May 1, 2010 broadcast with Justin Townes Earle, Heather Masse, Rob Fisher, Kristin Chenoweth, Debra Monk, David Garrison, and Kate Beahen
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we continue to enjoy the splendor of spring in the city with singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle, vocalist Heather Masse, pianist Rob Fisher, and a bevy of stage and screen actors, including Kristin Chenoweth, Debra Monk, David Garrison, and Kate Beahen. Our sound-effects man, Fred Newman, continues to perfect the sound of tulips popping up and the mating calls of migratory waterfowl flying over Central Park on their way to the Hamptons, and the other Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell and Sue Scott and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band are rested and ready for another big show at the Town Hall, this week.
April 24, 2010 broadcast with Sara Watkins, Debra Monk, and Rob Fisher
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're enjoying Spring in the big city, as we set-up shop for the first of three performances at The Town Hall in New York. With special guests singer-songwriter Sara Watkins, acclaimed actress Debra Monk, and pianist extraordinaire Rob Fisher. As always, we'll have the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and sound man Fred Newman. Also with us, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with music director and keyboardist Richard Dworsky, guitarist Pat Donohue, bassist Gary Raynor Peter Johnson on percussion, and Andy Stein on the fiddle and the bari sax. All this, plus the latest News from Lake Wobegon, this Saturday on your public radio dial.
April 17, 2010 broadcast with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, live from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, it's our 10th annual Talent Tee-Off. Five lucky bands will get their shot at national bragging rights and the coveted Silver Water Tower trophy, based purely on listener response both inside the venue and live on the Internet (Remember, if your local public radio station delays our live show, you'll need to listen live and vote here on prairiehome.org to participate). Also with us, sure-fire palate cleansers, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, Prairie Home Music Director Richard Dworsky, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
April 10, 2010 broadcast with Steve Wariner, Cowboy Jack Clement, The Dave Rawlings Machine, and Andra Suchy
Coming to you this week from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, a live broadcast performance not to be missed. With special guests, country music veteran and Chet Atkins protÃ©gÃ©, singer, songwriter and guitarist Steve Wariner, legendary record producer and songwriter Cowboy Jack Clement, and master of the 1935 Epiphone Olympic guitar, The Dave Rawlings Machine. Also with us, a great voice from the Great Plains, Andra Suchy, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.
April 3, 2010 broadcast with Nellie McKay, Brandi Carlile, and the Henriettas
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we spend Easter weekend on the Great Isthmus of the Northwest for a broadcast performance from the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington. With British born singer-songwriter and Glockenspiel virtuoso Nellie McKay, Seattleite Brandi Carlile and her band, and 1930s-flavored vocal duo, The Henriettas. Also with us, naturalist Jeff Adams, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band; Rich Dworsky, Pat Donohue, Gary Raynor, and Peter Johnson, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a live broadcast performance from the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA. With special guests, elegantly eclectic singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, and Juno Award-winning Canadian folk trio The Wailin' Jennys. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band; Richard Dworksy, Pat Donohue, Peter Johnson, Gary Raynor, and Andy Stein. Plus, the latest News from Lake Wobegon, where nearby rivers have crested, and kids spent their spring break stacking sandbags.
March 20, 2010 broadcast with Connie Evingson, BeauSoleil, Heather Masse, Andra Suchy, Jearlyn Steele, and Robin and Linda Williams
This week on A Prairie Home Companion a hot-off-the-presses show compiled from all of this week's live events onboard the MS Ryndam sailing around the Western Caribbean with songstress Connie Evingson, the ambassadors of Cajun culture, BeauSoleil, and our good friends Heather Masse, Andra Suchy, Jearlyn Steele and, of course, Robin and Linda Williams. Plus, the sun-soaked Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Fred Newman, and in Bermuda shorts and black socks, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.
March 13, 2010 rebroadcast with Neko Case, Wilco, Patty Loveless, Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, and Connie Evingson
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, as we embark on our maiden voyage through the Western Caribbean, we bring you another sampler show featuring bits and pieces from two shows we did at the Fitzgerald this past fall. Singer-songwriter Neko Case sings "Middle Cyclone," Jeff Tweedy of Wilco sings "Deeper Down," Patty Loveless sings "The Bramble and the Rose," and sibling duo Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele belt out "Baby, I Love You!" In The Lives of the Cowboys, Dusty threatens to end their partnership and take a job on a fishing boat, and a message from Beebopareebop Rhubarb pie regarding the revolutionary "thermal thong." Plus Connie Evingson, Guy Noir's bad luck with the lottery, and a story about Garrison's time as the student manager of the Golden Gopher football team at the University of Minnesota.
March 6, 2010 rebroadcast with Pat Donohue and Andy Stein
Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion, a mix and match of Joke Shows past with at least one parrot joke, lightbulb jokes, some new man-walks-into a bar jokes, Unitarian jokes, lawyer jokes, shellfish jokes (yes, really!), and the ultra-rare bi-lingual joke. Plus, there will be one joke segment that has never aired before, with all new jokes mined from the murky depths of the Internet. Pat Donohue sings "Ain't No Joke," Andy Stein brings a fresh crop of knock-knock jokes, Guy Noir searches for a punchline, Dusty and Lefty find solace in a joke book out on the godforsaken trail, and a cautionary tale from Lake Wobegon Elementary School about serving greasy sausage pizza for lunch.
February 27, 2010 broadcast with Sir Mack Rice, Bettye LaVette, Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, and John Lauter
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a soulful live broadcast performance from the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. With soul writing and performing legend "Sir" Mack Rice, the Great Lady of Soul, Bettye LaVette, and sisters Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele. Also with us, organist John Lauter; The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band; Richard Dworsky, Pat Donohue, Gary Raynor, Andy Stein, and Peter Johnson, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.