This week 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."
  • Stephanie Davis

    From possums to pico de gallo, Western swing to Whataburger, singer-songwriter Stephanie Davis finds much to love about her new home in the Texas Hill Country. After happily donating her snow shovel to Goodwill, the former Montanan now spends her days in shorts and flip-flops, often strumming a guitar and scribbling song ideas beneath her very own fig tree. Her recordings include Crocus in the Snow and Western Bling, both on Recluse Records.
  • Peter Ostroushko

    Mandolinist, composer, arranger Peter Ostroushko, who made his first Prairie Home Companion appearance in 1974, grew up listening to tunes played at family get-togethers in the Ukrainian community of northeast Minneapolis. It's the music that provides the basis for many of his compositions - works that have been performed by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, among others. Peter won an Emmy for the score of Minnesota: A History of the Land (Twin Cities Public Television). His recent recordings include The Mando Chronicles (Red House).
  • Mike Dowling

    Mike Dowling was raised in central Wisconsin and began his professional musical career in high school. He had spent a lot of time playing along with his parents' records; he recruited a couple of friends into an electric guitar band, never expecting that it would lead someday to playing with the likes of Joe Venuti and Vassar Clements. He worked at it, ultimately moving to Nashville and becoming a sideman, a session player, band leader, a solo act and a composer. He had a string of song-writing successes in his ten years in the Music City, tunes recorded by Emmylou Harris, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Tim O'Brien, Kathy Mattea, Claire Lynch and Del McCoury; he and his wife Jan wrote a #1 hit for Canadian country artist George Fox. And he's recorded three instructional videos on the Homespun label. His fourth CD album, String Crazy, was released in 2000. The Dowlings moved to DuBois, Wyoming, in the fall of 1996, where he set up Wind River Guitar in their home, a school for master instruction in fingerstyle, flatpicking and slide guitar. He is still composing music and still touring; he'll be in England for most of the month of April. He has received high praise from a lot of places: Vassar Clements said "Mike's one of the finest guitar players there is, anywhere," and Jethro Burns said: "I don't play guitar when Mike's in the band. You don't take the game warden fishing."
  • Cindy Cashdollar

    Cindy Cashdollar will be joining The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band for this weekend's performance. Cindy was born in Woodstock, New York. She started in music at a young age, learning guitar at age 11 when she was captivated by the Delta blues, and mastering the dobro later on. She started touring with bluegrass masters John Herald, Levon Helm, and Rick Danko of The Band, and she later recorded and toured with Leon Redbone. She's won 5 Grammy Awards, and has recorded with artists like Manhattan Transfer, The Dixie Chicks, George Strait, Willie Nelson, and Reba McEntire, among others. She can also be heard on Bob Dylan's Grammy-winning Album of the Year Time Out of Mind. With 3 instructional videos for steel guitar and dobro issued on Homespun Tapes, Cindy is regarded as a talented educator (as well as performer), and she frequently conducts guitar and dobro workshops across the nation. Cindy worked with the Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel for 8 years, cutting 6 albums and learning more about the steel guitar in the process. In early 2001, Cindy left Asleep at the Wheel and since then she has been a featured guest on Beausoleil's 25th anniversary tour, as well as becoming a member of a new group, Hen House.