May 7, 2005
We're thrilled that our tour has us heading west to Mitchell, South Dakota this weekend, for a show at the Corn Palace, which, yes, is a palace made of corn. (Yes. Seriously.) We invited some of our best friends to join us: fiddler Johnny Niemann, sultry singer Prudence Johnson, sound-effects guy Fred Newman. And we'll also welcome acoustic duo The Ditty Bops, as well as former South Dakota senator George McGovern. (Yes. Seriously.)

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Segment 1
00:00:13"Mitchell Song" - GK, Shoe Band
00:02:21Tishomingo Blues, opening credits
00:05:06"Ballad of Peanut Butter" - GK and Prudence Johnson
00:08:34"You've Been A Friend to Me" - GK and Prudence Johnson
00:11:22Mom script
00:13:46"Mama Told Me Not to Come" - Pat Donohue and Shoe band
Segment 2
00:16:18Mitchell script
00:18:57"My Mother's Eyes" - Prudence Johnson and Shoe Band
00:21:52Siding script
00:25:00"Trees" - Garrison Keillor, Prudence Johnson, and Shoe Band
00:28:34Powdermilk Biscuit Break
Segment 3
00:30:10GK talks about Mitchell, SD
00:31:43GK introduces the Ditty Bops
00:32:40"Moon Over the Freeway" - The Ditty Bops
00:36:08"Angel With An Attitude" - The Ditty Bops
00:38:46Lives of the Cowboys script
00:59:48Intermission/"Hey Good Lookin'"
Segment 4
01:09:03"My Life" - GK and Prudence Johnson
01:11:41"Mother, The Queen of My Heart" - John Niemann and Shoe Band
01:15:23GK talks about the Corn Palace and Mitchell
01:20:56GK introduces George McGovern, they talk about Mitchell
01:29:39GK talks with the Ditty Bops
01:30:48"Wishful Thinking" - The Ditty Bops
Segment 5
01:33:31The News from Lake Wobegon
Segment 6
01:47:09"Sweet Corn" - GK, Prudence
01:49:19"Momma Is A Dancing Girl" - Rich Dworsky and Shoe Band
01:52:18GK talks to The Ditty Bops
01:53:20"Obsessive Crush" - The Ditty Bops
01:57:40"Red River Valley"/"Liberty" closer

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Garrison opening the show with a song about Mitchell.Sound-effects man Fred Newman and actor Tim Russell perform the Mitchell script.
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The Ditty Bops, with "Moon Over The Freeway." The Lives of the Cowboys, starring the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, Garrison, and Senator George McGovern.
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Garrison chats with Senator McGovern.The Ditty Bops, with "Wishful Thinking."

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  • Mitchell script
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  • The Lives of the Cowboys script
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  • The Ballad of Peanut Butter
  • Trees
  • Sweet Corn

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