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Kaukonen, Robin & Linda Williams, Wailin' Jennys play A Prairie Home Companion

Sunday, June 1, 2008 – Celebrating Red House Records' 25th Anniversary, Jorma Kaukonen, The Wailin' Jennys and Robin & Linda Williams will be the featured guests on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion on Saturday, June 21, broadcast live at 6 p.m. from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Kaukonen is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a founding member of The Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Released last year on Red House, his latest solo CD, "Stars in My Crown," continues the American roots journey he began on his Grammy-nominated album "Blue Country Heart", mixing country blues, gospel and bluegrass.

Robin & Linda Williams' latest release, "Radio Songs," featured live performances from the duo's last 20 years on A Prairie Home Companion.

The Wailin' Jennys are a Canadian trio, whose last CD was "Firecracker." The disc earned them a Folk Alliance Award for "Contemporary Release of the Year."

As part of Red House's yearlong 25th anniversary celebration, the label is presenting special events across the country, including a concert on Saturday, June 28th at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Va. featuring Kaukonen, the Williams and acoustic bluesman Guy Davis. The label also just released a special new CD called "Our Side of Town: A Red House Records 25th Year Collection." The set includes Kaukonen, Williams, The Wailin' Jennys, Davis, Lucy Kaplansky, Storyhill, Ray Bonneville, Greg Brown, Jimmy LaFave, Lynn Miles, Cliff Eberhardt, John Gorka, The Pines, Eliza Gilkyson, Peter Ostroushko, Bill Staines and Meg Hutchinson, the latest addition to the Red House roster.

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River of Time CD review - River of Time
The one constant in Jorma Kaukonen's long and storied career has been the fact that he's never been classifiable within any style that he has played and mastered. When he played rock guitar with Jefferson Airplane, he never quite synced up with the accepted rock standards of the time. When he played blues with Hot Tuna, his version of the blues existed outside of the recognized parameters of the blues. And throughout his solo career, Kaukonen has illuminated the unexplored edges of folk, »»»
Blue Country Heart
If you're looking to ride the latest craze in country music, best turn your ears elsewhere. But if you have a yearning to tap your toe and nod your head, make certain to pick up Jorma Kaukonen's latest, a record crafted with the best of intentions and no small amount of heart. Kaukonen, the one-time guitarist for both Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, leaps out with a baker's dozen of tunes that sound quite right for a summer day on the front porch. There's nothing shocking here, except for the »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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