This week: for the first of two winter rebroadcasts, we're dusting off our New Year's Eve extravaganza from December 2011, recorded at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center Concert Hall in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jake Shimabukuro sings "Bring Your Adz," slack key guitar masters Jeff Peterson and Danny Carvalho play a couple traditional Hawaiian tunes, and our friend Ledward Kaapana leads everyone on "Hi'ilawe." Plus: Heather Masse asks "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"; Erica Rhodes joins our Royal Academy of Radio Actors; and in Lake Wobegon, the Tolleruds and the Hansens fight over a good deed after a freezer malfunction.
  • Jake Shimabukuro

    A Paganini caprice played on ukulele? Chick Corea's "Spain"? "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"? Why not? For uke virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, no style is off limits - jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, flamenco, rock, you name it - and fans worldwide are taking notice. Born and raised in Hawaii, he took up the instrument at the age of four; once he strummed his first chord, he was hooked. The most recent of his nine albums is Peace, Love, Ukulele (Mailboat Records).
  • Jeff Peterson

    Guitarist Jeff Peterson remembers being a five-year-old in Makawao - Maui's Old West-style town - and listening to his father - a paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy - and others sitting around the fire and playing music. Now, Jeff is recognized as one of Hawaii's most versatile musicians. His latest solo CD, Maui on My Mind (Peterson Productions), won a 2010 Hoku Award for Best Slack Key Album of the Year.
  • Danny Carvalho

    When Danny Carvalho was just nine, his parents gave him an old guitar. Before anyone could say "slack key," he had learned 80 songs - just by listening to CDs. His first composition was a sweet, sad song that has since become known as "Booboo's Lullaby" - named for his pet dog. In 2004, he became the first slack key artist to perform on National Public Radio's From the Top. Danny's most recent album is 2008's Somewhere (Lava Rock Music).
  • Led Kaapana

    Slack key guitar and ukulele master Led Kaapana grew up in the village of Kalapana. With no electricity, no TV, and no radio, playing music was the chief form of entertainment. By the time he was in his teens, he had formed the band Hui Ohana with his twin brother and a cousin. Since launching a solo career, he has been one of Hawaii's most influential musicians. In 2011, he was named a National Heritage Fellow, the most prestigious honor bestowed on traditional artists by the National Endowment for the Arts. His dozens of recordings include Force of Nature (Jus' Press Productions), a 2009 album with 12-string virtuoso Mike Kaawa.
  • 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.
  • Erica Rhodes

    Massachusetts-born, LA-based Erica Rhodes is known to many for her starring role in the popular Web series "Upstairs Girls," which posted more than 200 webisodes. She has also appeared in motion pictures, including Go West, Javatown, and the 2008 indie horror film Plague Town. These days, Erica performs her stand-up comedy in clubs across the country.
  • 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.
  • The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band - December 31, 2011

    The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band is led by A Prairie Home Companion music director Richard Dworsky. Keyboard player, composer and improviser in any style, he also writes all the script themes and underscores. His latest CD is So Near and Dear to Me. Chet Atkins called Pat Donohue (guitar) one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world today. And he writes songs too - recorded by Suzy Bogguss, Kenny Rogers, and others. Nobody's Fault (Bluesky Records) is the most recent of Pat's 10 albums. Gary Raynor (bass) has performed with the Count Basie band and Sammy Davis Jr., with whom he toured for several years. He was first call for dozens of touring Broadway shows, including the first presentation of The Lion King. Gary teaches at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. Peter Johnson (percussion) has played klezmer music with Doc Severinsen and jazz with Dave Brubeck. He was a drummer for The Manhattan Transfer and for Gene Pitney. He has toured the world, but he always comes back to home base: Saint Paul. Richard Kriehn is principal second violin for the Washington/Idaho Symphony. But it's not all classical all the time; he is equally at home playing bluegrass fiddle and mandolin. He was a member of the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble and the bluegrass group 1946.
  • 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."