Special Guests
Saturday, October 2, 2004

Mark Knopfler

He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1949. His family moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, when he was seven. He took up the electric guitar and listened to everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Django Reinhardt. He studied journalism, became a junior reporter for the Yorkshire Evening Post, got a degree in English at Leeds, met some musicians and in late 1977, with his brother David on second guitar, his Café Racers made their debut at a punk festival in a vacant lot. Two months later they cut an album under the name Dire Straits. Knopfler's own latest album is Shangri-La (Warner Bros Records), a natural marvel, recorded on our western seacoast in a 1960's studio. New songs on old guitars and an old electric piano, played through old amplifiers, with lava lamps on a side table.

Geoff Muldaur

He has played guitar and sung on some 32 albums. His roots in the blues run about as deep as those roots can go. In his Butterfield Blues Band days he was able to spend time with Muddy Waters, who, he said, could "summon angels and look at his watch at the same time." He's done composing for film and television, receiving an Emmy for the score of It Happened Right Here. His recording of Brazil provided both the inspiration and the title music for Terry Gilliam's acclaimed 1985 cult film of the same name. Right now he's in the middle of domestic tour, coming to us from Ashland, Virginia, on Thursday and heading off to Cleveland tomorrow. It's not all glamour, the blues life.

Dan Newton

The man is in eight bands, in addition to the one on stage tonight. He also does solo acts in two incarnations, one as the sophisticated Accordioniste and the other as the funky Daddy Squeeze and His Ethnoclectic Accordion. The bands all get good reviews; people write things like "quietly dazzling" and "the Cafe' Accordion Orchestra is the real deal." He says he just likes to play music and the only way to do that is to keep working. His bands cover everything from Paris, France, to Paris, Texas, and they can stop in Chicago, Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans on the way.

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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