This week: we're live from the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut. Craver, Hicks, Watson, and Newberry, known in some circles as "The Firm," bring their expert bluegrass and old time music, and not legal advice as their name suggests. Heather Masse makes the short trip from upstate New York, singing to her windshield, no doubt, and will arrive ready to harmonize with the host and front the band with sweet songs of autumn. And poet Dick Allen, who completed his tenure as Connecticut's poet laureate in June of this year, will read eclectic works that range from formal to free verse. Plus: the Royal Academy of Radio Actors - Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman - present the Story of Bob; pianist and music director Rich Dworsky conducts The November Boys Orchestra (Jonathan Dresel on drums, bassist Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and guitarist Chris Siebold); and an update on all the latest news News from Lake Wobegon, where holiday decorating has begun and the local turkeys are visibly nervous. Tune in on your local public radio station or listen online this Saturday.
  • Craver, Hicks, Watson, and Newberry

    Craver, Hicks, Watson & Newberry - a winning collaboration, no doubt about it. The quartet combines the considerable talents of banjo wiz Joe Newberry and ex-Red Clay Ramblers Mike Craver (keyboards), Bill Hicks (fiddle), and Jim Watson (mandolin, guitar, bass). About their 2012 recording, You've Been a Friend to Me (Barker Records), one reviewer wrote, "There is great singing, great fiddling, great banjo playing, and great everything else." Another quipped, "If the kids ever ask, What was old-time music like? - give 'em this."
  • Heather Masse

    Growing up in rural Maine, Heather Masse sang hymns and folk songs around home with her family. Now based in New York, this New England Conservatory of Music alum is a one-third of the Juno Award-winning Canadian trio The Wailin' Jennys. Lock My Heart is her recording with piano legend Dick Hyman. A new album, August Love Song - on which she joins forces with trombone great Roswell Rudd - was recently released on Red House Records.
  • Dick Allen

    This past July, Dick Allen completed his five-year tenure as Connecticut's poet laureate. He has had poems in most of the nation's premier journals - Poetry, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Hudson Review, New Republic - as well as in scores of anthologies. And he's won a Pushcart Prize, the Robert Frost Prize, and numerous other awards. His eight books of poetry include This Shadowy Place (St. Augustine's Press), winner of the 2013 New Criterion Poetry Prize. Look for a new collection, The Zen Master Poems (Wisdom, Inc.), next summer.
  • Garrison Keillor

    Garrison 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.
  • Rich Dworsky and The November Boys - November 21, 2015

    Richard Dworsky Keyboardist, composer, and arranger Richard Dworsky is APHC's music director. He leads the band, composes themes, improvises script underscores, and collaborates with such diverse guests as Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, Brad Paisley, Kristin Chenoweth, and Sheryl Crow. He has provided music for documentaries on HBO and PBS, and has released many recordings of original material, including his latest, All In Due Time. Jonathan Dresel Jonathan Dresel's interest in percussion has taken him from a first-place trophy at his first big drum competition (he was all of eight years old) to a degree from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music to a five-night-a-week gig with the house band on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. He has also performed with Joe Walsh, Carole King, Sheryl Crow, LeAnn Rimes, Kenny Rogers, and many more. Larry Kohut Bassist Larry Kohut has played on dozens of albums and many film scores, as well as performing with jazz artists such as Patricia Barber, Mel Torme, Vincent Colaiuta, and Tony Bennett. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches acoustic and electric bass. Richard Kriehn 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. Chris Siebold Bluegrass to big band jazz, Chris Siebold knows his way around a guitar - or a bunch of other instruments, for that matter. Based in Chicago, he draws from a deep well of influences and styles, and has put his talents to work in ensembles such as Howard Levy's Acoustic Express and Kick the Cat. In 2010, he formed the band Psycles, whose album Live at Martyrs' was released the following year.
  • Tim Russell

    One 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.
  • Sue Scott

    On 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.
  • Fred Newman

    Sound 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."