Are you lonesome tonight? Got heartaches by the number? A hankering for pedal steel guitar, some high lonesome Floyd Cramer piano and a Patsy Cline yodel? Then you gotta go hear Lush Country, an all-star band  playing the best country songs of the hi-fi era:

Hank, Patsy, Tammy, George, Merle, Loretta, Conway, Dolly and Buck!

Dan Chouinard

Piano, Accordion, Vocal,

For three decades Dan Chouinard has been pianist and accordionist of choice for a who’s who of Twin Cities performers, an enabler of community sing-alongs and a writer of hit shows for public radio, concert hall and theatrical stage. The list of regular Twin Cities colleagues includes Maria Jette, Prudence Johnson, Peter Ostroushko, Kevin Kling, Ann Reed, the Rose Ensemble and Philip Brunelle and Vocalessence.

https://danchouinard.com/

Prudence Johnson (Vocals)

Prudence Johnson's long and happy career as a singer, writer and teacher has landed her on the music theatre stage, in two feature films (A River Runs Through it, A Prairie Home Companion), on national radio (several long stints on A Prairie Home Companion) and on concert stages across North America occasionally Europe (Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Gorky Park). She has released more than a dozen recordings, including dedicated to the music of the Gershwins, Hoagy Carmichael and Greg Brown.

Richard Kriehn

Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocal

Minnesota-based multi-instrumentalist Richard Kriehn played with the “Guys All-Star Shoe Band” from June of 2010 until July of 2016. Richard has performed in symphony orchestras, bluegrass bands, baroque ensembles, pit orchestras, cover bands, country bands…he’s played everything: Bach, Bluegrass, Beatles and Beyond! He has toured with Travis Tritt, Aaron Tippin and Michael Peterson, and has appeared numerous times on the Grand Ole’ Opry and made appearances on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Prime Time Country as well an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger.

 https://www.themandolinplayer.net/richard-kriehn

Gary Rue

Guitar, Vocal

A performer and composer, Gary has been playing music for audiences throughout the western hemisphere since the mid-sixties, beginning with various town halls in the upper Midwest and graduating to East Coast ‘tent’ tours that included the Big Apple (Carnegie Hall as music director and duet partner for Gene Pitney) and on to far flung points in Canada and the Caribbean. Early along the way, Mr. Rue began writing music of his own, and was rewarded with some of his songs being recorded by (among others) Nick Lowe and Helen Reddy, as well as many prominent regional artists.

https://garyrue.com/

Pedal steel ace Joe Savage may think of himself as a Perennial Sideman (title of one of his albums), and it is true that he has performed with a long list of artists in addition to being a go-to studio musician. But solo or sideman, Joe has been a welcome fixture on the Twin Cities music scene since moving from Cloquet, Minnesota, to Minneapolis in the 1980s.

http://savagejoe.com/index.html

Pete Johnson

Drums

Drummer Peter Johnson had a seven year stint with the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band. He started his career with a group that performed daily at L.A.'s Magic Mountain theme park. From there he hit the road, touring the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand with The Manhattan Transfer vocal group, and later with pop singer Gene Pitney. He’s had the opportunity to play with a broad spectrum of artists, including Chuck Berry, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, and Dave Brubeck. In addition to his work as a drummer, Peter has written hundreds of jingles and underscores for commercials, and he composed and produced the music for two Sesame Street Live shows.

 

Gary Raynor

Bass

A Minnesota resident since 1977, Gary Raynor (bass) toured with Sammy Davis Jr., performed with the Count Basie Band, the Rupert’s Orchestra, and dozens of Broadway touring shows — including the first presentation of The Lion King. He regularly performs at local jazz clubs. Raynor is featured on Janet Jackson’s hit single “Again” and the original Rio Nido album, “I Like to Riff”.

https://jazzmn.org/gary-raynor/