January 7, 2017 broadcast with The Shins and Regina Spektor
hosted by Chris Thile
January 7, 2017
From The Paramount Theatre | Seattle, WA
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Photos from the Show
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'17 (Modern Friendship) - Chris ThileThe Song of the Week for January 7, 2017
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Grand Hotel - Regina SpektorJanuary 7, 2017
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Older and Taller - Regina SpektorJanuary 7, 2017
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Bertrand Falstaff Heine scriptJanuary 7, 2017
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The Trapper and the Furrier - Regina SpektorJanuary 7, 2017
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Samson - Regina SpektorJanuary 7, 2017
This week: we hit the road and return to live broadcasts with a visit to the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington and special guests The Shins and Regina Spektor. Plus: Chris Thile's first Song of the Week of 2017, with a little help from the band (music director and pianist Rich Dworsky, Sarah Jarosz on vocals and octave mandolin, guitarist Chris Eldridge, Brittany Haas on fiddle, bassist Paul Kowert, and Ted Poor on drums); our Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Serena Brook, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman; and a fresh crop of musical birthdays. Tune in on the public radio end of the dial and we'll see you on the air Saturday evening!
The ShinsNow based in Portland, Oregon, The Shins formed two decades ago in Albuquerque as a side project by frontman James Mercer, who was at the time a member of the band Flake Music. The Shins' first recording, Oh, Inverted World, came out in 2001, and the pop group has since released three more, including Grammy-nominated Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop). A new album is due out later this year. The Shins are; James Mercer, Yuuki Matthews, Mark Watrous, Jon Sortland, Casey Foubert, Patti King.
Regina Spektor"Regina Spektor," wrote Rolling Stone, "has become her generation's Joni Mitchell -- a singer-songwriter who nail-guns emotional truths between wisecracks." Born in the Soviet Union, she and her family moved to the U.S. when Regina was nine. She started writing songs as a teenager and went on to graduate from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. She admits to having trouble describing her sound, but her fans have no problem lining up to hear it. Her most recent album is Remember Us to Life (Warner Bros./Sire).
Chris ThileChris Thile, A Prairie Home Companion's new host, made his first appearance on the show in 1996. He was 15 and had already been playing mandolin for a decade. He'd also started Nickel Creek with Sara and Sean Watkins, and released his first solo recording, 1994's Leading Off. This Grammy winner now collaborates with many musicians in myriad styles and leads acoustic quintet Punch Brothers. Thile's solo albums include Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 (Nonesuch).
Richard DworskyKeyboardist, composer, arranger, and longtime Prairie Home Companion music director Richard Dworsky has collaborated with such diverse musicians 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.
Chris EldridgeMaybe it's the gene pool: Chris Eldridge's father was a founding member of The Seldom Scene, a group that guitarist Chris would join after earning a degree in music performance from Oberlin. He went on to start the bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters, and later to critical acclaim with Punch Brothers.
Brittany HaasAt 14, fiddler Brittany Haas began touring with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings. Now Anger says: "Britt opens the window, gets out of the way, and the music floods through in a tide of joy." The California-born, Princeton University grad has performed with a number of bands, including Crooked Still and her trio, Haas Kowert Tice (with bassist Paul Kowert and guitarist Jordan Tice). Among her recordings is 2014's You Got This (Haas Kowert Tice).
Sarah JaroszSarah Jarosz is a gifted multi-instrumentalist (mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, banjo), an expressive and distinctive vocalist, and an accomplished songwriter. The New England Conservatory of Music grad has carved out a solid niche where contemporary folk, Americana, and roots music intersect. She's been nominated for multiple Grammys, including two for her album Build Me Up From Bones and three for her latest recording, Undercurrent (Sugar Hill).
Paul KowertAt age three, Paul Kowert started on violin, but by fourth grade he'd taken up bass, and he later graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music. Now this Wisconsin-raised, Nashville-based musician is a member of Punch Brothers and has toured with Mike Marshall's Big Trio and Dave Rawlings Machine. You Got This is his 2014 recording with American roots trio Haas Kowert Tice.
Ted Poor"Adventurous, truly dynamic, and forward-thinking drumming," said Modern Drummer magazine of Ted Poor. An in-demand session player and sideman, this Eastman School of Music alum has toured worldwide with various bands, and he is currently an Artist in Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle. Wounded Caroline is the 2013 album from Ted's group Mt. Varnum.
Serena BrookAfter she picked up her diploma from the University of Minnesota Duluth, actress, voice-over artist, and Eagan, Minnesota, native Serena Brook was off to New York City, where she spent five years performing in Off-Broadway shows and with national and regional touring companies. Now living in the Twin Cities, she has worked with Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and 7th House Theater.
Tim RussellMild-mannered Tim Russell one minute -- Obama, Trump, or myriad others the next. It's almost impossible to stump this man of many voices. Says fellow Prairie Home Companion 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.
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."