August 13, 2005
Be sure to tune in for this weekend's "Best Of" show. We combed through old broadcasts and found incredible performances by some of our favorite guests: Swedish string ensemble Väsen, singer and pianist Marcia Ball, singer Becky Schlegel, bluegrasser Jeannie Kendall and her band, guitar great Pat Donohue. And so much more. It's going to be a great couple of hours...

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Segment 1 (from various dates)
00:00:12GK intro
00:00:20Tishomingo Blues
00:02:20GK talks about frost and leaves turning, and Ray Nilsson
00:03:44"Life Is Just One Thing After Another" - GK and Shoe Band
00:07:04"Bugle Call Rag" - Stuart Duncan, Pat Donohue, Shoe Band
00:09:55Guy Noir script
Segment 2 (from 10/25/03)
00:24:09GK talks about Väsen
00:26:05"Vilse i Betlandet (Lost in the Sugar Beet Field)" - Väsen
00:30:31Columbus poem
00:32:53Powdermilk Biscuit Break
00:34:14SFX script
Segment 3 (from 10/04/03)
00:38:26GK intros Marcia Ball
00:38:57"Honeypie" - Marcia Ball
00:42:34Grieg (married couple) script
Segment 4 (from 10/11/03)
00:50:54GK talks to John Koerner
00:51:24"Danville Girl" - John Koerner
00:54:34John Koerner tells 10 jokes
00:58:45"Casey Jones" - John Koerner and Shoe Band
Segment 5 (from 10/11/03)
01:05:53Welcome back to the second half, greetings
01:09:07"Just A Memory" - Jeannie Kendall and her band
01:12:41"Heaven's Just A Sin Away" - Jeannie Kendall and her band
01:15:27GK talks to Jeannie Kendall
01:16:43More greetings
01:19:03"Timeless and True Love" - Jeannie Kendall and band
Segment 6 (from 10/11/03)
01:22:28The News from Lake Wobegon
01:36:46"Only One and Only" - GK and Becky Schlegel
Segment 7 (from 10/11/03)
01:40:45Chopin (married couple) script
01:49:16"A Satisfied Mind" - GK, Jeannie Kendall and her band
01:53:52Pharma-Jones script
01:56:47"Goodnight Ladies"/"Sugarfoot Rag" closer

Guest Information
  • Väsen
  • "Spider" John Koerner
  • Marcia Ball
  • Stuart Duncan
  • Jeannie Kendall
  • Becky Schlegel
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  • Väsen
  • Jeannie Kendall
  • "Spider" John Koerner
  • Stuart Duncan
  • Marcia Ball

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  • Guy Noir
  • SFX
  • Grieg (Married Couple) script
  • Chopin (Married Couple) script
  • Pharma-Jones script

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