Saturday, October 11, 2003
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri JEANNIE KENDALL began singing professionally with her father, Royce, when she was in her teens. From 1977 to 1984, The Kendalls hit the country charts' top 10 with 11 singles. The Grammy-winning father/daughter duo, The Kendalls, were responsible for such country classics as "Heaven's Just a Sin Away," "Sweet Desire," and "Thank God for the Radio." Now, five years after her father's death, Kendall has her own acoustic album titled, Jeannie Kendall, with accompanying vocals by several county performers, including Alan Jackson, Rhonda Vincent and Alison Krauss. Her father also contributed vocals to two before his passing. Billboard magazine said that Jeannie's voice " is a wonder, capable of jaw dropping heights and heartbreaking emotion."
JOHN KOERNER was born in Rochester, New York, and enrolled in the University of Minnesota's engineering program in 1956. However, two years later he decided he decided he would rather be a student of the folk scene, so with a borrowed guitar and a Burl Ives songbook, he began what has become a 40-year journey through American country blues and folk music. Koerner's musical career has taken him to stages all over Europe and North America as a solo artist and with a variety of partners. He has released several albums, his most recent being Raised by Humans in 1992, and has contributed to many artistic projects like the Redhouse tribute recording, A Nod to Bob, released in April 2001 for Bob Dylan's 60th birthday. Koerner has also made appearances on National Public Radio's Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, and he was featured in the PBS Educational Series River of Song, in Part 1 (of 4) in 1999.
BECKY SCHLEGEL grew up in Kimball, South Dakota playing piano and listening to Patsy Cline, to whom she is now being compared. During college, she spent her summers playing in a Mountain Music Show in Custer, South Dakota. After a friend there gave her three albums by Reno and Smiley, she became addicted to bluegrass music. Schlegel moved to Minnesota in 1994, sold her piano, and forced herself to become a better guitar player. A jam session at a friend's house in April of 1997 led to the formation of her band, True Blue. Within a few years of entering the world of bluegrass music, the group released a self-produced CD, This Lonesome Song and, in 1999, the band was one of only 24 to be showcased at the International Bluegrass Music Association convention in Kentucky. In 2000, Schlegel and True Blue won the Bluegrass Band of the Year award, given by the Minnesota Music Academy. Schlegel's second album, Red Leaf, was released in 2001. A departure from her former "strictly bluegrass" style, the album showcases eleven original songs. The title song, "Red Leaf," was even awarded the title of "Minnesota Song of the Year" at the Minnesota Music Festival sponsored by the Northfield, Minnesota, Chamber of Commerce.
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).