Local Band on A Prairie Home Companion

For the second year in a row, a Northern Michigan act was selected to perform in the “People in Their Twenties” talent show on Garrison Keillor’s weekly public radio program, A Prairie Home Companion.

Holly Keller and Jenny Bousquet, who comprise the Petoskey-based acoustic band Pinky Lee, were chosen as finalists for the second annual talent show. More than 1,000 entries from across the nation were considered; only six acts were chosen.

Missaukee County-based Seth Bernard and Daisy May (see “Singin’ Us Home,” December 2007) were among the finalists on the talent show’s inaugural episode a year ago.

During this year’s program, which was broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, on March 15, each act performed two songs and made a guest appearance in a “Guy Noir” episode, one of A Prairie Home Companion’s regular mock radio dramas. Listeners cast votes online to select a winner, and though the grand prize ultimately went to a Virginia-based duo called The Honey Dewdrops, Keller and Bousquet walked away with an amazing experience. “We had the time of our lives, and we will never forget it,” Keller wrote in Pinky Lee’s MySpace blog.

Pinky Lee got its moniker from the nickname Bousquet gave to Keller’s pink guitar capo, which was made to support breast cancer research. The duo has been performing together for about a year, blending acoustic folk and soul sounds with tight vocal harmonies. Both women play guitar and mandolin.

For more on Pinky Lee, a list of live shows and and to hear selected original songs, check out the band’s MySpace page at myspace.com/msholly4u. To listen to the “People in Their Twenties” talent show episode of A Prairie Home Companion, visit the archived page here: http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/2008/03/15/