Coming 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.
  • Fred Kronacher

    Fred Kronacher was little more than four years old when he began playing piano. It was just the start. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in piano performance from Ithaca College and a master's from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. His many New York performances include a debut solo recital at Carnegie Recital Hall. He also served on the faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. In 1986, the New Jersey native moved to Seattle, where he is artistic director of Musical Experiences, a recital series that combines music education with live concerts. His new book, Piano Variations: A Musical Odyssey of Self Discovery, is an intimate collection of personal vignettes.
  • Jason Romero

    Jason Romero describes himself as "an enthusiast of all things banjo." Good thing, since he and his wife, Pharis, spend their days building open-back banjos, and singing and playing the old-time and early country music they love. Jason was a fixture on the Arcata, California, bluegrass and old-time scene, playing resophonic and acoustic guitar in addition to banjo. After studying cabinetmaking and fine woodworking, he established the J. Romero Banjo Company in 2002 and moved the business to Horsefly, British Columbia, in 2010. Earlier this year, Pharis and Jason released their second duo album, Long Gone Out West Blues (Lula Records).