July 8, 2006 rebroadcast with Louis Jenkins, Charlie Parr, Leo Kottke, and the Mila Vocal Ensemble
This week, we're trying to get the rhubarb stains out of our clothes after a pie-eating contest went terribly wrong on the trip home from Tanglewood, so we'll bring you a special re-broadcast, the best of two shows we did in Duluth not so long ago. Featured guests include poet Louis Jenkins, bluesman Charlie Parr, power-picker Leo Kottke, and the Mila Vocal Ensemble will give Garrison some singing tips. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton, and the News from Lake Wobegon takes us back to the Winter of '51, when temperatures hit -40F and Garrison learned some hard lessons about hockey from a team called the Duluth Dolls.
July 1, 2006 broadcast with Meryl Streep, The Wailin' Jennys, Jearlyn Steele, Robin & Linda Williams, Carol Elizabeth Jones, and Carson Wyler
This week, from the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, we bring you the official Prairie Home Companion season finale and Independence Day Special. Broadcasting from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, the performance will be live on radio and filmed for broadcast on the PBS television program Great Performances, Sunday, July 2 at 9 pm Eastern. With very special guests, two-time Academy Award winner - and star of Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion" movie, Meryl Streep, Canada's finest female trio, The Wailin' Jennys, and spine-tingling Gospel singer, Jearlyn Steele. Also with us, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet with Robin & Linda Williams, Carol Elizabeth Jones, and Mr. low G himself, Carson Wyler. Actress Erica Rhodes will join the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Mr. Andy Stein. Join us for the fireworks, this Saturday on your local public radio station, and again Sunday on your local public television station.
June 24, 2006 broadcast with Linda Ronstadt, Ann Savoy, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott
This week, we'll throw our mountain bikes on the truck and head west into Pueblo country to bring you a show from Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah. With very special guests Linda Ronstadt & Ann Savoy, performing as the ZoZo Sisters, folk music legend Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, instrumentalist John Niemann and singer Prudence Johnson. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the News From Lake Wobegon, and much more, live from the beehive state this Saturday on A Prairie Home Companion.
June 17, 2006 broadcast with the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, Alice Peacock, Peter Ostroushko, and Robin & Linda Williams
This week we'll follow the Mississippi into the land of Lincoln and bring you a big show from the Ravinia Music Festival, in Highland Park, Illinois. With special guests, archetypal string ensemble, the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, Chicago's own singer-songwriter Alice Peacock, gifted instrumentalist and composer Peter Ostroushko, and the warbling voices of eternal optimism, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, with Robin & Linda Williams. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the News From Lake Wobegon, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the irrepressible Andy Stein. All this and more, live this week on a Prairie Home Companion.
June 10, 2006 broadcast with Cindy Cashdollar, Elana James, Red Volkaert, and Joe Ely
In our quest for continuing adult education ("co-elder-cation"), we've planned a field trip to the University of Texas Performing Arts Center in Austin. We'll broadcast live from the Bass Concert Hall, with special guests Cindy Cashdollar, Elana James, and Red Volkaert, known collectively as The High-Flyers, and hailing from somewhere between Route 66 and the Rock Island Railroad line, we welcome Rock n' Roll icon Joe Ely. Also with us: The Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the irrepressible Andy Stein.
Don't miss a hot Texas takedown, this week on A Prairie Home Companion!
June 3, 2006 broadcast with Meryl Streep, Virginia Madsen, John C. Reilly, Shelby Lynne, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
This week, coming to you from the largest natural amphitheater in the U.S., itâs a block busting broadcast from The Hollywood Bowl. With very special guest actors, Meryl Streep, Virginia Madsen, and John C. Reilly joining the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and sitting in with the Guyâs All-Star Shoe Band will be Andy Stein and Sally Dworsky. Our musical guests are none other than the incomparable Shelby Lynne, and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.
May 27, 2006 broadcast with Old Crow Medicine Show, Jearlyn Steele, Robin & Linda Williams, and the Hopeful Gospel Quartet
Coming to you this week from the Filene Center, located in Wolftrap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia, weâll walk barefoot in the grass, toss a Frisbee, and stare into the sunset as an aviary choir sings in the background.
May 20, 2006 broadcast with The Fostbraedur Male Choir, Diddu, John C. Reilly, and Howard Levy
This week, we'll broadcast a very special show from the National Theater of Iceland, in Reykjavik. Featured guests include; The Fóstbræður Male Choir, Iceland's leading singer-songwriter DiddÃº, actor John C. Reilly, author Bill Holm, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, master of the diatonic harmonica Howard Levy. Dusty and Lefty will fly over, too, and also Guy Noir, and Jim and Barb of the Ketchup Advisory Board. Tune it to see if Icelanders sit in silent puzzlement or if they clap and stuff.
May 13, 2006 rebroadcast with Maria Jette, Dan Chouinard, Howard Levy, VocalEssence, Robi & Linda Williams, Jorja Fleezanis, and Adam Granger
This week, as we launch our fleet of long ships for the journey to Reykjavik Iceland, we'll present a special re-broadcast from May 2003. It's a harmonic convergence of the Fishing Opener, Mother's Day and Syttende Mai in Lake Wobegon. Featuring soprano Maria Jette and Dan Chouinard, Howard Levy, VocalEssence, Robin & Linda Williams, violinist Jorja Fleezanis, and original Powdermilk Biscuit: Adam Granger.
In Lake Wobegon, Myrtle Krebsbach sets off weight loss mania, causing 300 people with 500 chins to lose 4000 pounds in 10 weeks.
May 6, 2006 broadcast with Kelly Aspen, Jimmy Sferes & Jennifer White, The Greenes, and Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams
This week, we'll be broadcasting from the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colorado. Featuring a broad sampling of the best local talent we could find. Joining us in Colorado will be country/bluegrass singer Kelly Aspen, Jimmy Sferes and Jennifer Whiteâan acoustic guitar and singing duo, the Celtic sounds of The Greenes, and western string band Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the News from Lake Wobegon, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the multi-instrumental troubadour, John Niemann.