Special Guests
Saturday, August 19, 2006

Fiddler Natalie MacMaster has been referred to as "the busiest woman in the Canadian music business." She hails from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, where she grew up steeped in the traditions of Celtic, Scottish, and Acadian music and picked up the fiddle at the age of nine. She is the winner of two Canadian Juno Awards and several Canadian Country Music Awards for Fiddler of the Year. She has shared stages with such artists as Alison Krauss, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, and Luciano Pavarotti. Her most recent release is entitled Blueprint, available in the U.S. on Rounder Records.

Pedal steel player and guitarist Greg Leisz is a highly sought-after session musician who has worked with Joni Mitchell, Smashing Pumpkins, John Mayer, Beck, Melissa Etheridge, Shawn Colvin, Brian Wilson, Joe Cocker, Bill Frisell, Sheryl Crow, Paul Westerberg, k.d. lang, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, and the Ventures, to name a few. He has also worked as a producer on albums by such artists as Dave Alvin, Tom Russell, and Rosie Flores.

Rosie Flores moved to San Diego from San Antonio when she was 12 years old. She took up lead guitar as a teen and led several bands before releasing her self-titled debut album and relocating to Austin in the late 1980s. Since then she has released numerous albums, including Rockabilly Filly and A Honky Tonk Reprise and contributed a performance to the album Dressed in Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash. She has also appeared on Austin City Limits, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Her most recent album is called Single Rose.

Stephanie Davis is a fourth generation Montanan who spent several years fine-tuning her singing and songwriting skills in Nashville, and having her songs recorded by artists like Garth Brooks, Roger Whitaker, Martina McBride and Shelby Lynn. Davis not only sings and writes music, she also plays multiple instruments and has released two self-produced albums, River of No Return and I'm Pullin' Through, on her own label, Recluse Records. Davis has worked with her friend Garth Brooks and his touring band on several occasions and in 1994 she opened all of his shows for the year. Davis often appears at festivals, cowboy poetry gatherings and concerts throughout the west. Davis plans to release another album later this year and is currently working on an illustrated story-poem called The Icy Blue Norther.

Pedal steel player and guitarist Greg Leisz is a highly sought-after session musician who has worked with Joni Mitchell, Smashing Pumpkins, John Mayer, Beck, Melissa Etheridge, Shawn Colvin, Brian Wilson, Joe Cocker, Bill Frisell, Sheryl Crow, Paul Westerberg, k.d. lang, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, and the Ventures, to name a few. He has also worked as a producer on albums by such artists as Dave Alvin, Tom Russell, and Rosie Flores.

Inga Swearingen was the winner of the Shure Jazz Voice competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in choral conducting at Florida State University. During college, she and her group were brought together by a mutual love of jazz. Ryan Garcia (guitar), in addition to working steadily as a jazz guitarist, pursues a Master's degree at California Polytechnic State University. Mike Raynor (drums) hold a degree in Jazz Studies from Cuesta College and has played in several jazz ensembles as a freelance musician. Clint Iwanicha (bass) is an architect by profession, and Linda Vanasupa is a professor at Cal Poly. The group's most recent CD is entitled Learning to Fly.






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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