January 30, 2010
Tucson Convention Center Arena

Tucson, AZ

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Since forming four years ago, Tucson-based iMas has been playing music ranging from Tejano to country to funk for an ever-growing fan base. Their first recording, Mucho Corazón, came out in 2007, and a new CD is scheduled for release next month. The band: Louie Ranjel (bass/lead vocals), Alberto Ranjel III (vocals/keyboard), Andy Coronado (guitar), Ralphy Gallegos (drums), Louie Ramirez Jr. (trumpet), Joey Villa (trumpet), Eddie Federico (sax), Michael Olguin (back-up vocals).

Joel Guzmán

Accordionist Joel Guzmán was performing with his father's band before he had even started school — "El Pequeño Gigante" ("The Little Giant") they called him. Now an in-demand instrumentalist, singer, and producer, he is known for fusing traditional Mexican music with other genres. Among his many albums are the Grammy-winning Polkas, Gritos y Acordeones (Fox Records) and Live Cactus! (Rack 'Em Records), a collaboration with Joe Ely.

Dave Rawlings Machine

Several years ago, guitarist, producer, singer, songwriter Dave Rawlings — well known for his work with Gillian Welch — came up with the notion of stepping out front and recording as Dave Rawlings Machine. And he did. Friend of a Friend (Acony Records), his first solo album, was released last November. "Songcraft as soul-baringly timeless as Twenties Delta blues," was Rolling Stone magazine's four-star assessment. With Dave on tonight's performance: Gillian Welch, Morgan Jahnig, Ketch Secor, and William Watson.

Andra Suchy

Andra Suchy spent her childhood on a farm near Mandan, North Dakota, the daughter of two talented singers. By the time she was in grade school, she was traveling around, doing concerts and festivals with her family. These days, she sings with several groups in the Twin Cities area — including the all-girl trio The Dollys. She also works as a back-up singer and as a jingle singer on commercials for White Castle, Target, and more. Andra's solo CD is called Patchwork Story.

The 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 masterful keyboard player, composer, and improviser in any style, he writes all the script themes and underscores, and he has accompanied guests from James Taylor to Renée Fleming. His latest CD is So Near and Dear to Me.

Chet Atkins called Pat Donohue (guitar) one of the greatest finger pickers in the world today. And he writes songs too — recorded by Suzy Bogguss, Kenny Rogers and others. Freewayman (Bluesky Records) is the most recent of Pat's nine albums.

Gary Raynor (bass) has performed with the Count Basie band, Sammy Davis Jr. — with whom he toured for several years — and the Minnesota Klezmer Band. He teaches jazz bass at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul.

Peter Johnson (percussion) has played klezmer music with Doc Severinsen and jazz with Dave Brubeck. He was a drummer for The Manhattan Transfer and for Gene Pitney. He has toured the world, but he always comes back to home base: Saint Paul.

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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