Drifting Down a Dusty Road
hosted by Garrison Keillor
Show #1491March 28, 2015
From Ted Constant Convocation Center | Norfolk, VA
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"The Klaxon""The Klaxon"
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"Sea Men""Sea Men"
This week: a May 2013 rebroadcast from the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver play "Blue Train (Of the Heartbreak Line)," the U.S. Fleet Forces Band performs "The Klaxon," Robin and Linda Williams and Joe Newberry sing "Rocky Island," Rob Fisher and The DiGiallonardo Sisters perform "Jeepers Creepers," and Howard Levy joins The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band for "Rhumba Flamenca." In Lake Wobegon, Sarah Peterson worries her parents by becoming successful.
Doyle Lawson and QuicksilverAs a youngster in East Tennessee, Doyle Lawson couldn't wait for Saturday nights when he'd hear Bill Monroe on the Grand Ole Opry. At age 11, he taught himself to play the mandolin, and in his teens, he got a job playing banjo with Jimmy Martin. He started Quicksilver in 1979. Last year, Doyle Lawson was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. His dozens of albums include 2013's Roads Well Traveled (Mountain Home). The band: Jason Barie (fiddle), Dustin Pyrtle (guitar), Joe Dean (banjo), Josh Swift (dobro), and Eli Johnston (bass).
U.S. Fleet Forces BandEstablished in 1945, the U.S. Fleet Forces Band is the musical representative for the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. The largest of the Navy's 11 Fleet Bands, this unit performs hundreds of engagements annually, providing musical support for ships, military bases, foreign dignitaries, and many community relations events. The band, under the direction of Lieutenant C.S. White, is staffed by some of the Navy's finest musicians.
Robin and Linda Williams"Individually their voices can melt cheese, and in duet they can do all-purpose welding," Garrison Keillor has said of Robin and Linda Williams. Singing the music they love, be it bluegrass, folk, old-time, or acoustic country, these two have carved out a more than three-decade career that has taken them from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl. They first appeared on A Prairie Home Companion in 1975, the same year they recorded their first album. Back 40 - marking 40 years on the road and 40 years of marriage - was released in 2013 on Red House Records.
Joe NewberryMissouri native and North Carolina transplant Joe Newberry has made music most of his life. He grew up in a family full of singers and dancers, took up the guitar and banjo as a teenager, and learned fiddle tunes from great Missouri fiddlers. He plays with Bruce Molsky and Rafe Stefanini as the Jumpsteady Boys, in a duo with mandolinist Mike Compton, and in a quartet with old-time music legends Bill Hicks, Mike Craver, and Jim Watson. Joe's solo recording, Two Hands, is on the 5-String Productions label.
Rob FisherRob Fisher is an internationally recognized authority on American music and musical theater. He has been a guest of virtually every major orchestra in the U.S. as conductor or pianist, and he has made numerous appearances on the Lyrics & Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y. For his work on the Tony Award-winning Encores! series at New York's City Center, he was presented the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Special Achievement.
The DiGiallonardo SistersThe DiGiallonardo Sisters - Daniela, Nadia, and Christine - started singing together when they were kids Brooklyn. They still call Brooklyn home, and they still love stacking up those three-part harmonies. Now, Daniela teaches social studies at Brooklyn's Mark Twain Intermediate School for the Gifted & Talented; Nadia is a pianist, composer, arranger, and singer; and Christine is a singer and actor. The trio's debut album, Shout Sister Shout, was recorded with Rob Fisher live at the Virginia Arts Festival.
Howard LevyMulti-instrumentalist Howard Levy is perhaps best known for developing a fully chromatic harmonica style on a standard 10-hole diatonic instrument. Anyone who's ever picked up a little Hohner Marine Band can appreciate the feat. The musical adventures of this Chicago-based Grammy winner include journeys into jazz, pop, rock, Latin, classical, folk, blues, country, and more. He has appeared on hundreds of recordings. His own latest is First Takes (Balkan Samba Records), a dazzling collection of improvisational compositions - recorded in one single four-hour session.
Garrison KeillorGarrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and on July 6, 1974, he hosted the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul. He is the host of The Writer's Almanac and the editor of the Good Poems series of anthologies from Viking.
Tim RussellOne minute he's mild-mannered Tim Russell; the next he's George Bush or Julia Child or Barack Obama. We've yet to stump this man of many voices. Says fellow APHC actor Sue Scott, "He does a better Ira Glass than Ira Glass." A well-known Twin Cities radio personality and voice actor, Tim appeared in the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion and the Coen brothers' A Serious Man. Tim has also been reviewing films professionally for over 10 years.
Fred NewmanSound effects man Fred Newman is an actor, writer, musician, and sound designer for film and TV. Turns out, no one is more surprised than Fred that he's made a career out of doing what he used to do behind the teacher's back -crossing his eyes, making sounds, and doing voices. He readily admits that, growing up, he was unceremoniously removed from several classrooms, "once by my bottom lip."
Sue ScottOn APHC, Sue Scott plays everything from ditzy teenagers to Guy Noir stunners to leathery crones who've smoked one pack of Camel straights too many. The Tucson, Arizona, native is well known for her extensive commercial and voice-over work on radio and television, as well as stage and movie roles, including the part of "Donna" in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion.