May 1, 2004
It's a big music week as the show comes to you from the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Our guests will include our friends Peter Ostroushko, Katey Bellville, and Kacey Jones; the cutting-edge hillbilly band BR549; Johnny Gimble, the King of the Swing Fiddle; steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons; and multiple Grammy-winner Alison Krauss.

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Segment 1
00:00:00Logo (MPR)
00:00:12Tishomingo Blues
00:03:38GK opens, talks about the Ryman Auditorium, country music
00:05:32"Black & White Rag" - Johnny Gimble, Peter Ostroushko, Dick Gimble, and Shoe Band
00:09:12GK talks to Johnny Gimble
00:10:38"Let Them Talk" - GK and Shoe Band
Segment 2
00:13:30Fritz Electronics script
00:15:35"1-900-Bubba" - Kacey Jones and Shoe Band
00:19:40"King of the Road" - GK, Kacey Jones, and Shoe Band
00:22:18GK introduced BR549
00:22:52"That's What I Get" - BR549
00:26:11"Tangled in the Pines" - BR549
00:30:05Powdermilk Biscuit Break
00:32:00"Windy & Warm" - Pat Donohue
Segment 3
00:34:45SFX script
00:38:30"Youth" - GK
00:41:11"Waiting For the Guy to Die" - Kacey Jones and Shoe Band
Segment 4
00:44:00Guy Noir script (with Alison Krauss)
00:54:45GK talks about churches in Nashville
00:55:42"A Living Prayer" - Alison Krauss
01:00:04"Blessed Jesus Hold My Hand" - Alison Krauss
01:04:30Intermission - Preacher
01:08:43Welcome Back to the 2nd half, Greetings
01:13:00GK talks with Katey Bellville
01:14:20"It's Been A Long Time" - Katey Bellville and Shoe Band
01:18:25"Where the Soul of Man Never Dies" - Katey Bellville, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, and Garrison Keillor
Segment 5
01:20:46Mystery script
01:26:31"French Canadian Medley" - Dan Newton and Shoe Band
01:29:40GK talks to BR549 about their name
01:30:50"My Window Faces The South" - BR549 with Johnny Gimble
01:34:22"The Waltz You Saved for Me" - Buddy Emmons and Shoe Band
Segment 6
01:37:00The News From Lake Wobegon
01:50:48"Memories of Tyler, TX" - Peter Ostroushko, Johnny Gimble, Dick Gimble, and Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
01:53:47Credits
01:55:16"The Next Time I'm in Town" - GK, Shoe Band
01:56:18"Big Mon" - Alison Krauss, Sierra Hull, Dan Tyminski, Ron Block

Photos from the show
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Johnny GimbleKacey Jones
BR549 Katey Bellville

Guest Information
  • Kacey Jones
  • Peter Ostroushko
  • Alison Krauss
  • Buddy Emmons
  • Johnny Gimble
  • Katey Bellville
  • BR549
  • Guest Recordings
  • Kacey Jones
  • Peter Ostroushko
  • Alison Krauss
  • Buddy Emmons
  • Johnny Gimble
  • BR549

  • Scripts
  • Fritz Electronics
  • SFX
  • Guy Noir
  • Mystery




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