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Bluesman Elvin Bishop was a founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He went solo in 1968, moved to the Bay Area, and continued a music career that's now into its fifth decade. The most recent of his twenty-some albums are 2008’s Grammy-nominated The Blues Rolls On and Red Dog Speaks (Delta Groove Music), to be released later this month. Trombonist Ed Earley joins Bishop for today’s show.
Sara Watkins with Sean Watkins
Singer, songwriter, fiddle player Sara Watkins was only eight when she and her brother, Sean Watkins, became two-thirds of the genre-bending, Grammy Award-winning acoustic trio Nickel Creek. Two decades later — with Nickel Creek on indefinite hiatus — Sara struck out on her own. Her first solo album, Sara Watkins, came out last year on the Nonesuch label. Sean’s latest solo album is Blinders On (Sugar Hill).
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. Keyboard player, composer and improviser in any style, he also writes all the script themes and underscores. His latest CD is So Near and Dear to Me.
Chet Atkins called Pat Donohue (guitar) one of the greatest fingerpickers 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.
Andy Stein (violin, saxophone) definitely has far-flung musical leanings. He collaborated with Garrison Keillor to create the opera Mr. and Mrs. Olson, and he has performed with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Eric Clapton, Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, and Bob Dylan.
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).