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Erin Bode remembers the day her dad, a Lutheran minister, came home and asked if she wanted to join the church's cherub choir. "At five years old, it was one of the biggest thrills of my life," she says. All through her school years in the Minneapolis suburb of Wayzata, Erin was a self-described "music geek." "I was the only one," she recalls, "who was excited when we took field trips to Orchestra Hall!" The family moved to St. Louis when Erin was 15. In high school, she discovered jazz and big-band music and studied trumpet. She took a degree in music from Webster University, and she has lived in St. Louis ever since. These days, she appears in clubs and at festivals across the country and beyond. Photograph, the most recent of her half-dozen albums, was released last fall.
Tony DeSare and Bucky Pizzarelli
Singer and pianist Tony DeSare and guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli were born 50 years apart, but in 2002, when the two met at a performance at the historic Apollo Theater, they hit it off and have worked together off and on ever since. DeSare's career began while he was still in college. He has played major jazz rooms from Birdland to the Blue Note to the Café Carlyle, and concert halls across the U.S., Australia, and Asia. His latest CD is Radio Show (Telarc Records). At 17, Bucky Pizzarelli joined the Vaughn Monroe dance band. He went on to be a staff musician for NBC and later ABC. In addition to his solo career, he toured with Benny Goodman and played with the biggest names in popular music. His many recordings include Five For Freddie, his 2005 tribute to rhythm guitarist Freddie Green (Arbors Records). On bass for tonight's performance: Steve Doyle.
Garrison Keillor was born in Anoka, graduated from the University of Minnesota ('66), and lives in St. Paul. He is the author of numerous books, including Life Among the Lutherans (Augsburg Books) and Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance (Viking), and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, including Good Poems: American Places (Viking).
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.
Richard Kriehn is principal second violin for the Washington/Idaho Symphony. But it's not all classical all the time; he is equally at home playing bluegrass fiddle and mandolin. He was a member of the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble and the bluegrass group 1946.
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.
One minute he's mild-mannered Tim Russell; the next he's George Bush or Julia Child or Barack Obama. We've yet to stump this man of many voices. In other roles, Tim played the part of Al, the stage manager, in the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion and a detective in the Coen brothers' A Serious Man.
On APHC, Sue Scott plays everything from ditzy teenagers to Guy Noir stunners to leathery crones who've smoked one pack of Camel straights too many. The Tucson, Arizona, native is well known for her extensive commercial and voice-over work on radio and television, as well as movie and stage roles.
Sound effects man Fred Newman is an actor, writer, musician, and sound designer for film and TV. He is author of the book (and CD/CD-ROM) MouthSounds. Fred admits that, growing up, he was unceremoniously removed from several classrooms, "once by my bottom lip."
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).