Trout Fishing in America are Steve's guests.Trout Fishing was nominated for three Grammys and was named among the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Artists in the past 15 years.They join Harry to sing "All I want is a proper cup of coffee". To hear them is to love them. And Steve is going to a Ventriloquists Anonymous meeting to deal with his issues. And boy does he have issues.
Peter Davis is Steve's guest. Peter has played in the house band of Prairie Home Companion and has mastered several musical instruments. His rendition of "Five Guys Named Moe" is exquisite. Harry helps with the scat singing.
Plus, Steve decides to practice the Flapdoodle maneuver on Harry. A dangerous move that can cause irreparable damage to the ventriloquist's arm if done improperly. Needless to say things don't go as planned.
And...Steve plays "Old Dan Tucker" from his album "Silly Songs about Silly People" with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. You may remember Jay because he wrote the theme to Ken Burns' "The Civil War" and was nominated for a Grammy because of it. Molly Mason was in the Prairie Home Companion house band for several years.
5 time winner of the W.C. Handy award, Rory Block is Steve's guest.
Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, Rory is the real McCoy. She sings "One thing I like about that man of mine".
And Harry is doing impossible things. Really. Going through the eye of a needle, tying a knot in an apple and vacuuming the studio with a blackhole.
And Steve and Harry give a rousing rendition of "It ain't gonna rain no more, no more".
What more can you ask for in an audio podcast?
The late great banjo player, Bill Keith, is Steve's guest. Bill played with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Jim Kweskin's Jug band (with Maria Muldaur) and dozens of other greats. He's playing Nola and then later in the program joining Harry with "I was born about 10,000 year ago".
Harry, Steve's dummy, wants to lease out his trunk and prospective renters come by for the interview. It's goofy stuff.
Also, Steve wrote a song for Jim Henson's "Bear in the Big Blue House" entitled "Point of View." On the show, Bear sings the song.
Steve's guest, Cindy Cashdollar is a dobro player who has won 5 grammy awards and has played with Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart and Asleep At The Wheel, Willie Nelson and the Dixie Chicks to name a few. And now she plays with Harry! Sister Kate is an old favorite from the 1920's. And later in the podcast she performs the Sailor's Hornpipe. Harry has kleptomania and everything starts disappearing. Dr. Fenstermacher comes in to treat him and suggests another mania to replace it. How about Bananamania? Stevemania? Oh the possibilities are endless.
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason are guests. Jay wrote Ken Burns' Civil War Theme and was nominated for a grammy as a result. Molly Mason was in the Prairie Home Companion house band. Great fiddle, mandolin and bass players. They're doing two songs on the show.
Meanwhile, Steve doesn't have commercials but much to his chagrin the pesky salespeople keep busting down the door or calling up and trying to sell something to the listeners with hilarious results. Steve and Harry also introduce the Steve and Harry do-it-yourself kit.
Steve's guest is Daniel Pinkwater, the long time commentator on All Things Considered and other NPR programs. He's also an excellent children's author with dozens of books under his belt. On this podcast, Steve and Daniel read his book Ducks with sound effects and all. Steve also plays a commentary that aired on NPR's All Things Considered Harry falls in love with a broom and wants Steve to make her talk so Harry can ask her out on a date. Oy. Earlier in the podcast Harry two times Steve with Steve's girlfriend. Turns out, she's been dating all of the characters that Steve has created unbeknownst to him. When he discovers this, he threatens to fire them all and create a new cast of voice characterizations. Steve and Harry also present a Strange Facts segment. Think Ripley's Believe it or not. Or not. And...Steve and Harry sing Be kind to your Webfooted Friends.
Robin and Linda Williams are guests! Robin and Linda were regulars on Prairie Home Companion.Harry is joining them on a rousing rendition of "C-H-I-C-K-E-N".
Steve and Harry also discuss the parameters of the podcast. For instance, Harry can't read "War and Peace" on the program. That wouldn't be appropriate. But he can hit someone over the head with the book.
Steve sings "Miss Lucy had a baby" with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason and Steve and Harry sing "Steve, Steve, Steve", a song he wrote about how there are just too many Steves in the world.
The charming and funny Christine Lavin is Steve's guest on this audio podcast. She's talking about her career before being a singer songwriter and sings an original song about finding a puppy on the subway tracks in New York. Or is it?
The general store is open and it's so big it makes a Super Walmart look like a little mom and pop shop. It has everything and I mean everything. You want to teach a chicken to play oboe? They have a book on how to do it. You wanna send your kid to the moon. They have the rocket.
Eric Weissberg is Steve's guest on this podcast. This is the man who played the original hit Dueling Banjos and has been on thousands of recordings as a studio musician including Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks. He's played with Barbra Streisand and almost every other well known musician for the last 40 years. On this episode, Steve, in over his head, plays Deliverance's big hit, Dueling Banjos with Eric.
Alternative facts is a relatively new concept, but Harry has been sharing his Untrue Facts with listeners for years. Here he is reading some of his whoppers.
Steve and his pal, Paul Jay, wrote the song Pete and his 45 Caliber Pun for The Riddle King's Riddle Songs which was distributed nationally (available at www.stevecharney.com/stuff.html). Helping Steve on this tune is John Sebastian on lead guitar, Bill Keith on banjo, Jay Ungar on fiddle Molly Mason on bass and Doug James on drums.
Everyone knows an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so when Harry forgets to eat his apple, the doctors start invading. Hilarity ensues.