This week: we look back to February and our broadcast from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Amos Lee sings "One Lonely Light" and "A Change is Gonna Come"; Jenny Lewis performs "Just One of the Guys" and "Heads Gonna Roll"; and Nate Bargatze shares a few thoughts about dog medicine, time travel, and friendship. Plus: our host Chris Thile with his Song of the Week, "Falsetto"; Noam Pikelny joins us to play "Waveland"; the story of country music legend Buddy Lee Bedford; and a message from our sponsor Le Poulet Chaud Cafe.
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  • Amos Lee

    Philadelphia native Amos Lee set out to be a schoolteacher. He earned a degree in English, but music proved to be the siren's call. With his smooth vocals and a style that has been described as jazz-meets-soul-meets-folk, he released his debut album, Amos Lee, in 2005 -- the same year Rolling Stone named him one of the 10 Artists to Watch. Six studio albums later, he continues to evolve, develop, and challenge himself as a musician. Spirit (Republic), his latest recording, is the first time he has taken the helm as his own producer.
  • Jenny Lewis

    Jenny Lewis began acting in commercials, TV shows, and movies when she was a youngster. But her fans are more apt to know her as a standout singer and songwriter. Since her days as frontwoman for indie-rock band Rilo Kiley, she has done three solo albums, including 2014's The Voyager (Warner Bros. Records). Along with Erika Forster and Tennessee Thomas, she is also a member of the rock trio NAF, whose self-titled debut recording was released last year on Lewis's own Love's Way label.
  • Nate Bargatze

    Nate Bargatze followed in the entertainment business footsteps of his dad, a clown turned world-class magician. The popular stand-up comedian -- one of Vulture's 2015 50 Comedians to Watch -- has appeared on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Conan, and at comedy clubs and festivals coast to coast. Nate's first album, Yelled At By A Clown, hit No. 1 on the iTunes comedy charts and stayed on Billboard's comedy chart for weeks. His 2015 special, Full Time Magic, premiered on Comedy Central.
  • Chris Thile

    Chris Thile, A Prairie Home Companion's new host, made his first appearance on the show in 1996. He was 15 and 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 now collaborates with many musicians in myriad styles and leads acoustic quintet Punch Brothers. Thile's solo albums include Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 (Nonesuch).
  • Richard Dworsky

    Keyboardist, composer, arranger, and longtime Prairie Home Companion music director Richard Dworsky has collaborated with such diverse musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, Brad Paisley, Kristin Chenoweth, and Sheryl Crow. He has provided music for documentaries on HBO and PBS, and has released many recordings of original material, including his latest, All In Due Time.
  • Chris Eldridge

    Maybe it's the gene pool: Chris Eldridge's father was a founding member of The Seldom Scene, a group that guitarist Chris would join after earning a degree in music performance from Oberlin. He went on to start the bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters, and later to critical acclaim with Punch Brothers.
  • Brittany Haas

    At 14, fiddler Brittany Haas began touring with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings. Now Anger says: "Britt opens the window, gets out of the way, and the music floods through in a tide of joy." The California-born, Princeton University grad has performed with a number of bands, including Crooked Still and her trio, Haas Kowert Tice (with bassist Paul Kowert and guitarist Jordan Tice). Among her recordings is 2014's You Got This (Haas Kowert Tice).
  • Paul Kowert

    At age three, Paul Kowert started on violin, but by fourth grade he'd taken up bass, and he later graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music. Now this Wisconsin-raised, Nashville-based musician is a member of Punch Brothers and has toured with Mike Marshall's Big Trio and Dave Rawlings Machine. You Got This is his 2014 recording with American roots trio Haas Kowert Tice.
  • 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 was 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 2016's In the Magic Hour, follow-up to her critically acclaimed solo debut, Fossils. Her most recent release, Man In A Neon Coat: Live From Cambridge, is a collection of original songs and covers, recorded live at The Sinclair.
  • Noam Pikelny

    A founding member of Punch Brothers, banjoist Noam Pikelny is a three-time Grammy nominee and recipient of the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. The New York Times described his 2014 release, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, as "a token of reverence, a feat of translation, and a show of dominion." His latest solo recording, Universal Favorite, will be out next month on the Rounder label.
  • 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 in Seattle. Wounded Caroline is the 2013 album from Ted's group Mt. Varnum.
  • Serena Brook

    After she picked up her diploma from the University of Minnesota Duluth, actress, voice-over artist, and Eagan, Minnesota, native Serena Brook was off to New York City, where she spent five years performing in Off-Broadway shows and with national and regional touring companies. Now living in the Twin Cities, she has worked with Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and 7th House Theater.
  • Tim Russell

    Mild-mannered Tim Russell one minute -- Obama, Trump, or myriad others the next. It's almost impossible to stump this man of many voices. Says fellow Prairie Home Companion actor Sue Scott, "He does a better Ira Glass than Ira Glass." A well-known Twin Cities radio personality and voice actor, Tim appeared in the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion and the Coen brothers' A Serious Man.
  • 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."