Special Guests
Saturday, October 21, 2000

Greg Brown

GREG BROWN’s mother played electric guitar, his grandfather played banjo, and his father was a Holy Roller preacher in the Hacklebarney section of Iowa, where the Gospel and music are a way of life. Brown’s first professional singing job came at age 18 in New York City, running hootenannies (folksinger get-togethers) at the legendary Gerdes Folk City. After a year, Brown moved west to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, where he was a ghostwriter for Buck Ram, founder of the Platters. Tired of the fast-paced life, Brown traveled with a band for a few years, and even quit playing for a while before he moved back to Iowa and began writing songs and playing in midwestern clubs and coffeehouses. Brown’s songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. He has also recorded more than a dozen albums, including his 1986 release, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, when he put aside his own songwriting to set poems of William Blake to music. One Big Town, recorded in 1989, earned Brown three and a half stars in Rolling Stone, chart-topping status in AAA and The Gavin Report’s Americana rankings and Brown’s first Indie Award from NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors). The Poet Game, his 1994 CD, received another Indie award from NAIRD. His critically acclaimed 1996 release, Further In, was a finalist for the same award. Rolling Stone’s four-star review of Further In called Brown “a wickedly sharp observer of the human condition.” 1997’s Slant 6 Mind (Red House Records) earned Brown his second Grammy nomination. Brown’s two most recent recordings are Covenant (Red House) and Over and Under (Trailer Records). Brown also recently added author to his resumé. His new book, The Watsonville Sonata, was introduced to the public at a reading on October 16.


The Nashville Bluegrass Band

Since making their debut in 1985, THE NASHVILLE BLUEGRASS BAND has become one of the most popular and widely respected bluegrass bands working today. They have appeared in a variety of U.S. venues, including a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall and a series of performances from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. The group was the first of its genre to play in mainland China, and they continue to appear before international audiences in Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia. They have performed with Lyle Lovett and Mary Chapin Carpenter, recently recorded with both Bernadette Peters and Clint Black, provided the entertainment at Wynonna’s wedding reception, and sang back-up for Johnny Cash on the Dead Man Walking soundtrack. The group was also involved in the making of the Coen brothers’ new movie, Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou? They have appeared on NBC’s The Today Show and TNN’s Music City Tonight. Their latest CD, American Beauty (Sugar Hill), is the long-awaited follow-up to their 1995 Grammy Award-winning recording, Unleashed (Sugar Hill) and features Bob Dylan’s “Livin’ the Blues” and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings’ “Red Clay Halo.” The band’s other albums include Waitin’ for the Hard Times To Go, The Boys Are Back In Town, and Home Of The Blues (all on Sugar Hill). Members of the band are: Alan O’Bryant (banjo), Pat Enright (guitar), Roland White (mandolin), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Gene Libbea (acoustic bass).

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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