This week 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 Lorkovic. 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.
  • Radoslav Lorkovic

    Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Radoslav Lorkovic was just three when he began putting on floor shows for his grandfather and friends, who cheered him on and showered the boy with coins. When he was six, the family moved to the U.S. - first to Minnesota and then to Iowa. And by his teens, classically trained in piano, he was heading toward a life in classical music when the blues sidetracked him and he began to turn his distinctive piano style into a career that has led him to the Canary Islands, Yup'ik villages, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall. His solo recordings include 2010's Wastelands and Casinos.
  • Ellis

    Described by one reviewer as a "smart writer with a unique folk/rock style," Ellis is a Texas native who moved to Minneapolis at the age of 16 and quickly built a strong local following singing at open mics. She also quickly dropped her often-mispronounced last name (Bergeron). Now, with a catalog of seven albums since the mid-1990s, word of this talented folk musician has spread nationwide. Her 2010 recording is called Right On Time(Rubberneck). A new three-CD set, Wherever You Are, was released this spring on the Singing Crow label.