April 29, 2006 broadcast with The New Custer Brass Band, Becky Schlegel, Nick Curry, Susan Gray, Pat Donohue, and Tim Sparks
This week, we'll run with Coyotes at the University of South Dakotaâs Dakota Dome. Itâs a special show utilizing dozens of historical musical instruments on loan from the National Music Museum at USD. Featured guests include The New Custer Brass Band, singer Becky Schlegel, USD faculty cellist & pianist Nick Curry and Susan Gray, plus Pat Donohue and Tim Sparks will explore the history of the guitar, playing their way through a collection that would make Andres Segovia light-headed. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and much more. Live this Saturday on A Prairie Home Companion.
April 22, 2006 broadcast with Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris and Jearlyn Steele
This week, A Prairie Home Companion travels to the Mayo Civic Center Arena in Rochester, Minnesota. We may need a complete physical to be sure we can handle the excitement of our featured guests, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, who will be performing duets from their forthcoming album "All The Roadrunning." Also with us the glowing gospel voice of Ms. Jearlyn Steele, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, the News From Lake Wobegon, and last but not least, sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, "Mr. Wonderful," Andy Stein. Join us this Saturday for A Prairie Home Companion!
April 15, 2006 rebroadcast with Mountain Heart, Mike Seeger, and Robin & Linda Williams
Coming to you from the Charlottesville Performing Arts Center, in Charlottesville, Virginia, it's the final re-broadcast of the season. This show was originally aired in November 2003, and features Bluegrass super-group Mountain Heart, Folk icon Mike Seeger, and our good friends from Virginia Robin & Linda Williams. Guy Noir hunts for wayward spouses, "SFX" man Fred Newman spits out an aural portrait of the Blue Ridge locale, and the Matriarchy of Lake Wobegon takes absolute control during deer hunting season, all this week on a Prairie Home Companion. We return live next Saturday to begin our globe-trotting Spring/Summer tour in Rochester, Minnesota, with Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler.
April 8, 2006 broadcast with Brad Paisley, VocalEssence, Philip Brunelle, and Prudence Johnson
This week we continue our Minneapolis micro-tour with a big show at the Orpheum Theater (a famous vaudeville house, where a ticket to see the Marx Brothers was only 47 cents!), featuring blazing Country star Brad Paisley, VocalEssence with choirmaster Philip Brunelle, and the dulcet vocal tones of Prudence Johnson. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and much more. Join us on the Westside this Saturday, where we can leave the 20-foot neon "APPLAUSE" signs on the truck and people still cheer.
April 1, 2006 broadcast with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Jearlyn Steele, and John Niemann
This week, after years of casting calls, disastrous tryouts, and reams of rejection letters, we're finally getting our shot at the big time: The Historic State Theater on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. The tuxedos have been dry cleaned, teeth have been capped, and we even hired a French guy to do the hairstyling. Special guests include Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Jearlyn Steele, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, John Niemann. Also featuring the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, pushing their comedic boundaries right to the edge of PG-13. Join us this Saturday for a big show from the Minne-apple.
March 25, 2006 rebroadcast with Vasen, Andrea Zonn, and Stuart Duncan
This week, before we take Hennepin Avenue by storm April 1, it's another classic re-broadcast from October 25, 2003 at the Fitzgerald Theater. A rosin coated evening, featuring the Swedish folk phenomenon known as VÃ¤sen, the elegant and eclectic voice and violin of Andrea Zonn, and master fiddler Stuart Duncan. Also featuring, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The News from Lake Wobegon, and much more. This week on A Prairie Home Companion.
March 18, 2006 rebroadcast with Peter Ostroushko, Katey Bellville, Kacey Jones, BR549, Johnny Gimble, Buddy Emmons, and Alison Krauss
As we continue to rest and gather strength for our April shows, we'll re-broadcast a big music show from Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Guests include our friends Peter Ostroushko, Katey Bellville, and Kacey Jones; the cutting-edge hillbilly band BR549; Johnny Gimble, the King of the Swing Fiddle; steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons; and multiple Grammy-winner Alison Krauss.
March 11, 2006 rebroadcast with Old Crow Medicine Show and Leon Redbone
While we take our annual spring break to recover from the cough and sinus infection we've had since November, we'll re-broadcast three great shows from 2004. The show for this week was originally broadcast live from Meadowbrook Farm Musical Arts Center in Guilford, New Hampshire, featuring an expanded Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Vince Giordano, Duke Heitger, Andy Stein, and Butch Thompson. Also featuring neo-acoustic rebels Old Crow Medicine Show and old-time troubadour Leon Redbone.
March 4, 2006 broadcast with the Del McCoury Band, Chuck Suchy, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, and Robin & Linda Williams
This week, we continue our regional wanderings with a trip up the Red River Valley to Grand Forks, North Dakota. We'll broadcast from the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the University of North Dakota campus. Featuring Grammy-award winning Bluegrass heroes the Del McCoury Band, folk-singing farmer Chuck Suchy, and the best efforts of the Hopeful Gospel Quartet with Robin & Linda Williams. Also featuring, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and the News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this Saturday for a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.
February 25, 2006 broadcast with Butch Thompson, Peter Ostroushko, Adam Granger, and Prudence Johnson
Lately, we've been feeling some nostalgia for the days when we traveled Minnesota in a borrowed Winnebago with Tom Keith at the wheel, 12 quarts of chili & beans on the stove, and a pile of guitars and drums strapped to the roof. So, this week we're motoring up to Glenwood, Minnesota to do a show, just like we used to, at the Lakeside Ballroom. Featuring Prairie Home old-timers: Butch Thompson, Peter Ostroushko, Adam Granger, and Prudence Johnson, as well as the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and the News from Lake Wobegon. There'll be dinner, dancing, and ice-fishing, this week on a Prairie Home Companion.