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This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll test the waters and cannonball into our new season with a show from the Minnesota State Fair. Featured guests include the boss of blazing bluegrass banjo, The Del McCoury Band, the vibrant voice of Becky Schlegel, and talk-radio trailblazer turned cultivated crooner Tommy Mischke. Also featuring the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, with this week's guest loafer Andy Stein, and of course, the News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this Saturday from the inside straightaway of the old short track, for a show fueled entirely by creamed corn casserole.
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's a Halloween compilation re-broadcast featuring Rhonda Vincent, The Mid-Winter Tuba Quintet, and Soprano Maria Jette. Our own Tim Russell sings "Can't Take My Eyes off Your Throat", the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band swings with a tune called "Jekyll & Slide", folk-rocker Tim Eriksen sings "O Death", and Garrison reads Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven". Join us for all that, and a bag of chips, this Saturday on A Prairie Home Companion.
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, our final summer repeat!! A compilation featuring two shows, one to be recorded this week in Chicago from the Gary Comer Youth Center. Gary Comer is the founder of Land's End, a longtime friend to APHC, and one of our nation's great philanthropists. Featured on that show will be gospel singer Jearlyn Steele, award winning pianist Reginald Robinson, world music journeymen Radio Maqam, Chicago community builders The South Shore Drill Team, and our own Rich Dworksy and Fred Newman. The second show is one we did in Chicago in 2002 from the Auditorium Theater, featuring the great American author, historian, and broadcaster Studs Terkel, legendary jazz figure Franz Jackson, and the hero of the modern harmonica, Howard Levy. Join us this Saturday for a very special Chicago windstorm of a show. We promise you'll be blown away.
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's the night of nights, the height of heights on Exchange and Wabasha, the 33rd annual Season Premiere Broadcast, Meatloaf Supper, and Street Dance. Featuring bluegrass blowtorches Old Crow Medicine Show, sultry songbird Prudence Johnson, and the big guns John Niemann and Andy Stein are sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Actress Erica Rhodes joins the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith. Meanwhile, outside the Fitzgerald Theater, the Street Dance and Meatloaf Supper begins at 5pm with an outdoor APHC simulcast, at 6pm the heavenly meatloaf is served, and the dancing begins promptly at 7pm with the fiery Salsa Del Soul Orchestra, plus performances from all the great talent on the broadcast, hot/cold beverages, and Cash Prizes!!!
This week on a Prairie Home Companion, we travel west to Montana, land of Ponderosa Pines, Blackspotted Cutthroat Trout, and Grizzly Bears the size of compact cars. We'll be broadcasting live from the University of Montana's Adams Center, in Missoula, with featured guests including Montana Singer-Songwriter Stephanie Davis, acoustic duo Growling Old Men, singer Prudence Johnson, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Andy Stein and Peter Ostroushko. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman. Join us this Saturday from Big Sky Country, where we'll turn the horses loose, "...'cause you can't ride 'em in the chute!"
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).