November 25, 2006 broadcast with Wayne Henderson, Sam Bush, and Buddy Emmons
This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're rolling all eighteen wheels to Cincinnati, where bluegrass and country music met high-powered broadcasting for the very first time in the 1930's. With us this week, an amazing acoustic guitar picker (and the Stradivarius of modern luthiers) Wayne Henderson and his extremely talented wife, Helen White. We'll have bionic bluegrass wild man Sam Bush, plus one of the finest steel players to ever walk the earth, Buddy Emmons, sitting in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, so we must warn listeners there may be a slightly increased risk of the spontaneous combustion of your radio. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the News from Lake Wobegon, and much more this Saturday from the "All Together Surprising" city of Cincinnati, USA.
November 18, 2006 rebroadcast with VocalEssence, Vern Sutton, Janis Hardy, Kasey Chambers, Pat Donohue, Robin & Linda Williams, and The Boys of Lough
This week on A Prairie Home Companion it's a visit from Thanksgiving Past featuring two November shows from 2004. The VocalEssence ensemble sings a wonderful Navajo Prayer, and in the spirit of giving thanks "for Jersey dairy cows, cinnamon pears and walnuts; and a good cup of coffee." â Vern Sutton and Janis Hardy join the choir for a Thanksgiving Cantata. Guy Noir has trouble making a good cup of coffee with the new coffeemaker he bought at the Appliance Barn, but he does find a friend in Customer Service. Kasey Chambers â a bluesy Aussie â is on the show, with her dad playing back-up guitar. And our own Irish bluesman, Pat Donohue, steps up for an appropriate post-Thanksgiving tune "Blues When I Exercise." Robin and Linda Williams head up the Department of Folk Song and The Boys of Lough join us with a wonderful song called "My Love, My God." In The News From Lake Wobegon, Garrison talks about his Grandpa Keillor, Uncle Jack, and a secret signal decoder ring he wore to Thanksgiving dinner.
November 11, 2006 broadcast with Na Pali, Puamana, Danny Carvalho, Owana Salazar, and Peter Ostroushko
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we've got barrels of SPF 50 on hand for our visit to the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. With very special guests, the legendary and seldom seen Hawaiian band Na Pali, traditional Hawaiian songstresses Puamana, slack-key guitarists Danny Carvalho and Owana Salazar, as well as Minnesota's own mandolin maestro, Peter Ostroushko. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the News from Lake Wobegon, and much more. Join us this Saturday, for a live broadcast from Honolulu, Hawaii.
November 4, 2006 broadcast with Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers and Shawn Colvin
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll limber up for this week's election exercise with a brisk live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater. Joining us, the voice that makes the bluegrass green, Larry Sparks and The Lonesome Ramblers, plus Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and soul-miner Shawn Colvin and her Texas trio. Also this week, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The News from Lake Wobegon, and Pat Donohue finally gets that vacation in Milwaukee he's been angling for.
October 28, 2006 broadcast with Bonnie Raitt and The Wailin' Jennys
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're carving blue-ribbon pumpkins and drinking hot spiced cider at the Fitzgerald Theater, with very special guests, the Queen of the blues renaissance Bonnie Raitt, and firecrackers of the Canadian prairie The Wailin' Jennys. Also with us the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the Manhattan maestro Andy Stein, plus an older guy in a rumpled tuxedo and red sneakers handing out the candy. Join us this Saturday for a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.
October 21, 2006 broadcast with Phil Heywood, Dan Neale, Pat Donohue, Dave Moore, Jearlyn Steele, Spider John Koerner, and Richard Troxell
This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're bringing in the "G" squad: Phil Heywood, Dan Neale, and our own Pat Donohue, three great local guitarists jamming on basement favorites. Also with us, Iowa bluesman Dave Moore, Jearlyn "Black Coffee" Steele, Spider John Koerner, opera singer Richard Troxell, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting (Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith), and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, John Niemann. Join us this Saturday, for another live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul.
October 14, 2006 broadcast with Taj Mahal and Steven Copes
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're back from our adventures out West. Riding home with the wind at our backs and the promise of snow in the clouds, we're powerless to continue our fantasy that summer isn't "quite" over. So turn your air conditioner off and your radio on, for another broadcast from good old Saint Paul. With our special guests, from Hawaii, Grammy award winner Taj Mahal, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Steven Copes, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the one man string section, John Niemann. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, so tune in this Saturday for another live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.
October 7, 2006 broadcast with Stephanie Davis, Wylie Gustafson, Charlie Sutton, and Richard Kriehn
A week of increased dietary fiber, curry acclimation, and Hatha Yoga has hopefully prepared us for the National Lentil Festival in Pullman, Washington, where we'll be broadcasting live this week from the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum at Washington State University. The surrounding area, known as the Palouse, is remarkable for its fertile rolling hills where winter and spring wheat, barley, peas, and of course lentils, are cultivated to perfection. We'll have the singing cowgirl Stephanie Davis, country western singer Wylie Gustafson, songwriter Charlie Sutton, mandolinist Richard Kriehn, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Andy Stein, and the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman. Join us this Saturday for a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.
September 30, 2006 broadcast with Stephanie Davis, Growling Old Men, and Prudence Johnson
This week on a Prairie Home Companion, we travel west to Montana, land of Ponderosa Pines, Blackspotted Cutthroat Trout, and Grizzly Bears the size of compact cars. We'll be broadcasting live from the University of Montana's Adams Center, in Missoula, with featured guests including Montana Singer-Songwriter Stephanie Davis, acoustic duo Growling Old Men, singer Prudence Johnson, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Andy Stein and Peter Ostroushko. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman. Join us this Saturday from Big Sky Country, where we'll turn the horses loose, "...'cause you can't ride 'em in the chute!"
September 23, 2006 broadcast with Old Crow Medicine Show and Prudence Johnson
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's the night of nights, the height of heights on Exchange and Wabasha, the 33rd annual Season Premiere Broadcast, Meatloaf Supper, and Street Dance. Featuring bluegrass blowtorches Old Crow Medicine Show, sultry songbird Prudence Johnson, and the big guns John Niemann and Andy Stein are sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Actress Erica Rhodes joins the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith. Meanwhile, outside the Fitzgerald Theater, the Street Dance and Meatloaf Supper begins at 5pm with an outdoor APHC simulcast, at 6pm the heavenly meatloaf is served, and the dancing begins promptly at 7pm with the fiery Salsa Del Soul Orchestra, plus performances from all the great talent on the broadcast, hot/cold beverages, and Cash Prizes!!!