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Silver & Bowers

Posted at 6:00 AM on January 16, 2010 by Dale Connelly (5 Comments)


Tonight on Radio Heartland on Minnesota Public Radio News Stations, we'll hear the latest new direction from Chris Silver and his band with the release of their disc "Everything Can Wait".

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Chris was part of the legendary local bluegrass band "Stoney Lonesome" for five years. Since then, he has been around the globe for club appearances and festivals in Japan, Austria, Germany and Mexico, along with lots of domestic touring to compliment his restless musical personality. "Bluegrass" only begins to describe what Chris Silver does. He and his band will join me in the studio for the first hour.

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In hour two, I'll talk with autoharp master Bryan Bowers.
Bryan will turn 70 this year, but his memory of the first time he heard an autoharp play is still fresh and inspirational. We'll talk about hard work, muscular forearms and bad driving habits while Bryan plays and sings some original songs tonight on Radio Heartland.

This program will be repeated on radioheartland.org and on digital radio in the Twin Cities (91.1 HD2) on Sunday at noon and Monday evening at 6.


Comments (5)

brian bowers interview was interesting earlier. i will look forwward to more tonight.

Posted by tim | January 16, 2010 8:15 AM


I'm glad we are hearing more from Brian Bowers. Autoharp players are a rarity on the air. Back in the olden days, Garrison Keillor played the autoharp on PHC. Whatever happened to Stevie Beck, "Queen of the Autoharp"?

Posted by Lu in Plymouth | January 16, 2010 8:58 PM


Thanks for the comment, Lu.

Stevie Beck is alive and well and helps with the production of several national radio programs. She will always be the Queen of the Autoharp, although we don't get many opportunities to hear her play. For that matter, you don't hear Garrison play much anymore either. I think the autoharp demands constant devotion.

I hope you like the interview with Brian Bowers!

Posted by Dale Connelly | January 16, 2010 10:10 PM


I enjoyed the show. Thanks, Dale. Speaking of driving with one's knees, about 15 years ago I had to go to a software training session in Lincoln, NE with my boss and another co-worker. It was about this time of year, with a blizzard howling across the plains. As we headed south out of Minnesota, we went through the golden arches for sustenance. My boss, who was driving, managed his Big Mac and fries with both hands and steered with his knees as we sped south. I was sure that ride would be my last. The road surface was snowpacked and slippery. The ditch and median were littered with semis and cars. The co-worker, his sister, was unconcerned because she had ridden with him many times when he drove with his knees.

Posted by Lu in Plymouth | January 16, 2010 10:55 PM


I enjoyed the show. Thanks, Dale. Speaking of driving with one's knees, about 15 years ago I had to go to a software training session in Lincoln, NE with my boss and another co-worker. It was about this time of year, with a blizzard howling across the plains. As we headed south out of Minnesota, we went through the golden arches for sustenance. My boss, who was driving, managed his Big Mac and fries with both hands and steered with his knees as we sped south. I was sure that ride would be my last. The road surface was snowpacked and slippery. The ditch and median were littered with semis and cars. The co-worker, his sister, was unconcerned because she had ridden with him many times when he drove with his knees.

Posted by Lu in Plymouth | January 16, 2010 10:57 PM


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