26Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota It's our Harvest Show with dobro and steel guitarist Jerry Douglas, singer/songwriter Stephanie Davis, and fiddler Stuart Duncan.
2002November2Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With singer/songwriter Iris DeMent and accordion player Dan Newton.
2002November9Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul With Delbert McClinton. Dave Moore sits in with the Shoe band.
2002November16A repeat broadcast of our November 11, 2000, show from Lexington, Kentucky with Sam Bush and Del McCoury.
2002November23Live from the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois With famed harmonica player Howard Levy and The Guys All-Star Shoe Band.
2002November30Live from the Town Hall in New York City With U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins, the Battlefield Band from Scotland and accordionist Dan Newton.
2002December7Live from the Town Hall in New York City With Leo Kottke and, from Phish, Mike Gordon. John Sebastian joins the Shoe Band.
2002December14Live from the Town Hall in New York City With singer Kristin Chenoweth and Rob Fisher on piano, and the Hopeful Gospel Quartet. Cindy Cashdollar joins the Shoe Band on dobro and steel guitar.
2002December21Live from the Town Hall in New York City With Philip Brunelle conducting Music Sacra, plus a string quintet and flutist.
2002December28Live from the Town Hall in New York City With soprano Renée Fleming and bluesman Paul Geremia.
2003January4A rebroadcast of our January 27, 2001 show from St. Paul , with Butch Thompson, trumpet player Duke Heitger, Robin & Linda Williams, and Leo Kottke.
2003January11A rebroadcast of our February 10, 2001, show from St. Paul , with Greg Brown, Australian slide guitarist Jeff Lang, and from the Catskills, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.
2003January18Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With Cajun band Beausoleil and cellist Tony Ross.
2003January25Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With Philip Brunelle and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers. Accordionist Dan Newton joins the Shoe Band.
2003February1Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota it's our sometimes annual JOKE SHOW with musical guests John Koerner, Jeff Lang, and Dale Mendenhall, plus a Tom Keith & Fred Newman sound effects bonanza.
2003February8Live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota It's our Valentine's Day show with singer-songwriter Mason Jennings and singer Becky Schlegel, Issac Witty, and Peter Ostroushko and Dan Newton sit in with the Shoe Band.
2003February15Live from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee With The Old Crow Medicine Show, singer Suzy Bogguss and Tommy Emmanuel. Sam Bush joins the Shoe Band.
2003February22Live from the Cricket Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona With fiddler Mark O'Connor, singer/songwriter Tina Hinojosa, and the Hotclub of Cowtown.
2003March1Live from the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami, Florida With Miami singer Donato Poveda, Vince Giordano, Andy Stein, Randy Sandke and Butch Thompson.
2003March8Live from the Moran Theater in Jacksonville, Florida With Peter Ostroushko, Velma Frye and Celtic band the Boys of the Lough.
2003March15A re-broadcast of our April 21, 2001, Talent from Towns Under Two Thousand contest from April 21, 2001 show.
2003March22A re-broadcast of our November 23, 1985, show from Claremont, California, featuring Chet Atkins, Willie Nelson, and many others.
2003March29A re-broadcast of our April 14, 2001, show with fiddle player Aly Bain, accordionist Phil Cunningham and the Battlefield Band.
2003April5Live from Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota With Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder and Peter Ostroushko joins the Shoe Band.
2003April12Live from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota With musicians Del Ray, Steve James, Dan Newton, Cindy Cashdollar, Gustavus guests and a Norwegian whistler.
2003April19Live from Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota With Philip Brunelle, Peter Ostroushko, and the Minnesota Orchestra.
2003April26Live from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota With the Swedish band Kustbandet and singer/songwriter Tom Paxton.
2003May3A rebroadcast of our May 5, 2001, show from St. Paul with Robin and Linda Williams, Mollie O'Brien and Nina Gerber, and Scottish guitarist John Renbourn.
2003May10Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group. Howard Levy joins the Shoe Band.
2003May17Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota With singer Stephanie Davis and Philip Brunelle with VocalEssence. Jorja Fleezanis drops by, and Dan Newton sits in with the Shoe Band.
2003May24Live from The Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia With singer Francine Reed and humorist Roy Blount, Jr. and Sam Bush.
2003May31Live from Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia With Tim and Mollie O'Brien, Tom Paxton, and Cajun band BeauSoleil.
2003June7Live from The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California With the Hopeful Gospel Quartet and bluesman John Koerner. Greg Leisz joins the Shoe Band.
2003June14Live from The Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon With Howard Levy, Jearlyn Steele, the Booher Family, Blue Pass and Steve Einhorn Kate Power.
2003June21Live from The Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan With Jorma Kaukonen, Cindy Cashdollar and Barry Mitterhoff.
2003June28Live from Tanglewood near Lenox, Massachusetts With Leo Kottke, The Nilsson Sisters string quartet, pianist Hsing-Ay-Hsu and accordionist Dan Newton joins the Shoe Band
2003July5A rebroadcast of our June 16, 2001, show from the Orpheum Theater in Memphis. Guests include The Tracy Nelson Band, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. The Memphis Horns join the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and Guy Noir is looking for a pair of pants for his father on Father's Day.
2003July12A rebroadcast of our November 2, 2002, show from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with guests Iris Dement, and Dan Newton with the Guy�s All-Star Shoe Band.
2003July19A rebroadcast of our November 9, 2002, show from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with guests Delbert McClinton, and Dave Moore with the Guy's All Star Shoe Band.
2003July26A rebroadcast of our April 19, 2003, show from Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, with very special guests The Minnesota Orchestra and Georgia Flezanis.
2003August2A rebroadcast of our February 1, 2003, show from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Our Annual Joke Show.
2003August9A mix of shows originally aired on December 7, 14, and 21, 2002, from The Town Hall in New York City, with special guests Kristin Chenoweth, Renee Flemming, and John Sebastian.
2003August16A rebroadcast of our February 22, 2003, show from the Cricket Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Includes guests Hot Club of Cow Town, Tish Hinohosa, and Mark O'Connor with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and a tribute to Marty Robbins.
2003August23A rebroadcast of our April 7, 2001, show from Elliott Hall of Music in West Lafayette, Indiana. Special guests include The Kelley Hunt Band, Butch Thompson, Purdue Glee Club, and Purdue Shaker Chimes. A physics professor needs Guy Noir's help to understand women. And in the News from Lake Wobegon find out what Norwegian men and woodchucks have in common.
2003August30A rebroadcast of our October 13, 2001, show from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN, with guests Norman Blake, Peter Ostroushko, Greg Leisz, and Pat Donohue. Maria Jette does the Jello Aria. And The News from Lake Wobegon about deer hunting, Jimmy Krepsbach, and deer proofing.
2003September6A rebroadcast of our February 23, 2002, show from Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA, with guests Dave Moore, Radislav Lorkovic, and The Barn Owl Band. Randy Sabein joins the Shoe Band; Guy Noir gets a visit from Sarah Tonin of Genetics Are You; and The Markland Dogs are in The News From Lake Wobegon.
2003September13A rebroadcast of our October 27, 2001, show from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN, with guests Geoff Muldaur, Amos Garret, Butch Thompson, and Duke Heitger. The Guy's Band does a W.C. Handy Tribute. And in the News From Lake Wobegon, Carl hits middle age.
2003September20A rebroadcast of our October 19, 2002, show from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN, with the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, Aly Bain, Ale Moller, Jorma Koukonen, Barry Mitterhoff, and Cindy Cashdollar.
2003September27This week, A Prairie Home Companion begins a new season of live broadcasts from The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul. The Derailers come up from Austin, Texas for some good old rock-n-roll, and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar takes her seat with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Wonderful singer Jearlyn Steele joins Garrison for a few tunes, radio private eye Guy Noir makes an appearance, and of course there's the latest news from Lake Wobegon.
2003October4We spent an evening at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, with bayou piano queen Marcia Ball as our musical guest. Jearlyn Steele brought her vocal and thespian talents to our stage once more before abandoning us for Hollywood. Barb and Jim were transfixed by a new gated community, Guy Noir helped a local rapper find her car, and Bush made another appearance on our show.
2003October11We were joined by country and bluegrass musician Jeannie Kendall, whose father/daughter duo The Kendalls had the hit "Heaven's Just a Sin Away." Also on the roster were blues legend Spider John Koerner and the angel-voiced Becky Schlegel. And of course visits from Mr. President, Barb and Jim, and some surprise celebrity guests.
2003October18This week we welcomed three special guests: fearless guitarist Tommy Emmanuel; folkster, singer, and storyteller Utah Phillips; and comedian and political commentator Al Franken.
2003October25We hosted whirling Swedish dervishes Väsen, a gleeful, modern ensemble rooted in the folk tradition of Uppland, Sweden. We were also visited by fiddle player and singer Andrea Zonn, whose elegant sound is influenced by an uncommon mix of bluegrass, country, Celtic, and folk music.
2003November1We spent some time with self-described "American Primitive" musicians Gillian Welch and David Rawlings of Nashville, and we played host to Australian guitarist Jeff Lang. Butch Thompson joined us on piano and clarinet.
2003November8We broadcasted live from the Charlottesville Performing Arts Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our guests included Virginia-based Americana music masters Robin and Linda Williams, as well as rollicking bluegrass musicians Mountain Heart. We also played host to Mike Seeger, who plays traditional songs from the rural American south.
2003November15This weekend we broadcasted a compilation of highlights from past shows. The sampler plate, hand-picked by GK, included virtuoso guitarist Leo Kottke, Stephanie Davis, Jerry Douglas & Stuart Duncan and the Fairfield Four. We reviewed the travails of Bob (a Young Artist) as he tasted success as a playwright.
2003November22Our musical guests include Celtic fiddler Natalie Macmaster, rockabilly filly and prog-country star Rosie Flores, as well as steel guitarist and dobro player Greg Leisz. And in the spirit of sunny SoCal recreation, we play host to surf guitar band the Duo-Tones.
2003November29We're joined by jazz vocalist Inga Swearingen and Montana singer-songwriter Stephanie Davis. We also welcome back from last week steel guitarist Greg Leisz, fresh off a tour with K.D. Lang.
2003December6 This week we broadcast live from Town Hall in New York City. Our guests include acerbic pianist and composer Randy Newman, the Celtic Boys of the Lough, and Geoff Muldaur and his Futuristic Ensemble.
2003December13This weekend we return to the blanketed NYC for a live broadcast from Town Hall in Times Square. Joinings us are jazz man Vince Giordano, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson, violinist Andy Stein, and trumpeter Randy Sandke.
2003December20This week we welcome some internationally known American musicians to the stage: soprano Ren�e Fleming and pianist Fred Hersch, and pianist Emanuel Ax. Also joining us were the Hopeful Gospel Quartet: Linda and Robin Williams, Mollie O'Brien, and GK.
2003December27For our final performance of 2003, we welcome to our Town Hall stage Australian-turned-Americana rocker Tommy Emmanuel, as well as the irrepressible Klezmatics, fiddler Andy Stein, and bandleader Vince Giordano. Stay tuned for a special guest appearance by the man of a thousand disguises, Mr. Al Franken.
2004January3A rebroadcast of the January 18, 2003, show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, featuring Cajun band and longtime Prairie Home favorite BeauSoleil and cellist Tony Ross.
2004January10 This week we're heading to Madison, Wisconsin, for a live broadcast featuring the antics of madcap singer/songwriter Kacey Jones, as well as the tunes of world-touring accordionist Stas Venglevski and the swinging sounds of steel and Dobro player Cindy Cashdollar.
2004January17This week, a live broadcast from Sioux City, Iowa. We were joined by the innovative choral ensemble VocalEssence, directed by Philip Brunelle, fiddler John Niemann, R&B pianist Kelley Hunt, and young Dutch pianist Thomas Alexander.
2004January24Join us this week as we broadcast live from Erie, Pennsylvania. We'll be welcoming back American roots musician (and harmonica player) Spider John Koerner and lap steel and dobro player Cindy Cashdollar. We're also pleased to welcome to the stage be-hatted acoustic guitarist Leon Redbone.
2004January31This week we came at you from the Mississippi Delta city, joined by Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas and her band, as well as jazz trumpeter and Steamboat Stomper Duke Heitger. The Shoe Band welcomed violinist/saxophonist Andy Stein, pianist/clarinetist Butch Thompson, and bandleader/saxophonist Vince Giordano.
2004February7Tune in this week as we broadcast live from the thermal waters of Hot Springs, Arkansas. On the musical roster are mandolin virtuoso and bluegrass rebel Sam Bush, cowboy poet Billy Joe Shaver, and steel guitar and dobro master Cindy Cashdollar.
2004February14Tune in this week as we broadcast live from Spartanburg, South Carolina. We're welcoming back our mandolin virtuoso and bluegrass rebel Sam Bush, and we'll also be bringing to the stage hot flatpickin' folk guitar stylist Mr. Doc Watson.
2004February21Tune in this week as we broadcast live from the Wang Center in Boston, Massachussetts. We'll be joined by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and the artist-run ProArte Chamber Orchestra.
2004February28This week we rebroadcast our June 1, 2002 show from the Greek Theater in L.A. Our guests are the famous Hollywood dub artist Marni Nixon and blues man Taj Mahal.
2004March6A repeat broadcast of the February 15, 2003, show at The Opry House in Nashville with special guests: Tommy Emmanuel; Suzy Bogguss; Sam Bush; The Old Crow Medicine Show.
2004March13This week we rebroadcast our November 3, 2001, show from St. Paul. Guests are Gillian Welch and David Rawlings (whom we'll see a lot of this spring), and Rhonda Vincent and the Rage.
2004March20This week we rebroadcast our October 20, 2001, show from St. Paul. Guests are Delbert McClinton, singer/songwriter Stephanie Davis, and vocalist Vern Sutton.
2004March27This week we're back to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul with a live broadcast. Guests will include country guitar wizard Johnny Hiland and western-swing trio The Hot Club of Cowtown.
2004April3This week we're live once again from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Guests will include folk and R & B pianist Willie Murphy, as well as the Hopeful Gospel Quartet (featuring Mollie O'Brien, Robin and Linda Williams, and Garrison Keillor). Plus the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band is joined by steel guitarist/dobro player Cindy Cashdollar and fiddler John Niemann.
2004April10The show will be spending Easter weekend at home in St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater. Guests will include Texas country group The Flatlanders and vocalist Sally Dworsky. Plus Peter Johnson, John Niemann, and Dan Newton sit in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.
2004April17It's the Annual Joke Show, the performance when we expose our live audience and radio listeners to near-toxic levels of pure, uncut jokes. We'll have help from comedian Paula Poundstone, and Vince Giordano will be playing his bass saxophone with Rich Dworsky and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.
2004April24This week's show comes to you from the "Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas," Duluth, Minnesota. And so do this week's guests. We'll be joined by Charlie Parr, a Duluth-based country-blues musician, along with Louis Jenkins, a poet who has lived in Duluth for thirty years.
2004May1It's a big music week as the show comes to you from the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Our guests will include our friends Peter Ostroushko, Katey Bellville, and Kacey Jones; the cutting-edge hillbilly band BR549; Johnny Gimble, the King of the Swing Fiddle; steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons; and multiple Grammy-winner Alison Krauss.
2004May8This week, we welcome the six finalists in our Talent from Twelve to Twenty contest. A double bass and violin duo from Philadelphia; a classical pianist from Providence; a singer/songwriter from Wimberley, Texas; a uilleann piper from Baltimore; a guitarist from Eugene, Oregon; and traditional-music-playing brothers from Fulton, New York, join us on our stage at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.
2004May15It's our last St. Paul show of the season, and we have a batch of musical guests joining us. Jazz singer Inga Swearingen and gospel vocalist Jearlyn Steele will be performing, and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band welcomes Peter Ostroushko, Cindy Cashdollar, and Andy Stein. All this, plus the return of alternative-country band BR549.
2004May22A rebroadcast of our November 10, 2001, performance at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with the Nashville Bluegrass Band and Celtic duo Andy M. Stewart and Gerry O'Beirne.
2004May29This week's show comes from Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia. We're joined by Bob Edwards, who was the host of National Public Radio's Morning Edition for 25 years. Rich Dworsky and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band welcome fiddler John Nieman and harmonica player Howard Levy. And we have yet more music from jazz singer Inga Swearingen.
2004June5The show this week was broadcast live from Meadowbrook Farm in Gilford, New Hampshire, featuring an extra-large Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, with guests Vince Giordano, Duke Heitger, Andy Stein, and Butch Thompson. We have music from acoustic rebels Old Crow Medicine Show and a return visit from Leon Redbone.
2004June12This week's show comes from the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Our musical guests include Bulgarian violin prodigy Bella Hristova, as well as acoustic guitar master Leo Kottke. Fiddler and saxophonist Andy Stein joins the Shoe Band, and mezzo-soprano Janis Hardy sings.
2004June19We bring the prairie to the Hollywood Hills this week with a broadcast from the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California. Our guests include gospel singer Jearlyn Steele and dobro player and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar. Plus the Hopeful Gospel Quartet stops by before launching their West Coast tour, as well as comedian Greg Fideler, who is not a fiddler, and fiddler John Nieman, who is not a comedian.
2004June26We come to you this week from Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington, just outside Seattle. Joining us this week are be singer/songwriter Kelly Joe Phelps and mandolin master Peter Ostroushko.
2004July3The last live show of this season comes to you from the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. We welcome mandolin player Sam Bush, jazz vocalist Inga Swearingen, humorist Calvin Trillin, and the four classical bassists of the Existential Bass Quartet. Also, harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy and actress Erica Rhodes.
2004July10This week we offer a rebroadcast of the April 27, 2002, show from New York City's historic Town Hall, featuring Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, blues and folk singer Odetta, mezzo-soprano Alexandra Hughes, pianist Rob Fisher, and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth.
2004July17This week we offer a rebroadcast of the Febraury 16, 2002, show from the Saenger Theater in New Orleans, with Spencer Bohren, Butch Thompson, Duke Heitger, Topsy Chapman, and Geoff Muldaur.
2004July24This week we offer a rebroadcast of the April 13, 2002, show from New York City's Town Hall, which includes music from classical violinist Joshua Bell, singer/actor/director/producer Walter Bobbie, and pianist Dave Frishberg.
2004July31Stop us if you've heard this one before: This week's show is a rebroadcast of the sort-of-annual Joke Show from April 6, 2002. Guests at this performance from New York City's Town Hall include klezmer band the Klezmatics, pianist and conductor Rob Fisher, xylophone player Erik Charlston, and humorist Calvin Trillin.
2004August7We go to Kansas City this week with a rebroadcast of our June 15, 2002, show from Missouri's Starlight Amphitheatre, featuring music from the Memphis Horns, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, and singer-songwriter Iris Dement.
2004August14We help Chicago celebrate its 100th annual Ravinia Festival with a live broadcast from the Ravinia Park Pavilion. We're joined by opera singers Nicole Cabell and Quinn Kelsey, as well as gospel singer Jearlyn Steele and bluegrass quintet the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band.
2004August21In this rebroadcast of our December 27, 2003, we welcome to our Town Hall stage Australian-turned-Americana rocker Tommy Emmanuel, as well as the irrepressible Klezmatics, fiddler Andy Stein, and bandleader Vince Giordano. Stay tuned for a special guest appearance by the man of a thousand disguises, Mr. Al Franken. And Billy Collins reads to us some poetry.
2004August28From Wolf Trap Farm Park in Vienna, Virginia, this June 8, 2002, rebroadcast features performances by Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, dobro player Mike Auldridge, and tenor Mark Thomsen (accompanied by Sonja Thompson). Plus Peter Ostroushko sits in with the Shoe Band, and there's music from the Hopeful Gospel Quartet.
2004September4This week it's a live broadcast from the Minnesota State Fair. This annual Mecca for Norwegian Bachelor Farmers hosts a show from the historic State Fair Grandstand. We welcome folk star Shawn Colvin, Minnesota-based a capella quartet Tonic Sol-Fa, and the Marching Wolfpack of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, as guests, as well as the regular crew: The Royal Academy of Radio Acting, Tim Russell and Sue Scott; sound effects from Tom Keith; and Rich Dworsky and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, joined this week by fiddler John Neiman.
2004September11Enjoy this rebroadcast of the June 1, 2002, program from the Greek Theatre in sunny Los Angeles, California, with Taj Mahal, Stephanie Davis, Marni Nixon, Peter Ostroushko, and Greg Leisz.
2004September18Enjoy this rebroadcast of the March 23, 2002, program from the Fitzgerald Theatre, with Mollie O'Brien, with Mollie O'Brien, Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group, Greg Leisz, and Peter Ostroushko.
2004September25It's the 2004 Season Kickoff live from the Fitzgerald Theater, with guests Gillian Welch and David Rawlings and Old Crow Medicine Show. After the show, we'll be hosting our annual Street Dance outside the Fitz, with Jack Knife and the Sharps, contests, prizes, and our famous $5.00 meatloaf supper.
2004October2This week it's a live broadcast from the Fitz. Folk-rock-blues singer Geoff Muldaur and guitarist/composer/former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler are our musical guests.
2004October9This week we're continuing our fall run in Minnesota with a show at Concordia College in Moorhead; featuring the big voice of gospel singer Jearlyn Steele, along with the Chuck Suchy, yodeler Janet Sorenson and Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.
2004October16This week we're back at the Fitz with ragin' cajuns BeauSoleil, a group that combines zydeco, Tex-Mex, and New Orleans jazz. Late breaking news: Jazz vocalist Prudence Johnson joins GK for some duets! We also have our Royal Academy of Radio Acting and Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.
2004October23This week we're back at the Fitz with special guests and good friends of ours Robin and Linda Williams, fiddler and mandolinist Peter Ostroushko, and classic country-western guitarist Jay Peterson. And there's a good chance we'll have a couple of presidential candidates visit the show. We are, after all, a swing state...
2004October30Halloween tricks and end-of-election-season treats at the Fitz this week. Plus, bluegrass greats Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are back in St. Paul for the first time in three years. Vocalist Prudence Johnson and fiddler, guitarist and mandolinist John Niemann are featured as well.
2004November6This week it's our bonus Joke Show. Talk about hard work. We're always swimming in new jokes—of every conceivable kind, sent to us from comedians all around the world—and we make it our task to decide which ones are the winners. The returns are in: Join us with humorist Roy Blount, Jr., fiddler and saxophonist Andy Stein, and folk singer and guitarist "Spider" John Koerner.
2004November13We're not done with the Fitz yet! This week we welcome gospel blue-grassers Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, joining us in downtown St. Paul all the way from Tennessee. Butch Thompson — a fellow Minnesotan and one-time house pianist for A Prairie Home Companion — is back, too, to play a song or two with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.
2004November20The more the merrier, we always say, and that's why we're happy to have the 32 voices of Philip Brunelle's VocalEssence Ensemble Singers filling the glorious old Fitz again this Saturday. We've also invited Australia's bluesy rock & roll singer Kasey Chambers, plus guitarist/mandolinist/fiddler John Niemann, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and more.
2004November27What's a holiday without friends, we say, and that's why we've invited some of the best back to St. Paul for the Thanksgiving-weekend show: The Boys of the Lough will play traditional Celtic tunes and singer/pianist Kelley Hunt will tune in with the blues. Robin and Linda Williams will be with us as well, as will guitarist/mandolinist/fiddler John Niemann, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and more.
2004December4 This weekend, help us say hello to another St. Paul December. We'll be at the Fitz, warmed by the smoky voice of our friend Prudence Johnson, and by the hot country of the Flatlanders' Joe Ely. Pianist Nils Lindberg will be there as well, plus the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, The News From Lake Wobegon and more.
2004December11 Do you hear what I hear? It's our favorite sound-effects men, rehearsing for this Saturday's show at the Fitz: Fred Newman will join Tom Keith and the Royal Academy of Radio Acting for twice the fun with the adventures of Guy Noir and others. Musical guests include fiddler and saxophonist Andy Stein, harmonica player Howard Levy, and more.
2004December18Three weeks ago we begged the boys of the traditional Celtic band Boys of the Lough to stop in and see us again before heading back over the pond. To our great delight, they accepted — tune in to hear them this weekend. Also joining us will be jazz vocalist Inga Swearingen (you may recognize her from the 30th anniversary DVD), guitarist/mandolinist/fiddler John Niemann, the adventures of Guy Noir, the news from Lake Wobegon, and more.
2004December25This weekend, for our special Christmas Show, we'll be stopping in for visits at the homes of some of our best friends — actors Sue Scott and Tim Russell, sound-effects man Tom Keith, and bandleader Rich Dworsky. We'll also recall the best of Christmases past: The News From Lake Wobegon, the Lives of the Cowboys, and so much more. Join us.
2005January1Tune in this weekend for a very special New Year's show featuring a warm tribute to our friend from the early days, the late Milton "Soupy" Schindler. Also from past shows, Guy Noir shows up at the Five Spot on New Year's eve, we'll pay respect to The Great Minnesota Winter, and of course there'll be the latest news from Lake Wobegon. Join us.
2005January8We searched the stars for the best place to put on our first live show of the New Year, and they pointed us north. So we're going to Duluth! Stop on by, for two times the sound effects (Fred Newman and Tom Keith), acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke, steel guitar and dobro player Cindy Cashdollar, and the seven voices of the Mila Vocal Ensemble. Plus, the adventures of Guy Noir, the News From Lake Wobegon, and more.
2005January15It's been fun to be away, but we're looking forward to settling back in to our home at the Fitz. Join us this weekend with the hillbilly band BR549, drummer Peter Johnson, Sally Dworsky (Rich Dworsky's little sister!), and our friends Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard. Plus, the Adventures of Guy Noir, the News from Lake Wobegon, and more.
2005January22Rhonda Vincent and the Rage were with us for the Halloween show,and we had a fantastic time. So we invited this bluegrass queen back for Saturday's show at the Fitz, and she accepted! Considering St. Paul's recent weather reports, we're calling her the trooper of the month, with a reward she can tell the folks back in Missouri about: Temps above zero. Join us, plus Jim Lauderdale, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and more.
2005January29We hope you've been loving bluegrass as much as we have, because this weekend we'll welcome Ricky Skaggs and his Kentucky Thunder back to Minnesota for the first time since they hit Bemidji with us back in 2003. Join us at the Fitz in St. Paul, along with Prudence Johnson, The Geezers Jug Band, John Niemann, the Baldwin sisters, and more.
2005February5 The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers will join us at the Fitz again this weekend; we've asked them to pick out some love songs, in honor of a certain saint and his upcoming holiday. Stop by for a listen. You'll hear a word or two from the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, too, plus the News From Lake Wobegon and more.
2005February12We'll be on the edge of our seats at the Fitz this weekend, waiting to see what the young guys in the rebellious Appalachian string band Old Crow Medicine Show have for us. We'll be glad to have them (back for the first time since September), along with Peter Ostroushko, Prudence Johnson, John Niemann, and more.
2005February19 Join us this weekend for our second annual teen talent contest: Talent From Twelve To Twenty. We flew these kids into St. Paul for the last Fitz show of the season�from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Idaho, Michigan and Georgia (click here to read more about the contestants). We can't wait to show you what they can do.
2005February26We'll be at the College of St. Catherine this weekend, saying goodbye to St. Paul (until next fall, anyway), with some old friends: Butch Thompson will join us, as will Sally Dworsky and Prudence Johnson. Plus: the St. Kate's Women's Choir, a string quartet, and more. Join us.
2005March5This weekend we'll rebroadcast a great show we did last winter at the Summit Arena in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with mandolin virtuoso and bluegrass rebel Sam Bush, cowboy poet Billy Joe Shaver, and steel guitar and dobro master Cindy Cashdollar. There'll be words from the American Duct Tape Council and the Catchup Advisory Board, plus so much more.
2005March12 We're sure you miss New York as much as we do, so this week we're rebroadcasting one of our best shows out of Town Hall—the December 6, 2003 show. On that fine day, our guests included pianist and composer Randy Newman, the Celtic Boys of the Lough, Geoff Muldaur and his Futuristic Ensemble, and Guy Noir; we had so much fun. So tune in. You'll love it.
2005March19 On November 1, 2003, we spent some time at the Fitz in St. Paul with Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, and Australian guitarist Jeff Lang. Butch Thompson joined us on piano and clarinet as well, and of course we also played host to our Royal Academy of Radio Actors. It was such a great show we thought we'd play it for you again this weekend. Be sure to tune in.
2005March26This weekend we're wrapping up a run of rebroadcasts with a great show we did two years ago from Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis; Philip Brunelle and the Minnesota Orchestra were there with us, and Peter Ostroushko joined the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. We heard words from the Catchup Advisory Board, too, plus the News From Lake Wobegon. It was a great show.
2005April2 We've been looking forward to this: On Saturday we'll start our month-long visit to New York City with a live broadcast out of Town Hall. We invited mandolin virtuoso and bluegrass rebel Sam Bush, cabaret star Maude Maggart, violinist Andy Stein and vocalist Prudence Johnson. It's going to be great...
2005April9It was great to be back in New York last weekend, and we're looking forward to a second show there this Saturday (with clearer weather, we hope): We've invited big-band leader Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks, pianist André Watts, blues and folk singer Odetta, and violinist Andy Stein. The Royal Academy of Actors will be there, too, with the adventures of Guy Noir and so much more.
2005April16New York has been nice to us, and we're looking forward to another fine Town Hall show this weekend. We've invited comedian, author, and talk-radio host Al Franken; singers Madeleine Peyroux, Jennifer Rivera, and Jen Larson; and pianist Rob Fisher. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting and our Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.
2005April23We've had a great run at The Town Hall in New York City, and we'll be sad to pack up and head west down 43rd Street. But there's still one show to go before we leave, and it's going to be a great one. This week, we've invited Renée Fleming, and Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain. Plus, Andy Stein and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and the Royal Academy of Radio Actors.
2005April30We're headed down to Norfolk, Virginia this weekend for what's sure to be a fine show at Chrysler Hall. We've invited our friends Robin and Linda Williams, along with Their Fine Group, plus: pianist Rob Fisher, the sultry singer Prudence Johnson, singer Elizabeth LaPrelle, and Johnny Niemann on the fiddle. Don't miss it.
2005May7We're thrilled that our tour has us heading west to Mitchell, South Dakota this weekend, for a show at the Corn Palace, which, yes, is a palace made of corn. (Yes. Seriously.) We invited some of our best friends to join us: fiddler Johnny Niemann, sultry singer Prudence Johnson, sound-effects guy Fred Newman. And we'll also welcome acoustic duo The Ditty Bops, as well as former South Dakota senator George McGovern. (Yes. Seriously.)
2005May14This week we'll rebroadcast one of our favorite shows from the Meadowbrook Farm Musical Arts Center in Guilford, New Hampshire (June 5, 2004), featuring an extra-large Guy's All-Star Shoe Band � with guests Vince Giordano, Duke Heitger, Andy Stein, and Butch Thompson � plus music from acoustic rebels Old Crow Medicine Show and a return visit from Leon Redbone. Don't miss it!
2005May21This week we're headed to Wisconsin, for a show at our neighboring state's capital city. Joining us in Madison, from Canada, singers/songwriters The Wailin' Jennys; and from the Shetland Islands, and Ale Möller and Aly Bain. Plus, from right here at home: the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and our Royal Academy of Radio Acting.
2005May28We had a lovely Memorial Day at Wolf Trap last year, so we're thrilled to be heading that way again for this year's long weekend. Joining us will be Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, the phenomenal blues and folk singer Odetta, Mari and Håkon Samuelsen, Peter Ostroushko, Prudence Johnson. Plus the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and our Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Join us.
2005June4We're looking forward to spending this Friday evening in L.A., at the Hollywood Bowl, and we're sure you'll love the show when we broadcast it for you throughout the weekend. Old Crow Medicine Show, Leo Kottke, Karan Casey, Maude Maggart, Greg Leisz, Prudence Johnson will all be hanging out with us in sunny southern California. It's going to be a great time...
2005June11This weekend we're headed to Ohio for a show at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. Our friends Elana Fremerman (on fiddle) and Cindy Cashdollar (on dobro and steel guitar) will be there, and we've asked the Minnesota-based a capella group Tonic Sol Fa to join us as well. Plus: The Hopeful Gospel Quartet (Garrison, Robin and Linda Williams, and Mollie O'Brien), the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, the News From Lake Wobegon and more. Join us.
2005June18This weekend we're broadcasting live from the Ravinia Festival 2005 in Highland Park, Illinois. There'll be a lot of powerful female vocalists there with us: The Mila Vocal Ensemble, The Ditty Bops, our good friend Prudence Johnson. Plus, Howard Levy on harmonica, Andy Stein on violin, Garrison Keillor with the News From Lake Wobegon, and more. Join us.
2005June25This weekend we're headed to the Chastain Amphitheater in Atlanta, where we'll welcome opera singer Jan Grissom (a soprano), blues singer Precious Bryant, and the prolific Sam Bush on mandolin. Plus, our friends Andy Stein and Prudence Johnson, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, and so much more. We're recording the show live on Friday for Saturday and Sunday broadcasts.
2005July2We love playing shows at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, so we're thrilled to be headed there for the coming Fourth of July weekend, for a Saturday show at the Koussevitzky Music Shed. And what a group musical guests! We'll welcome Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Professor Peter Schickele with David D�sing, and Inga Swearingen. Plus, violinist Andy Stein, vocalist Prudence Johnson, our Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and more. Be sure to tune in.
2005July9This week we'll rebroadcast one of our favorite shows, from a few Valentine's Days ago, straight out of Spartanburg, South Carolina. It's a good one, with mandolin virtuoso and bluegrass rebel Sam Bush, and the flatpickin' folk guitar stylist Doc Watson. Guy Noir works out the mystery of some stolen grits, too.
2005July16This weekend we're rebroadcasting a great Joke Show, the one we recorded on April 17, 2004, right here in St. Paul. Comedian Paula Poundstone was with us, and Vince Giordano played his bass saxophone with Rich Dworsky, and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band did their thing. It was a great show, perfect for a repeat.
2005July23Not this last winter but the one before that, we did a truly wonderful show out of Boston, at the wonderful Wang Center. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham joined us, as did the artist-run ProArte Chamber Orchestra. We had a fine enough time that we thought we'd like to play the show again, so that's what we're doing. This weekend.
2005August6A few weeks back we asked about your favorite broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion, and the memories that went with them. My, what a response! We had a wonderful time reading and hearing your stories, and putting together a Listener's Choice show all about them. We'll be playing that show this weekend.
2005August13Be sure to tune in for this weekend's "Best Of" show. We combed through old broadcasts and found incredible performances by some of our favorite guests: Swedish string ensemble V�sen, singer and pianist Marcia Ball, singer Becky Schlegel, bluegrasser Jeannie Kendall and her band, guitar great Pat Donohue. And so much more. It's going to be a great couple of hours...
2005August20This weekend we'll rebroadcast a show we did a few years back, live from the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami, Florida. Cuban singer Donato Poveda was with us, alongside Vince Giordano, Andy Stein, trumpeter Randy Sandke and Butch Thompson. And Guy Noir took a flight to Florida!
2005August27This weekend we're rebroadcasting the kickoff of our 2004 season, recorded live last September at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with guests Gillian Welch and David Rawlings and Old Crow Medicine Show. What a time it was! Afterward, we hosted our annual Street Dance outside the Fitz, with contests, prizes, and our famous $5 meatloaf supper...
2005July30We've been taking a break from touring (to film a movie, among other things), and it's given us the chance to rebroadcast some of our best shows. This week, we'll play one we did a few years back out of the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, with that fine tribute to Buck Owens by the Sones de Mexico Ensemble. Plus: saxophonist Franz Jackson, harmonica player Howard Levy, and Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones. Don't miss it.
2005September3We've been away for a while but we're thrilled to be back, especially for a live show from the Minnesota State Fair. We'll eat cheese curds and chat with the recently crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way (goodwill ambassador for Minnesota's dairy industry, and fairest of the Fair). The Wailin' Jennys will be there, and so will Andy Stein, Prudence Johnson, and from New Orleans, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Don't miss it�we're recording the show on Friday for broadcasts throughout the weekend...
2005September10This weekend we're headed to Hutchinson, Kansas, for a live performance from the Kansas State Fair. We've invited blues singer Kelley Hunt, plus Cindy Cashdollar on dobro and steel guitar and Elana Fremerman on fiddle. The Royal Academy of Radio Acting will be there, and we'll do the News From Lake Wobegon, too. Join us...
2005September17 This weekend we'll rebroadcast a great show we did out of Charlottesville back in 2003. Virginia-based Americana music masters Robin and Linda Williams were with us, as well as rollicking bluegrass musicians Mountain Heart. Mike Seeger was there, too, playing traditional songs from the rural American South.
2005September24This week is our official kickoff to a new season. A live broadcast at the Fitzgerald Theater followed by the legendary street dance and meatloaf supper right out front on Exchange Street. On the show this week is the all-star Austin, Texas band The High-Flyers, Cajun crooners Beausoleil, Prudence Johnson, and New York's own Andy Stein. Even if you don't have tickets, come early and listen to the show outdoors and stick around for St. Paul's most anticipated street party with Jack Knife and the Sharps.
2005October1 This week, as fall colors emerge, we'll be broadcasting live from the Fitzgerald Theater. Featuring super-charged Nordic folk septet Frigg, silky alto Prudence Johnson, gifted instrumentalist & composer Peter Ostroushko, and much more. Join us as we gather momentum in this new season of A Prairie Home Companion.
2005October8 This week, it's another home game at the Fitzgerald Theater, featuring "The most soulful voice in Bluegrass," the legendary Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, the always wonderful Prudence Johnson, celebrity guest actor Lee Lynch, and the baldest band in radio, The Guy's All Star Shoe Band.
2005October15 This week, from the Highlands of Scotland, we welcome the Tannahill Weavers, the choral mastery of VocalEssence, and renowned Canadian pianist and professor of music, Dr. Elaine Keillor (a distant cousin). Fred Newman will join the Royal Academy of Actors on sound effects as Tom Keith recovers from an unusual voiceover accident.
2005October22 This week from the Fitzgerald Theater, we welcome Canadian singer-songwriters, The Wailin� Jennys, The Mila vocal ensemble, and the mad musical talents of Bill Hinckley & Judy Larson, Prudence Johnson, and John Niemann. Join us Saturday, right after you carve that giant pumpkin on the front steps.
2005October29 This week from the haunted Fitzgerald Theater, we welcome a storm of eclectic virtuosity from Southern California, Nickel Creek. Also on the show Powdermilk Biscuit Band alumnus Adam Granger, singer Prudence Johnson, Andy Stein joins the Guy's All Star Shoe Band, plus an icy touch of the Halloween spirit.
2005November5This week, live from the Fitzgerald Theater, we welcome the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, celebrity guest actor Steven Koop, M.D., and a special Veteran's Day tribute to America's soldiers, past and present, with special guest Richard Thill. We're also excited to announce that Robert Altman�s movie, "A Prairie Home Companion" has found national distribution.
2005November12 This week we'll re-broadcast a great show from the Mississippi Delta city, featuring the 'Soul Queen of New Orleans' Irma Thomas and her band, Jazz heavyweights Butch Thompson, Duke Heitger, Vince Giordano, and Andy Stein sitting in with the Guy's All Star Shoe Band. Also featuring additional performances by Geoff Muldaur and Topsy Chapman. This is radio not to be missed!
2005November19 This week, we'll re-broadcast a hybrid of two shows from November 2004, featuring Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Butch Thompson, Prudence Johnson, and the Thanksgiving Cantata performed by Vern Sutton, Janis Hardy, and VocalEssence. We return next week, live from the University Auditorium in East Lansing, Michigan. Then it's a cool December in New York City, with 4 shows from the fabulous Town Hall on West 43rd.
2005November26 This week, we'll motor east to the Michigan State University Concert Auditorium in East Lansing, Michigan. Featuring The Battlefield Band, Jearlyn Steele, Andy Stein, and a special guest appearance by MSU president, Lou Anna Simon.
2005December3This week, we begin our love affair with New York City all over again from The Town Hall, featuring Grammy award winning soprano Renée Fleming, acoustic guitar virtuoso Kaki King, and the multi-talented �Duke of New York�, Andy Stein, so tune in this Saturday for A Prairie Home Companion. We�ll hit the town, catch a show, grab a bite, and stay up all night.
2005December10 Here at Prairie Home Companion, we like to bring a little taste of Minnesota wherever we go. So this week, as temperatures plummet and snow falls in New York, we'll be packing extra parkas for our special guests, perhaps the finest traditional Celtic ensemble in the world, The Boys of the Lough. Also on the show, The Hopeful Gospel Quartet will huddle close and fine tune their caroling repertoire, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the always charming Andy Stein. And, of course, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting will do its best to make eggnog come out of your nose. Join us this Saturday, from the Town Hall in New York.
2005December17 This week, after we�ve recovered from the sticker shock of Manhattan hotel rooms in December, we�ll be back at the Town Hall welcoming old friends Rob Fisher, The Wailin� Jennys, and the pride of the upper west side, Andy Stein. Join Garrison, The Guy�s All-Star Shoe Band, and the Royal Academy of Radio Acting for our pre-Christmas preparation and shopping show, this Saturday on your local public radio station.
2005December24 This weekend we'll gather East and West in a joyful Christmas broadcast from the Town Hall in New York City. With special guests: the legendary Blues singer Odetta, three brilliant voices from the Metropolitan and New York City Operas—Janez Lotric and Jennifer Rivera. Also featuring Czech father and daughter duo, Stanislav and Kristina Kotyza. And from the Ukraine, the Paulishyn sisters�ages eleven and thirteen—accompanied by Alla Kutsevych on the amazing Bandura (the national instrument of Ukraine). All of this, plus the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Andy Stein, and the News from Lake Wobegon. Join us, for a packed sleigh ride this Christmas Eve!
2005December31 This Saturday, from the Fitzgerald Theater, we'll attempt a feat many thought impossible. A New Year's Eve triple play. Our first show will feature the formidable talents of Butch Thompson, Duke Heitger, Howard Levy, Andy Stein, Sally Dworsky, and poet laureate Billy Collins, along with The Guy�s All-Star Shoe Band and the Royal Academy of Radio Acting. Afterwards, Garrison will host a gala dinner party for a few hundred of our beloved listeners, while we Web cast some of the best New Years material from the past. Then, we'll be back for a special late night show (10 pm�1 am CST), featuring all of the early cast, completely new material, plus singers Jearlyn Steele and Suzanne Ohlman. With the help of some B vitamins, an espresso machine, and pure oxygen, we're going to party like it's 1999. Again.
2006January7 This week, we're on a deeply needed vacation. So, for this Saturday, we produced a special encore performance from January, 2005. Featuring "Country's most explosive hillbilly band" BR549, the magic fingers of Dan Chouinard, and singers Sally Dworsky and Prudence Johnson. Drummer Peter Johnson sits in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting is at its best, and Garrison talks about winter, the holiday aftermath, and gets into trouble with Lutherans.
2006January14 This week, we'll be in the very heart of Minnesota, broadcasting from the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota. Luckily, that failing grade in organic chemistry does not disqualify us from doing live radio on campus. Featured guests include rising Nashville star Adrienne Young, Bulgarian violin prodigy Bella Hristova, Jazz singer Prudence Johnson, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the maestro, Andy Stein. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith. Join us Saturday, there's bound to be something you'll go-pher.
2006January21 This week, we return to the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota with special guests Butch Thompson, Robin & Linda Williams, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Andy Stein. Also featuring a special student cameo appearance, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and The News From Lake Wobegon, this Saturday on a Prairie Home Companion.
2006January28 There's nothing like a University audience to energize our old radio show, so this week we're headed to West Lafayette, Ind., to broadcast from the campus of Purdue University, close by the Wabash in famed Hoosier land. Our special guests include the "Jimi Hendrix of Bluegrass" Jerry Douglas and his band, senior savant of the diatonic harmonica Howard Levy, singer Prudence Johnson, and the Purdue University Varsity Glee Club. Also featuring the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and the News from Lake Wobegon, all this week on A Prairie Home Companion.
2006February4 February: The ebb of Minnesota life. With frozen pipes, a dark cloudy sky, and a self-described vampire running for Governor, it seemed like a good time to get out of town for awhile. So this week, we�ll go to the beautiful Bayfront Amphitheater in Miami, Florida. Featuring jazz luminaries Vince Giordano, Butch Thompson, and Dan Barrett, Cuban chanteuse Aymee Nuviola and her band, and sitting in with the Guy�s All-Star Shoe Band, Andy Stein. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, the News from Lake Wobegon, and much more this week on A Prairie Home Companion.
2006February11 This week we travel to The University of Minnesota Morris to broadcast from the P.E. Center (also known as the "gymnasium") with special guests Tim Sparks, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and Prudence Johnson. Also this week, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Andy Stein, and the News from Lake Wobegon.
2006February18 This week we'll travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A progressive bastion, with its rich history of industry, immigrants, municipal innovations, and a certain bubbly beverage, we're sure to feel right at home at the Milwaukee Theater. Featured guests include the 100 year-old Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, local surf-rockers The Exotics, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, swingin' clarinetist Chuck Hedges. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The News from Lake Wobegon, and much more. This week on a Prairie Home Companion.
2006February25 Lately, we've been feeling some nostalgia for the days when we traveled Minnesota in a borrowed Winnebago with Tom Keith at the wheel, 12 quarts of chili & beans on the stove, and a pile of guitars and drums strapped to the roof. So, this week we're motoring up to Glenwood, Minnesota to do a show, just like we used to, at the Lakeside Ballroom. Featuring Prairie Home old-timers: Butch Thompson, Peter Ostroushko, Adam Granger, and Prudence Johnson, as well as the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and the News from Lake Wobegon. There'll be dinner, dancing, and ice-fishing, this week on a Prairie Home Companion.
2006March4 This week, we continue our regional wanderings with a trip up the Red River Valley to Grand Forks, North Dakota. We�ll broadcast from the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the University of North Dakota campus. Featuring Grammy-award winning Bluegrass heroes the Del McCoury Band, folk-singing farmer Chuck Suchy, and the best efforts of the Hopeful Gospel Quartet with Robin & Linda Williams. Also featuring, the Guy�s All-Star Shoe Band, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and the News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this Saturday for a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.
2006March11 While we take our annual spring break to recover from the cough and sinus infection we've had since November, we'll re-broadcast three great shows from 2004. The show for this week was originally broadcast live from Meadowbrook Farm Musical Arts Center in Guilford, New Hampshire, featuring an expanded Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Vince Giordano, Duke Heitger, Andy Stein, and Butch Thompson. Also featuring neo-acoustic rebels Old Crow Medicine Show and old-time troubadour Leon Redbone.
2006March18 As we continue to rest and gather strength for our April shows, we'll re-broadcast a big music show from Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Guests include our friends Peter Ostroushko, Katey Bellville, and Kacey Jones; the cutting-edge hillbilly band BR549; Johnny Gimble, the King of the Swing Fiddle; steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons; and multiple Grammy-winner Alison Krauss.
2006March25 This week, before we take Hennepin Avenue by storm April 1, it's another classic re-broadcast from October 25, 2003 at the Fitzgerald Theater. A rosin coated evening, featuring the Swedish folk phenomenon known as V�sen, the elegant and eclectic voice and violin of Andrea Zonn, and master fiddler Stuart Duncan. Also featuring, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The News from Lake Wobegon, and much more. This week on A Prairie Home Companion.
2006April1 This week, after years of casting calls, disastrous tryouts, and reams of rejection letters, we're finally getting our shot at the big time: The Historic State Theater on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. The tuxedos have been dry cleaned, teeth have been capped, and we even hired a French guy to do the hairstyling. Special guests include Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Jearlyn Steele, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, John Niemann. Also featuring the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, pushing their comedic boundaries right to the edge of PG-13.
2006April8 This week we continue our Minneapolis micro-tour with a big show at the Orpheum Theater (a famous vaudeville house, where a ticket to see the Marx Brothers was only 47 cents!), featuring blazing Country star Brad Paisley, VocalEssence with choirmaster Philip Brunelle, and the dulcet vocal tones of Prudence Johnson. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and much more. Join us on the Westside this Saturday, where we can leave the 20-foot neon "APPLAUSE" signs on the truck and people still cheer.
2006April15 Coming to you from the Charlottesville Performing Arts Center, in Charlottesville, Virginia, it's the final re-broadcast of the season. This show was originally aired in November 2003, and features Bluegrass super-group Mountain Heart, Folk icon Mike Seeger, and our good friends from Virginia Robin & Linda Williams. Guy Noir hunts for wayward spouses, "SFX" man Fred Newman spits out an aural portrait of the Blue Ridge locale, and the Matriarchy of Lake Wobegon takes absolute control during deer hunting season, all this week on a Prairie Home Companion. We return live next Saturday to begin our globe-trotting Spring/Summer tour in Rochester, Minnesota, with Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler.
2006April22 This week, A Prairie Home Companion travels to the Mayo Civic Center Arena in Rochester, Minnesota. We may need a complete physical to be sure we can handle the excitement of our featured guests, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, who will be performing duets from their forthcoming album "All The Roadrunning." Also with us the glowing gospel voice of Ms. Jearlyn Steele, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, the News From Lake Wobegon, and last but not least, sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, "Mr. Wonderful," Andy Stein. Join us this Saturday for A Prairie Home Companion!
2006April29 This week, we'll run with Coyotes at the University of South Dakota�s Dakota Dome. It�s a special show utilizing dozens of historical musical instruments on loan from the National Music Museum at USD. Featured guests include The New Custer Brass Band, singer Becky Schlegel, USD faculty cellist & pianist Nick Curry and Susan Gray, plus Pat Donohue and Tim Sparks will explore the history of the guitar, playing their way through a collection that would make Andres Segovia light-headed. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and much more. Live this Saturday on A Prairie Home Companion.
2006May6 This week, we'll be broadcasting from the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colorado. Featuring a broad sampling of the best local talent we could find, so all talent specifics will remain T.B.A. right up until show time. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the News from Lake Wobegon, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the multi-instrumental troubadour, John Niemann. Join us this Saturday, for a live broadcast of a Prairie Home Companion!
2006May13 This week, as we launch our fleet of long ships for the journey to Reykjavik Iceland, we'll present a special re-broadcast from May 2003. It's a harmonic convergence of the Fishing Opener, Mother's Day and Syttende Mai in Lake Wobegon. Featuring soprano Maria Jette and Dan Chouinard, Howard Levy, VocalEssence, Robin & Linda Williams, violinist Jorja Fleezanis, and original Powdermilk Biscuit: Adam Granger. In Lake Wobegon, Myrtle Krebsbach sets off weight loss mania, causing 300 people with 500 chins to lose 4000 pounds in 10 weeks.
2006May20 This week, we'll broadcast a very special show from the National Theater of Iceland, in Reykjavik. Featured guests include; The Fóstbræður Male Choir, Iceland's leading singer-songwriter Didd�, actor John C. Reilly, author Bill Holm, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, master of the diatonic harmonica Howard Levy. Dusty and Lefty will fly over, too, and also Guy Noir, and Jim and Barb of the Ketchup Advisory Board. Tune it to see if Icelanders sit in silent puzzlement or if they clap and stuff.
2006May27 Coming to you this week from the Filene Center, located in Wolftrap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia, we�ll walk barefoot in the grass, toss a Frisbee, and stare into the sunset as an aviary choir sings in the background. Special guests include, Bluegrass firebrands Old Crow Medicine Show, the heavenly voice of Jearlyn Steele, Blue Ridge troubadours Robin & Linda Williams, and perpetual optimists the Hopeful Gospel Quartet. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the Guy�s All-Star Shoe Band, and much more, this Saturday from Virginia.
2006April22 This week, A Prairie Home Companion travels to the Mayo Civic Center Arena in Rochester, Minnesota. We may need a complete physical to be sure we can handle the excitement of our featured guests, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, who will be performing duets from their forthcoming album "All The Roadrunning." Also with us the glowing gospel voice of Ms. Jearlyn Steele, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, the News From Lake Wobegon, and last but not least, sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, "Mr. Wonderful," Andy Stein. Join us this Saturday for A Prairie Home Companion!
2006April29 This week, we'll run with Coyotes at the University of South Dakota�s Dakota Dome. It�s a special show utilizing dozens of historical musical instruments on loan from the National Music Museum at USD. Featured guests include The New Custer Brass Band, singer Becky Schlegel, USD faculty cellist & pianist Nick Curry and Susan Gray, plus Pat Donohue and Tim Sparks will explore the history of the guitar, playing their way through a collection that would make Andres Segovia light-headed. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and much more. Live this Saturday on A Prairie Home Companion.
2006June3 This week, coming to you from the largest natural amphitheater in the U.S., it�s a block busting broadcast from The Hollywood Bowl. With very special guest actors, Meryl Streep, Virginia Madsen, and John C. Reilly joining the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and sitting in with the Guy�s All-Star Shoe Band will be Andy Stein and Sally Dworsky. We'll also have musical guests Shelby Lynne, and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.
2006June10 In our quest for continuing adult education ("co-elder-cation"), we've planned a field trip to the University of Texas Performing Arts Center in Austin. We'll broadcast live from the Bass Concert Hall, with special guests Cindy Cashdollar, Elana James, and Red Volkaert, known collectively as The High-Flyers, and hailing from somewhere between Route 66 and the Rock Island Railroad line, we welcome Rock n' Roll icon Joe Ely. Also with us: The Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the irrepressible Andy Stein.
2006June17 This week we'll follow the Mississippi into the land of Lincoln and bring you a big show from the Ravinia Music Festival, in Highland Park, Illinois. With special guests, archetypal string ensemble, the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, Chicago's own singer-songwriter Alice Peacock, gifted instrumentalist and composer Peter Ostroushko, and the warbling voices of eternal optimism, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, with Robin & Linda Williams. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the News From Lake Wobegon, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the irrepressible Andy Stein. All this and more, live this week on a Prairie Home Companion.
2006June24 This week, we'll throw our mountain bikes on the truck and head west into Pueblo country to bring you a show from Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah. With very special guests Linda Ronstadt & Ann Savoy, performing as the ZoZo Sisters, folk music legend Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, instrumentalist John Niemann and singer Prudence Johnson. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the News From Lake Wobegon, and much more, live from the beehive state this Saturday on A Prairie Home Companion.
2006July1This week, from the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, we bring you the official Prairie Home Companion season finale and Independence Day Special. Broadcasting from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, the performance will be live on radio and filmed for broadcast on the PBS television program Great Performances, Sunday, July 2 at 9 pm Eastern. With very special guests, two-time Academy Award winner — and star of Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion" movie, Meryl Streep, Canada's finest female trio, The Wailin' Jennys, and spine-tingling Gospel singer, Jearlyn Steele. Also with us, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet with Robin & Linda Williams, Carol Elizabeth Jones, and Mr. low G himself, Carson Wyler. Actress Erica Rhodes will join the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Mr. Andy Stein. Join us for the fireworks, this Saturday on your local public radio station, and again Sunday on your local public television station.
2006July8This week, we're trying to get the rhubarb stains out of our clothes after a pie-eating contest went terribly wrong on the trip home from Tanglewood, so we'll bring you a special re-broadcast, the best of two shows we did in Duluth not so long ago. Featured guests include poet Louis Jenkins, bluesman Charlie Parr, power-picker Leo Kottke, and the Mila Vocal Ensemble will give Garrison some singing tips. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton, and the News from Lake Wobegon takes us back to the Winter of '51, when temperatures hit -40F and Garrison learned some hard lessons about hockey from a team called the Duluth Dolls.
2006July15This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's another fine summertime re-broadcast. Featuring the best of our 2004 broadcast from Wolf Trap National Park, just outside of Washington, D.C. and from the "other" Washington, highlights from our broadcast from Marymoor Park that same year. Featured guests include tunesmith Kelly Joe Phelps, harmonica wizard Howard Levy, jazz singer Inga Swearingen, radioman Bob Edwards, and the U.S. Army Brass Quintet, who'll boggle the mind with their version of �The Flight of the Bumblebee�. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the Guy�s All-Star Shoe Band, and in Lake Wobegon we�ll hear about the perils of inattentive driving, and a fire and brimstone preacher with a very bad wig.
2006July22This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's another steamy summertime rebroadcast featuring two shows from our February 2004 micro-tour through the South. The first stop: Hot Springs, Arkansas and then on to Spartanburg, South Carolina for Valentine's Day. Both shows feature the lightning-fast pickin' of Mr. Sam Bush. The legendary Doc Watson takes the stage, and Cindy Cashdollar sits in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Guy Noir heads south from St. Paul in search of a bad batch of grits, and of course there's the latest news from Lake Wobegon. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott and Fred Newman.
2006July29 What do you get when you place thirty-five cruised-out, exhausted performers on an outdoor stage? Find out this Saturday, as we present our post cruise finale from the Chateau Ste. Michelle. The show was pre-recorded on July 21, and will be edited this week for length, but we�d like to offer our thanks to all the great talents from the APHC cruise who scrambled off the ship to do one last show: Jearlyn Steele, Billy Steele, Robin & Linda Williams, Carol Elizabeth Jones, Charlie Barnett, Butch Thompson, The Kosher Red Hots, Redd Volkaert, Cindy Cashdollar, Chris Gilson, Nathan Roe, Jody Stecher, Kate Brislin, Bill Hinckley, Judy Larson, Louis Jenkins, Gordon Wright, Dan Newton, Rich Dworksy, Pat Donohue, Andy Stein, Arnie Kinsella, Gary Raynor, Leslie Gregory, Mary Tiebout, Johanna Evans, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, Erica Rhodes, and of course, our fearless leader, the old scout, Garrison Keillor.
2006August5It's not that we don't love the state fair, but it can be a volatile summertime equation: (3 Pronto Pups + 1 large chili fries + 104 degrees Fahrenheit x 1 Tilt-A-Whirl = Losing your lunch, and dignity, in front of family and friends), so wisdom suggests finding some shade in the grandstand and catching this week's show, a re-broadcast featuring highlights from our Minnesota and Kansas state fair productions of 2004, including performances by Shawn Colvin, The Wailin' Jennys, Tonic Sol Fa, and Kelley Hunt. We'll also have Princess Kay of the Milky Way, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and in Lake Wobegon, you could do a lot with three dollars at the fair and still buy a piece of aunt Myrna's chocolate cake, a perennial blue ribbon winner.
2006August12This week on A Prairie Home Companion�a summertime rebroadcast featuring two shows we did with a great guitarist: Mark Knopfler. In 2004 he came solo and collaborated a bit with Geoff Muldaur. And this past year, he came with Emmylou Harris. Guy Noir dreams of Bogart, Ruth Harrison dreams of love, and in Lake Wobegon: Arlene Bunsen buried her leftover Easter ham in the backyard ... all coming up on this week's show.
2006August19This week we present a warm and windy summertime repeat featuring two California shows we did in 2003 from San Luis Obispo and San Diego, with veteran surf-rockers Gil Orr and Paul Johnson (The Duo-Tones), jazz singer Inga Swearingen, and cowgirl poet and singer-songwriter Stephanie Davis. Dusty and Lefty manage to get thrown into the San Luis Obispo county jail, and in Lake Wobegon, Pastor Inqvist and his wife Judy rekindle their romance with a trip up North to the cabin, where memories of Bruno the fishing dog pay them a visit. Join us this Saturday, as we go panning for gold in the Golden State.
2006August26 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's jokes, jokes and more jokes: Ole and Lena jokes, light bulb jokes, blonde jokes, man-walks-into-a-bar jokes, knock-knock jokes, lawyer jokes� You get the idea. It is our special Joke Show compilation broadcast, featuring Paula Poundstone and Roy Blount, Jr. Paula bravely steps to the mic for a duet with Garrison about friendship, and Roy appears as a "Cowboy Consultant" in an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys. The King of the Bass Sax, Vince Giordano, sings a great old Jelly Roll Morton song called the "Hyena Stomp." And Spider John Koerner sings about his early, rebellious days back in the 60's with a song called "Good Time Charlie." In Lake Wobegon, there was talk of renovating Wally, the talking Walleye. And Arlene Bunsen had to send letters of apology to everyone who came to her Easter dinner. More about that this weekend, along with some great music from The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and expertly delivered jokes from The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Tom Keith.
2006July29What do you get when you place thirty-five cruised-out, exhausted performers on an outdoor stage? Find out this Saturday, as we present our post cruise finale from the Chateau Ste. Michelle. The show was pre-recorded on July 21, and will be edited this week for length, but we'd like to offer our thanks to all the great talents from the APHC cruise who scrambled off the ship to do one last show: Jearlyn Steele, Billy Steele, Robin & Linda Williams, Carol Elizabeth Jones, Charlie Barnett, Butch Thompson, The Kosher Red Hots, Redd Volkaert, Cindy Cashdollar, Chris Gilson, Nathan Roe, Jody Stecher, Kate Brislin, Bill Hinckley, Judy Larson, Louis Jenkins, Gordon Wright, Dan Newton, Rich Dworksy, Pat Donohue, Andy Stein, Arnie Kinsella, Gary Raynor, Leslie Gregory, Mary Tiebout, Johanna Evans, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, Erica Rhodes, and of course, our fearless leader, the old scout, Garrison Keillor.
2006October7 A week of increased dietary fiber, curry acclimation, and Hatha Yoga has hopefully prepared us for the National Lentil Festival in Pullman, Washington, where we'll be broadcasting live this week from the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum at Washington State University. The surrounding area, known as the Palouse, is remarkable for its fertile rolling hills where winter and spring wheat, barley, peas, and of course lentils, are cultivated to perfection. We'll have the singing cowgirl Stephanie Davis, country western singer Wylie Gustafson, songwriter Charlie Sutton, mandolinist Richard Kriehn, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Andy Stein, and the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman. Join us this Saturday for a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.
2006October14 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're back from our adventures out West. Riding home with the wind at our backs and the promise of snow in the clouds, we're powerless to continue our fantasy that summer isn't "quite" over. So turn your air conditioner off and your radio on, for another broadcast from good old Saint Paul. With our special guests, from Hawaii, Grammy award winner Taj Mahal, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Steven Copes, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the one man string section, John Niemann. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, so tune in this Saturday for another live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.
2006October21 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're bringing in the "G" squad: Phil Heywood, Dan Neale, and our own Pat Donohue, three great local guitarists jamming on basement favorites. Also with us, Iowa bluesman Dave Moore, Jearlyn "Black Coffee" Steele, Spider John Koerner, opera singer Richard Troxell, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting (Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith), and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, John Niemann. Join us this Saturday, for another live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul.
2006October28 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're carving blue-ribbon pumpkins and drinking hot spiced cider at the Fitzgerald Theater, with very special guests, the Queen of the blues renaissance Bonnie Raitt, and firecrackers of the Canadian prairie The Wailin' Jennys. Also with us the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the Manhattan maestro Andy Stein, plus an older guy in a rumpled tuxedo and red sneakers handing out the candy. Join us this Saturday for a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.
2006November4 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll limber up for this week's election exercise with a brisk live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater. Joining us, the voice that makes the bluegrass green, Larry Sparks and The Lonesome Ramblers, plus Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and soul-miner Shawn Colvin and her Texas trio. Also this week, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The News from Lake Wobegon, and Pat Donohue finally gets that vacation in Milwaukee he's been angling for.
2006November11 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we've got barrels of SPF 50 on hand for our visit to the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. With very special guests, the legendary and seldom seen Hawaiian band Na Pali, traditional Hawaiian songstresses Puamana, slack-key guitarists Danny Carvalho and Owana Salazar, as well as Minnesota's own mandolin maestro, Peter Ostroushko. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the News from Lake Wobegon, and much more. Join us this Saturday, for a live broadcast from Honolulu, Hawaii.
2006November18 This week on A Prairie Home Companion it's a visit from Thanksgiving Past featuring two November shows from 2004. The VocalEssence ensemble sings a wonderful Navajo Prayer, and in the spirit of giving thanks �for Jersey dairy cows, cinnamon pears and walnuts; and a good cup of coffee.� � Vern Sutton and Janis Hardy join the choir for a Thanksgiving Cantata. Guy Noir has trouble making a good cup of coffee with the new coffeemaker he bought at the Appliance Barn, but he does find a friend in Customer Service. Kasey Chambers — a bluesy Aussie — is on the show, with her dad playing back-up guitar. And our own Irish bluesman, Pat Donohue, steps up for an appropriate post-Thanksgiving tune �Blues When I Exercise.� Robin and Linda Williams head up the Department of Folk Song and The Boys of Lough join us with a wonderful song called �My Love, My God.� In The News From Lake Wobegon, Garrison talks about his Grandpa Keillor, Uncle Jack, and a secret signal decoder ring he wore to Thanksgiving dinner.
2006November25 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're rolling all eighteen wheels to Cincinnati, where bluegrass and country music met high-powered broadcasting for the very first time in the 1930's. With us this week, an amazing acoustic guitar picker (and the Stradivarius of modern luthiers) Wayne Henderson and his extremely talented wife, Helen White. We'll have bionic bluegrass wild man Sam Bush, plus one of the finest steel players to ever walk the earth, Buddy Emmons, sitting in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, so we must warn listeners there may be a slightly increased risk of the spontaneous combustion of your radio. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the News from Lake Wobegon, and much more this Saturday from the "All Together Surprising" city of Cincinnati, USA.
2006December2 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're in search of our wings in the Golden Horseshoe city of Buffalo. Broadcasting from Shea's Auditorium, we'll have two of the finest traditional Celtic groups this side of the equator, The Boys of the Lough and The Battlefield Band, for a droning December donnybrook. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the News from Lake Wobegon, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Mr. Andy Stein. Join us this Saturday for a brightly lit live broadcast, as we welcome the darkest days of December.
2006December9 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll wake up in the city that never sleeps and make a brand new start of it. With one of the loveliest voices in Irish traditional music Karan Casey, plus the master of tone, taste, and timing, fiddler Stuart Duncan, and a titan of the jazz tuba Howard Johnson and Gravity, this is a show not to be missed. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the samaritans of sole, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this Saturday, live from the Town Hall in the City of New York.
2006December16 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we continue our seasonal stopover at the Town Hall with special guests, the prolific resophonic guitarist and the most recorded dobro player in history, Jerry Douglas and his band. We've got the 44th poet laureate of the United States, a Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York since 1968, Billy Collins. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the News from Lake Wobegon, and sitting in with the Guy�s All-Star Shoe Band, the cunning commander of catgut Andy Stein. Join us this Saturday for a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion from the heart of Broadway, in New York City.
2006December23 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's our annual New York Christmas broadcast. Like a 10ft. Douglas fir laden with dazzling ornaments, we'll have an abundance of brilliant talent, including the most celebrated figure in folk music, Odetta, Broadway behemoth Walter Bobbie, conductor and pianist Rob Fisher, and Tony Award winning actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth. Plus, we'll welcome a very special mystery guest, a noted American composer, who will premiere an original holiday opus for neglected orchestral instruments. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman. Sitting in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, fiddler on the loose, Andy Stein. Join us this Saturday for a special holiday show from the Town Hall on West 43rd street.
2006December30 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll wrap up our 2006 New York engagement with American bebop jazz pianist and vocalese singer Bob Dorough, jazz singer Prudence Johnson, and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band will seem ten feet tall with the addition of early jazz superhero Vince Giordano and the mad hatter of violin, Andy Stein. We'll also have the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the News from Lake Wobegon, and much more this Saturday from the Town Hall.
2006December31 Treat yourself to an evening with Garrison Keillor as he celebrates New Year's Eve at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Garrison will be joined by an all-star cast of musicians plus a few surprise guests. For broadcast times, check your local public radio station and/or PBS affiliate (it will be on Great Performances).
2007January6 As we recover from a dizzying New Year's Eve, we bring you a brand new show from Honolulu, Hawaii. While we were there in November, we recorded two shows, so you get even more of slack-key guitar virtuosos Danny Carvalho and Owana Salazar, another dose of the seldom-seen Na Pali, and of course, traditional Hawaiian songstresses Puamana. Plus new adventures of Guy Noir and the News from Lake Wobegon.
2007January13 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we'll navigate the Rocky Mountains to bring you a live broadcast from the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. With this week's special guests: a champion of American roots music and brilliant performer, Maria Muldaur; San Francisco's all-gal urban old-time teardown The Stairwell Sisters; and joining the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the rainy day man, Andy Stein. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the News from Lake Wobegon, and much more. Join us this Saturday, live from the Golden State.
2007January20 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we'll visit St. Louis and bring you a live broadcast from the fabulous Fox Theater, designed in the unique Siamese Byzantine style, and built in the 1920's as a silent movie palace. This week's special guests include, a terrific jazz / pop vocalist and songwriter Erin Bode, and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band fills out its sound with an expert St. Louis horn section, including Dave Bargeron, Jon-Erik Kellso, Kathy Jensen, and our own Andy Stein on baritone sax. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, with the continuing adventures of Guy Noir Private Eye, The Lives of the Cowboys, and who knows what else, live this week from St. Louis.
2007January27 This week on a Prairie Home Companion, we'll visit the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and install Philip Brunelle at the helm of America's largest concert hall organ, the mighty Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ. Perennial Bluegrass favorites Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver will be there too. Joining the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, the always-charming host of "Fresh Air," Terry Gross. And sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Mr. Andy "The Fifth Shoe" Stein. Join us this Saturday from Philadelphia.
2007February3 Producing an eighth Joke Show is a lofty goal, our interns have lost weight (and some hair) over the last few weeks, but they actually found some funny jokes we haven't used in the past, so here goes nothing. This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's jokes, jokes, and more jokes. Jokes read by professional radio actors, willing to sacrifice their dignity for the greater good of giggling, guffawing, and groaning. The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band will be joined by Dan Newton and Andy Stein, with a new batch of humorous songs, plus we'll have a surprise lineup of comic re-enforcements to help deliver the massive payload of punchlines. If you're someone who is easily offended by PG-13 humor, please don't send us complaints, just tune into the "Murder, She Wrote" marathon on the Biography channel instead.
2007February10 Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're stoking the home fires with our friends Robin & Linda Williams and the First Lady of St. Paul Soul, Jearyln Steele. And sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the same fantastic horn section we had in St. Louis: Dave Bargeron, Jon-Erik Kellso, and Kathy Jensen. Also with us the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and legendary sound effects man, Tom Keith. Join us this Saturday from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, as we huddle for warmth against the February freeze.
2007February17 This week on A Prairie Home Companion it's a reunion of the "Neale Diamond Trio", as guitarists Phil Heywood and Dan Neale sidle up next to our own Pat Donohue to compare manicures and guitar licks in a finger-picking free for all. We're also happy to have master vocalists Prudence Johnson and Vern Sutton on board to give Garrison a few tips. We've also nabbed several cast members from the Minnesota Opera's production of The Grapes of Wrath going on just down the street. Guy Noir will be working the stage door and a new case for Presidents' Day, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Minnesota Jazzman Butch Thompson and the Manhattan Maestro, Andy Stein. International sound effects superstar Tom Keith joins Sue Scott and Tim Russell as the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and of course, there's always news from Lake Wobegon as the ice fishing gets interesting over a long holiday weekend. Join us this Saturday for the latest.
2007February24 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're taking some time off to thaw out and will be airing the best of two shows we did at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Minnesota, back in January of last year. Garrison recalls his days at the U of M, including his first job at the campus radio station KUOM. We'll get a lesson in Latin, librarian Ruth Harrison wrestles a former classmate to the ground, and Robin & Linda Williams and Carol Elizabeth Jones join Garrison as The Hopeful Gospel Quartet. Also on the show: Nashville rising star Adrienne Young, Bulgarian violin prodigy Bella Hristova, and U of M vocal student Janine Bremault. Plus Andy Stein sitting in with Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Tune in this Saturday for a special re-broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.
2007March3 Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion it's another special re-broadcast: The Best of Broadway. We pulled an overnighter in the tape vault and found some BIG highlights from under the bright lights. Kristin Chenoweth sings Oklahoma!, Walter Bobbie tears into Alexander's Ragtime Band, Vern Sutton and Rob Fisher offer a tribute to the Broadway Chorus, Bonnie Raitt fulfills her dream of singing the part of Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady (under the guidance of Guy Noir), and Marvin & Mavis Smiley do Springtime on Broadway. Tune in Saturday for all that plus, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the news from Lake Wobegon.
2007March10 Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion, we've got another special compilation show drawn from the dusty shelves of our underground tape vault, featuring some of the best opera from our archives. It's the l'atto finale of our spring break with Ren�e Fleming appearing as the great diva Renata Flambe, and Maria Jette singing the "Jell-O Aria." Susan Graham is with us, as well as Bryn Terfel, Mark Thomsen, and Danny the Opera Dog. It's all coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion.
2007March17 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're live from the Town Hall in New York City. With special guests, jazzman Bob Dorough, bluegrass specialist Jen Larson, and tenor Vern Sutton. Sitting in with the Shoe Band, we've got tubist Dave Bargeron and fiddler John Niemann. And in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, we'll expect everyone to sing along with some great traditional Irish songs (bring a hanky) and you'll hear the hilarious story of Danny, the tenor whose voice went flatter than week-old green beer. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the News from Lake Wobegon. It's all new this week on A Prairie Home Companion, live from West 43rd Street.
2007March24 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we welcome a very special guest to the Town Hall in New York City, the elusive and brilliant Ry Cooder and his stellar backing band: The New Cardboard Avenue Jaywalkers, which includes Mike Seeger on Banjo, Paddy Maloney of the Chieftains on whistles/pipes, Roland White on mandolin, and Joachim Cooder on drums. Also with us, critically acclaimed poet and senior nonfiction editor at The New Yorker, Deborah Garrison, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, with this week's fifth shoe, Andy Stein. Join us Saturday for an all new installment of A Prairie Home Companion.
2007March31 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll wrap up our spring run at the Town Hall with special guests, Cuban charanga orquestra YeraSon. We'll have Brooklyn bluegrass beauty Jen Larson, and we'll announce the winner of our spring poetry contest, a gifted writer soon to be resting comfortably on a bed of roses, compliments of Select Comfort. Also with us, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and the News from Lake Wobegon. It's an all-new show for spring coming up this Saturday...
2007April7 This week on A Prairie Home Companion — it's Easter weekend and we've got a special springtime rebroadcast featuring a great honky-tonk band out of Austin, Texas — The Flatlanders — along with Sally Dworsky and the great St. Paul Calypso band, The Driftwoods. Prudence Johnson rings in spring with the VocalEssence ensemble, and there's a run on bone-in hams down at Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery.
2007April14 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're back home at the Fitzgerald Theater in chilly downtown St. Paul, with very special guests, everyone's favorite Finnish-Norwegian seven-piece progressive folk explosion, Frigg. They're here to help get the stoics among us in the mood for summer. Music therapist Todd Schwartzberg will talk with us about the recuperative powers of your favorite tunes. Prudence Johnson will chime in with a few songs, and John Niemann sits in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Plus the indefatigable Royal Academy of Radio Actors, (Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith) the News from Lake Wobegon, and more, all from the corner of Exchange and Wabasha this Saturday.
2007April21 This week on A Prairie Home Companion it's the PITTS, or rather, our first annual People In (their) Twenties Talent Show. The six finalists, and all hope for the future are as follows... From Burlington, VT old-time string band The Powder Kegs, from Brooklyn, NY country band The Sweetback Sisters, from Big Rapids, MI singer/songwriter duo Daisy May Erlewine and Seth Bernard, from Somerville, MA singer-songwriter Chris O'Brien, from Nashville, TN, country/pop duo Karg Boys, and from Kaplan, LA country singer/guitarist Jaryd Lane. Also with us this week, the great ivory hunter, Butch Thompson, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with maestro Richard Dworsky, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and the News From Lake Wobegon. Vote early, and tell your friends: the future of democracy and talent hangs in the balance this Saturday, live from the Fitzgerald Theater.
2007April28 Coming to you this week from the beautiful state of Georgia, where spring has sprung like a bell's been rung, we'll welcome special guests, the "first couple" of old-time country music, Norman and Nancy Blake, performing with old-time master fiddler James Bryan and his daughter, guitarist and singer, Rachel Bryan. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Richard Dworsky, and the News from Lake Wobegon. It'll be all peaches and cream this week on A Prairie Home Companion.
2007May5 This week on A Prairie Home Companion — a special springtime poetry show with Allen Ginsberg reading the words of Walt Whitman, Meryl Streep reading the words of Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver, and Billy Collins and Rita Dove reading their own words. The poetic Randy Newman is on, along with Gillian Welch, Greg Brown and Bob Dorough. Plus, the story of another Bob: a younger, struggling artist with an iffy sense of meter and a tendency to slouch. Join us Saturday for all this and more on a special poetry home companion.
2007May12 Coming up this Saturday, Prairie Home comes back to Minnesota. We'll be taking up our two week residency in Minneapolis at the State Theater. Come join us from the big theater in the big city with some big guests—Wilco will give us a taste of their new album Sky Blue Sky. Andy Stein will sit in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and up-and-comer Becky Schlegel will be dropping by as well. And as always, we'll have the venerable Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Tom Keith.
2007May19 Coming to you again this week from the glamorous State Theater in Minneapolis, we'll welcome a Texas singer, songwriter, and fearsome fiddler, Carrie Rodriguez with Hans Holzen and Kyle Kegerreis, and Sun Records legend Cowboy Jack Clement. Also with us, heartland holubtsi hero Peter Ostroushko, poet Louis Jenkins, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Andy Stein, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, and the News From Lake Wobegon, where there's a whole lot of deep fried walleye left over from the opener. It's all coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion.
2007May26 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're broadcasting live from the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, America's national park for the performing arts in Vienna, Virginia. With this week's special guests, poet laureate Billy Collins, Canadian singers and songwriters The Wailin' Jennys, and joining The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the amazing "Shoe Horns" of Dave Bargeron, Jon-Erik Kellso, and Scott Robinson. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The News From Lake Wobegon, and much more. Coming up this Saturday on A Prairie Home Companion.
2007June2 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're headed down to the Rhubarb Festival in Lanesboro, Minnesota. Where, with a few samples of the coveted "BeeBopAreeBop" recipe, we'll pucker the pie holes of purists from Pigeon Falls to Plainfield. Joining us, Texas honky-tonk legend Joe Ely with guitarist Rob Gjersoe, local ladies The Rhubarb Sisters will sing some songs about the beloved Rheum, plus longtime duo Bob Bovee and Gail Heil will pitch in a tune or two, and Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band will kick up a cloud of dust out on the Lanesboro softball field. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The News from Lake Wobegon, and much more coming up this Saturday on A Prairie Home Companion.
2007June9 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll visit the majestic open air Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, where the no smoking policy is now enforced with high-pressure water cannons and helicopters loaded with foam. With us this week are piano man Randy Newman, the California kid Martin Sheen, comedienne Paula Poundstone, and cellist Meta Weiss. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, and Erica Rhodes, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Richard Dworsky, The News From Lake Wobegon, and much more, coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion.
2007June16 Coming to you this week from the Ravinia Pavilion in Highland Park Illinois, A Prairie Home Companion welcomes special guests, American folk icon, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, crafty Wisconsin singer-songwriter Jon Troast, and singer Prudence Johnson. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with maestro Richard Dworsky, and harmonica master Howard Levy. Tune in this Saturday for these fine guests, The News From Lake Wobegon, and more, in an all-new broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion from the Land of Lincoln.
2007June23 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll enter the "Bermuda Triangle" of thunderstorms, lightning, and heatstroke to bring you a live broadcast from the Starlight Theater in Kansas City, Missouri. With this week's special guests, old-time string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, humorist Roy Blount, and gospel singer Jearlyn Steele. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with the shiny shoe horns: Andy Stein, Dave Brown, Dale Mendenhall, and Jim Fryer, and The News from Lake Wobegon. It's all that, and more, coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion.
2007June30 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we'll wrap our summer broadcast season at Tanglewood, in Lenox, Massachusetts. With special guests, the unpretentious superstar James Taylor, conductor and violinist Jaime Laredo with cellist Sharon Robinson, and jazz singer Inga Swearingen. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, and Erica Rhodes, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with maestro Richard Dworksy, and The News From Lake Wobegon. Join us this weekend for a spectacular season finale, and thank you for supporting your local public radio station!
2007July7 This week on A Prairie Home Companion: a special summertime rebroadcast. It's our 4th of July spectacular from Tanglewood, with Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, jazz singer Inga Swearingen, the elusive P.D.Q. Bach (joined by David Dusing), and out from the dim lights of the orchestra's back row come The Existential Bass Quartet. Erica Rhodes is with the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Calvin Trillin makes a cameo appearance, and Howard Levy is in with the Shoes. Plus, we'll sing the Star Spangled Banner in the Key of G, and the Flying Elvises drop in on Lake Wobegon.
2007July14 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, another summertime rebroadcast featuring a few shows from Town Hall in New York, April 2005. Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain are with us, as is Vince Giordano. Odetta sings a wonderful World War I-era song called "Rich Man," André Watts plays Ravel, and Renée Fleming recalls her high school musical debut in the "Sound of Music". Meanwhile, in Lake Wobegon, the high school play was cancelled under student protest...
2007July21 This week on A Prairie Home Companion: a special summertime rebroadcast from the Dakotas — the North one and the South one. We take Del McCoury and his band farther north than they've ever been before to meet up with a few of the locals: Becky Schlegel and singer/songwriter/farmer Chuck Suchy. The New Custer Brass Band plays historic instruments from the National Music Museum, and the historic "King" cello makes an appearance. Plus, find out why Guy Noir is skulking around the Lucky Harvester Casino Complex.
2007July28 This week on A Prairie Home Companion: a special summertime rebroadcast featuring a few shows we did at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. A great band that has spent a lot of time playing on street corners, The Old Crow Medicine Show, is with us. Our friend Leo Kottke is with us, and Irish songstress Karan Casey sings "The Brown and Yellow Ale." Plus, a whole bunch of big-time Hollywood movie stars: Meryl Streep, Virginia Madsen, John C. Reilly... And in Lake Wobegon, all of the beautiful weather makes ones thoughts turn to death, of course.
2007August4 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, as our wobbly legs continue to recover from the effects of the North Sea, we offer a very special summertime compilation show featuring all things Norwegian. Special guests include, modern masters of the polska, Frigg. A pair of singing brothers, Trond and Knut Moe from the Norwegian National Opera. Pianist Morten Gunnar Larsen performing Ragtime, and sibling classical duo Mari and Håkon Samuelsen perform a tribute to their homeland, "Mountain Vision." In Lake Wobegon, Clarence Bunsen's old college pal, Pastor Cliff, resigns to write the great Norwegian-American novel.
2007August11 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we present a special compilation show featuring books and the people who write them. The dog days of summer are here and we'll cool down with a little reading � contemporary or classic, domestic or foreign, we have 'em all: Frank McCourt, Bill Holm and Calvin Trillin read from their respective books. Plus, we'll pay homage to Kerouac and present a home-grown version of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale, The Snow Queen. The Minnesota Opera brings arias to the Dust Bowl in "The Grapes of Wrath." Tune in this Saturday for The Prairie Home Book Festival.
2007August18 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we celebrate summer with another special compilation broadcast. Guy Noir goes undercover at a family picnic, Tom Keith goes cruising on Lake Superior, Bertha's Kitty Boutique offers a special summer camp for cats, and Garrison recalls his days at Camp Scotty. Robin and Linda Williams sing "Green Summertime," Greg Brown sings "Summer Evening" and Maria Jette performs a hot and sultry version of Gershwin's "Summertime" ... It's all coming up on our Dog Days of Summer Show, this weekend.
2007August25 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a special compilation show all about the life of the working man and woman. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings will sing "Red Clay Halo," The Wailin' Jenny's sing "One More Dollar," Butch Thompson will play the "Working Man Blues," and poet Deborah Garrison reads a few of her poems, including "Worked Late On A Tuesday Night." Dusty & Lefty get lucrative job offers, complete with benefits, and we'll hear the story of Bob Anderson who left Lake Wobegon and went to New York to get a job as a dancer.
2007September1 Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's Labor Day and we're coming to you from the grandstand of the Minnesota State Fair. The cast and crew are back from the summer break and are trolling the fairgrounds for this year's best cheese curds and fries and cold beverages. Songstress Patty Griffin will be along for the ride, as will the magnificent Jearlyn Steele. She'll be heating things up with her black-coffee style and to sweeten the drink, she'll be backed by "The Hornheads" (yes, that's right): a raucous bunch of local brass players who will be sitting in with Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. We'll fill you in on the blue ribbon winners, talk about buttery sculptures, sing the Star Spangled Banner in the Key of G, send rockets into the air and make you wish you were there for our last hurrah of summer.
2007September8 This week on A Prairie Home Companion: As we prepare the hay bales, the outdoor stage, and the mountains of meatloaf for next week's season opener and street dance at the Fitzgerald Theater, we bring you a special back-to-school rebroadcast compilation. With fight songs, pep bands, and Latin lessons, we cheer the return to academic life. Bob Dorough sings "3 is a Magic Number," Kate MacKenzie sings the old Carter Family song "Schoolhouse on the Hill," and at Lake Wobegon High School, Ms. Lewis retires from teaching English after 55 years. It's all about school this week, so please remember your number two pencils and spiral bound notebooks. There will be a quiz.
2007September15 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's our season kick-off event at the Fitzgerald Theater, featuring Austin's hangdogs of honky tonk The Derailers, Nashville's hardest working dobro player Jerry Douglas, and the Virginia Vagabonds Robin and Linda Williams. Also with us, Prudence Johnson, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's-All Star Shoe Band, and the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith.
2007September22 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, after a glorious, almost perfect street dance and meatloaf supper, we'll be back at the Fitzgerald Theater broadcasting live with Montana's master singer-songwriter Stephanie Davis, red hot fiddler and mandolin picker Stuart Duncan, and more True Vine music from Mike Seeger. Becky Schlegel and Brian Fesler are on the bill too. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with maestro Richard Dworsky, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this week, and take the opportunity to start de-pilling your wool sweaters and socks, before the weather really changes.
2007September29 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we must've been using just the right bait and tackle, because we've landed some big ones for Saturday's live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater, including the one who taught us you have to be cruel to be kind, Nick Lowe, the greatest television president of the 21st century, actor Martin Sheen, and the honky-tonk band that keeps Hank William's foot tapping in the grave, BR549 (Chuck Mead, Mark Miller, Chris Scruggs, and Shaw Wilson). Also with us, the otherworldly operatic voice of Maria Jette, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Rich Dworsky, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this week on your local public radio station for an all-new installment of A Prairie Home Companion.
2007October6 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, some of us may be feeling the chilling melancholy of a long winter ahead, so we invited hot jazz singer Inga Swearingen, soulful steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar, sweet soul singer Jearlyn Steele, and improv-jazz drummer J.T. Bates to mix up some new colors for fall. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with fifth shoe Andy Stein, and The News From Lake Wobegon. So join us this week on your local public radio station for A Prairie Home Companion, live from the Fitzgerald Theater.
2007October13 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we begin our fall tour with a visit to the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore, Maryland. With special guests, legendary songwriter-singer Carole King, barrelhouse blues-woman Deanna Bogart and her band, D.C. bluegrass pickers John Starling and Mike Auldridge, and gospel singer Jearlyn Steele. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with maestro Rich Dworsky, and The News from Lake Wobegon, live this week on A Prairie Home Companion.
2007October20 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll roll down the Great Wagon Road for our show at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, North Carolina. With special guests, legendary blues singer Nappy Brown, big time country artist Suzy Bogguss, prodigious ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan, and national banjo champion Charles Wood. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with fiddler Stuart Duncan, and the News from Lake Wobegon.
2007October27 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we mark All Saints' Day with a special Halloween sampler. The bloodthirsty un-dead are lined up for our Annual Vampire Amateur Singing Contest, Guy Noir goes trick-or-treating, and we dust off the enormous "Songbook Of Death" for a few favorites. Maria Jette sings Mozart's little-known Halloween aria, and we'll check on everyone's favorite delusional basement dweller, Larry. So check the batteries in your flashlight, be generous with the candy, and never stomp on a burning paper bag left on your doorstep. It's willowy figures in white, a squawking raven, and other creepy characters, this week on A Prairie Home Companion.
2007November3 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, with the cast and crew sequestered up at Camp Leonard for a winter survival driving refresher, we offer up a special fall compilation all about hunting, harvesting, and hard frosts. Inga Swearingen sings the "Lullaby of Leaves", the Nashville Bluegrass Band performs "Let The Harvest Go To Seed", and we'll uncover the real reasons men go deer hunting. Studs Terkel makes a guest appearance as the Piquant, Iowa police chief in an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys, as Dusty and Lefty are stuck picking unwanted particles from pumpkin pie filling at the local pie factory. Chuck Suchy sings "Molly's Field," Stephanie Davis sings her "Harvest Blues," and Jaki Bayard performs a beautiful version of "Autumn in New York." And in Lake Wobegon, Eric Tollerud takes his 250-pound pumpkin to Canada for a big contest. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Richard Dworsky, and much more.
2007November10 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, the cast and crew are back from the staff retreat, the clocks are all set to the right time, and we're taking the big traveling show on a short trip across the Mississippi for two weeks at the historic State Theater in downtown Minneapolis. Ricky Skaggs and his Kentucky Thunder roll in from Nashville with neatly manicured bluegrass on their minds. Family act The Whites — fresh off a new album with Mr. Skaggs — will be with us as well. And we'll also have the astonishing voice of Ms. Jearlyn Steele joining us, giving the host valuable tips on his Gospel singing. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Tom "Cellar Dweller" Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Rich Dworsky, and The News From Lake Wobegon. Join us this week for a post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving live broadcast.
2007November17 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we return to the State Theater with Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands (Tom Rozum, Scott Huffman, Craig Smith, and Todd Phillips), The Brothers Frantzich, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News From Lake Wobegon. Join us this week for our final Minnesota broadcast of the year, and again next week, as we begin a four week stand at The Town Hall in New York City.
2007November24 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, assuming our truck driver finds a parking space on West 43rd during rush hour in Manhattan, we'll be moving the whole kit and kaboodle into the historic Town Hall Theater for the next month. The McCoury boys -- Rob and Ronnie -- bring big daddy Del and the band up from Nashville for a post thanksgiving bluegrass workout, French-American songstress Madeleine Peyroux will caress your inner ear, and everybody's favorite former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, will speak in complete sentences. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott and Fred Newman, our pals Robin and Linda Williams, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with maestro Richard Dworsky. So heat up the leftovers, dig out some wool socks, and join us for a big show this week from New York City!
2007December1 Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're back at The Town Hall in New York's eerily quiet Theater District. The very Nina Simone-ish Inga Swearingen keeps the jazz flowing again this week with her sweet California style, and Flatlander Joe Ely rides the West Texas wind up from Lubbock with his pal, Joel Guzman (a.k.a. El Pequeno Gigante). They're mixing up country, jazz and traditional Mexican for a piquant concoction that'll keep your neighbors guessing. Also with us, star of stage and screen, actor Tony Roberts. And as always, we'll have Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Fred Newman, and The News from Lake Wobegon. We've steered clear of the writer's strike, the stage hands' strike, and if St. Paul Private Investigators Local 13 reaches a settlement this week, we'll have the latest from Guy Noir. It's all coming up this week, on A Prairie Home Companion.
2007December8 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're delighted to be back at the Town Hall in New York City with a staggering lineup of special guests, including masterful jazz singer Ann Hampton Callaway, legendary "Blues Boy" Geoff Muldaur, renowned interpreter of the jazz harmonica Howard Levy, and the Queen of American folk music Odetta. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this week for a big show that will surely make it as a footnote in broadcasting history.
2007December15 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we've got five concertinas, four melodeons, three button boxes, two tin whistles, and a partridge in a pear tree. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are riding their 18-wheel sleigh in from East Tennessee, and the Boys of the Lough will make a chilly North Atlantic crossing for our final show at the Town Hall. Also with us, The Guy's All Star Shoe Band with Pat Donohue, Arnie Kinsella, Gary Raynor, Andy Stein, and maestro Richard Dworsky, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and the News from Lake Wobegon. It's all coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion.
2007December22 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we'll visit the Zoellner Center at Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. "...How still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light; The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight..." But, there's no need to open the front door and let valuable heat escape for just any pitch-challenged carolers, because we've two excellent local choirs, The Central Moravian Church Choir and The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, as well as some fine holiday hollerin' from Robin & Linda Williams. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the Guy's All-Star Festivus Five, and the News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this weekend as the dark night wakes, the glory breaks, and Christmas comes once more.
2007December29 Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion, we�ll revisit the bits of 2007 that we remember fondly, and possibly one or two we'd like to forget. There were plenty of memorable firsts this past year, including: public radio host Terry Gross in an episode of Guy Noir, Martin Sheen singing a Quaker folk hymn, and James Taylor with "Something In The Way She Moves". Also on the highlight reel, windy city rockers Wilco, piano man Randy Newman, and legendary singer-songwriter Carole King. So sit back, check the freshness date on your egg nog, and get ready for a visit from the ghosts of broadcasts past. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, and Tom Keith, The Guys All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2008July05 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we'll bring our broadcast season to a close at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. With special guests, Sam Bush, Suzy Bogguss, Howard Levy, and Jearlyn Steele. Also with us, the backbone of our show, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Richard Dworsky, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Thank you to everyone who tuned in this season and offered support to their local Public Radio station, we couldn't do it without you. See you soon at the State Fair!
2008July12 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, a summertime mix of three shows from Ohio. Sam Bush and Buddy Emmons sit in with Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, tenor Mark Thomsen sings "La donna e mobile," and Dusty and Lefty get stuck roping shopping carts at a strip mall opening. Plus, "the drifter" is back in Lake Wobegon. Join The Royal Academy of Radio Actors—Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Tom Keith and Fred Newman—for a whirlwind review of performances from the Buckeye State.
2008July19 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we revisit a few shows we did with a brass enhanced Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. From our St. Louis show last year, we'll hear songstress and minister's daughter, Erin Bode, as well as horn players Dave Bargeron, Kathy Jensen and Jon-Erik Kellso (affectionately known as The Shoe Horns). And from a Memorial Day show at Wolf Trap, we'll hear more from the beefed up band, plus The Wailin' Jennys, poet Billy Collins, and The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Tom Keith and Fred Newman.
2008July26 Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion: a special Wild West compilation show full of unwashed cowboys, jangling spurs, painful cacti, and rotgut whiskey. Cowboy poet Paul Zarzyski recites "Bucking Horse Moon," Stephanie Davis sings an ode to bailing twine, and Wylie Gustafson gives a sentimental performance of "Cattle Call." And because you can never have too much yodeling, Janet Sorenson sings "Cowboy Sweetheart," plus Tish Hinojosa, Chris Thile, Joe Ely & Joel Guzman, and Robin & Linda Williams.
2008August2 Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion, the best of two shows we did from the "Tar Heel" State. From our shows in Charlotte and Chapel Hill, we'll hear from legendary Bluesman Nappy Brown, The Red Clay Ramblers, and Sweet Honey in the Rock. Plus Suzy Bogguss, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Tom Keith, and Fred Newman, and the news from Lake Wobegon. So y�all join us for some sticky sweet Southern memories, this week!
2008August9 Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion, memories from the Great Minnesota Get Together:The State Fair. Becky Schlegel will sing a Greg Brown song, Patty Griffin will sing "Long Ride Home" and Jearlyn Steele will recall her first place win at the State Fair Talent Show. Plus, Minnesota broadcaster Tommy Mischke, Del McCoury and his band, and Guy Noir takes on security detail at the Fair. We're gearing up for our mammoth State Fair Rhubarb tour with pronto pups and cheese curds.
2008August16 This week on A Prairie Home Companion it's a special summertime compilation show about radio, with Studs Terkel, Bob Edwards, and Meryl Streep. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Tom Keith, and Fred Newman, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the Powdermilk Biscuit Band, and we'll hear the story of how Garrison got started in radio at the University of Minnesota.
2008August23 Coming up this week a sampling of shows from Chicago's Ravinia Festival. Jearlyn Steele sings a tribute to Mahalia Jackson, Dusty and Lefty get in the middle of dueling harmonica players, and Peter Ostroushko sits in with the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra. And because no trip to the Windy City is complete without a little blues, Pat Donohue sings the "Suburban Blues" and Ramblin' Jack Elliot sings "Hong Kong Blues." Plus, Suzy Bogguss, Howard Levy, Alice Peacock, The Hopeful Gospel Quartet, and Sam Bush.
2008August30 This Saturday on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll bring you our deep-fried Friday night show from the Minnesota State Fair grandstand, with special guests Tonic Sol-Fa, and Suzy Bogguss. Plus The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, and Tom Keith, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band—with the Shoe Horns complement, and of course, The News from Lake Wobegon. GK once said "The State Fair is not a way of life, it's a reward for making it through summer. Sort of like ice cream is a reward for eating your broccoli." If you're in the area, come on down to the grandstand this Friday night and get your reward. You've earned it. Otherwise, tune-in Saturday for some Fair fun.
2008September6 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we just can't say goodbye to summer sunshine, so we're bringing you a show from the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, Vermont. With Suzy Bogguss, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this week for our final grandstand rendezvous before the massive cold fronts descend, and darkness prevails once again on the Northern borders.
2008September13 Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a special New York City compilation show, with some of Gotham's go-to guests, including Bronx born comedian Robert Klein, Broadway stars Walter Bobbie, Faith Prince, Kristin Chenoweth and Tony Roberts, and an ode to the MTA with subway conductor Steve Lazaro. Robin and Linda Williams' alter-egos (Marvin and Mavis Smiley) flog their latest recording featuring songs about New York, Dusty and Lefty are in for a more liberal interpretation of their "partner" relationship, and cabaret star Maude Maggart sings "Talk of the Town." Plus the story of Bob the Dancer, all coming up this week.
2008September20 This week on A Prairie Home Companion a mix of two shows we did from the Fitzgerald Theater with Stephanie Davis, Becky Schlegel, fiddler Stuart Duncan, and old-time icon Mike Seeger on the Jaw Harp. Martin Sheen makes his singing debut, Nick Lowe sings "Long Limbed Girl", and in Lake Wobegon there's been trouble brewing over the large concrete walleyes on display in the Magandantz's yard. Plus in The Story of Bob, Bob enters the Municipal Art Contest with his sculpture called "The Enormous Chairs." Sit down and take a load off for a special show from St. Paul's radio paradise, The Fitz.
2008September27 This radio show sprang out of a loose community of acoustic musicians who were young and brash, independent, played what they loved, and lived close to the ground. People keep asking what happened to them and the answer is, they're still here, playing and leading the musical life, and this week we're bringing you a one of a kind reunion show we did recently at the Fitzgerald Theater. With very special guests including: Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson, Dakota Dave Hull, Cal Hand, Butch Thompson, Pop Wagner, Vern Sutton, Tom Keith, the Powdermilk Biscuit Band of Adam Granger, Bob Douglas, Mary DuShane, and Dick Rees, singer Becky Riemer Thompson, pianist and current Prairie Home Music Director, Rich Dworsky, mandolinist and composer Peter Ostroushko, and Minnesota's Oldest Old-Time Band, The Brandy Snifters.
2008January5 This week on A Prairie Home Companion— we'll revisit two shows we did from the Bayfront Amphitheater in Miami. Featuring Aimee Nuviola, Donato Poveda, Vince Giordano sitting in with The Guy�s All-Star Shoe Band, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott , and Fred Newman, and The News from Lake Wobegon, where we'll hear the story of Jimmy the school bus driver. Join us this week for some Cuban music and a blast of the calor de enero.
2008January12 Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion, the January thaw on the frozen tundra continues (for now) and to keep the heat turned up we'll revisit the live music capital of the world: Austin, Texas. Featuring Joe Ely, Joel Guzman and The High Flyers all plug in and belt out some fine Texas honky-tonk. Plus, we remember our dear friend Molly Ivins who was on the show with us. We've alsog got songstress Tish Hinojosa sings "Estrellita," The Derailers rock the house and Roy Blount Jr. spins a little southern humor. The cowboys, Dusty and Lefty, ride into town along with The Guy's-All Star Shoe Band and The Royal Academy of Radio Acting. So sharpen your spurs and get ready for a little Texas heat this week.
2008January19 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're back from vacation and broadcasting live from The Fitzgerald Theater. With this week's special guests, award winning English trumpet soloist Alison Balsom, dangerously sweet country singer Suzy Bogguss, and sitting in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, steel guitar wiz Joe Savage, guitarist Dan Neale, and the multi-talented John Niemann. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The News From Lake Wobegon, and much more this week on A Prairie Home Companion.
2008January26This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll layer up our geese fleece and huddle close for another live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater. With special guests, BR5-49 front man Chuck Mead, Bluegrass singer Becky Schlegel, singer-songwriter Nellie McKay, humorist Roy Blount Jr., The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, and the always soleful Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Plus, in Lake Wobegon, Clint Bunsen has been working double overtime jumping cars. So, keep your block heater plugged in, wash your long johns, and turn your radio on for some January cheer this Saturday.
2008February2 This week on A Prairie Home Companion it's another big home game here in Saint Paul, where a brief thaw and re-freezing has made ambulation more hazardous and hilarious than ever. With this week's special guests, a singer-songwriter of legendary depth and subtlety, Nanci Griffith, plus the Virginia virtuosos Robin and Linda Williams. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Mister Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Rich Dworsky and guest shoe John Niemann, and The News From Lake Wobegon. Join us this weekend for an all-new installment of A Prairie Home Companion.
2008February9 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're broadcasting live from the Fitzgerald Theater with special guests, the self-described "mother" of Bluegrass, Mr. Sam Bush, and back by popular demand, the valedictorian of an Angel Choir, singer-songwriter Suzy Bogguss. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Rich Dworksy, John Niemann and Joe Savage. All this, plus the News From Lake Wobegon, this Saturday.
2008February16 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll visit the Indiana University Auditorium in beautiful Bloomington (a.k.a. Tree City) for a rapid radio immersion into the many young talents in and around the distinguished Jacobs School of Music. With special guests, the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi, a unique collection of fifteen gifted violinists between the ages of 11 and 18, performing as soloists and a violin ensemble, and directed by Professor Mimi Zweig. We'll also have baritone Aleksey Bogdanov, violinist Esther Kim, Pianist Ignasi Cambra, and a colorful student pit orchestra ready to bravely play, while gummi bears and soda pop are spilled steadily onto their heads, from the seats high above. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with old soft shoe Andy Stein, and The News From Lake Wobegon. Join us this week for an all-new broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion!
2008February23 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll be broadcasting live from the McCown Gymnasium at Winona State University, located in the beautiful bluff country along the Mississippi River. With special guests, legendary blues pianist and singer Marcia Ball, plus the eclectic and electric Cajuns, BeauSoleil. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Rich Dworsky, and the News from Lake Wobegon.
2008March1 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we return to the Fitzgerald Theater with special guests, the pride of Winnipeg, the wonderful Wailin' Jennys, and traditional Celtic heroes, The Boys of the Lough. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Rich Dworsky, and The News from Lake Wobegon. It's an all-new broadcast, this week on A Prairie Home Companion.
2008March8 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, our staff has been scraping the bottom of the joke barrel once again and coming up with a lot of painful splinters for Saturday�s Joke Show, so we�re asking our listeners to dig deep and send us some worthy new candidates. We don't do cute on the Joke Show. We don't do stand-up, as such. We don't do long-winded story jokes. We do classic jokes. Clean, but just barely. So send in your best stuff right now, today, and there may be some free stuff for you if we use your jokes on the air. Just remember, if we come up short, we may have to go with the nuclear option, where Garrison sings two hours of long-forgotten vaudeville classics, accompanied only by a harmonica and an old basset hound. It�s up to you.
2008March15 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're bringing you a live performance spectacle, a talent show for twenty-something troubadours, where six entrants will compete for the coveted silver water tower trophy, also known as the Wobegon Idol. Also on this week's show, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this Saturday, live from The Fitzgerald Theater.
2008March22 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll bring you a special compilation show just for kids. Spring Break has befallen many homes, and left parents with disgruntled, bored and increasingly rowdy children. Our solution? Make them sit down and listen to the radio, tie their shoelaces together if necessary. There will be all sorts of sound-effects: car chases, toilets flushing, big birds of prey, and despite the numerous complaints we received from listeners after the Joke Show, a foray or two into flatulence. We've got a classic princess segment with Kate MacKenzie and Maria Jette in pink taffeta, and a chicken segment with Geoff Muldaur's "Chicken Song." Plus, Randy Newman sings a song from "Toy Story". It's a show, not for easily offended adults who relish their outrage, but for the free-thinking kids, who can still find joy in unexpected places, and know how to take a joke.
2008March29 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, while packing our giant steamer trunks for the trip to New York, we cobbled together a special Manhattan matinee to get you in the mood for spring. Featuring great American soprano Ren&eeacute;e Fleming, the Queen of American folk music Odetta, legendary classical pianist André Watts, and the ambassadors of Scottish traditional music, Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and in Lake Wobegon the high school play is cancelled under student protest.
2008April5 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're setting up our giant radio antenna atop the historic Town Hall in New York City for three shows in April. This week's special guests include, the phenomenon in boots and a hat, Brad Paisley, American film actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, poet Ron Padgett, and the subject of more email inquiries at APHC than anyone else, legendary Scottish folk-singer Jean Redpath. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this week from action-packed West 43rd & Broadway.
2008April12 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we return to the Town Hall in New York City for our Spring Sonnet contest (see details below). This week's special guests include eclectic singer-songwriter Nellie McKay, sultry alto Prudence Johnson, Metropolitan Opera tenor Raul Melo, and mandolin maestro Chris Thile. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this week, for a poetic exploration into the human heart and the power of love.
2008April19 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're back at the Town Hall for our big New York finale. This week's special guests include, the hottest "hot jazz" orchestra in all of Europe, Kustbandet, legendary Broadway actress and singer Barbara Cook, and the high lonesome voices of Robin & Linda Williams. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2008April26 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll bring you a live performance from the Summit Arena in Hot Springs, Arkansas. With special guests, Nashville's honky-tonk hellions BR5-49, and gospel grandmaster Jearlyn Steele. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The News from Lake Wobegon, and much more. Tune in this Saturday for an all new episode of A Prairie Home Companion..
2008May3 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we'll bring you a live broadcast performance from the Civic Center Auditorium in Bangor, Maine. Featuring Pulitzer Prize winning poet Maxine Kumin, the David Mallet Trio, and a comprehensive artistic rediscovery of our regular cast: The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Rich Dworsky, Pat Donohue, Gary Raynor, Andy Stein, and Peter Johnson, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and that gangly guy with the socks. Join us this week, live from the Queen City of the East.
2008May10 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're uncorking a live broadcast from The Milwaukee Theater. With special guests, the legendary wanderers from Waukesha; The BoDeans, and the most famous American performer ever to wear a bow tie and panama hat, Leon Redbone. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2008May17 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll revisit two shows we did at the historic state theatre in Minneapolis. Wilco, the über-cool Chicago-based alt-rock band was on to perform a few songs from their Grammy�-nominated album Sky Blue Sky. Texas troubadour Carrie Rodriguez was with us, Bluegrass songstress Becky Schlegel sang "Heartaches by the Number", and Cowboy Jack Clement sang an impromptu version of "Old Fashioned Drunk" that lingers in our collective memory like a Bourbon hangover. Also in the singing Cowboy genre, Lefty yodels about Keats and the blooms of spring in the Lives of the Cowboys. Plus, a lesson on wood ticks that can only be learned from an early summer visit to Lake Wobegon. So take the transistor radio with you out into the backyard this Saturday, plant those heirloom tomatoes, and enjoy a freshly cut springtime redux of two shows, with The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2008May24 his week on A Prairie Home Companion we're broadcasting live from the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park in Vienna, VA. With special guests, the all American bluegrass girl, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and internationally adored tenor Ra�l Melo. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2008May31 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we�ll be broadcasting from the Pan American Center at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. With special guests, Sorela, honky-tonk heroes Joe Ely and Joel Guzman, Prudence Johnson, mandolin maestro Chris Thile, and our man of steel Joe Savage. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy�s All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this week, when we float down the Rio Grande on a 10 foot enchilada.
2008May3 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we'll bring you a live broadcast performance from the Civic Center Auditorium in Bangor, Maine. Featuring Pulitzer Prize winning poet Maxine Kumin, the David Mallet Trio, and a comprehensive artistic rediscovery of our regular cast: The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Rich Dworsky, Pat Donohue, Gary Raynor, Andy Stein, and Peter Johnson, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and that gangly guy with the socks. Join us this week, live from the Queen City of the East.
2008May10 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're uncorking a live broadcast from The Milwaukee Theater. With special guests, the legendary wanderers from Waukesha; The BoDeans, and the most famous American performer ever to wear a bow tie and panama hat, Leon Redbone. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2008May17 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll revisit two shows we did at the historic state theatre in Minneapolis. Wilco, the über-cool Chicago-based alt-rock band was on to perform a few songs from their Grammy�-nominated album Sky Blue Sky. Texas troubadour Carrie Rodriguez was with us, Bluegrass songstress Becky Schlegel sang "Heartaches by the Number", and Cowboy Jack Clement sang an impromptu version of "Old Fashioned Drunk" that lingers in our collective memory like a Bourbon hangover. Also in the singing Cowboy genre, Lefty yodels about Keats and the blooms of spring in the Lives of the Cowboys. Plus, a lesson on wood ticks that can only be learned from an early summer visit to Lake Wobegon. So take the transistor radio with you out into the backyard this Saturday, plant those heirloom tomatoes, and enjoy a freshly cut springtime redux of two shows, with The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2008May24 his week on A Prairie Home Companion we're broadcasting live from the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park in Vienna, VA. With special guests, the all American bluegrass girl, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and internationally adored tenor Ra�l Melo. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2008May31 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we�ll be broadcasting from the Pan American Center at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. With special guests, Sorela, honky-tonk heroes Joe Ely and Joel Guzman, Prudence Johnson, mandolin maestro Chris Thile, and our man of steel Joe Savage. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy�s All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this week, when we float down the Rio Grande on a 10 foot enchilada.
2008June28 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we'll bring you a live broadcast performance from Tanglewood — the Koussevitzky Music Shed in Lenox, MA. With special guests The Del McCoury Band, poet Donald Hall, and singer Inga Swearingen. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News From Lake Wobegon.
2008June21 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll bring you a live broadcast performance from the Blossom Center for the Performing Arts in Cuyahoga Falls. With special guests The Wailin' Jennys, Jorma Kaukonen, Robin & Linda Williams, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2008June14 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're driving deep into Washtenaw County to bring you a live broadcast from the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We'll have big-time country artist Suzy Bogguss on stage, and Powerhouse Americana duo The Milroys will drive down from Ferndale and sing a few tunes. As always, we have the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with a special pair of guest shoes, Howard Levy and Joe Savage, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2008June7 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll march our phalanx of pen-wielding English majors into the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, bringing Minnesotan cultural exchange to the coastal peoples of the Pacific. With special guests, blue-eyed soul sister Bonnie Raitt, actor and 'flower in the gun barrel' Martin Sheen, and gospel-singer Jearlyn Steele. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Rich Dworsky, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this weekend, on your local Public Radio station.
2008October4 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we begin the new season with a live broadcast performance from the Fitzgerald Theater. With special guests Old Crow Medicine Show, Maria Jette, Butch Thompson, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with additional Shoe Horns: Dale Mendenhall, Michael B. Nelson, and Steven Strand, and The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith. Immediately following the broadcast will be our annual Street Dance and Meatloaf Supper on Exchange St., with cash prizes and gifts for contestants in the Best Loon Call, Most Beautiful Baby, Seed Identification, Sweetest Singer (12 & under), and Best Dancer contests. Mrs. Sundberg is making the meatloaf, so bring an appetite, a warm jacket, and comfortable dancing shoes.
2008October11 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, after five thousand people showed up at last week's Street Dance and Meatloaf Supper, our neighbors on Exchange Street pleaded with us to keep a somewhat lower profile. So, this week we're back indoors with legendary singer-songwriter, record producer, and brooding British balladeer, Nick Lowe. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and persistent but unconfirmed rumors of a Joke Show segment or two. Join us this Saturday for another live broadcast performance from St. Paul.
2008October18 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're driving our radio herd southbound on the Chisholm trail, to Abilene Christian University in west Texas. With special guests, the hottest fiddler from Cowtown, Elana James, steel guitar and dobro daredevil Cindy Cashdollar, and 'how sweet the sounds' of gospel singer Jearlyn Steele. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guys All-Star Boot Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Tune in this week for a live broadcast performance from the Lone Star State.
2008October25 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're coming to you from the Chapman Theater in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With special guests, Hot Jazz / Western Swingers The Hot Club of Cowtown, and legendary blues roller Elvin Bishop. Also with us The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky & The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this week, for a live broadcast performance from the cultural confluence known as the Sooner State.
2008November1 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're back in St. Paul at the Fitzgerald Theater, with hard-driving string band Pert' Near Sandstone, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith. Join us this week, before the snow flies.
2008November8 Coming to you this week from the Fitzgerald Theater, we've got Dobro daredevil Jerry Douglas with grand champion fiddler Luke Bulla, singers Jearlyn Steele, Kari Shaw, Andra Suchy, Joanna Jahn, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and much more. Join us this week for a post-election live broadcast performance.
2008November15 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we've stumbled into grace with very special guest, Emmylou Harris and her notorious Nashville band. Also with us, live from the Fitzgerald Theater, bluesman Spider John Koerner, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with sole man Pat Donohue, and our happy host, an escapee from the silent generation, Garrison Keillor.
2008November22 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, live from the Fitzgerald Theater, we've got the inimitable singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and percussive dancer Kristin Andreassen; and a last minute addition, the reigning Miss Minnesota USA, Kaylee Grace Unverzagt will be with us as well. Also on the show, Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele together as The Steele Sisters. And as always, we'll round out the stage with The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith; The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with maestro Richard Dworsky, and much more.
2008November29 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're preparing a live broadcast performance from Cincinnati's historic Music Hall. With special guests, reigning grandmasters of traditional Celtic music The Boys of the Lough, old-timey musicians Jake Speed & the Freddies, and renowned Minneapolis singer-songwriter Andra Suchy. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman. The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2008December6 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, our fearless truck driver Russ Ringsak will negotiate the anarchy of Manhattan traffic to double park the big rig on West 43rd, thus beginning our annual holiday run at The Town Hall in New York City. With this week's special guests, legendary cabaret singer, pianist, and musical anthropologist Michael Feinstein, and singularly soulful jazz vocalist Inga Swearingen. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2008December13 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, live from the Town Hall in New York City, we welcome the world's most famous living cellist, and founder of the Silk Road Project Yo-Yo Ma. Plus, legendary lyric Soprano Renée Fleming, and California wild man of the modern mandolin Chris Thile. We've also got bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer, and top violaist Nicholas Cords. And as always, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2008December20 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we welcome some old friends to The Town Hall for the holidays, including Robin & Linda Williams, Walter Bobbie, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera, and the Pavlishyn Sisters. Also with us, the family we take for granted, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Erica Rhodes, and Fred Newman, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band: Rich Dworsky, Pat Donohue, Andy Stein, Gary Raynor, and J.T. Bates.
2008December27 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's our final show of the year, from The Town Hall in New York City. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks will blow some very hot jazz into the icy atmosphere, keeping our molecules vibrating, Heather Masse (from the Wailin' Jennys) will swing by for a few duets, and celebrated New York stage musical composer, and lyricist, Ricky Ian Gordon will join us as well. The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band can't get the van started in St. Paul, so they'll have the week off getting that new alternator installed, but Rich Dworsky will hold things together with 88 keys of Steinway, along with The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Erica Rhodes, and Fred Newman, gospel singer Jearlyn Steele, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009January3 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's our Second Annual Year-End Rewind with a compilation of 2008's memorable moments. We'll revisit the debuts of Nick Lowe, Nellie McKay and tenor Raúl Melo. Yo-Yo Ma will toast the New Year, Martin Sheen will take on the role of James Joyce in an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys, and Brad Paisley sings a tune about leaving the toilet seat down. Guy Noir goes on Pope Patrol during the April 2008 papal visit to New York, and Ruth Harrison turns down a chance to sail the globe with a swarthy romance novelist. All that, plus we remember the Tollerud's trip to Costa Rica.
2009January10 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, the staff is on its annual ice fishing retreat to the mighty Lake of the Woods, and so we're revisiting two shows that we did from The Fitzgerald Theater. Roy Blount Jr. and Chuck Mead of BR-549 will give a talk on the philosophy of honky-tonk music, and Dusty and Lefty make an appearance at St. Paul's Winter Carnival. Plus, Nellie McKay's debut performance, Becky Schlegel, Suzy Bogguss and an episode of The Lives of English Majors.
2009January17 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're live from the Palace Theater in Louisville, Kentucky. With special guests, honky tonk angel and 65th member of the Grand Ole Opry; Patty Loveless, and genre-defying Kentucky singer-songwriter Brigid Kaelin. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009January24 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're embracing the winter cold and heading up to the DECC auditorium in Duluth, Minnesota. We'll fight the frigid temperatures with some smoldering honky-tonk from Joe Ely and Joel Guzmán, and singer-songwriter Heather Masse will melt our hearts with a song or two. As always, we'll have the Royal Academy of Radio Actors with us: Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Tom Keith; and of course, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band will be there too.
2009January31 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll return to the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul for our midwinter homecoming. With special guests, from the legendary Country Western Swing band Asleep At The Wheel, Ray Benson and Eddie Rivers, and the phenomenal vocal quartet of Maria Jette, Christina Baldwin, Dan Dressen, and Bradley Greenwald. Also with us, singer Andra Suchy, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guys All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009February7 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're live from the Fitzgerald Theater, where we'll welcome two Bluegrass veterans, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, performing together in perfect harmony as Dailey & Vincent. Our favorite legendary Scottish Folk singer from Edinburgh, Jean Redpath will be there as well. Also with us, Andra Suchy, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guys All-Star Shoe Band, with guest Shoes Joe Savage and Butch Thompson, and of course, Mr. Keillor and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009February14 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll welcome the Grammy™ Award winning Cajun institution known as BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet, and prolific world jazz trombonist and composer, Roswell Rudd. In honor of the late, great jazz chanteuse Blossom Dearie who died last week, Heather Masse will sing "Peel Me A Grape" on the show. We'll also have opera legend Vern Sutton. And, since it'll be Valentine's Day, we're going to read the winners from our Valentine's Day Poem and Song Contest too. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Mark Benninghofen, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon. It's all live, this week from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul.
2009February21 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, as our friends and family continue to injure themselves on the ice, we'll step very carefully back into the Fitzgerald Theater for our final show there this season. With special guests, the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, Peter Ostroushko, Andra Suchy, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Sue Scott, Tom Keith, and Mark Benninghofen, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and much more coming up this week.
2009February28 Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion, a wintery mix of two Minnesota-grown shows. From the beautiful dance floor of the Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood, we'll hear Bill Hinckley and Judy Larson sing "The Barnyard Dance," Adam "Original Biscuit" Granger sings "The Sheik of Araby," and Guy Noir goes in search of a red shoe that holds the key to one man's happiness. From the University of Minnesota in the historic railroad town of Morris, a show from the well scrubbed P.E. Center (a.k.a. the gym), Tim Sparks and Pat Donohue team up in a pickin' frenzy to play "Freight Train", Prudence Johnson and Garrison sing Utah Philips, and Dusty and Lefty stumble into a BioMass Gasification Plant. Plus, in The News from Lake Wobegon, the story of Jellyglass Mortenson and His Six Hot Pickles.
2009March7 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, a mix of two shows a late winter run at the Fitzgerald Theater. Minnesota's first Poet Laureate Robert Bly reads four poems, Suzy Bogguss appears in an episode of Guy Noir as the tonally challenged Melody Marsh, and Sam Bush sings the "Workin' Man Blues." Pat Donohue sings the happiest song about misery (from Ramblin' Jack Elliot) called "Arthritis Blues," plus the Wailin' Jennys and The Boys of the Lough. America's consumer advocate/perpetual presidential candidate makes an appearance in the Lives of the Cowboys wearing a saddle seat belt and Garrison talks about yet another misguided Wobegoner who went to California in hopes of finding paradise.
2009March14 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a joke show compilation with the now legendary "Buzz Off" competition between our sound- effects men Tom Keith and Fred Newman, Andy Stein's latest "Knock-Knock" song, and a slew of blonde jokes, lawyer jokes, Unitarian jokes, puns, groaners and one really good parrot joke (no penguins this time). Southern-fried humorist Roy Blount Jr. takes a break from that NPR show to chime in with a few jokes, Guy Noir tries to find love through a dating service, and Dusty lets the bad jokes fly — that is until Spike and Big Messer show up. Of course the rest of the gang is here too — The Royal Academy of Radio Actors to help keep the laughs coming; and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band to keep the toes tappin'. And if you want to know what happened when the chicken slept under the car, you'll just have to tune in...
2009March21 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, with the streets free of ice and snow, we can safely leave our feverish cabins for the annual spring visit to Minneapolis. We're broadcasting live from the State Theater with John McDermott, Rory Block, Peter Ostroushko, Maria Jette, and Andra Suchy. Plus, a Harpsichord, Cello, and Violin in honor of J.S. Bach's birthday, playing some of the master's "lost" works. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Fred Newman, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009March28This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're live from the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. Featuring all local talent, including Cory Chisel, Greg Waters, Dance Billy Dance, American Fiction, Jonathan Eddy, and Helen Exner. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009April4This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're live from The Town Hall in New York City. With special guests, jazz great Wynton Marsalis and his Quintet, and sensational singer Heather Masse. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009April11This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're back at Town Hall with this season's talent contest: The Great American Duet Sing-Off. The six pairs of finalists will be singing their hearts out for your vote, the grand prize, a silver water tower trophy, and the title of Wobegon Idol. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Erica Rhodes, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009April18 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, legendary English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello makes his first appearance on the show at Town Hall in New York City. Also with us: renowned guitarist/ songwriter Tom Rush, who influenced the greats (James Taylor and Garth Brooks) and introduced us to the likes of Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne. Plus, Heather Masse, Guy Noir, Radio Private Eye, and the latest post-Easter, post-Tax Day news from Lake Wobegon.
2009April25 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll bring you a live broadcast performance from The Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut. Featuring Arlo Guthrie and the Lost World Tour with special guests Abe Guthrie and The Burns Sisters, Lara Herscovitch, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, pianist Richard Dworsky, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009May2 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're live from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. With special guests, the bad boys of Bluegrass, The Sam Bush Band, and chart topping Country singer-songwriter Brad Paisley. Also with us, Andra Suchy, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009May9 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a live broadcast performance from the Durham Performing Arts Center, in Durham, North Carolina. With special guests, Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group, roots duo Polecat Creek, and old-time string band Big Medicine. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, pianist Richard Dworsky, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009May16 Coming up this week bits and pieces of two shows from springtimes past: one from Hot Springs, Arkansas and the other from Columbus Georgia. The first-couple of old time music, Norman and Nancy Blake, sing "Hawaiian Mother of Mine," Robin and Linda Williams sing "Green Summertime," and Jearlyn Steele appears in an episode of Guy Noir as Geraldine � a woman in search of her stardom. Plus, guitarist Jake Fussell, country swingers BR-549, and a message from Lurleen's Spa in Hot Springs. Lurleen's Hot Springs: It Feels So Good When It's Done.
2009May23 Coming to you this week from the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion. With special guests, Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group, Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, and Will Farley, the National Champion of the 2009 Poetry Out Loud project. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009May30 Coming to you this week from the Fox Theatre, in St. Louis, Missouri, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion. With special guests, living bluegrass legend and member of The Grand Ole Opry, Del McCoury and his sons Ronnie and Rob McCoury, and singer Jearlyn Steele. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009June6 Coming to you this week from the Greek (′Ελληνες) Theater in Los Angeles, California, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion. With this week's special guests, a West coast triple threat, leaving goose bumps in their wake, Sheryl Crow, k.d. lang, and Martin Sheen. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, singer Heather Masse, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009June13 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're broadcasting from Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. With special guests, Australian alt-country duo Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, Chicago harmonica legend Howard Levy, acclaimed opera soprano Angela Brown, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009June20 Coming to you this week from the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion. With special guests, Oklahoma blues legend Elvin Bishop, and singer-songwriter Sara Watkins. Also with us the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with the Shoe Horns, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009June27 This week on A Prairie Home Companion it's our second to last live broadcast of the season, from Tanglewood � The Koussivetsky Music Shed, in Lenox, MA. With special guests, the only bluegrass banjo player ever to sell out Madison Square Garden, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, young up-and-coming radio actor Martin Sheen, and the legendary Stuart "If It's Got Strings He Can Play It" Duncan. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, singer Heather Masse, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009July4 Stearns County is about as close to Lake Wobegon as you can get so it's where we plan to observe the 35th anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion — in the town of Avon, which is on the Lake Wobegon Bike Trail, broadcasting live coast to coast and overseas via Armed Forces Radio — a brass band, speeches, acoustic blues and rock �n� roll, some reminiscences by old-timers, and the whole big crowd singing the national anthem, and our sound-effects man will make rockets go up in the air.
2009July11 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, the first in our summertime series of compilation shows. Our troupe is scattered hither and yon, mostly yon, and so we've put together some bits from old shows (which is how we cut costs, or as the French would say, "Quelle est la place la moins cher?"). And so for all of the Francophiles (or Francophobes as the case may be): a show in honor of Bastille Day coming up on July 14, with Maurice the maitre d' at the Café Boeuf, torch singer Francine Roche, Romeo's aria sung by tenor Raúl Melo, and a song from Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain called "Bonaparte's Retreat." Plus, Guy Noir's girlfriend Sugar is dying to play the lead part in the Madame Bovary musical. In Lake Wobegon, the story of Uncle Sigurd who went to France to paint nudes.
2009July18 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a garden fresh hot dish of shows from the Greek Theater, in Los Angeles. Featuring Bonnie Raitt singing duets with Keb' Mo', Randy Newman singing a song for his beloved New Orleans, and Martin Sheen taking on multiple dramatic roles: a crotchety Irishman, a slippery movie producer, and a difficult tour bus operator. Paula Poundstone and Erica Rhodes also sit in with the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, and in Lake Wobegon � the story of Herman the Human Lightning Rod, survivor of seven atmospheric discharges.
2009July25 This week on A Prairie Home Companion a compilation of three shows from last November at the Fitzgerald Theater, with Pert' Near Sandstone, Kristin Andreassen and Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele — who are on to talk about their runaway summer smash hit movie, Steele Away. Ruth Harrison has to deal with a loud cellphone talker at the reference desk, Maria Jette sings a song for Swedes, "O Vermeland," and in Lake Wobegon: the story of an exile, Eugene Rose, who comes home to his family's lake cabin.
2009August1 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, a show for Lutherans and the people who love them. Guy Noir helps out a Sunday School teacher in a bind, Dan Newton and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band play the "Lutheran Polka," and VocalEssence encourages good works. Plus, a message from Lutherans Online (LOL) and what constitutes a Lutheran summer vacation, or not, in Lake Wobegon. This week's show is brought to you by Lutheran Tours: Designing vacations that make you glad to get back home.
2009August8 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, a mix of two Oklahoma shows with native Okie, legendary bluesman Elvin Bishop singing "Oklahoma Country Girl," some foot-stomping barroom tunes from The Hot Club of Cowtown, and Arlo Guthrie sings "Oklahoma Hills." Plus, in the Lives of the Cowboys, a smooth-talking southern preacher talks Lefty into sitting on a "whoopee cushion of faith," and the latest from the epicenter of news in Lake Wobegon, the Bon Marche Beauty Salon.
2009August15 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, a poetry compilation show with a remembrance of Hayden Carruth, a poem by, and song for, Kenneth Rexroth and more Poets Laureate past and present than you can shake a stick at, including: Billy Collins (U.S.), Robert Bly (Minnesota) and Maxine Kumin (U.S./ New Hampshire). Also included are songwriter/poets Elvis Costello, Brad Paisley, Nellie McKay and Nick Lowe. Plus the National Champion of Poetry Out Loud (2009). In Lake Wobegon, Judy Inqvist volunteers to chaperone the sophomore class to the zoo in order to gather material for a poem she's writing.
2009August22 This week, A Prairie Home Companion is a mix of three shows we've done from the Starlight Theater in Kansas City, Missouri � including one that ranks as the most hazardous show we've ever done, with the thermometer registering over 100 degrees on stage and thunder and lightning closing in on all sides. Roy Blount Jr. talks about the art of the southern supper, Calvin Trillin remembers a childhood marked by chigger bites. Iris DeMent sings "These Hills," the Carolina Chocolate Drops bring to life the foot-stomping old-timey music from the Piedmont region of North Carolina and Virginia, and Jearlyn Steele is on with a word from Mama. Plus, in Lake Wobegon the little ones are off to Zion Bible Camp.
2009August29 Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion, a show devoted to our four-legged friends: our pets. We'll hear a few tunes from the trusty Bertha's Kitty Boutique Songbook, including "Cat You'd Better Come Home," "The Haydn Cat," and "The Conscientious Cat." Stephanie Davis sings "Goodnight Little Cowpup," Greg Brown sings "Like a Dog" and — in great French tradition — the Cafe Boeuf now allows dogs. Guy Noir investigates the disappearance of a fish named Kevin, Dusty and Lefty are in the hoosegow for accidentally shooting a pet cocker spaniel, and we'll hear Rossini's little-known seldom-heard "Cat Duet." In Lake Wobegon, Mr. Hoppe gets a new terrier, Loretta, who rides shotgun in his car wearing her seat belt, of course.
2009September5 This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're broadcasting from the Minnesota State Fair, celebrating the 150th year of The Great Minnesota Get-Together. Serving up deep-fried bluegrass with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, fresh songs on a stick with the uniquely wonderful Mindy Smith. Veteran knife-thrower, mandolin and fiddle slinger Peter Ostroushko, and our Blue Ribbon Singer of the Prairie, Andra Suchy, is with us as well. Also along for the rides: The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Plus, the latest news from Lake Wobegon.
2009September12 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, a Western combo featuring one show from Missoula, Montana and another from Pullman, Washington with yodeling cowboy Wylie Gustafson, rancher/songstress Stephanie Davis, and the old-time acoustic duo Growling Old Men. Plus, Idaho grown singer-songwriter Charlie Sutton, a tribute to the mighty Lentil, and the story of a young novelist who leaves the big city for an abandoned boxcar on the shores of the Palouse River. In Lake Wobegon, the rift between Clint and Clarence Bunsen grows and the Petersen car is submerged in the lake.
2009September19 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're rolling up the rugs, moving the kitchen table out of the way, and getting up to speed for next week's Street Dance & Meatloaf Supper. With some swing tunes, hot salsa numbers, polkas, a hula, one tango and a couple of waltzes. Ledward Ka'apana plays the "Radio Hula," Finnish whirling dervishes Frigg play "Polka Internationale," and The Hot Club of Cowtown plays "Forget Me Nots." Guy Noir bumps into a dancing pair of Siamese twins, Lola and Lulu Lippizaner, and Ruth Harrison clashes with a would-be biographer doing research on former strip-tease artist Bubbles Bergerud. Plus, the story of Lake Wobegon's most famous dancer, Bob.
2009September26This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, it's our broadcast season opener, followed by the traditional street dance, and meatloaf supper. With special guests, The Sam Bush Band, Salsa Del Soul, and singer-songwriters Connie Evingson, Sarah Jarosz, and Andra Suchy. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009October3Coming to you this week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're broadcasting from the Fitzgerald Theater. Special guests Jeff Tweedy and the alt-rock boys of Wilco will bring the noise while bluegrass belle Patty Loveless will lend us her mountain soul. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
2009October10This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we're broadcasting live from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. Special guest Neko Case will conjure up a storm of song with her elemental voice and genre-meshing musical style. Singer Connie Evingson will be joining us as well. Also with us, singer Andra Suchy, Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and our sound effects man Mr. Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, plus all the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2009October17This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we're broadcasting live from the Fitzgerald Theater in snowy downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. Special guest Rosanne Cash will be a conduit of country music heritage, articulating the classics in her own stunning voice. Singer-songwriter Heather Masse will add a touch of jazz, and also with us, The Royal Academy of Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, sound effects man Tom Keith, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, plus the very latest news from Lake Wobegon.
2009October24This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we're coming to you live from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul to journey through the world of radio with broadcast news veteran Harry Smith, of CBS fame. We'll welcome back some old friends, too: the boot-stompin', fiddle-pluckin', heart-breakin' Old Crow Medicine Show, honky-tonk heroes Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group , as well as the Royal Academy of Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, sound effects man Tom Keith, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Plus, Guy Noir and the late-breaking news from Lake Wobegon. Don't touch that dial!
2009October31This weeek on a hair-raising Halloween episode of A Prairie Home Companion, we'll bravely embark to the Great Plains of North Dakota for a live broadcast from the Bismarck Civic Center. Fear not, it won't be all shrieks and screams � Maria Jette, Andra Suchy, and Janet Sorenson will stir up a cauldron of wickedly wonderful vocals, and the fiery fiddles and guitars of local favorite The Radio Stars along with our own Guy's All-Star Shoe Band are sure to be a treat. Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman will conjure up cackles of delight, so gather round the campfire for ghostly visions and ghastly tales, plus all the latest News From Lake Wobegon
2009November7This weeek on a Prairie Home Companion, we're bringing a touch of French flavor to the Midwest, live from the Civic Center in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The grande rendezvous will include maestros of Cajun music BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, French folk chanteuse Francine Roche, and Mark Stillman — accordionist extraordinaire. The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and Royal Academy of Radio Actors Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Sound Effects Man Fred Newman will supply that special je ne sais quoi, plus Café Boeuf, Guy Noir, and keeping au courant with Lake Wobegon.
2009November14This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we get ready for Turkey Day by convening with the ghosts of Thanksgivings past. Guy Noir has a run in with a two-bit criminal known as "The Stuffer," Meryl Streep reads "Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver, and Leon Redbone sings "Shine on Harvest Moon." Vern Sutton, Janis Hardy and Philip Brunelle sing the "Thanksgiving Cantata," we remark upon the mysterious and merciful effects of Tryptophan and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band rocks a tune called "Stuff That Turkey." Plus, a cautionary tale from Lake Wobegon about the time Irene Bunsen decided to break from the traditional holiday menu. All this and more pre-Thanksgiving, harvest time, autumnal musings coming up.
2009November21This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we're heading over the river to broadcast live from the historic State Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We'll welcome some very special guests: country-music's beloved singer/songwriter Steve Wariner, and the ever-versatile, always vivacious Nellie McKay. Prepare to have your heart-strings tugged & your funny-bones tickled. Also with us: our good friend Andra Suchy, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott and sound effects man Mr. Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, plus the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2009November28This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we are back for another live broadcast from The Town Hall located in the heart of Times Square in New York, NY. Karan Casey will bring a bit of the Irish sod to the Great White Way, while fiddler Sara Watkins and her bluegrass band will have you dancing to another jig. Also with us, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Royal Academy of Radio Actors Tim Russell, Sue Scott and sound effects man Mr. Fred Newman, plus Garrison will have all the latest, Post-Thanksgiving News from Lake Wobegon.
2009December5This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we're up after dark and not slowing down in the second weekend of our annual stint at The Town Hall. Join us as we get our blood pumping to the Bluegrass movements of the Punch Brothers, while Heather Masse's smooth stylings stimulate like a hot cup of street cart coffee. The Klezmatics will also be joining us and keeping the pace are The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and sound effects man Mr. Fred Newman. None of the big city excitement can compare to the News From Lake Wobegon � with winter just setting in and Christmas around the corner, things can get a little unpredictable. Tune in Saturday and be a part of the raucous live broadcast from The Town Hall in New York City.
2009December12The tree is lit and the skaters are circling the ice at Rockefeller Center as A Prairie Home Companion rings in our third week of broadcasting live from The Town Hall in the heart of New York's theatre district. With winter upon us, join in as world-renowned performer Yo-Yo Ma and the Assad Brothers join forces for a hot trio performance that is sure to keep out the cold, while the vocal stylings of jazz greats Inga Swearingen and Connie Evingson will add fuel to the fire. Also cozyin' up with us, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Royal Academy of Radio Actors Tim Russell, Sue Scott and sound effects man Mr. Fred Newman , plus all the holiday happenings from �the little town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve.�
2009December19This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, Christmas is a coming and last-minute shopping we'll try to swing. The displays in store windows are a constant reminder so let's forget it all and sing. We're ending our residency at The Town Hall in New York on a high note with three complementary chanteuses who will soothe your December blues: the lovely Norah Jones, the inimitable Madeleine Peyroux and the jazzy Heather Masse. As if they aren't enough to infuse you with the spirit, The Russian Chamber Chorus of New York will hark back to Christmas in the old country with some traditional sacred music. The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band promises to be jolly as well, but just in case you're still feeling the slump, we've invited special guest Martin Sheen to join the Royal Academy of Radio Actors and sound effects man Mr. Fred Newman. We have good faith you'll be singing along in no time at all. We believe that the more we give at Christmastime the more you get, and that's how we like it. Stay tuned!
2009December26This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, as our cast and crew continue to snowshoe their way out of the great snowy East toward San Francisco, we've assembled a holiday highlight show to cover the gap. Soprano Renée Fleming sings "Hard Times", our dear departed friend Odetta sings "Poor Little Jesus", and The Boys of the Lough perform "The Christ Child's Lullaby." Plus, a choir of singing sheep in The Lives of the Cowboys, Buster, The Dog of Christmas, a conversation with the Big Man himself, Santa Claus, and our traditional Silent Night sing-a-long. Join us this week for a no cost, no stress, day after the holiday show, with plenty of pickled herring, Pinnekjøtt, and good cheer.
2010January2This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we present some highlights from our 2009 season including Pat Donohue, Brad Paisley and Sam Bush performing "Stealin' From Chet" at the Ryman Auditorium, Elvis Costello as an English author and stuttering son of the Earl of Twickerham in an epsiode of Guy Noir, and Martin Sheen as a flim-flamming, four flushing, shortchanging, deckstackin' yahoo in an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys. Plus, Marvin and Mavis Smiley's tribute to Bruce Springsteen, Nellie McKay's tribute to Doris Day, and Patty Loveless sings "The Bramble and the Rose." In Lake Wobegon, the story of Margie Krepsbach checking herself into a hotel for Mother's Day to watch movies.
2010January9Coming to you live this week from The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, it's an adventurous new year for A Prairie Home Companion. With this week's special guests, celebrated Metropolitan Opera tenor Raúl Melo, and a bright shining star of modern bluegrass Sara Watkins. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010January16Coming to you again this week from The War Memorial Opera House, in San Francisco, a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. With special guests, American blues master Elvin Bishop, mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade, choral singing ensemble Chanticleer, and legendary Scottish balladeer Jean Redpath. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010January23Coming to you this week from the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, with special guests jazz songbird Inga Swearingen, Nashville picker Guthrie Trapp, vocal trio Sweet Dreams, and Minnesota polka legends Ray Sands and the Polka Dots. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, vocalist Andra Suchy, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010January30Coming to you this week from the Tucson Convention Center Arena in Tucson, Arizona, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion. With special guests, local Chicano band iMas, legend of the accordion Joel Guzmán, accomplished singer and picker Dave Rawlings, and singer-songwriter Andra Suchy. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010February6February 4, 2010 — Coming to you live from the Fitzgerald Theater, and beamed into movie theaters across the country, it's a special Thursday evening edition of A Prairie Home Companion. (Saturday's time-slot features a recorded version of the Thursday night show.) Featuring legendary English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello, sibling vocal powerhouses Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, songstress Heather Masse, and the finest folk duo around, Robin and Linda Williams. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Erica Rhodes, with both Tom Keith AND Fred Newman creating sound effects mayhem. All this, plus a punched-up Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and of course, The News from Lake Wobegon. Two hours of non-stop fun on the big screen and — a couple days later — on your radio.
2010February13Coming to you live this week from the Fitzgerald Theater, with special guests legendary Minnesota guitar hero Leo Kottke, Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence, and Metropolitan Opera Tenor Ra�l Melo. Also with us, vocalist Andra Suchy, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010February20Coming to you live this week from the Fitzgerald Theater, it's a Mid-February pre-lenten broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. With vocalist Andra Suchy, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Garrison Keillor, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, a heavily reinforced Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Rich Dworsky, Pat Donohue, Peter Ostroushko, Guthrie Trapp, Gary Raynor, and Peter Johnson, plus the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010February27This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a soulful live broadcast performance from the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. With soul writing and performing legend "Sir" Mack Rice, the Great Lady of Soul, Bettye LaVette, and sisters Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele. Also with us, organist John Lauter; The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band; Richard Dworsky, Pat Donohue, Gary Raynor, Andy Stein, and Peter Johnson, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010March6Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion, a mix and match of Joke Shows past with at least one parrot joke, lightbulb jokes, some new man-walks-into a bar jokes, Unitarian jokes, lawyer jokes, shellfish jokes (yes, really!), and the ultra-rare bi-lingual joke. Plus, there will be one joke segment that has never aired before, with all new jokes mined from the murky depths of the Internet. Pat Donohue sings "Ain't No Joke," Andy Stein brings a fresh crop of knock-knock jokes, Guy Noir searches for a punchline, Dusty and Lefty find solace in a joke book out on the godforsaken trail, and a cautionary tale from Lake Wobegon Elementary School about serving greasy sausage pizza for lunch.
2010March13This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, as we embark on our maiden voyage through the Western Caribbean, we bring you another sampler show featuring bits and pieces from two shows we did at the Fitzgerald this past fall. Singer-songwriter Neko Case sings "Middle Cyclone," Jeff Tweedy of Wilco sings "Deeper Down," Patty Loveless sings "The Bramble and the Rose," and sibling duo Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele belt out "Baby, I Love You!" In The Lives of the Cowboys, Dusty threatens to end their partnership and take a job on a fishing boat, and a message from Beebopareebop Rhubarb pie regarding the revolutionary "thermal thong." Plus Connie Evingson, Guy Noir's bad luck with the lottery, and a story about Garrison's time as the student manager of the Golden Gopher football team at the University of Minnesota.
2010March20This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion a hot-off-the-presses show compiled from all of this week's live events onboard the MS Ryndam sailing around the Western Caribbean with songstress Connie Evingson, the ambassadors of Cajun culture, BeauSoleil, and our good friends Heather Masse, Andra Suchy, Jearlyn Steele and, of course, Robin and Linda Williams. Plus, the sun-soaked Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Fred Newman, and in Bermuda shorts and black socks, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.
2010March27This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a live broadcast performance from the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA. With special guests, elegantly eclectic singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, and Juno Award-winning Canadian folk trio The Wailin' Jennys. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band; Richard Dworksy, Pat Donohue, Peter Johnson, Gary Raynor, and Andy Stein. Plus, the latest News from Lake Wobegon, where nearby rivers have crested, and kids spent their spring break stacking sandbags.
2010April3This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we spend Easter weekend on the Great Isthmus of the Northwest for a broadcast performance from the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington. With British born singer-songwriter and Glockenspiel virtuoso Nellie McKay, Seattleite Brandi Carlile and her band, and 1930s-flavored vocal duo, The Henriettas. Also with us, naturalist Jeff Adams, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band; Rich Dworsky, Pat Donohue, Gary Raynor, and Peter Johnson, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010April10Coming to you this week from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, a live broadcast performance not to be missed. With special guests, country music veteran and Chet Atkins protégé, singer, songwriter and guitarist Steve Wariner, legendary record producer and songwriter Cowboy Jack Clement, and master of the 1935 Epiphone Olympic guitar, The Dave Rawlings Machine. Also with us, a great voice from the Great Plains, Andra Suchy, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.
2010April17 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, live from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, it's our 10th annual Talent Tee-Off. Five lucky bands will get their shot at national bragging rights and the coveted Silver Water Tower trophy, based purely on listener response both inside the venue and live on the Internet (Remember, if your local public radio station delays our live show, you'll need to listen live and vote here on prairiehome.org to participate). Also with us, sure-fire palate cleansers, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010April24This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we're enjoying Spring in the big city, as we set-up shop for the first of three performances at The Town Hall in New York. With special guests singer-songwriter Sara Watkins, acclaimed actress Debra Monk, and pianist extraordinaire Rob Fisher. As always, we'll have the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and sound man Fred Newman. Also with us, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with music director and keyboardist Richard Dworsky, guitarist Pat Donohue, bassist Gary Raynor Peter Johnson on percussion, and Andy Stein on the fiddle and the bari sax. All this, plus the latest News from Lake Wobegon, this Saturday on your public radio dial.
2010May1This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we continue to enjoy the splendor of spring in the city with singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle, vocalist Heather Masse, pianist Rob Fisher, and a bevy of stage and screen actors, including Kristin Chenoweth, Debra Monk, David Garrison, and Kate Beahen. Our sound-effects man, Fred Newman, continues to perfect the sound of tulips popping up and the mating calls of migratory waterfowl flying over Central Park on their way to the Hamptons, and the other Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell and Sue Scott and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band are rested and ready for another big show at the Town Hall, this week.
2010May8This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, live from The Town Hall in New York City, our final Broadway engagement of the season. With special guest, legendary pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and composer, Dick Hyman. Also with us, vocalist Andra Suchy, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, and Erica Rhodes. Vince Giordano, Randy Sandke, and Andy Stein are sitting in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and of course, we'll have the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010May15This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a special springtime compilation program in an effort to revive warm weather on the tundra with Stephanie Davis singing "Springtime Feeling In My Heart," Donald Hall reading a Jane Kenyon poem about warm weather and springtime is bath time for Dusty and Lefty, a pair of crusty cowboys coming in off the godforsaken trail. Plus, VocalEssence sings "Welcome Spring," Rob Fisher plays "Spring Fever" and in Lake Wobegon: Hope springs eternal when Ronnie Detmer believes he may have found a golden ring out in the Whippets' centerfield that belonged to the late, great Babe Ruth. All that, plus The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band in seersucker suits, and The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Sue Scott, Tim Russell, Tom Keith and Fred Newman.
2010May22This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a live broadcast performance from The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. With special guests, humorist Roy Blount, Jr., folk singer-songwriter Caroline Herring, The unbelievable Steep Canyon Rangers, and blues-woman E.G. Kight. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010May29This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion we go deep into the heart of the wolf, with a live broadcast performance from the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA. With special guests, the grandfather of the singer-songwriter era Tom Rush, brilliant acoustic artists Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings Machine, and eclectic Jazz vocalist Inga Swearingen. Also with us, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010June5This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion we'll broadcasting live from The Santa Barbara Bowl, in Southern California. With special guests, a master of flatted thirds and minor sevenths, bluesman Elvin Bishop, and fiddler extraordinaire Sara Watkins. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this weekend, live from the beautiful American Riviera.
2010June12This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a live broadcast performance from the Star Theatre at Spokane Arena. With special guests, the fine whines of veteran troubadours Robin and Linda Williams, the coolest cow-poke around, Wylie Gustafson, and singer-songwriter Andra Suchy. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010June19This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a live broadcast performance from the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. With special guest, veteran Bluegrass center fielders Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Also with us, Kent, Ohio's very own Jessica Lea Mayfield, vocalist Andra Suchy, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010June26This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll bring you a live broadcast performance from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA. With special guests The Wailin' Jennys, Hilary Thavis, Andra Suchy, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Erica Rhodes, and Fred Newman. Plus, the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010July3This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, it's time again for our live season finale at the Ravinia Festival Pavilion in Highland Park, Illinois. With special guests, Nashville Hall of Fame singer-songwriter John Prine, Howard Levy, Andra Suchy, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this 4th of July weekend for a very special wrap-up to the 2009-2010 APHC season.
2010July10Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion, a nautical show for all the summer sailors. Maria Jette sings Schubert's "Die Forelle" ("The Trout"). Ruth Harrison turns down an opportunity to sail around the world with a swarthy author, Kate Rusby sings "I Courted a Sailor," John C. Reilly sings a sea shanty from our Iceland show, and you'll get the latest info on Tom Keith's cruise on Lake Superior called "The Inner Passage." Plus, Greek Tragedy, "The Golden Vanity," John Hiatt and a history lesson about the settlement of Minnesota by the Vikings. In Lake Wobegon, a bikini-clad water skier knocks the socks off a young pastor, literally.
2010July17This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a show for all the summer readers who are able to recline in a patch of shade and read a book the way it was meant to be read: cover to cover, uninterrupted by life's troubles. In this compilation, Anna Karenina meets up with a good Minnesota boy rather than a brooding, horse-racing Russian, Dave Frishberg sings a song about the 1919 World Series, and the Host recites his version of Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat." Donald Hall chimes in with a reading from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" - Maria Jette sings Gounoud's "Juliet's Waltz" from his opera "Romeo and Juliet" - and a revisionist version of "Streetcar Named Desire." Plus, The Public Domain Free of Copyright Non-Royalty-Paying Radio Theater presents Hans Christian Anderson's "The Ugly Ducking" - featuring Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Tom Keith. In Lake Wobegon, summertime is the perfect time to read a good book.
2010July24This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion a mix of shows we've done over the past few years from the historic State Theater on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. Jearlyn Steele sings "Something's Got a Hold on Me," Guy Noir confronts and angry mob of Canadians, bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs pays tribute to Bill Monroe, Cowboy Jack Clement sings an impromptu version of "Good Old Fashioned Drunk," alt-rock heroes Wilco sing "Sky Blue Sky," and a small celebration for J.S. Bach's birthday. Plus, the delightful schoolmarm, Miss Daisy, visits Dusty and Lefty out on the trail, Dakota darling Becky Schlegel sings "Heartaches by the Number," and it was the fishing opener in Lake Wobegon. Conversation in Carl Krepsbach's boat turned to marriage, and you'll hear more about that this week.
2010July31This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion a mix of our two January shows from the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. Sara Watkins plays her ukulele and sings "My Friend," Guy Noir deals with the San Francisco sea lions, Andy Stein plays the "Opera Breakdown," mezzo- soprano Frederica von Stade sings Delibes' "Flower Duet" with a promising young soprano, and tenor Ra�l Melo sings Puccini. Plus, Bluesman Elvin Bishop sings "What the Hell Is Going On," The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band plays the "Cable Car Rag," our friend, Scottish balladeer Jean Redpath, sings "Joy of My Heart," and the choral ensemble Chanticleer sings "Aloha Oe." In Lake Wobegon, the story of Myrtle Anderson's plan to embezzle a quarter-million dollars from The First Inqvist State Bank.
2010August7This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a show created by YOU! We've sifted through all of your suggestions of scripts and songs that you'd like to hear again and strung a good bunch of them together for a special compilation program, including tense telephone conversation between Duane and Mom, a song called "Siempre Abuelita" from Tish Hinojosa, Walter Bobbie in a dreamy Thanksgiving script about an escape to a delightful New York restaurant, and E.G. Kight sings "I'm New at This." Plus, an episode of Bob, The Young Artist, Andy Stein and Stuart Duncan with "Big Mon" - and a southern-fried episode of Guy Noir, Private Eye. In Lake Wobegon, Leonard Larson — who ran the hardware store in town — left a paper trail of a romance that surprised a lot of folks, including his wife of 47 years. August 14, 2010
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2010August21This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion a mix of two shows we did earlier this year from Seattle, Washington with The Wailin' Jennys singing "Bird Song" - Pat Donohue with "Red House" by Seattle-born Jimi Hendrix, and in The Lives of the Cowboys, Dusty and Lefty have jobs with "Foam on the Range" coffee. Brandi Carlile sings "Folsom Prison Blues" - Nellie McKay celebrates Doris Day and The Henriettas come up from Berkeley, California to sing "Woe Is Me." Plus, Garrison recites a poem by Raymond Carver and in Lake Wobegon, the smell of freshly mown grass becomes Proust's madeleine, conjuring up memories of young love on a summer afternoon.
2010August28This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, highlights from our rich history of Minnesota State Fair Grandstand shows. With Mindy Smith singing Dolly Parton's "Jolene" - Guy Noir provides security at the Bundt Cake Competition, and Pat Donohue sings a song he wrote called "Como Parkin'." In The Lives of the Cowboys, Lefty enters the State Fair Talent Competition against Suzy Bogguss as Ms. Steffie Stouffer, plus perennial Blue Ribbon vocalist Jearlyn Steele sings "Minnesota Woman." Becky Schlegel sings Greg Brown's beautiful tune about a little town in Iowa called "Early." And in Lake Wobegon, the wild grapes are ripe along the East side of the lake and the Schroeder's have set about making their wild grape wine.
2010September4This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, it looks like our 1969 Airstream 27' Land Yacht will make it back after all from the first leg of the Summer Love Tour, and directly into overflow parking for our annual live Grandstand show at The Minnesota State Fair. With special guests, California singer-songwriter and fiddler Sara Watkins, Minnesota's perennial blue-ribbon sisters of Soul Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, plus the magnificent Anoka High School Marching Band. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Tom Keith, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Richard Dworsky, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010September11This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a show about and for Lutherans with the St. Olaf Choir singing "The Choral Blues," VocalEssence singing "Sign Up for Church Work," and a celebration of Elim Lutheran Church's 150th anniversary. Plus, Dan Newton with the "Lutheran Polka," Guy Noir helps a Sunday School teacher following a memorable New Year's Eve, and the great actor Charles Keating in a sketch called "Iniquity on the Tundra." And in Lake Wobegon, a review of summer vacations � the historical low point of any good Lutheran's year.
2010September18 This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we're getting ready for next week's Season Opener, Street Dance & Meatloaf Supper with a remix of opening shows from the past few years. Connie Evingson sings "Autumn in St. Paul," Sara Jarosz sings "Song Up in Her Head," and Butch Tompson plays "The Working Man Blues." The Old Crow Medicine Show lives up to their raucous reputation, and we stop by the reference desk at the Herndon County Library to check in on Ruth Harrison. The hangdogs of honky-tonk, Austin's Derailers, sing "Who's Going to Mow Your Grass," and in Lake Wobegon, Dorothy at the Chatterbox Café is raising eyebrows with a new hairdo.
2010September25This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, it's the annual season opener, meatloaf supper, and street dance. With special guests, Texas country greats The Derailers, bandleader Rob Fisher and the White Bear Yacht Club Orchestra, and broadway actress Christine DiGiallonardo. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and singer Andra Suchy. Plus, the very latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010October2This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we roll into our October home stand at the Fitzgerald Theater with special guests, legendary New Orleans night tripper, Dr. John and the Lower Nine Eleven. Also with us, vocal powerhouses Jearlyn Steele and Andra Suchy, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon. October 9, 2010
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2010October16 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, the bounty of fall continues to roll in with the irrepressible Klezmatics, and best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series, Alexander McCall Smith. Also with us, fiddler Peter Ostroushko, singer Andra Suchy, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010October23 This weekend on A Prairie Home Companion, we're broadcasting Thursday night's Cinecast from the Fitzgerald Theater (and seen on movie screens across North America). It's a regular Prairie Home show made for the big screen, featuring the boot-stompin', heart-breakin' songs of Old Crow Medicine Show, the sweet sounds of Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins, some smoldering honky-tonk from Joe Ely, soulful duets with singer-songwriter Andra Suchy, and the heavenly sounds of the Women's Vocal Ensemble of The St. Olaf Choir. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, with both Tom Keith, AND Fred Newman. Plus a The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Two hours of non-stop fun on the big screen.
2010October30Coming to you this week live from the Fitzgerald Theater, in Saint Paul Minnesota, it's our final broadcast performance of the year in the Midwest. With special guests, modern Bluegrass pioneer Ricky Skaggs with Kentucky Thunder, and New York singer and song-maker Heather Masse. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith. The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010November6This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, as the crew is packing up the big rig with all the gear for our upcoming mini tour to St. Augustine, Florida, Houston, Cincinnati, and The Town Hall in New York City, we'll revisit a few shows from last fall with the Old Crow Medicine Show, Robin and Linda Williams, and Neko Case. Plus, CBS newsman Harry Smith stars in an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys, Guy Noir investigates a plagiarizing author, and in Lake Wobegon, the review of a 100 year old football game reveals the long-held belief that the ground upon which it was played is cursed.
2010November13This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we're live from The Saint Augustine Amphitheater in St. Augustine, Florida. With special guests, the finest "lawn-scapers" ever to work the East coast, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, and Floridian vocalist, guitarist, and harmonica heavy JJ Grey shares his own brand of southern rock and soul. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman; Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, vocalist Andra Suchy, and the latest news from Lake Wobegon.
2010November20Coming to you this week from the Brown Theater at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas, another sold-out broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion. With special guests, Western swing and hot jazz ladies of Ft. Worth The Quebe Sisters Band, Texas-born mandolinist / violinist Richard Kriehn, and the Chérubin of Midland, beloved mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010November27Coming to you live this week from the Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion. With special guests, the youthful and prodigious cutting edge of Bluegrass, The Punch Brothers, and veteran stand-up comedian and best friend forever to public radio, Paula Poundstone. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010December4Coming to you live this week from The Town Hall in New York City, a broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion. With special guests—The Imposter: Elvis Costello, and Solas' great Dubliner John Doyle. Also with us The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, vocalist Jearlyn Steele, Rich Dworksky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010December11Live from the Town Hall in New York City this week, a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion. With special guests, poet emeritus of the known universe; Billy Collins, Broadway bandleader Rob Fisher with cornerstone of the jazz keyboard Dick Hyman, and The DiGiallonardo Sisters. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and vocalist Heather Masse.
2010December18This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we're live again from the Town Hall in New York City. With special guests, mini-orchestra Pink Martini and world renowned Operatic Baritone Nathan Gunn. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, vocalist Andra Suchy, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2010December25A special compilation "best of Christmas" show featuring Robin and Linda Williams, Renee Fleming, Pat Donohue, Rob Fisher, Odetta, Music Sacra, The Boys of the Lough, Buffalo Philharmonic Chamber Singers, and the Sonos Handbell Ensemble.
2010December31Coming to you wrapped in ribbons and bows for Christmas Day, from the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center in New York City, A very unique live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion. With special guests: humorist and author Ian Frazier, poet Sharon Olds, playwright Paul Rudnick, novelist Professor Mary Gordon, and pianist extraordinaire Rob Fisher.
2011January8This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we're back home at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, with our favorite Doris Day gumdrop, Nellie McKay, plus a tune for 4 (count 'em 4!) fiddles for the new year with Deena and Sedra Bistodeau, Catie Jo Pidel, and Richard Kriehn. With the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Tom Keith, and Rich Dworsky and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Plus, the ice fishing has begun in Lake Wobegon and our favorite cranky gumshoe is back on the slippery streets of Good Ol' St. Paul.
2011January15The last time anyone can remember our host taking a break from his lifelong duty to radio hosting, Gerald Ford was President. This Saturday, he's going to sit back and relax while Sara Watkins intros the guests, cracks the jokes and plays a little string music all her own. With special guests, claw hammer-banjo jammer Abigail Washburn, and American musical storyteller Tom Brosseau, expect Guy Noir, the deep winter News from Lake Wobegon, and the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith. So fear not, the youngster comes with her fiddle finely tuned, the greatest band in radio—The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band—and a California tan.
2011January22This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion our stalwart host is back at the microphone, rested from his stint in a hyperbaric chamber deep in the wings of the Fitzgerald Theater. Director Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence join Garrison and The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Tom Keith. Plus, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and the latest news from the deeply frozen Lake Wobegon.
2011January29Coming to you this week from the Fitzgerald Theater, in old downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion. Along with mysterious, yet highly-entertaining guests to be determined, we welcome Texas-born mandolinist / violinist Richard Kriehn sitting in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Plus, the finest alto who ever dwelt in a Yurt, Heather Masse. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Sir Tom Keith.
2011February5Coming to you this week from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, it's A Prairie Home Companion with the not retiring Garrison Keillor. This week's special guest, the man who puts the 'sting' in 'string', Sam Bush, and Nashville Songwriter, Berklee Alumna, and Biwabic, Minnesota native Emily Shackleton. Also with us, the voice of lightness Jearlyn Steele, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Sir Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011February12Coming to you this week from the John S. Glas Fieldhouse in Bemidji, Minnesota, a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion. With Special Guests, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, jazz guitarist Sam Miltich, and the diva of the Dakotas, vocalist Andra Suchy. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, Richard Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011February19This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, just like in the good old days, Tom Keith is driving the 1975 Winnebago with the wobbly stovetop and the ten gallon pot of scalding venison chili, to a live broadcast performance from the Physical Education Center Gym in Morris, Minnesota. With special guests, U of M Morris Concert Choir, fiddle champions Catie Jo Pidel and sisters Deena and Sedra Bistodeau, and master of the singing saw Andy McCormick. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, singer Jearlyn Steele, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011February26This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion we escape the heavy burden of late February snow by heading to balmy San Diego, for a live broadcast performance from the San Diego Civic Theatre, with bright-eyed Bluegrass ambassadors Sara and Sean Watkins, the United States Navy Band Southwest, and from the Department of Gospel Music Studies, Jearlyn Steele. Plus, fiddler and mandolin player Richard Kriehn sitting in with Richard Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band: Pat Donohue, Gary Raynor and Peter Johnson. Plus, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors (Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Fred Newman) and the latest news from the buried plain.
2011March5This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, the first in our springtime compilation series: a mix of shows from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Superstar Brad Paisley sings "La Bamba" in an episode of Guy Noir and joins Sam Bush and Pat Donohue for a picker's version of Pat's song "Stealin' from Chet." Plus, Alison Krauss, The Dave Rawlings Machine, Cowboy Jack Clement, Buddy Emmons, Johnny Gimble and Kacey Jones with Roger Miller's "King of the Road." Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Sue Scott, Tim Russell, Fred Newman and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. It's a game of musical chairs, from Nashville, this weekend.
2011March12Coming up on A Prairie Home Companion, an all-things-Irish compilation in advance of St. Patrick's Day on the 17th. Martin Sheen plays James Joyce in an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys, the late Frank Harte sings a tune from Finnegans Wake, and Pat Donohue has the Irish Blues. Plus, Sean O'Driscoll, Cathal McConnell and The Boys of the Lough, and Solas. In Lake Wobegon, Ronnie Detmer's uncle travels to Dublin to collect an inheritance. Grab your hankie for a "Danny Boy" sing-along and say a prayer for your sainted mother, this week.
2011March19This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion our last springtime compilation program before we're live again next week at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, including bits and pieces from our spring and fall runs at The Town Hall in New York City. Raúl Melo sings Puccini's "Che Gelida Manina," Nellie McKay sings "I Want to Get Married" and Brad Paisley sings "I'm Still a Guy." Plus, Guy Noir hosts a papal visit to the Big Apple and a message from Bob's Bank (Save at the Sign of the Sock!). And in Lake Wobegon, Darlene down at the Chatterbox Café has been visiting online chat rooms and it's been getting a little racy. It's finally spring and love is in the air, this week.
2011March26This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion we're in Nashville, Tennessee at the beautiful and historic Ryman Auditorium. With special guests, the prolific Emmylou Harris, hairy bluegrass madman Sam Bush, and master fiddler Stuart Duncan. Plus, young hip Tennessee duo The Civil Wars, and a former host of the show, singer and fiddler Sara Watkins. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, The Guy's All-Star Show Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011April2Coming to you this week from the historic Broadway Town Hall in New York City, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion. With special guests, traveling Tennessee troubadour extraordinaire Justin Townes Earle, and originally from Gary, Indiana, Gospel Singer Jearlyn Steele. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and SFX man Mr. Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Show Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011April9Coming to you live this week from the Town Hall in New York City, in its Alabaster 37th season on Public Radio, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With this week's special guests, guru of jazz, blues, and ragtime Leon Redbone, luminescent singer-songwriter Heather Masse, and sitting in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Mr. Andy Stein. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, SFX man Mr. Fred Newman, and junior L.A. star member Ms. Erica Rhodes.
2011April16Coming to you live this week, via old-time copper wire ISDN networks, and from the historic Town Hall in New York City, it's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. This week's special guest, the Portsmouth progenitor of Blues, Folk, and Country music, Tom Rush, young master pianist and Juilliard alumni Shai Wosner, and Bluegrass bombshell Sarah Jarosz. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and SFX man Mr. Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011April23Coming to you this week from the Town Hall in New York City, a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, innovative and magical guitar duo, Brazilian-born brothers Sergio and Odair Assad, and up from the Smoky Mountains of Virginia, old friends Robin and Linda Williams. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and SFX man Mr. Fred Newman, maestro Richard Dworsky, a New York celebration of William Shakespeare, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011April30This weeek our canvas covered wagons are racing Westward to the beautiful Fox Theater in St. Louis, Missouri, for a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, the perfect pitch, purity, and phrasing of vocalist Erin Bode and The Erin Bode Trio, and the unlikely jazz duo of acclaimed young singer Tony DeSare, and living jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli. Also with us, singer Andra Suchy, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011May7Coming to you this week from the palatial 1928 movie house, the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan, a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, fiery old-time string band Old Crow Medicine Show, fourth generation farmhouse fiddler Joel Mabus, and singer Andra Suchy. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011May14Coming to you this week from the State Theater in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. With special guests, Tulsa bluesman extraordinaire, Elvin Bishop, the magical Concordia University Handbell Ensemble, and the Women's Vocal Ensemble of the St. Olaf Choir. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Gospel vocalist supreme Jearlyn Steele, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011May21This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, while our cast and crew await completion of repairs to the 1978 Winnebago satellite transmitter, we here at Frontenac tidied our hard drives, and a Springtime Compilation broadcast emerged with Stephanie Davis singing "Springtime Feeling in My Heart," and Donald Hall with Jane Kenyon's poem "Philosophy in Warm Weather." Guy Noir goes in search of Ralph Waldo Erickson (not a typo), and it's springtime baths for Dusty and Lefty. Plus, Rob Fisher with "Spring Fever," Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence. In Lake Wobegon, Ronnie Detmer, starting centerfielder for the Whippets, makes an amazing find out in the grass.
2011May28Coming to you this week from The Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, it's a howling good broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, American roots trio The Wailin' Jennys, humorist Roy Blount Jr., tenor Paul Appleby, and vocalist Andra Suchy. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky & The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011June4Coming to you this week from the Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff, Arizona, it's a high altitude performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, Country renaissance man Jimmie Dale Gilmore and The Wronglers, and brilliant writer and humorist Ian Frazier. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and vocalist Andra Suchy. Plus, the latest news from Lake Wobegon.
2011June11Coming to you this week from beautiful Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, Washington, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, singer and formidable multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz, and tantalizing cabaret trio Bodacious Ladyhood. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011June18Coming to you this week from the highly-esteemed Interlochen Center for the Arts, in Northwest Lower Michigan, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With this week's special guests, Montana Folk Duo Storyhill; Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson, Smoky Mountain legends Robin & Linda Williams, and student musicians; violinist Yuri Popowycz and harpist Charles Overton. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky & The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011June25Coming to you this week from the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, a home stretch live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, skydiving Texas soprano Kiri Deonarine, author and storyteller Jack Zimmerman, and indie lightning rod; singer-songwriter Joe Pug. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, singer Andra Suchy, and windy city sketch comic Lila Newman, Rich Dworsky & The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011July2Coming to you this week from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, the final live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor this season. With special guests, Broadway actress Christine DiGiallonardo, Nickel Creek alum Sara Watkins, Gospel singing sisters Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, and Chris Thile rocking the mandolin. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Fred Newman. Plus, Richard Kriehn sits in with Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and it's another spectacular 4th of July weekend in Lake Wobegon.
2011July9Coming to you this week from Cincinnati, Ohio, it's the first in our summer compilation series with bits and pieces from our recent Cincinnati performances. Local boys, Jake Speed and the Freddies, play the "Queen City Rag," Howard Levy joins Pat Donohue and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band on the "Deep River Blues," Guy Noir investigates the infamous "Cincinnati Three Way," and poet emeritus Billy Collins recites the "Hangover." Plus, the Boys of the Lough, Kasey Chambers, the Punch Brothers, and in Lake Wobegon, Margie Krebsbach goes to Florida to visit her parents.
2011July16This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a summertime compilation featuring bits and pieces from our show's last year in Seattle, Washington. With Brandi Carlile singing Johnny Cash, The Wailin' Jennys singing "Away But Never Gone", and Nellie McKay with a Doris Day tribute. Plus, Dusty and Lefty have landed jobs with "Foam on the Range" coffee, and in Lake Wobegon, the smell of freshly mown grass conjures up all sorts of memories.
2011July23This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a show compiled from the live events onboard the MS Maasdam as we sailed the Northwest Atlantic, the Canadian Maritimes, and the Saint Lawrence River. With special guests, masters of foot-stomping French Canadian folk music, Le Vent du Nord and Genticorum, the reunited Hopeful Gospel Quartet, and our good friends Peter Ostroushko, Storyhill, Andra Suchy, Vern Sutton, and Butch Thompson. Plus, l'Académie Royale des Acteurs de Radio: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and the greatest band ever to sail the Seven Seas: The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.
2011July30This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, another summertime compilation featuring bits and pieces from our run last fall at The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, including Ricky Skaggs as an evangelizing preacher in an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys, a re-telling of Madame Butterfly with Heather Masse, Storyhill sings "Fallen," The Klezmatics, and Louisiana legend Dr. John. Plus, a tribute to William Blake with Butch Thompson and a message from Mel's Diner, home of the "All-You-Can-Eat-Taco-Sandwich."
2011August6This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion: a summer compilation of Town Hall broadcasts from New York City, with the legendary Leon Redbone, troubadour Tom Rush, brother-guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad, young pianist Shai Wosner and a little taste of Broadway from the Stephen Sondheim Theater with Colin Donnell and Sutton Foster. Plus, Justin Townes Earle sings "One More Night in Brooklyn," and Guy Noir—like a lot of New Yorkers—is dealing with bed bugs. In Lake Wobegon, the tundra swans returned and LeRoy gets in trouble for avoiding his manure pile.
2011August13This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a summer compilation of shows from The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, including an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys with Emmylou Harris and Sara Watkins, and a young and hip Nashville duo called the Civil Wars. Plus, a few archival items from the dim mists of antiquity (a.k.a. the early '90s) with Chet Atkins, Buddy Emmons, Mary Chapin Carpenter and John Prine. And in Lake Wobegon, Marilyn Magandantz finally got fed up with Gene's chuckling. She moved to Florida, dyed her hair red, and changed her name.
2011August20This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a mix of shows from The San Diego Civic Theater including a rousing performance by The U.S. Navy Band Southwest, Sean and Sara Watkins with "I'm a Memory," and Guy Noir on the trail of a wayward seal trainer named Frank Fish. Plus, Jealryn Steele sings "Tell Mama," surf band The Duo-Tones play "Pipeline" and Cape Breton's Natalie MacMaster with "The Fairy Dance." In Lake Wobegon, Clint and Irene Bunsen "celebrate" 38 years of marriage at the Moonlight Bay Supper Club.
2011August27This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a mosaic of memorable moments from St. Louis, with Jearlyn Steele singing the "St. Louis Blues," Del McCoury and his band playing "Quicksburg Rendezvous," and the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli peforming Prince with pianist and singer Tony DeSare. Guy Noir chases around after a nefarious baseball player named Louie Spitui, the pastor's daughter, Erin Bode, sings "Be Still My Soul," and the story of one naive 13-year old Wobegonian's eye-opening train trip to the Gateway City.
2011September3This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, the aroma of deep-fried foods calls us back from the first leg of the Summer Love Tour for our annual Grandstand show at the Minnesota State Fair. With special guests, Minneapolis twang-rock heroes The Jayhawks, and singer-songwriter-fiddler Sara Watkins. Also with us, fresh from the rides of the Mighty Midway, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Tom Keith, and Fred Newman. All this, plus giant summer squash champions The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Richard Dworsky, and of course, the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011September10This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a back-to-school bumper crop featuring bits and pieces from the Universities of Michigan, South Dakota, Minnesota and Purdue. Jerry Douglas plays the "Emphysema Two Step," The Purdue Glee Club sings from the LaFayette phone book, Becky Schlegel sings Greg Brown's song "Early," and Robert Sonkowsky—Latin professor from the University of Minnesota—recites a bit of Horace. Plus, Bella Hristova plays Kreisler, and in the Lives of the Cowboys, Lefty sits in on a class at Winona State. It's the last of the summer compilation programs before the 2011-2012 Season Opener next week, live from The Fitzgerald Theater.
2011September17Coming to you this week from the home field of great Public Radio, The Fitzgerald Theater. It's the season opener of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, PLUS, the traditional after show Meat loaf Supper and Street Dance. With special guests, havin' a good time ALL the time, The Derailers, and Québécois légendes Le Vent Du Nord. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011September24This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we continue our fall home stand at the Fitzgerald Theater with special guests, songwriter's musician and statesman of British rock Nick Lowe, Iowa songwriter Dave Moore, and young singer and actress Megan Fischer. Also with us; singer Andra Suchy, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011October1Coming to you this week from The Fitzgerald Theater, in downtown St. Paul, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guest internationally celebrated Tenor Raúl Melo, the premier male chorus in the United States, Cantus, and eclectic vocalist Heather Masse. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011October8Coming to you this week live from The Fitzgerald Theater, in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, it's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, Texas Country Super Man, Joe Ely, and Northern Soul Sisters Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011October15Coming to you this week live from The Fitzgerald Theater, in downtown St. Paul, it's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With this week's special guests, Nashville singer-songwriter and living legend Gillian Welch, Soul Siblings Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, and pedal steel master Joe Savage. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon. October 22, 2011
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2011October29Coming to you this week live from the Colorado Springs World Arena, it's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Featuring the sweetest cowgirl singer West of the Mississippi, Stephanie Davis. Plus, our old Appalachian relations Robin and Linda Williams, and spirited string band The Haunted Windchimes. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011November5It's a weekend for remembrances this Saturday, as we head to Murray, Kentucky and the CFSB Center on the campus of Murray State University to recall the life and music of the Great Grandfather of Bluegrass music, Bill Monroe. An impressive line-up of Bill's musical colleagues and friends joins us, including "Blue Grass Boys" alumni: fiddler Bob Black, singer-guitarist Tom Ewing, bassist Mark Hembree, fiddler Bobby Hicks, singer-guitarist Peter Rowan, mandolinist Roland White, and banjo player Blake Williams. Also joining in the celebration, fiddler Stuart Duncan and singer Kathy Chiavola along with our own Rich Dworsky and Pat Donohue. Plus, a few kind words for our dear friend and colleague Tom Keith.
2011November12This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion a nostalgic fall rewind show featuring bits and pieces from a few shows we did last November, including the Punch Brothers with their song called "Next to the Trash," the angelic singing and fiddling Quebe Sisters Band, Public Radio's BFF Paula Poundstone, and The Nashville Bluegrass Band. Also, Floridian guitarist JJ Grey and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham as the diva Sally Saltine in an episode of Guy Noir. Plus, a segment devoted to our dearly departed Tom Keith, including: Larry in the Basement, Maurice from Cafe Beouf, and Tom sings in a kilt, totally commando.
2011November19This weeek, a live broadcast performance from the Skoglund Center Auditorium at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. With special guests, the entire St. Olaf Orchestra and St. Olaf Choir in the same space, at the same time. Will there be enough air? Will somebody faint? Tune in and find out! Also with us, Philip Brunelle, vocalist Heather Masse, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell and Sue Scott, Rich Dworsky and Pat Donohue, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011November26Coming to you this week, a live broadcast performance from the Town Hall in New York, NY. With special guests, distinguished conductor and pianist Rob Fisher, humorist Calvin Trillin, actress and singer Debra Monk, and vocalist Heather Masse. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011December3Coming to you live this week from the Town Hall on West 43rd Street, in New York City, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With this week's special guests, singer-songwriter, actor, and former stand-up comedienne Nellie McKay, and eclectic vocalist Heather Masse. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011December10Coming to you from The Town Hall in New York City this week, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, Bensonhurst harmonizers The DiGiallonardo Sisters, a poet who knows how to blend the sentimental and the sarcastic, George Bilgere, actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth, and pianist, conductor, and musical scholar Rob Fisher. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2011December17Coming to you this week from the Town Hall on West 43rd Street in New York City, a lively and sure-to-be-festive-holiday-broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, with this week's special guests, demurring singer-songwriter Gillian Welch, Itzhak Perlman and the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Joel Grey and Rob Fisher, and The DiGiallonardo Sisters. Following last week's living nativity at Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility, it's hard to believe, but there is still more Christmas to be had in Lake Wobegon. Also with us, The Royal Academy; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and much more.
2011December24Coming to you this week from the back of Santa's sleigh, a mixed bag of Christmas treats from the vast radio archives including baritone Nathan Gunn, and a small army of Neglected Orchestral Instruments led by composer Peter Schickele. Pink Martini plays "We Three Kings," Gillian Welch and David Rawlings sing "Hard Times" (and it's not the one you're thinking of), and Santa talks about the harsh realities of global gift giving. Plus, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors in an inspirational story for those whose teens have come home to roost for the holidays, a cautionary tale about holiday employment in retail, and a special live-and-in-person Christmas greeting from the host (in Hawaii) to begin the festivities.
2011December31Coming to you this week on A Prairie Home Companion, a live broadcast performance from the island paradise of Oahu, Hawaii. With special guests, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, slack key guitarist Danny Carvalho, and legendary Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner; multi-instrumentalist Ledward Kaapana. Also with us, vocalist Heather Masse, slack key Kahuna Jeff Peterson, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012January7This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a look back with a slurry of memorable clips from 2011. Young and inspiring harpist Charles Overton plays Debussy, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch reads Shakespeare, and Gillian Welch sings Jefferson Airplane. Emmylou Harris joins The Royal Academy of Radio Actors as a waitress in The Lives of the Cowboys, singer-songwriter Tom Rush plays his only children's song, and Guy Noir is on bed bug detail. Plus, Rich Dworsky's "Other Carnival of the Animals," Nick Lowe's "Stoplight Roses" and the springtime return of the tundra swans to Lake Wobegon.
2012January14Coming to you this week from The Fitzgerald Theater, in downtown St. Paul, the year's first complete live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, the Nashville Idol Brad Paisley, and soul stirring men's vocal ensemble Cantus. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell and Sue Scott, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, vocalist Andra Suchy, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012January21This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, we welcome the original renegade guitar picker Leo Kottke to The Fitzgerald Theater, for a two hour broadcast performance. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell and Sue Scott, Rich Dworsky & The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, vocalist Andra Suchy, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012January28This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, another winter wonder from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with graceful violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, singing sisters of Soul Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, and saxophonist Kenni Holmen and trumpeter Steve Strand sit in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe (and Boot) Band. Plus, Sue Scott and Tim Russell and the latest news from finally frozen Lake Wobegon.
2012February4This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a live broadcast from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. With special guests, honey-voiced vocalist Heather Masse, and versatile singing sisters Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele. Plus, Butch Thompson on piano and clarinet, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell and Sue Scott, Kenni Holmen and Steve Strand sit in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest news from an unusual winter in Lake Wobegon.
2012February11Coming to you this week from The Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. With special guests, dazzling Minnesota-based folksinger Ann Reed, otherworldly chamber-pop chanteuse My Brightest Diamond, and vocalist Heather Masse. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell and Sue Scott, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012February18This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we're live from The Fitzgerald Theater for our final broadcast there this season. With special guests, flatpicker of fiddle tunes and alumnus of the Powdermilk Biscuit Band, Adam Granger, and vocalist Heather Masse. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Sue Scott and Tim Russell, Kenni Holmen, Steve Strand, and Dan Newton sit in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012February25This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we're heading north to Duluth, Minnesota for a live broadcast from the DECC Auditorium, and hoping for a blast of real winter weather. With special guests, rocking acoustic pickers Trampled By Turtles, and the magnificent Grand Rapids High School Jazz Ensemble. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012March3This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a lawyer, a blonde, a nun and a trombone player walk into a bar for a special joke-a-thon compilation show. Along with the slurry of jokes, VocalEssence sings the "The Ying Tong Song" from the BBC's "Goon Show," we'll pay tribute to the Marx Brothers and Tom Keith's utterly perfect chicken sounds take center stage for "The Sound of Chickens." Plus, Andy Stein's "Knock Knock" song, a visit from Sven and Ole, and a rather unfortunate school lunch was served at Lake Wobegon Elementary School.
2012March10This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion a colorful mix of two shows we did from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee with Emmylou Harris and Sara Watkins as diner waitresses in an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys, Fred Newman as teenage heartthrob Justin LaFever, dueling fiddlers Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan, and the now (newly) Grammy-award winning Civil Wars sing "Barton Hollow." Plus, The Dave Rawlings Machine, and signs of spring in Lake Wobegon.
2012March17This weeekend on A Prairie Home Companion, an Irish Stew for all the fair haired Emerald Islanders in celebration of the feast of St. Patrick. The late Frank McCourt reads from "Angela's Ashes," Billy Collins reads "Afternoon with Irish Cows," and Karan Casey sings a song she learned from Frank Harte called "The Brown and Yellow Ale." Martin Sheen appears in The Lives of the Cowboys as James Joyce, Sean O'Driscoll sings "Farewell to Ballyshanny," and Altan performs "I Wish My Love Was a Red Red Rose." Plus, what "Irishness" means to Lake Wobegoners and grab the hankie for dear old "Danny Boy."
2012March24This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion it's a mix of shows from the Town Hall in New York City back in April 2009. Wynton Marsalis and his Quintet perform "Powdermilk Bisquit," he appears as a subway busker in an episode of Guy Noir, and he joins Heather Masse as she sings Dave Frishberg's "Peel Me a Grape." Elvis Costello sings "Changing Partners" and "Down Among the Wine and Spirits," and appears as the great singing cowboy Roy Costello. Plus, Tom Rush sings "Drift Away," and the story of a mysterious white Panama hat that used to belong to Mr. Turnblad and its appearance at the Lake Wobegon High School prom.
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2012March31Coming to you this week from the Milwaukee Theatre, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, historians of myriad musical forms Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Wisconsin-based Appalachian pop band Count This Penny, and the close harmonies of The Krause Family Band. Plus, two-fisted accordionist Dan Newton sits in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012April7This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a live broadcast performance from the historic Town Hall in New York City. With special guests, the Monet of the classical guitar, Sharon Isbin, soprano Ellie Dehn, and exuberant jazz-infused pop band Lake Street Dive. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and SFX man Mr. Fred Newman, Richard Dworsky and Pat Donohue, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012April14Coming to you live this week from The Town Hall in New York City, it's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, indie-rock-singing soprano Renée Fleming and masters of acoustic experimentation Punch Brothers. Also with us, ethereal vocalists Aoife O'Donovan and Heather Masse, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012April21Coming to you this week from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, hall of famer Emmylou Harris and the Red Dirt Boys, big league bluegrass ace Sam Bush, and America's favorite fiddler, Stuart Duncan. Plus, sizzling vocalists Aoife O'Donovan and Heather Masse, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012April28This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a live broadcast performance from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. With special guests, big-time country artist and singer of American folk songs, Suzy Bogguss, Certified Guitar Player Steve Wariner, Music City stalwart Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys, and good friends Robin and Linda Williams. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012May5This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a live broadcast performance from the State Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With special guests, cowboy singing idol Pop Wagner, Minnesota folkie Charlie Maguire, and bluesman Tony Glover. Also with us, singing siblings Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, harmonica legend Howard Levy, flawless flatpicker Dean Magraw, and singer Andra Suchy. All that, plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell and Sue Scott, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012May12Coming to you this week from the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, road-tested Texas troubadour Joe Ely, the King of Newgrass, Sam Bush, and Southern noir songstress Lera Lynn. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012May19This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, while the cast and crew are off packing their steamer trunks for the remainder of our live broadcast season, we'll take time to revisit two shows we did from Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. Steve Martin endures a few banjo jokes and joins The Steep Canyon Rangers, Martin Sheen appears as Jimmy Flannigan, concert pianist, in an episode of Guy Noir, and Heather Masse sings her "Bird Song." Plus, Arlo Guthrie enforces his "No Singing Along" rule in The Lives of the Cowboys, Hilary Thavis sings the "Facebook Blues" and Lake Wobegon is a-buzz with stories of the miracles of Pastor Liz.
2012May26Coming to you this week from the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. With special guests, slow-burning singer and songwriter Shawn Colvin, wearer of many hats Sara Watkins, and former yurt dweller Heather Masse. Plus, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and sound effects man Mr. Fred Newman, a trio of horns sits in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012June2Coming to you this week from the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, North Carolina, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, old-time string band Big Medicine, flatpicker Adam Granger and fiddler Anni Spring, good friends Robin and Linda Williams, and transcendent vocalists Aoife O'Donovan and Heather Masse. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012June9Coming to you this week from the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, musical ambassadors of Louisiana's rich Acadian past, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, and the original guitar hero, James Burton. Also with us, singer Andra Suchy, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and sound effects man Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012June16Coming to you this week from the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene, Oregon, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, howling bluesman Elvin Bishop, bluegrass heavyweight Sam Bush, and the feisty instrumentalists of the Portland Cello Project. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012June23Coming to you this week from the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, mischievous country chanteuse Suzy Bogguss, Dean of the Diatonic Harmonica, Howard Levy, and author and storyteller Jack Zimmerman. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, and Michael B. Nelson, Kenni Holmen, and Steve Strand sitting in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band on trombone, saxophone, and trumpet. All that, plus the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012June30Coming to you this week from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, veteran troubadour and storyteller Arlo Guthrie, close-harmonizing siblings The DiGiallonardo Sisters, and exquisite vocalist Heather Masse. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Mr. Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012July7Coming to you this week from the renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, globetrotting vocalist Molly Dean, student musicians; trumpeter Theo van Dyck, soprano Sage DeAgro-Ruopp, and pianist Willey Lee, and the students and faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp String Octet. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012July14This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll wrap up our summer season with a visit to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA. With special guests, veteran of stage and screens large and small, Martin Sheen, purveyor of Southern California bluegrass, Sara Watkins, singing sisters Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, and soprano Ellie Dehn. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, and Erica Rhodes, a brass-enhanced Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012July21Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion, the first of our summer compilation series, with a program devoted to the family vacation. Or more specifically, the family car trip. Joe Ely sings "The Highway Is My Home," Gillian Welch and David Rawlings appear as hitchhikers, The Wailin' Jennys sing "Going Down the Road," and Studs Terkel picks Dusty and Lefty up roadside in The Lives of the Cowboys. Plus, Al Franken and the cautionary tale of Florian and Myrtle Krebsbach and how important it is not to leave your spouse in a gas station convenience mart. In Lake Wobegon, how a trip to the Grand Canyon can change a young person's outlook on life.
2012July28This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a mix of shows from our fall 2011 run at The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. John Lithgow gets thrown in the hoosegow with Dusty and Lefty in an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys, Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele belt out "Do You Love Me" and Gillian Welch sings "Hard Times." Duo Storyhill perform "Avalon," Joe Ely will break your heart with "Tomorrow Is a Long Time," and in Lake Wobegon Pastor Liz faces a dilemma regarding profanity in the sermon.
2012August4This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a sour mash of shows from Kentucky and Tennessee, with Sam Bush, Patty Loveless, The Memphis Horns, and Alvin Youngblood Hart. Writer Bobbie Ann Mason talks about the importance of radio, Guy Noir gets pulled into a sibling dispute over the production of organic bourbon at the family's distillery, Ruth Harrison resorts to hypnotism in an attempt to subdue the overzealous president of the library board, and in Lake Wobegon there's a new bartender at the Sidetrack Tap.
2012August11This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a baseball memorabilia show with Sam Bush singing a song for the great Ozzie Smith, "Casey at the Bat," Dusty and Lefty drive cows out into right field, and talk of The Curse of the Bambino. Plus, Guy Noir encounters a distraught Red Sox fan, Dave Frishberg with a song called "The Catbird Seat," and Pat Donohue with "Opening Day." And in Lake Wobegon, the day Babe Ruth came to town.
2012August18This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a combination of shows we've done from the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield with The St. Olaf Choir singing "Norge, mitt Norge," the Orchestra playing Shostakovich, Heather Masse singing the "Lutheran Song," and Guy Noir on the trail of a missing student. Plus, Philip Brunelle outlines the history of choir pianists at St. Olaf and the story of Clarence Bunsen and his friend Cliff and how they met at St. Olaf.
2012August25This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, an homage to the book (the paper kind) with a show for readers, including Ruth Harrison's encounter with Stephen King, Nick Lowe singing "When I Write the Book," a new version of "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Owl and the Pussycat" set to music. Plus, Maria Jette sings "Juliet's Waltz," The Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, and The Hopeful Gospel Quartet sings the music of Tennyson. Plus the story of an encounter with "Papa" (Ernest Hemingway) at the Algonquin Hotel in New York, and again at a Lutheran Bible Camp in Michigan.
2012September1This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, a mix of shows from Durango, Greeley, Loveland and Colorado Springs, Colorado with Robin and Linda Williams singing "Cool Water," an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys in which Dusty and Lefty are mistaken for yuppies, The Durango Children's Chorale with an ode to the women of Durango, and The Hot Club of Cowtown. Plus, The Haunted Windchimes sing "The Ballad of Human Progress" and in Lake Wobegon, Bruno (a.k.a. The Fishing Dog) tears through Irene Bunsen's tomato patch with devastating results.
2012September8This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, one last compilation show before the start of the new season. A choir show with the University of Minnesota Concert Choir, and not one but three male choirs: Cantus, Chanticleer and the Fóstbræður Male Choir from Iceland. Bill Holm recites his Choir story, Philip Brunelle appears in an episode of Guy Noir, tenor Raúl Melo sings "Nessun Dorma" with VocalEssence and the St. Olaf Choir has the "Choral Blues." In Lake Wobegon, the choir celebrates Mozart's birthday.
2012September15Coming to you this week from The Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, it's the season opener of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, followed by the annual Meatloaf Supper and Street Dance. With special guests, masters of the honky tonk arts, The Derailers, public radio heavyweight Ira Glass, singing sisters of soul-drenched gospel, Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, and vocalist Holly Jones. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and sound effects man Steve Kramer, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with the Shoe Band Horns; Michael B. Nelson, Kenni Holmen, and Steve Strand, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012September22This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a live broadcast performance from The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. With special guests, mixologists of soul, folk and jazz, Lake Street Dive, blues bombshell Hilary Thavis, and vocalist Molly Dean. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, sound effects man Steve Kramer, and Lindsay Marcy, Butch Thompson sitting in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012September29Coming to you this week from The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, Oklahoma singer and songwriter John Fullbright, the entrancing Minnesota Opera Chorus, and vocalist Holly Jones. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, sound effects man Steve Kramer, and Lindsay Marcy, guitarist Dean Magraw sits in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012October6Coming to you this week live from The Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, it's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, legendary Swedish jazz orchestra Kustbandet, three-girl choir Mountain Man, fiddle champion Catie Jo Pidel, and singer Molly Dean. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Steve Kramer, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012October13This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a live broadcast performance from The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. With special guests, French-pop girl group Chic Gamine, blues songstress Hilary Thavis, and vocalist Holly Jones. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and sound effects man Steve Kramer, Dean Magraw sits in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012October20This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll wrap up our fall run at The Fitzgerald Theater with the 2012 Prairie Home Duet Singing Contest. Six duos will compete for your vote (including response from our live audience in the venue and on the internet), the grand prize, and the coveted Silver Water Tower trophy. (If your local public radio station delays our live broadcast, you'll need to listen to our live webstream and vote right here at prairiehome.org to participate.) Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Steve Kramer, Dan Newton sits in on accordion with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012October27This weeek, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor from the Elliott Hall of Music at Purdue University. With special guests, tough-as-nails stringband Old Crow Medicine Show, and the University's ambassadors of song, the Purdue Varsity Glee Club. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and sound effects man Mr. Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012November3This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll rebroadcast a show from our run at The Fitzgerald Theater last October. John Lithgow revisits a few of his lesser-known roles in The Lives of the Cowboys, acoustic duo Storyhill perform "Blazing," and Nashville virtuoso Steve Wariner sings "Chet's Guitar." Plus, Peter Ostroushko and Butch Thompson sit in with the Shoe Band, and the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott and our dear friend Mr. Tom Keith. In Lake Wobegon, Dorothy urges Chatterbox Café customers to try pumpkin bread pudding.
2012November10Coming to you this week from the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn, author and public radio quizmaster Peter Sagal, and sultry Southern chanteuse Lera Lynn. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman; trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso, clarinetist Kim Cusack, and our good friend Butch Thompson join The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band; and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012November17This weeek, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor from the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas. With special guests, Texas Renaissance man Joe Ely, 21st Century troubadours Johnnyswim, and vocalist Christine DiGiallonardo. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012November24Coming to you this week from The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in New York City, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, globetrotting soprano Ellie Dehn, crystalline vocalist Aoife O'Donovan, and public radio troublemaker Larry Josephson. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012December1Coming to you this week from The Town Hall in New York City, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, masters of many musical moods, The Bacon Brothers, and composer Peter Schickele and the Semi-Pro Musica Antiqua. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Sue Scott, Tim Russell, Erica Rhodes, and Fred Newman; The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band; and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012December8Coming to you this week from The Town Hall in New York, NY, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, silken-voiced jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall, conductor and pianist Rob Fisher, and harmonizing siblings The DiGiallonardo Sisters. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012December15Coming to you this week from The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in Manhattan, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, Itzhak Perlman, Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, and the Klezmer Conservatory Band, roots-country singer and songwriter Iris DeMent, pianist Dick Hyman, and vocalist Heather Masse. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Erica Rhodes, and sound effects man Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from (a suddenly snowy) Lake Wobegon.
2012December22Coming to you this week live from The Town Hall in New York City, it's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, Broadway leading lady Kelli O'Hara, public radio host Ira Glass, Bensonhurst harmonizers The DiGiallonardo Sisters, pianist and conductor Rob Fisher, and cellist Anneke Schaul-Yoder. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Erica Rhodes and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2012December29This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we've rounded up a few memorable moments from 2012, including visits from Joshua Bell, Brad Paisley, Suzy Bogguss, Steve Wariner, Heather Masse, Aoife O'Donovan, Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, Punch Brothers, Sara Watkins, Joe Ely, and Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys, and much more. All that, plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and, of course, the News from Lake Wobegon.
2013January5Coming to you live this week from the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, California, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, bluesman and jam-master Elvin Bishop and his band, pianist and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and singer Laurie Lewis. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Erica Rhodes, and Mr. Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013January12This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast performance from the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, California. With special guests, male vocal ensemble Chanticleer and singer-songwriter-fiddler Sara Watkins. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013January19Coming to you this week live from ASU Gammage in Tempe, Arizona, it's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, songwriter and cowboy poet Gail Steiger and old-time bluegrass outfit Run Boy Run. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013January26Coming to you this week from the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, close-harmonizers The Krause Family Band, and our good friends Robin and Linda Williams. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, Dean Magraw sits in on guitar with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013February2This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, we're kicking off a five-week homestand in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a live broadcast from The Fitzgerald Theater followed by our Prairie Home Companion Masked Ball. With special guests, big-voiced New Orleans vocalist Topsy Chapman and our good friend Butch Thompson and His New Orleans Orphans. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013February9Coming to you this week from The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, Buddhist-inspired folk musician Ellis, and men's choir Cantus. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Lindsay Marcy, and Fred Newman, guitar man Dean Magraw sits in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013February16Coming to you live this week from The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, it's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, young bluegrass band Run Boy Run, soprano Maria Jette, and the Midwinter Tuba Quintet. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013February23This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we're live from The Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota with a show celebrating all things banjo. With special guests, five-string masters Noam Pikelny, Joe Newberry, and Bill Evans, singer Suzy Bogguss, and country music historian Bill C. Malone. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, guitarist Dean Magraw joins The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013March2Coming to you this week from The Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, vocalist Heather Masse and pianist Jed Wilson, and singing sisters Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman; an extra-wide Shoe Band with Michael B. Nelson, Kenni Holmen, and Steve Strand on brass and Joe Savage on steel guitar; and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013March9This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we're kicking off our run of spring repeats with a show originally broadcast from The Fitzgerald Theater back in March 2002. Cowgirl singer Stephanie Davis joins Garrison on "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down," our good friend Peter Ostroushko plays the "East Texas Waltz," and guitarist Mike Dowling performs "Rosalie." Plus, Guy Noir tangles with The Question Man, Cindy Cashdollar sits in on steel guitar with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and in Lake Wobegon, a bad cough requires "Grandma's Plaster."
2002March20Stephanie Davis
2013March16This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we rewind to October 2009, and a broadcast from The Fitzgerald Theater. The boys of Wilco play "One By One" and Patty Loveless sings "Busted." Plus, a song about being "Unfriended," Dusty and Lefty meet a "horror punk" musician, and in Lake Wobegon, a booger joke starts a troublesome chain of events.
2013March23This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we're getting ready for our spring run in New York City with a look back at a broadcast from The Town Hall in April 2009. Wynton Marsalis plays "My Jazz, My Soul" and appears in Guy Noir as subway busker Pierpont Marsalis, and Heather Masse sings "Our World." Plus, it's a tough time for marriage in Lake Wobegon, unless you have a ritual argument like Myrtle and Florian Krebsbach.
2009April20Wynton Marsalis
2013March30This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, one last spring rebroadcast before we head out on the road, a show originally from The Town Hall in April 2012. Renée Fleming sings "Hallelujah," Punch Brothers perform "New York City," and Heather Masse and Aoife O'Donovan sing "Time's a Hoax." Plus, Dusty and Lefty provide security on Governors Island, and in Lake Wobegon, Pastor Liz is stopped by the Highway Patrol after a boring blind date.
2012April20Renée Fleming
2013April6Coming to you this week from The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in New York City, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, New Orleans soul prince Aaron Neville and singing siblings The DiGiallonardo Sisters. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013April13This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast performance from The Town Hall in New York City. With special guests, folk duo The Milk Carton Kids, soprano Ellie Dehn, mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson, and vocalist Heather Masse. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013April20This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, we'll head south and attempt to help "Keep Austin Weird" with a live broadcast performance from the Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas. With special guests, the Kings of Western Swing, Asleep at the Wheel, Tex-Mex all stars the Texas Tornados, and vocalist Kat Edmonson. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013April27This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast performance from the City Bank Auditorium in Lubbock, Texas. With special guests, all-star West Texas troupe The Flatlanders, and country singer Ashley Monroe. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013May4This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast performance from the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia. With special guests, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, Rob Fisher, Robin and Linda Williams, Joe Newberry and the DiGiallonardo Sisters. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, Howard Levy sits in on harmonica with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013May11Coming to you this week from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, Music City all-stars The Time Jumpers, fiddle virtuoso Stuart Duncan, and singer Suzy Bogguss. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013May18This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, while the 1978 Winnebago is being tuned up for the remainder of our live broadcast season, we'll rebroadcast this season's opener from The Fitzgerald Theater. The Derailers bring a little Texas honky tonk to Minnesota with "She Left Me Cold," Ira Glass appears in an episode of Guy Noir as a fugitive named Irwin Krpsntzch, Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele bring the house down with "Soothe Me," and Garrison and Holly Jones sing "Duquesne Whistle." In Lake Wobegon, Mr. Lofgren's orchard produces an exceptional harvest of his "Julia" apples.
2013May25This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast performance from the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. With special guests, harmonizing duo The Milk Carton Kids, and singers Aoife O'Donovan and Heather Masse. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, harmonicist Howard Levy joins The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013June1This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast performance from the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With special guests, folksinger Ellis and globetrotting pianist Radoslav Lorković. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, Kenni Holmen and Steve Strand sit in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band on saxophone and trumpet, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013June8This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, we head West and visit the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California. With special guests, singer and songwriter Colin Hay, humorist Paula Poundstone, America's "Acting President" Martin Sheen, comedienne Lily Tomlin, and singing sisters Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, Kenni Holmen and Steve Strand join The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013June15Coming to you this week from the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, Washington, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, banjo-making folksinger Jason Romero, and pianist Fred Kronacher. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013June22This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast performance from the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. With special guests, soulful folk duo honeyhoney and sultry country chanteuse Lera Lynn. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013June29This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, we're live from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts for our final live broadcast of the summer season. With special guests, genre-bending string band Joy Kills Sorrow, singer and songmaker Heather Masse, and harmonizing siblings The DiGiallonardo Sisters. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy sits in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013July6This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, we kick our run of summer repeats with a show originally broadcast from The Town Hall in New York City on April 9, 2005. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks play "You Shake That Thing," Odetta sings the "Weeping Willow Blues," pianist André Watts performs Chopin's "Nocturne in C Sharp Minor," and Andy Stein joins The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band on fiddle and saxophone. In Lake Wobegon, the high school prom coincides with the local farmers' manure-spreading week.
2005April9Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
2013July13This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a rebroadcast of a show from October 2010 at The Fitzgerald Theater. The Night Tripper, Dr. John and the Lower Nine Eleven play a little "Feel Good Music," Jearlyn Steele sings "I Can't Stand the Rain," and Andra Suchy joins Garrison on "Harvest Moon." In Lake Wobegon, the Lake Wobegon Leonards lose their big homecoming game.
2013July20This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, our summer rebroadcasts roll on with a show from September 2011 at The Fitzgerald Theater. Nick Lowe performs "Somebody Cares for Me," Dave Moore asks "Who Stole the Preacher's Whiskey," Megan Fischer sings "Under the Bamboo Tree," and Andra Suchy joins GK for a medley of classic country songs. In Lake Wobegon, Darlene encounters a coyote that resembles her Uncle Jack.
2013July27This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, our summer rebroadcasts continue with a show originally from May 2000 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Randy Newman sings "The Great Nations of Europe" and Nickel Creek perform "Reasons Why." In Lake Wobegon, Carl Krebsbach takes his new boat out for the fishing opener.
2013August3This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, a summer repeat of our jam-packed March 2011 broadcast from The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennesse. Emmylou Harris sings "Darlin' Kate," The Civil Wars perform "Poison and Wine," Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan play "Diamond Joe," and Sara Watkins joins Garrison on "Tomorrow is Forever." In Lake Wobegon, town constables Gary and Leroy respond to a dispute at the Magendantz home.
2013August10This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, a summer rebroadcast of a wintry show originally from January 2012 at The Fitzgerald Theater. Brad Paisley plays "This is Country Music," Cantus perform "There's a Meetin' Here," and Andra Suchy and Garrison sing "Log Cabin Home in the Sky." In Lake Wobegon, the town's ice fishermen deal with an unexpected lack of ice.
2013August17This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, a summer replay of our 2011 Hawaiian New Year's Eve show. Danny Carvalho, Ledward Kaapana, Jeff Peterson and Jake Shimabukuro play "Hi'ilawe," Heather Masse sings "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" and Erica Rhodes joins the Royal Academy of Radio Actors. In Lake Wobegon, the Tolleruds and the Hansens fight over a good deed after a freezer malfunction.
2013August24This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, we rewind to September 2010 and our broadcast from the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand. Sara Watkins sings "I'll Be Home," Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele join Garrison on "Swing Down Chariot," The Cactus Blossoms harmonize on "Crazy Arms," and the Anoka High School Marching Band performs "Danse Macabre." In Lake Wobegon, fall begins to settle in.
2013September7This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, while our crew readjusts to Central Time and prepares for our season opener, one final summer repeat — a show originally from November 2011 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. The St. Olaf Orchestra and St. Olaf Choir team up for "Fields of Gold," Garrison and Philip Brunelle highlight a few lesser-known Choir pianists, and Heather Masse sings "A Distant Melody." In Lake Wobegon, exiles return home for Thanksgiving.
2013September14This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's our season opener: a live broadcast from The Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, followed by the annual Meatloaf Supper and Street Dance out on Exchange Street. With special guests, honky-tonk heroes Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys, singing sisters Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, and soprano Ellie Dehn. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013September21This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, we're live from our home field, The Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. With special guests, acoustic groove masters Väsen, minimal Motown singers (and drummer) Chic Gamine, and mandolin madman Chris Thile. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013September28Coming to you this week from The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, soul singer, songwriter and producer Dan Penn, fiddler-singer Sara Watkins, and blues singer Hilary Thavis. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, tubist Mike Forbes sits in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013October5This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast from The Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. With special guests, free spirited troubadour Pokey LaFarge, bluegrass utility man Joe Newberry, and vocalist Heather Masse with pianist Jed Wilson. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; Rich Dworsky and the October Boys (Richard Kriehn, Dean Magraw, Gary Raynor and Marc Anderson); and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013October12This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, a live broadcast from the newly re-opened Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana. With special guests, country and folk singer and songwriter Iris DeMent, vocal powerhouse Jearlyn Steele, and singer Hilary Thavis. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, musical director Rich Dworsky and the Street Corner Orchestra (Jon-Erik Kellso, Richard Moten, and Brian O'Connell), and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013October19This weeek, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor from the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska. With special guests, singer, songwriter, fiddler, and podcast host Sara Watkins and jazz vocalist and educator Jackie Allen. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Fred Newman, and Lynda Crotty, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013October26Coming to you this week live from the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, folk duo The Milk Carton Kids, singer Hilary Thavis, and theatre organist Tony Thomas. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Beth Gilleland, and Fred Newman, saxophonist Kenni Holmen joins The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013November2Coming to you this week from the State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, the Pied Piper of Poetry, Billy Collins, mandolinist and bluegrass ambassador Sam Bush, and men's vocal ensemble Cantus. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013November9This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast performance from the Historic Chief Theater in Bemidji, Minnesota. With special guests, prose poet Louis Jenkins, young singer and songwriter Sonny Johnson, and vocalist Diane Sauer. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; Rich Dworsky, Gary Raynor, and Richard Kriehn; and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013November16This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, a live broadcast from the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. With special guests, conjunto kings Los Texmaniacs, country trio The Carper Family, singer Aoife O'Donovan, and Dallas Morning News writer Joy Tipping. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Moonlighters (Rich Dworsky, Richard Kriehn, Dean Magraw, and Gary Raynor), and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013November23This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a rebroadcast of our all-things-banjo show from back in February. With Joe Newberry on "Down the Road," Bill Evans playing "Ragtime Episode," Noam Pikelny's "Broken Drought," a three- (three!) banjo version of "Arkansas Traveler," and a bit of history on the instrument from Bill C. Malone. Plus, Suzy Bogguss sings "Yellow River Road," and in Lake Wobegon, the town prepares for the annual "Big Plunge" fundraising event.
2013November30Coming to you this week from The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in New York City, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, small big band Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, author Roy Blount Jr., and singers Heather Masse and Aoife O'Donovan. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Erica Rhodes, and sound effects man Fred Newman, musical director Richard Dworsky, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013December7This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast from The Town Hall in New York City. With special guests, British rock 'n' roller Nick Lowe, actress Debra Monk, and satin-voiced singer Nellie McKay. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013December14Coming to you this week from The Town Hall in New York City, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, keyboardist and bandleader Paul Shaffer, singing trio The DiGiallonardo Sisters, and soprano Ellie Dehn. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, musical director Richard Dworsky and The Saturday Night Band (Richard Kriehn, Dean Magraw, Jeff Carney, and Ray Marchica) and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013December21Coming to you live this week from The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in New York City, it's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, pianist Rob Fisher, Bensonhurst carolers The DiGiallonardo Sisters, and vocalists Heather Masse and Aoife O'Donovan. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, musical director Rich Dworsky with the Saturday Night Band (Richard Kriehn, Dean Magraw, Ray Marchica, and Gary Raynor) and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2013December28This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, we'll close out 2013 with a rebroadcast from last December at The Town Hall in New York City. Diana Krall sings "Glad Rag Doll," Rob Fisher The DiGiallonardo Sisters have the "Heebie Jeebies," and a word from Lutheran Air, the airline that insults you with a smile. In Lake Wobegon, the Chatterbox Cafe's potato sausage gives the town a festive aroma.
2014January4This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, as single-digit temperatures settle over Minnesota, we'll escape to sunny San Diego, California for a live broadcast from the San Diego Civic Theatre. With special guests, folk trio The Wailin' Jennys and singer-songwriter-fiddler Sara Watkins. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014January11Coming to you this week from the Nourse Theater in San Francisco, California, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, three-part harmonizers The SongBirds, home-grown-music masters Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur, and fiddler extraordinaire Sara Watkins. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014January18This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast from our home base in Saint Paul, The Fitzgerald Theater. With special guests, eclectic Ukranian quartet DakhaBrakha, blues vocalist Hilary Thavis, and Saint Paul's Mayor Chris Coleman. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, guitarist Dean Magraw sits in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014January25Coming to you this week from The Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, country and bluegrass outfit Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, traditional music masters Mike Compton and Joe Newberry, and women's vocal group The Nightingale Trio. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; musical director Richard Dworsky with Richard Kriehn, Dean Magraw, and Gary Raynor; and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014February1This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, one last live broadcast from The Fitzgerald Theater before a short winter break (we'll be back in March). With special guests, roots rock radical Neko Case, comedian and author Paula Poundstone, gospel-bluegrassers Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and vocalist Hilary Thavis. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014February8This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, the first of our winter rebroadcasts, originally from May 2013 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The Time Jumpers play "Six Pack to Go," Suzy Bogguss sings "I Always Get Lucky with You," and Stuart Duncan joins The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band for a medley of fiddle tunes. In Lake Wobegon, it's time for the fishing opener and the annual Willis Bunsen Grocery Run footrace.
2014February15This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, we'll rebroadcast a show from April 2013 at the Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas. Asleep at the Wheel perform "Miles and Miles of Texas," Kat Edmonson sings "Lucky," and the Texas Tornados play "Mendocino." In Lake Wobegon, Pastor Liz makes house calls to hear the town's complaints.
2014February22This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, a winter rebroadcast of a show originally from January 2013, at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, California. Elvin Bishop and his band play "Got to Be New Orleans," Michael Tilson Thomas sings "Who Do You Suppose Went and Married My Sister? Thomashefsky!" and Laurie Lewis joins Garrison on "Ripple." In Lake Wobegon, texting disrupts a choir concert.
2014March1This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, our final winter rebroadcast, a blast of warmth originally from June 2013 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Colin Hay sings "Send Somebody," Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen join us for a few scripts, Paula Poundstone ponders life in L.A., and Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele ask "Are You Ready for a Miracle?" In Lake Wobegon, high school graduation brings to mind tales of senior pranks from years past.
2014March8This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, we're back at The Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul for a live broadcast. With special guests, honky tonk harmonizers The Cactus Blossoms, our friends Bob Douglas and Susie Eldredge, and pianist Butch Thompson, who's written a few pieces about the Minnesota winter blues. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014March15Coming to you this week from The Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, sparkling Irish vocalist Karan Casey, the French-styled sounds of Dan Newton's Café Accordion Orchestra, singer Aoife O'Donovan, and pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson with vocalist Hilary Thavis. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014March22This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast from The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. With special guests, masters of Celtic music both ancient and modern, Battlefield Band, Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton, blues singer Hilary Thavis, and our good friend Butch Thompson. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, steel guitarist Joe Savage sits in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014March29Coming to you this week from The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, folksinger Willie Watson, soul siblings Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, singer Hilary Thavis, and pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014April5This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast from The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in New York City. With special guests, adventurous acoustic trio Nickel Creek, folksinging duo Pharis and Jason Romero, and solo vocalist Heather Masse. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, musical director Richard Dworsky with Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, guitarist John Benthal, bassist David Finck and drummer Warren Odze, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014April12Coming to you this week from The Town Hall in New York City, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, soprano Maria Jette and pianist and accordionist Dan Chouinard, our friends Robin and Linda Williams, and classical pianist Stephen Hough. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, musical director Richard Dworsky with Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, David Finck on bass, Kevin Kuhn on guitar, and Ray Marchica on drums, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014April19This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, a spring rebroadcast of a show originally from April 2011 at The Town Hall in New York City. The Assad Brothers play "Palhaço," Robin and Linda Williams join Garrison for a Hazel Dickens tribute, The DiGiallonardo Sisters sing "Somewhere Out There," and a host of special guests help us celebrate Shakespeare. In Lake Wobegon, Pastor Liz organizes an outdoor procession to celebrate Holy Week.
2014April26This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast from the newly renovated Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. With special guests, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra—the only full-time professional chamber orchestra in the United States—conductor Philip Brunelle, our good friend Vern Sutton, vocal powerhouses Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, and singer Hilary Thavis. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014May3This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast from the Des Moines Civic Center in Des Moines, Iowa. With special guests, songwriter and guitarist Dave Moore, and pianist Nicholas Roth. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, Kate Beahen, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014May10Coming to you this week from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, guitar-slinging singer Brad Paisley, country music outsider Sturgill Simpson, mandolin maestro Sam Bush, and fiddle virtuoso Stuart Duncan. Plus, a visit from Brian Dan Christensen, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, musical director Richard Dworsky with guitarist Dean Magraw, drummer Chris Brown, and bassist Todd Parks, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014May17This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast performance from the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. With special guests, one of country's most respected voices, Suzy Bogguss, bluegrass guitarist Bryan Sutton, songwriter Lynn Peterson, and organist Ken Double. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014May24This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast from the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. With special guests, masters of ballroom perfection Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, eclectic vocalist Heather Masse, and our staff blues singer Hilary Thavis. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014May31This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast from the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff, Arizona. With special guests, seasoned Tex-Mex rockers Los Texmaniacs, singer, guitarist and songwriter Colin Hay, and vocalist Lynn Peterson. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014June7This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we head back out West for a broadcast from the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California. With special guests, the First Sisters of Rock and Roll, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, folk musician Greg Brown, gospel grandmaster Jearlyn Steele, and blues singer Hilary Thavis. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, musical director Richard Dworsky (with Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, Bernie Dresel on drums, Chris Siebold on guitar, and Larry Steen on bass) and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014June14This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast from the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Saint Louis, Missouri. With special guests, innovator and preservationist Pokey LaFarge, banjo player, guitarist, and songwriter Joe Newberry, and guitar heavyweight Steve Wariner. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014June21This weeek, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor from the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. With special guests, Ivy League country singer Robbie Fulks, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera, public radio's only in-house blues singer, Hilary Thavis, and vocalist Lynn Peterson. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014June28Coming to you this week from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, postmodern bluesman Keb' Mo', singing trio The Wailin' Jennys, pianist Rob Fisher, and Bensonhurst harmonizers The DiGiallonardo Sisters. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
2014July5This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, we're celebrating the 40th Anniversary of our very first show at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a festival and a special three-hour live broadcast. We'll have a host of rock'n'roll, blues, folk, soul, and country musicians on hand, plus, a few big sing-alongs, the Old Regulars of the Powdermilk Biscuit Band, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, an extra-wide version of The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon. Join us in-person, on the radio, and online for a whole weekend of family fun, stories, and songs!
2014July12This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion, we kick off our summer repeats with a classic recorded all the way back on November 23, 1985 at the Bridges Auditorium at the Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California. Willie Nelson sings a few tunes with our band (featuring Chet Atkins, Johnny Gimble, Peter Ostroushko, and Butch Thompson), and Tom Keith performs his version of "Turkey in the Straw," plus, music from El Mariachi Los Galleros de Pedro Rey, and saw player David Weiss. In Lake Wobegon, Senator K. Thorvaldson's mysterious love Laura comes to town to meet his family.
2014July19This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor: our second summer rebroadcast, a show from June 4, 1994 celebrating the re-opening of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The Everly Brothers sing "Blues Stay Away from Me" and Chet Atkins plays "Mystery Train," plus, music from Vince Gill, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Mark O'Connor, and an appearance by the Hopeful Gospel Quartet. In Lake Wobegon, the Whippets open their season and the host shares a few memories of the Grand Ole Opry's last night at the Ryman.
2014July26This weeek on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, our summer repeats roll on with a show originally from June 30, 2007 at the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. James Taylor sings "Everybody Has the Blues," violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson play a few tunes composed by Andy Stein, and Inga Swearingen joins Garrison on "I Think of You." In Lake Wobegon, the Hansens' dove-breeding business goes awry.
2014August2This weeek, another trip into the public radio vaults and a show originally from June 2009 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Sheryl Crow plays "Hard to Make a Stand," k.d. lang performs "Thread," Martin Sheen tries to cover up a few of his early film roles, and Heather Masse sings "Midnight Sun." In Lake Wobegon, Pastor Ingqvist counsels prospective newlyweds.