Peter Ostroushko When the Last Morning Glory Blooms Released May 18

“Some of Peter Ostroushko’s music has the fragility of delicate flowers…other bits gallop like a runaway wagon train.”
Duluth News Tribune

Red House Records is pleased to announce the May 18, 2010 release of When the Last Morning Glory Blooms, the new spring release from Emmy Award winning composer, fiddler and mandolinist Peter Ostroushko.

A regular guest on the national radio show A Prairie Home Companion, Peter is a musical virtuoso who has performed with classical orchestras
like the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as well as folk and blues artists like Greg Brown, Taj Mahal and John Hartford.

On this new album he returns to his heartland roots with a rich collection of instrumentals that includes his own blend of Old World, contemporary and traditional sounds. It features master bluegrass musicians Norman & Nancy Blake and country fiddler Johnny Gimble (of Bob Wills’ legendary Texas Playboys) as well as noted Minnesota musicians Richard Dworsky, Pat Donohue, Dan Chouinard and Joel Sayles. Starting in Harper Lee’s fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama and traveling through the fields, mountains and rivers of time, Peter creates an album that stands alongside his great masterworks like Heart of the Heartland. Sweet and somewhat nostalgic, the music is fresh but sounds familiar, like music that has been with you your whole life, keeping you company through life’s most beautiful times–the last blooms of summer, starry Texas nights and the wedding days of our loved ones. He wrote “The B and B Waltz” for Red House founder Bob Feldman on the occasion of his wedding to Beth Friend, “The A and A Waltz” for the wedding of friends  Andrew Pierzina and Andra Suchy and the playful “Marjorie’s Waltz #4” for his own wife. Personal and moving, these tunes provide a soundtrack to the most important moments in our lives.

The recording also revels in the world’s natural wonders, as is evident in the charming “Down Where the River Bends,” the haunting “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” and the warm “When the Last Morning Glory  Blooms.”

Evoking a unique landscape, this album is cinematic in scope and sound. It is no wonder that Peter’s music has been used so widely in film (Into the Wild) and television (Ken Burns’ documentaries Lewis and Clark and The National Parks) and that it continues to enthrall audiences with its beauty, energy and originality. Peter will tour throughout 2010 in support of the new album.

For his tour schedule, please visit
Publicity Contact: Ellen Stanley • • (651) 644-4161
Publicity Contact: Ellen Stanley • • (651) 644-4161

Peter Ostroushko is regarded as one of the finest mandolin and fiddle players in acoustic music. As one critic said:
“Peter Ostroushko can play anything! And usually does.” The Emmy Award winning composer has toured all over
North America and Europe, has played on over a thousand albums and has earned an international reputation as a
versatile and dazzling musical master.

Peter’s recording contributions stand tall alongside the great Nashville session men of his generation, and he’s at home
in virtually every style of music. His first recording session was an uncredited mandolin performance on Bob Dylan’s
masterpiece Blood on the Tracks. Since then he’s played country (with Jethro Burns, Emmylou Harris, Willie
Nelson, Chet Atkins and Johnny Gimble); bluegrass (with Norman and Nancy Blake, Tim O’Brien and Hot Rize);
folk (with Greg Brown, John Hartford, Robin & Linda Williams and Taj Mahal); jazz; and most recently, classical
—performing with the Saint Paul Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Symphony Orchestra and Kremlin
Chamber Orchestra in Moscow.

He is at his best when he plays his own compositions – a rich musical stew of various ethnic influences. His family
immigrated to the U.S. from the Ukraine after World War II and he was raised in Minneapolis’ Ukrainian
neighborhood. As a child he listened as family members gathered on weekends to play traditional folk music.
Ostroushko blends these roots with other Old World sounds (from Scandinavian schottisches to Irish hornpipes) and he
mixes in classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, swing, and old-time. He calls this gumbo of musical styles slüz düz, a phrase
borrowed from his mother meaning, roughly, “over the edge” or “off his rocker.”

Ostroushko’s resumé is dizzying in its size and scope. He has played lead ukulele with the Minnesota Symphony
Orchestra (under the direction of Sir Neville Mariner) and has toured with them under the direction of Edo DeWart
playing mandolin in a Mahler symphony at Carnegie Hall. With the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, he’s performed a
number of Baroque mandolin concertos by both Vivaldi and Paisiello and he has also performed a number of his own
scores with them, with famed violin virtuoso Gil Shaham as guest soloist. He’s barked like a dog on Late Night with
David Letterman and appeared on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood (whose other rare musical guests have included Wynton
Marsalis and Yo-Yo Ma). He’s composed and performed scores for a number of theater companies across the country,
including The Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis, Actors Theatre Company of St. Paul (with whom he
traveled to Edinburgh’s famed Fringe Festival), The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Madison Repertory Theater and
ACT Theatre in Seattle. He’s appeared on radio and television shows including Mountain Stage, Good Evening, TNN,
Lonesome Pine, Austin City Limits, and A Prairie Home Companion, where he was a regular performer and one of
the show’s music directors.

Peter’s recordings reflect the breadth of his influences, eclecticism, and sheer talent. They include Down the Streets of
My Old Neighborhood and Slüz Düz (both on Rounder Records), and on Red House Records: Peter Ostroushko
presents the Mando Boys; Buddies of Swing (featuring Jethro Burns, Johnny Gimble, Red Maddock and Butch
Thompson); his acclaimed 1989 release Blue Mesa; and Duo, his 1992 collaboration with acoustic guitar wizard Dean
Magraw (named one of Ten Best Folk Albums of the Year by Pulse Magazine). His highly acclaimed 1994 release,
Heart of the Heartland, won a NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors) Indie Award for
Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year, and was used by filmmaker Ken Burns in his 1997 PBS documentary
Lewis and Clark. Pilgrims on the Heart Road, the second release of the “Heartland” trilogy, also garnered heavy
praise earning a place on Pulse! Magazine’s Top Ten List for 1997. The album Sacred Heart completed the trilogy.
Cinematic in nature, it has the ability to evoke mental images and transport the listener across geographic space
effortlessly. With its lush, spiritual instrumentation, the album virtually soars. In 2002, Peter released the critically
acclaimed Meeting on Southern Soil (Red House) with flat-picking legend Norman Blake following with Coming
Down from Red Lodge (Red House) in 2003.

In 2005, Peter won an Emmy Award for his original score for the PBS series Minnesota: A History of the Land,
which movingly conveyed the feeling of Minnesota’s epic landscapes and history, giving voice to places and people
long gone. He followed that up with Postcards: Travels With a Great American Radio Show, taking his photographic
style on the road, sending his impressions of America’s cities and small towns through his driving instrumental tunes.
Peter now releases a new album that is rooted in his heartland home. When the Last Morning Glory Blooms contains
personal tunes he wrote for friends and family that seem universal in their ability to convey love, playfulness, and the
yearning for home.

Publicity Contact: Ellen Stanley • • (651) 644-4161

“a veritable folk evocation of Aaron Copland” – Sing Out!

“Transfixing in its depictive power.”- Billboard

“American composer Peter Ostroushko…captures the whisper of tall grass prairie and the thunder of
untamed rivers.”- E Magazine

“Breathtaking, technically brilliant music.”- Relix

“Peter Ostroushko is one of the greatest mandolin players going today.”- Norman Blake

“Ostroushko’s often gorgeous melodies are mostly reflective, sometimes bittersweet and, like Ansel Adams’ photographs, capture the essence of a place along with its physical features.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune

“His originals are born sounding instantly antique, though his sense of humor keeps everything fresh.”- Chicago Tribune

“one of the most complete entertainers on the folk circuit.”- San Francisco Bay Guardian

“One of America’s finest instrumental talents.”- Folk Roots

“There may be no other living person on this planet who can play faster than Ostroushko…he can add
filigrees and detail that are down-right earboggling!”- Oakland Tribune

“One of the finest musicians on the planet.” – Rhythm Music Magazine

Publicity Contact: Ellen Stanley • promotions@redhouserecords.

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