Saturday, January 24, 2004
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 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.
Growing up in Woodstock, New York, Cindy Cashdollar, was captivated by Delta blues music and began learning to play the guitar when she was only eleven years old. This led to her mastering the dobro and steel guitar and, eventually, eight years playing with Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel. She has won five Grammy Awards, and she can be heard playing on Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind (Columbia), as well as recordings by Manhattan Transfer, The Dixie Chicks, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, and numerous others. Always willing to help others musically, she has issued three instructional videos for steel guitar and dobro on Homespun Tapes. She was recently a featured guest on Beausoleil's 25th Anniversary tour.
Singer-guitarist Leon Redbone first gained public attention as a performer in Toronto in the 1970s. He recorded several albums and made a number of appearances on Saturday Night Live during that period. In more recent decades, Redbone's distinctive voice and delivery have been heard as part of numerous television and radio advertising campaigns, and in the movie Elf as the Snowman. Redbone's most recent release is titled Whistling in the Wind, featuring such guest artists as Merle Haggard, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, and Ringo Starr.
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).