January 29, 2005
We hope you've been loving bluegrass as much as we have, because this weekend we'll welcome Ricky Skaggs and his Kentucky Thunder back to Minnesota for the first time since they hit Bemidji with us back in 2003. Join us at the Fitz in St. Paul, along with Prudence Johnson, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, some brand-new snow, and more.

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Segment 1
00:00:11Tishomingo Blues
00:02:43GK opens, talks about near-death experience driving on I-94
00:04:30"In the Winter By the Moonlight" - GK and Prudence Johnson
00:07:04"Before the Next Teardrop Falls" - GK and Prudence Johnson
00:10:18GK introduces Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
00:11:40"Sally Jo" - Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
Segment 2
00:15:58Rhubarb script
00:21:04GK talks to The Geezers
00:23:15"Jug Band Music" - The Geezers
00:26:20Gk talks about the jug
00:27:50"Glory of Love" - The Geezers
00:31:00Powdermilk Biscuit Break
00:32:40"Reelin' & Rockin'" - John Niemann and Shoe Band
Segment 3
00:35:36Guy Noir script
00:54:40GK talks to Ricky Skaggs
00:57:00"Corinthians 1:18" - Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
01:01:00"Spread a Little Love Around" - Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
01:04:30"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La Da" - Shoe Band/Intermission
Segment 4
01:08:30Greetings/Welcome to 2nd half of show
01:10:00"Cryin' Time" - GK and Prudence Johnson
01:12:48Hell script
01:14:53GK talks to the Baldwin sisters
01:19:00"Barcarolle" - Jennifer Baldwin Peden and Christina Baldwin
01:22:15Snowman script
01:28:16"Fair and Tender Ladies" - Prudence Johnson and Rich Dworsky
Segment 5
01:30:26The News from Lake Wobegon
Segment 6
01:45:35Meadow script
01:48:39GK talks to Ricky Skaggs
01:50:02"Sis Draper" - Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
01:54:03Credits, Teen Talent announcement
01:56:40"Gospel Ship"/Closer - GK, Prudence Johnson, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Shoe Band, Bill Hinckley

Scene at the Fitz

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Dan Foy
Garrison & Dan
Dan Foy of "the western 'burbs," the father of a little girl named Sydney who loves to be read to sleep, grabbed Garrison in the lobby at the January 29 show, to chat about the Fathers of Young Daughters Club.

Cliff & Tom
Cliff & Tom
Cliff Schiappa (with the bagel) was in town from Kansas City for a visit with Tom Dodge, his friend from J-school back at the University of Maryland.

Karen & Walker
Karen & Walker
Karen and Walker Anderson couldn't wait to see Karen's parents (Tom and Gai Skramstad) play in The Geezers Jug Band.

The Foremans
The Foremans
We found Leslie and Brock Foreman waiting outside in the rush line.

Photos from the show
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The Geezers Jug Band with "Jug Band Music." Bill Giese of The Geezers, on "Glory of Love."
Ricky Skaggs with "Spread a Little Love Around." The Royal Academy of Radio Actors, with the Hell script.
Prudence Johnson, with "Fair and Tender Ladies." Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.

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