December 4, 2004
This weekend, help us say hello to another St. Paul December. We'll be at the Fitz, warmed by the smoky voice of our friend Prudence Johnson, and by the hot country of the Flatlanders' Joe Ely. Pianist Nils Lindberg will be there as well, plus the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, The News From Lake Wobegon and more.

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Segment 1
00:00:00Logo
00:00:12Tishomingo Blues
00:02:40GK talks about his daughter's Christmas concert
00:04:43"December Waltz" - Pat Donohue
00:08:16S.U.T. script
00:09:25Evelyn script
00:11:15Movie script
00:13:18The Lives of the Cowboys script
00:23:40Powdermilk Biscuit Break
Segment 2
00:28:16GK introduces Joe Ely
00:30:06"All Just to Get to You" - Joe Ely and Joel Guzman
00:34:27GK talks to Joe Ely
00:36:11"Ranches and Rivers" - Joe Ely and Joel Guzman
00:40:17Department of Folk Song: "Long, Long Ago," "In the Gloaming," "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" - GK and Prudence Johnson
00:48:10Guy Noir script
01:03:33Intermission/"I Want to Hold Your Hand" - Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
Segment 3
01:07:48Greetings
01:11:12"On the Road to Grand Marais" - GK and audience
01:15:16Commercials script
01:16:40Humane script
01:17:38Redwood script
Segment 4
01:18:50GK introduces and talks with Nils Lindberg, Swedish folk songs
01:26:42GK talks more with Nils Lindberg
01:27:19"Blues for Bill" - Nils Lindberg and Shoe Band
01:31:03GK talks to Joe Ely
01:32:00"Indian Cowboy" - Joe Ely and Joel Guzman
01:35:43"Letter to Laredo" - Joe Ely and Joel Guzman
Segment 5
01:40:30The News from Lake Wobegon
Segment 6
01:51:36"A Sabbath Daydream" - Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
01:52:44Little Drummer Boy script
01:54:52Credits
01:56:24"Going Down This Old Dusty Road" - Joe Ely, Joel Guzman, GK, Shoe Band

Photos from the show

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Garrison Keillor greets the audience for the first show of December. Tom Keith, Tim Russell, Sue Scott and Garrison Keillor, with the Lives of the Cowboys.
Country singer Joe Ely sings "All Just To Get To You." Joe Ely and Joel Guzman, with "Ranches and Rivers."
Garrison helps children from the audience with "Hark the Herald Angels" for the Guy Noir script. Garrison reads through audience-submitted Greetings.

Guest Recordings
  • Joe Ely
  • Nils Lindberg
  • Prudence Johnson
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    Guest Information
  • Joe Ely
  • Nils Lindberg
  • Prudence Johnson
  • John Niemann
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  • S.U.T. script
  • Evelyn script
  • Movie script
  • Lives of the Cowboys script
  • Guy Noir
  • Commercials script
  • Humane script
  • Redwood script
  • Little Drummer Boy script



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    Scene at the Fitz

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