In the beginning
there was the Guys All Star Shoe Band, featured each week on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. The band played its own features as well as accompanying Garrison’s tunes and providing backup for many of the musical guests on the show. Those included opera singers, classical, jazz, New Orleans, Nashville and Austin soloists, pop icons such as James Taylor, Carole King, Aaron Neville, EmmyLou Harris, Mark Knopfler, Keb Mo, Elvis Costello, etc. The band was known for it’s extraordinary ability to find the heart of every style, providing immediate comfort and security to those artists that were performing live for millions of listeners.
The members of New Shoes are: guitarist/mandolinist/ fiddler Richard Kriehn, bassist Gary Raynor, drummer Peter Johnson, and frequent Guy’s guest steel guitarist Joe Savage. They continue the tradition by presenting music from many streams, the only requirement being the inherent quality of the songs, and of course, the joy of working together to bring this music to their audiences.
The Shoes on “New Shoes”:
The main thing that makes New Shoes unique is our instrumentation- mandolin, steel guitar, bass and drums- coupled with the breadth of our material.
For example, an audience might hear a parody of The Rolling Stones’ “Mother’s Little Helper” called “Father’s Little Helper”, about Viagra; they have performed Bach’s “Air on the G String” as a steel guitar feature, a Brazilian Choro by Egberto Gismonti as a mandolin feature, an overture excerpt from Bizet’s Carmen opera (not something you hear every day from a mandolin/steel guitar band), a Blind Alfred Reed tune called “Always Lift Him Up”, then they might do an original instrumental by Richard (Kriehn), or a Steely Dan or Beatles song, or throw in a familiar sing-a-long number like “City of New Orleans”.
In short, it’s a real smorgasbord.
The ‘Shoes’ are also unique in that we share some often-times amusing and always entertaining tales from behind the scenes at A Prairie Home Companion.
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