This week: a balmy winter broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. Still buzzing from their recent Grammy nomination, The Revelers voyage upriver bearing the gifts of Mardi Gras and turn our faces toward the sun; the world-traveling rhythm masters Buckets and Tap Shoes present their eponymous routine created with anything they can get their feet on; and Lynn Peterson joins us for graceful duets in languages you may or may not understand. Plus: The Royal Academy of Actors - Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and sound effects man Fred Newman - will take your mind's eye on a wild ride; pianist and music director Rich Dworsky and the Exchange Street regulars (Bernie Dresel on drums, bassist Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and guitarist Chris Siebold) will cover all the bases; and the host is gathering news in Lake Wobegon, where winter thunderstorms have everyone wondering when the other shoe is going to drop. Tune in on your local public radio station or watch live (Saturday, 5pm CT) at!
  • The Revelers

    The Revelers stir Cajun, zydeco, swamp pop, Tex-Mex, blues, and more into their infectious brand of music. Since forming in 2010, the Louisiana-based group has spread the fun across the U.S. and Europe. Their latest recording, Get Ready, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Regional Roots category. The Revelers are: Daniel Coolik (fiddle, guitar); Glenn Fields (drums); Blake Miller (accordion, fiddle); Chas Justus (guitar); Eric Frey (bass); and on saxophone, The Chris Miller ("The" to set him apart from all the other musicians named Chris Miller).
  • Buckets and Tap Shoes

    Brothers Rick Ausland and Andy Ausland started Buckets and Tap Shoes in a dozen years ago. From the streets of Minneapolis to venues worldwide, they've taken their audiences on a rhythmic roller coaster. You might find this explosive duo beating on plastic buckets or tapping their way through music ranging from classical to classic jazz. Their 2010 album is called The Ausland Brothers Present Bucket Drummin' Vol. 1.
  • Lynn Peterson

    Singer-songwriter-science geek Lynn Peterson is a native Minnesotan whose career took her to New York City, where she spent eight years as a performer, composer, and studio vocalist, before returning to the Twin Cities. And the science geek part? She studied chemistry as an undergrad and now continues graduate work focused on chemistry and sustainability. Her Norwegian roots and love of Norway are inspiration for an upcoming recording project: Songs of the Sognefjord.
  • 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 band - February 20, 2016

    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. Bernie Dresel Bernie Dresel has been in the percussion game since he got his first drum kit at the age of two. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music, he headed to Los Angeles. He's worked with countless artists, from Chaka Khan and Maynard Ferguson to David Byrne and Brian Wilson, and spent 15 years with the Brian Setzer Orchestra. He currently plays with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band and heads up his own 12-piece funk band, BERN. 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."