Mingle, Merge, Mill, Jostle Gently, and Flock Together
This week, our cast and crew are readjusting to Central Time after the 2014 APHC cruise and gearing up for our return to the Minnesota State Fair grandstand (recorded Friday, August 29th for broadcast the next evening). With special guests, transcendent vocalist Aoife O'Donovan, and the North Star State's singing sisters Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; pianist and musical director Richard Dworsky, with Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, our horn section, Kenni Holmen, Michael B. Nelson, and Steve Strand, drummer JT Bates, bassist Jeff Carney, and guitarist Armand Hirsch. All that, plus Pronto Pups, prize-winning pies, the Mighty Midway, butter sculptures, fireworks, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
Down in the Emerald Valley
This week, another summer rebroadcast, originally from June 2012 at the Cuthbert Amphitheatre in Eugene, Oregon. Elvin Bishop sings "That's My Thing," Sam Bush performs "Freight Train Boogie," and the Portland Cello Project plays "Take Five." In Lake Wobegon, Luanne Peterson copes with the arrival of a new patient in the pediatric intensive care unit.
Time's a Thief
This week, our summer rebroadcasts continue, with a show originally from last October at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee. The Milk Carton Kids perform their song about the River City, our staff blues singer Hilary Thavis sings "That's Alright, Mama," and theatre organist Tony Thomas plays a few tunes on the Orpheum's Mighty Wurlitzer. In Lake Wobegon, the Hedlunds dig up a local ghost story.
Been Here Before
This week, another summer rebroadcast, a repeat of our April 14, 2012 show from The Town Hall in New York City. Renee Fleming sings "The Scarlet Tide," Punch Brothers play "Patchwork Girlfriend," and Heather Masse and Aoife O'Donovan team up for "Time's a Hoax." In Lake Wobegon, Bud learns a lesson about friendship while putting the dock in the water.
Loud Guitars and Big Suspicions
This week, another trip into the public radio vaults and a show originally from June 2009 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Sheryl Crow plays "Hard to Make a Stand," k.d. lang performs "Thread," Martin Sheen tries to cover up a few of his early film roles, and Heather Masse sings "Midnight Sun." In Lake Wobegon, Pastor Ingqvist counsels prospective newlyweds.
Waiting for Summer
This week, our summer repeats roll on with a show originally from June 30, 2007 at the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. James Taylor sings "Everybody Has the Blues," violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson play a few tunes composed by Andy Stein, and Inga Swearingen joins Garrison on "I Think of You." In Lake Wobegon, the Hansens' dove-breeding business goes awry.
T for Tennessee
This week: our second summer rebroadcast, a show from June 4, 1994 celebrating the re-opening of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The Everly Brothers sing "Blues Stay Away from Me" and Chet Atkins plays "Mystery Train," plus, music from Vince Gill, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Mark O'Connor, and an appearance by the Hopeful Gospel Quartet. In Lake Wobegon, the Whippets open their season and the host shares a few memories of the Grand Ole Opry's last night at the Ryman.
There is a Winding Road
This week, we kick off our summer repeats with a classic recorded all the way back on November 23, 1985 at the Bridges Auditorium at the Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California. Willie Nelson sings a few tunes with our band (featuring Chet Atkins, Johnny Gimble, Peter Ostroushko, and Butch Thompson) and Tom Keith performs his version of "Turkey in the Straw," plus, music from El Mariachi Los Galleros de Pedro Rey, and saw player David Weiss. In Lake Wobegon, Senator K. Thorvaldson's mysterious love Laura comes to town to meet his family.
Back Where it All Began
This week, we're celebrating the 40th Anniversary of our very first show at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a festival and a special three-hour live broadcast. We'll have a host of rock'n'roll, blues, folk, soul, and country musicians on hand, plus, a few big sing-alongs, the Old Regulars of the Powdermilk Biscuit Band, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, an extra-wide version of The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon. Join us in-person, on the radio, and online for a whole weekend of family fun, stories, and songs!
More for Your Money
Coming to you this week from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, with special guests postmodern bluesman Keb' Mo', singing trio The Wailin' Jennys, pianist Rob Fisher, and Bensonhurst harmonizers The DiGiallonardo Sisters. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.