Shows
This week 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.
  • Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs

    Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs take traditional conjunto sounds to another level, mixing in blues, R&B, and Texas rock. Baca, who founded the Grammy-winning group in 1997, calls it "hip music that everybody in the world can relate to." True enough; just ask audiences from San Antonio to Spain, Austin to Afghanistan and beyond. Their latest album is Americano Groove, on the Line in the Sound label. The band: Max Baca, bajo sexto; Joshua Baca, accordion and harmonica; Fernando Martinez, electric guitar; Noel Hernandez, bass; Lorenzo Martinez, drums; Danny Martinez, percussion, drums.
  • Colin Hay

    Many know Colin Hay as the lead singer of the chart-topping, Grammy-winning Australian group Men at Work. With anthems like "Down Under," "Overkill," and "Who Can It Be Now?" the Melbourne-based band staked out a secure place in pop history. Since moving to California in 1989, Colin has continued to write songs and record his music, in addition to taking acting roles in movies and on television. He has released 11 solo albums. The most recent is 2011's Gathering Mercury (Compass Records) — 10 songs that may just be his best collection yet.
  • Lynn Peterson

    Singer-songwriter-science geek Lynn Peterson is a native Minnesotan whose career took her to New York City, where she spent eight years as a performer, composer, and studio vocalist, before returning to the Twin Cities. And the science geek part? She studied chemistry as an undergrad and now continues graduate work focused on chemistry and sustainability. Her Norwegian roots and love of Norway are inspiration for an upcoming recording project: Songs of the Sognefjord.
  • The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band

    The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band is led by A Prairie Home Companion music director Richard Dworsky. A masterful keyboard player, composer and improviser in any style, he writes all the script themes and underscores, and he has accompanied guests from James Taylor to Renee Fleming. His latest CD is So Near and Dear to Me. Chet Atkins called Pat Donohue (guitar) one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world today. And he writes songs too - recorded by Suzy Bogguss, Kenny Rogers, and others. Nobody's Fault (Bluesky Records) is the most recent of Pat's 10 albums. Gary Raynor (bass) has performed with the Count Basie band, Sammy Davis Jr. - with whom he toured for several years - and the Minnesota Klezmer Band. He teaches jazz bass at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. Peter Johnson (percussion) has played klezmer music with Doc Severinsen and jazz with Dave Brubeck. He was a drummer for The Manhattan Transfer and for Gene Pitney. He has toured the world, but he always comes back to home base: Saint Paul. When Richard Kriehn turned 10, his mom bought him a mandolin; at 19, he'd won the Buck White International Mandolin Contest. He went on to play with the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble and bluegrass group 1946. On the classical side, he has performed with numerous orchestras and was principal second violin for the Washington/Idaho Symphony.