Special Guests
Saturday, June 12, 1999

**Please note that Kate MacKenzie was unable to perform on the show due to illness. Robin and Linda Williams Have been frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion since 1976. They performed on the second and third Prairie Home Companion Reunion Tours and on broadcasts from Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and the Universal Amphitheater. The Williamses have made numerous television appearances on the Nashville Network's Fire on the Mountain, Nashville Now, and Music City Tonight. The duo has also been heard on other nationwide radio programs, including the Grand Ole Opry, Mountain Stage and NPR's All Things Considered. With more than a dozen recordings and three musicals to their credit, they are considered to be among the finest songwriters in the folk-country tradition. Recent albums include Devil of a Dream and Sugar for Sugar (both on the Sugar Hill label), and Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group-Live, Sugar Hill's re-release of Strictly Country Records' Live in Holland. Robin and Linda can also be heard on Mary Chapin Carpenter's album, Stones in the Road, and on Iris DeMent's recording, My Life. As part of the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, the duo recorded a live album from Carnegie Hall (produced by Chet Atkins, on Sony Records), toured across the United States and Europe, and was featured on PBS' Austin City Limits.

The Hot Club of Cowtown had its genesis in the early '90s in New York City, the wild west mecca of the U.S. Guitar player Whit Smith was putting together an 11-piece swing band when he saw violinist Elana Fremerman's ad in the Village Voice looking for a fiddle slot and signed her up. After a residency at New York's Rodeo Bar, the group disbanded and Fremerman left for Colorado. The two soon hooked up again and spent a year playing together in San Diego, first as a duo, then adding a bass player to become The Hot Club of Cowtown. Their final lineup was set when they moved to Austin in 1997 and added bass player Billy Horton to the group. Their self-produced debut album, Swingin' Stampede (HighTone Records), was released in 1998 and features special guests such as legendary fiddler Johnny Gimble, steele guitarist Jeremy Wakefield, pianist T Jarrod Bonta, and accordionist Mike Maddux.

 

Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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