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This week: we're prepping for a return to Saint Paul for two bonus shows on May 13 and 20 with a rebroadcast of our February season finale at the Fitzgerald Theater. The Avett Brothers play "No Hard Feelings" and "Murder in the City," Jesca Hoop performs "The Lost Sky" and "Pegasi," and Jen Kirkman shares a few tales from her childhood. Plus: the debut of Chris Thile's "Thanks for Listening," Aoife O'Donovan sings "Jupiter," and, fresh off a Grammy win, Sarah Jarosz joins us with "House of Mercy." We'll also check in with Down the Hatch, public radio's only beverage-only recipe program, and get a word from our sponsor Alt-Air. Tune in this weekend on your local public radio station and we'll see you back on the air for a brand-new live broadcast -- complete with live video from the Fitz -- next Saturday!
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  • Chris Thile

    By the time Chris Thile turned 15, he had already been playing mandolin for a decade. He’d also started Nickel Creek with Sara and Sean Watkins, and released his first solo recording, 1994’s Leading Off. This Grammy winner and MacArthur Fellow teams up with numerous musicians in myriad styles and leads acoustic quintet Punch Brothers. His albums include Thanks for Listening (Nonesuch) 10 studio recordings originally written as Prairie Home Companion Songs of the Week. He is now in his second season hosting the show.

  • Richard Dworsky

    Richard Dworsky, Live from Here's keyboardist, composer, arranger, and music director, has collaborated with diverse musicians -- from Yo-Yo Ma and James Taylor to Brad Paisley and Kristin Chenoweth. For 23 years, he served as pianist and music director for Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Rich has also provided music for documentaries on HBO and PBS, and has released many recordings of original material, including his latest, All In Due Time.

  • Sarah Jarosz

    Sarah Jarosz is a gifted multi-instrumentalist (mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, banjo), an expressive and distinctive vocalist, and an accomplished songwriter. The New England Conservatory of Music grad has carved out a solid niche where contemporary folk, Americana, and roots music intersect. She's been nominated for multiple Grammys, including two for her album Build Me Up From Bones. And her recording Undercurrent (Sugar Hill) took the Grammy for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Performance ("House of Mercy").

  • Ted Poor

    "Adventurous, truly dynamic, and forward-thinking drumming," said Modern Drummer magazine of Ted Poor. An in-demand session player and sideman, this Eastman School of Music alum has toured worldwide with various bands, and he is currently an Artist in Residence at the University of Washington, Seattle. For the past few years, Ted has been a member of Andrew Bird's band and appears on Bird's 2016 release, Are You Serious.

  • Tim Russell

    Mild-mannered Tim Russell one minute -- Obama, Trump, or myriad others the next. It's almost impossible to stump this "man of a thousand voices." A longtime radio personality (veteran of WDBQ in Dubuque, WCCO and KJJO in the Twin Cities, in addition to his decades-long Prairie Home stint), Tim appeared in the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion and the Coen brothers' A Serious Man.

  • Serena Brook

    Actress Serena Brook has appeared off-Broadway, on the national tour circuit, and on regional theater stages. In the Twin Cities, her work includes productions at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 7th House Theater, the Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio, and the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis. The Eagan, Minnesota, native is also a voice-over artist who can be heard on national and regional radio commercials.

  • Fred Newman

    Sound effects man Fred Newman is an actor, writer, musician, and sound designer for film and TV. Turns out, no one is more surprised than Fred that he's made a career out of doing what he used to do behind the teacher's back --crossing his eyes, making sounds, and doing voices. He readily admits that, growing up, he was unceremoniously removed from several classrooms, "once by my bottom lip."

  • Alan Hampton

    Multi-instrumentalist Alan Hampton began his music career in Houston, Texas. He continued at New York City's New School and then at the Thelonious Monk Institute in L.A. He has performed internationally with Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, and more. In addition to laying down tracks for numerous musicians, Alan's own recordings include Origami for the Fire (Ash Productions).

  • Julian Lage

    The New York Times has called Julian Lage "one of jazz's breezier virtuosos, possessed of an unflappable technical facility and a seemingly boundless curiosity." A former child prodigy, the California-born, New York-based guitarist boasts a resume that an artist twice his age would be proud to claim. In addition to his many collaborations, Julian has released three albums as leader, most recently 2016's Arclight. Mount Royal (Free Dirt Records) -- his duo album with guitarist Chris Eldridge -- earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

  • Stuart Duncan

    Multi-instrumentalist Stuart Duncan took up fiddle as a youngster. Since then, he has chalked up a career that includes a couple of Grammys, a slew of Academy of Country Music Awards, and being named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Fiddle Player of the Year nine times. He was a founding member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band and is perennially one of Nashville’s most sought-after session musicians, performing on thousands of recordings.

  • Aoife O'Donovan

    With her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting, Aoife O'Donovan captivates fans and critics alike. She was lead singer of the string band Crooked Still and a featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile. Her own recordings include Man In A Neon Coat: Live From Cambridge. Along with Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins, Aoife performs as I'm With Her, whose first full-length album, See You Around, is due out in February.

  • The Avett Brothers

    The Avett Brothers, Scott (vocals, banjo) and Seth (vocals, guitar), grew up on a hobby farm near Concord, North Carolina. As teens, they played in hard-rock bands, before discovering folk and bluegrass. They released their first full-length album, Country Was, in 2002. Their ninth, the more experimental True Sadness, came out last year and garnered two Grammy nominations. The brothers were recently inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. The band includes Bob Crawford (bass), Mike Marsh (drums), Joe Kwon (cello), Paul Defiglia (Hammond B-3, keyboards), and Tania Elizabeth (fiddle).

  • Jesca Hoop

    California native and Manchester, England, transplant Jesca Hoop started writing songs in her teens. Soon she honed her craft and developed a reputation as a unique songwriter and beguiling live performer. Tom Waits once described her music as being like a four-sided coin. "She is an old soul," he said, "like a black pearl, a good witch or red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night." In 2016, Jesca released a duets record with Sam Beam of Iron & Wine. Her fourth solo album, Memories Are Now (Sub Pop Records), came out in January 2017.

  • Jen Kirkman

    Jen Kirkman is a stand-up comedian and author of two comedic essay collections: I Can Barely Take Care of Myself and I Know What I'm Doing and Other Lies I Tell Myself. Last month, Just Keep Livin'? -- her most recent comedy special -- began streaming worldwide on Netflix. Based in Los Angeles, Jen tours across the globe and has made appearances on Conan, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and more. She was a longtime writer and round-table guest on Chelsea Lately and is well known for being a five-time narrator of Comedy Central's Drunk History.