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Summer Love Tour: Five Questions with Richard Kriehn

August 14, 2011

PHC staffer Ella Schovanec is on the Summer Love Tour with Garrison, Fred Newman, Andra Suchy, Heather Masse, Sara Watkins, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and will update us periodically from the road.

Richard-SL-2011.jpgRichard Kriehn (mandolin) is with us on the Summer Love Tour as part of The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Back home, he's principal second violin for the Washington/Idaho Symphony and has performed with the Boise Philharmonic, Arkansas Symphony, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, and the Alabama Symphony.

Which did you pick up first mandolin or violin?

Mandolin. My mom bought a mandolin the summer I turned 10. And 15 minutes later her fingers hurt and she put in back in the case and I begged her to let me play it. She was afraid I would break it, so finally she let sit on the edge of the bed and practice.

How many instruments did you bring on the tour?

Three. My mandolin and the violin and a harmonica. My summer's ambition is to teach myself some blues harp.

Did you leave anything at home that you wish you had remembered to bring?

I would have loved to have brought my family with me.

You have a pretty fancy intro to the Powdermilk Biscuit theme on this tour, what is it made up of?

My own stuff. At rehearsal, Garrison said he wanted a cadenza, a solo violin virtuoso. There's a little part in the middle that I borrowed, but otherwise it's mine.

Which city are you most looking forward to?

I have to say two -- Boise, Idaho, because I lived there for a few years. And College Station, Texas, where I went to high school.

"Powdermilk Biscuit Break" -- August 13, 2011 -- East Lansing, MI

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