Saturday, November 15, 2008
Born in Alabama and raised in North Carolina and Virginia, Emmylou Harris began playing the guitar at 16. A few years later, she recorded her first album, Gliding Bird. In the early 1970s, she moved to Los Angeles and teamed up with Gram Parsons, with whom she made two recordings. After Parsons' death in 1973, Harris made her major-label debut, Pieces of the Sky. Now, with dozens of albums and countless awards, including 12 Grammys, she maintains a widespread and loyal following. Her latest CD is All I Intended to Be (Nonesuch Records). Rickie Simpkins (fiddle, mandolin), Phil Madeira guitar, keyboards), and Chris Donohue (bass).
"Spider" John Koerner has influenced musicians from Bonnie Raitt to Bob Dylan, not to mention thousands of traditional music fans who've been drawn to his songs, his guitar playing, and his humor for more than four decades. With Dave Ray and Tony Glover, Koerner was at the forefront of the 1960's folk-blues scene. Albums the trio did back then Blues, Rags and Hollers, The Return of Koerner, Ray & Glover, etc. are still favorites, and John continues to put his distinctive spin on songs, familiar and obscure. His many solo albums include StarGeezer and Raised By Humans, both on the Red House label.
Andra, who spent her childhood on a North Dakota farm, has performed and recorded with numerous bands. Her solo CD is called Patchwork Story.
Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band is led by A Prairie Home Companion music director Richard Dworsky. A keyboard master with an arsenal of ideas, he has worked with artists from Al Jarreau to Kristin Chenoweth to the Hopeful Gospel Quartet. His latest CD is So Near and Dear to Me (Prairie Home Productions).
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).