Special Guests
Saturday, October 26, 2002

JERRY DOUGLAS has won Grammy Awards and numerous Grammy nominations for his work on the dobro and for the albums he's produced. Part of a musical family, Douglas began playing the dobro at an early age. At 15, he started playing with his father's group, The West Virginia Travelers, and he joined the legendary bluegrass group, The Country Gentlemen, right out of high school after playing tours with them for two previous summers. In 1975, he joined J.D. Crowe and the New South and soon after launched his solo career.

Jerry is constantly in demand as a session player in Nashville, and he's played on countless recordings, including those of Paul Simon, James Taylor, Randy Travis, and The Dirt Band. His new solo album is called Lookout for Hope (2002, Sugar Hill Records). At the Americana Music Association's awards ceremony held in September, Jerry Douglas was presented the first ever Americana Music Award, and he also won Instrumentalist of the Year. He plays with the Shoe Band tonight. For more information check the web site: http://www.jerrydouglas.com.

STEPHANIE DAVIS has a cattle ranch in the foothills of the Beartooth Mountains in Montana, up where the entire island of Manhattan could be hidden away in a box canyon and lie undiscovered for decades; this doesn't necessarily give a person wisdom but it does offer a certain perspective. She grew up in Bridger, part of a fourth generation of Montanans, and if you've been raised there it draws you back.

She had a successful career writing songs in Nashville, singing and touring, but at some point it all seemed no more important than raising cattle; she still travels, but now writes from a one-room log cabin on the range built by a Finnish bachelor and reclaimed from years of occupation by Angus steers. Her recording career includes I'm Pullin' Through (1996) and River of No Return (1996). She was recently featured in Hal Cannon's documentary film called "Why the Cowboy Sings." She keeps busy singing at festivals, cowboy poetry gatherings, and concerts throughout the west and will be touring in Chile and Ireland later this year. Check out her web site at: http://www.stephaniedavis.net.

Fiddler STUART DUNCAN joined the Nashville Bluegrass Band in 1985 playing not only fiddle, but also mandolin, guitar, and banjo, as well as singing and contributing his own songs. His self-titled solo debut, released in 1992 on Rounder Records, features appearances by Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, and fellow Nashville Bluegrass Band members Roland White and Pat Enright. The best of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, both old and new, can be heard on their 1998 release American Beauty (Sugar Hill Records). They can also be found on the soundtrack for "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" (Mercury).

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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