Special Guests
Saturday, August 25, 2007

Dave Moore

One year, Iowa City native Dave Moore got a harmonica for Christmas. It turned out to be his ticket to a life in music. He's had other jobs -- after a couple of years of college, he traveled around and found employment as a fruit-picker, a plumber's assistant, a lumberyard worker and oil-rig worker -- but music is his calling. He reclaimed Iowa as home base, and for more than 20 years now, he has entertained audiences coast to coast with his singing, songwriting, button accordion, guitar, and harmonica. He made his first album, Juke Joints and Cantinas, after he won a folk festival singing contest. The prize was 12 hours in a Chicago recording studio. His latest CD is called Breaking Down to 3 (Red House).

Deborah Garrison

Born in Ann Arbor and educated at Brown University and New York University, poet Deborah Garrison spent 15 years on the editorial staff of The New Yorker. She is now the poetry editor at Alfred A. Knopf and a senior editor at Pantheon Books. Her first book, A Working Girl Can't Win, was published nine years ago and chronicled the progress and predicaments of a young woman. A second book of poetry, The Second Child: Poems (Random House), came out just last month. It is an exploration of all the facets of motherhood the joys, the sorrows, the frustrations. Garrison lives with her husband and three children in Montclair, New Jersey.

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

She may have grown up in West Los Angeles in the '70s, but Gillian Welch draws on the roots of rural Appalachia for her sound. She began a successful duo act with fellow Berklee School of Music student David Rawlings; they now live in Nashville and tour the world.

The Wailin' Jennys

When three solo performers with powerful voices joined forces for a one-time gig in 2002, everything changed. The collaboration was a huge success, surprising everyone, including The Wailin' Jennys. Soon the ad hoc trio was on tour, and within a few weeks the word was out: People were calling them "a bona fide Canadian sensation." Now their fame is spreading. Writing in the Sydney [Australia] Morning Herald, one music critic said, "This is about as good as contemporary folk gets." Closer to home, a Winnipeg Free Press reporter proclaimed that the group's harmony singing has "the ability to send shivers up your spine." The Wailin' Jennys are soprano Ruth Moody, a pianist, songwriter and classically trained vocalist; mezzo Nicky Mehta, a poet and songwriter whose first album was nominated for a 2002 Canadian Music Award; and alto Annabelle Chvostek, who performed her first gig at the age of seven with the Canadian Opera Company, and later broke into the Montreal cabaret scene. The trio's critically acclaimed CD 40 Days won a 2005 Juno Award for Best Roots and Traditional Album of the Year. Their second album, Firecracker, was released this year on the Red House label.

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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