This week's classic rebroadcast: we look back to May 2014 and a show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Brad Paisley sings "Southern Comfort Zone" and -- with a lyrical assist from the host -- "Geology"; Sturgill Simpson plays "Turtles All the Way Down" and "Long White Line"; Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan team up for "My Little Girl in Tennessee"; and Brian Dan Christensen favors us with a few classics from The King, Elvis Presley, including "Heartbreak Hotel" in Danish. Plus: Guy Noir visits the world-famous Bluebird Cafe, Garrison sings the "Methodist Blues" with Rich Dworsky and our band, and a message from Biloxi Brand Bass Boats. In Lake Wobegon: Pastor Haugen irritates his secretary Marlene.
  • Brad Paisley

    When Brad Paisley was about eight, his grandfather gave him a guitar and a piece of advice: "Anything that's going wrong in your life, you can pick this guitar up and it'll go away." Seems grandpa was right. Brad is a three-time Grammy winner, inductee into the Grand Ole Opry, and the Country Music Association's 2010 Entertainer of the Year. His latest recording, Wheelhouse, was released last year, and a new album is due later this year.
  • Sturgill Simpson

    Even as a preschooler, Sturgill Simpson knew he wanted to make music. The Kentucky-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter is living up to his childhood dreams -- dreams that grew out of watching Hee-Haw with his beloved grandfather, who pointed out the good performers. After years fronting the country group Sunday Valley, Sturgill went solo in 2012. His new recording is Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain Records). The band: Kevin Black (bass), Little Joe (guitar), and Miles Miller (drums).
  • Sam Bush

    Sam Bush was just 11 when he got his first mandolin. By the time he was 17, he had won the title of National Junior Fiddle Champion for three years running. And he had made his recording debut, Poor Richard's Almanac. Founder of cutting-edge bands like New Grass Revival and Strength in Numbers, he has also been the go-to sideman for Lyle Lovett, the Flecktones, and dozens of others. The most recent of his solo albums is Circles Around Me (Sugar Hill Records).
  • Stuart Duncan

    Stuart Duncan took up fiddle at age seven. Since then, he has chalked up a career that includes two Grammys, a slew of Academy of Country Music Awards, and being named the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Player of the Year nine times. He was a founding member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band and is perennially one of Nashville's most sought-after session musicians, performing on thousands of recordings.
  • Brian Dan Christensen

    Born in Denmark and now living in Brooklyn, Brian Dan Christensen is a poet, novelist, singer-songwriter, and translator. He has published poetry and literary criticism, and has translated American writers such as E.E. Cummings, Norman Mailer, and Garrison Keillor into Danish. Brian's first novel, The Island of Nine Bridges, a thriller with a sense of humor, was published in Denmark in 2011. He is currently putting the final touches on another novel.
  • 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

    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 released many recordings of original material and has provided music for documentaries on HBO and PBS.
    Guitarist Dean Magraw studied at the University of Minnesota and the Berklee School of Music in Boston. His first recording, 1994's Broken Silence, won the NAIRD award for Best Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year. Dean has since turned out a bunch of dazzling albums, including his latest, Reservoir (Acoustic Music Records), a collaboration with Sandor Szabo.
    Originally from Albuquerque, drummer Chris Brown has been one of the most sought-after drummers in the South, since he arrived in Nashville -- via New York -- more than a decade ago. He has recorded and played with numerous musicians, including jazz pianist Beegie Adair and mandolin ace Sam Bush.
    Bassist Todd Parks has toured and recorded with the Jerry Douglas Band, the Sam Bush Band, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, and others. Born and raised in Atlanta, he earned his undergraduate and Master's degrees in String Performance and Jazz Studies from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), where he also taught as an adjunct professor.
  • 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.
  • Sue Scott

    Since 1992, Prairie Home fans have heard Sue Scott play everything from well-intentioned moms and ditzy teenagers to Guy Noir stunners and leathery crones who've smoked one pack of Camel straights too many. She recently climbed back on stage in a variety of theater roles. She is well known for her commercial and voice-over work on radio and television, as well as 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."