July 1, 2006
This week, from the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, we bring you the official Prairie Home Companion season finale and Independence Day Special. Broadcasting from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, the performance will be live on radio and filmed for broadcast on the PBS television program Great Performances, Sunday, July 2 at 9 pm Eastern. With very special guests, two-time Academy Award winner - and star of Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion" movie, Meryl Streep, Canada's finest female trio, The Wailin' Jennys, and spine-tingling Gospel singer, Jearlyn Steele. Also with us, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet with Robin & Linda Williams, Carol Elizabeth Jones, and Mr. low G himself, Carson Wyler. Actress Erica Rhodes will join the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Mr. Andy Stein. Join us for the fireworks, this Saturday on your local public radio station, and again Sunday on your local public television station.

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Segment 1
00:00:15GK intros - Happy Birthday America!
00:01:51Tishomingo Blues
00:03:38GK reminisces about America
00:08:46"One Love" - Hopeful Gospel Quartet and Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
00:11:30GK talks with Meryl Streep
00:13:23Mother Script
00:24:47"How I Got Over" - Jearlyn Steele, Shoes
00:28:20"Twelve Gates To The City" - Jearlyn Steele, Hopeful Gospel Quartet, Shoes
00:31:03Powdermilk Biscuit Theme Break including "Horses Stood Around", "Pigs in a Blanket", "Be Kind To Your Web-Footed Friends", and "Dogfight" - Hopefuls, Shoes
Segment 2
00:33:40"Jazz Names" - Pat Donohue and the Shoes
00:37:30SFX Script
00:42:37GK Intros The Wailin' Jennys
00:43:02"Bring Me A Little Water Sylvie" - The Wailin' Jennys
00:46:13GK Talks about The Wailin' Jennys
00:46:37"One Voice" - The Wailin' Jennys
00:50:18Guy Noir Script
01:05:06Intermission - "Dr. Jazz" - Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
Segment 3
01:09:04GK Welcomes Back
01:09:30"All I'm Thinkin' About is You" - Hopeful Gospel Quartet and the Shoes
01:12:54Gehry Script
01:13:50"Green Summertime" - Hopefuls with Rich Dworsky and Gary Raynor
01:17:57Poems - GK, Meryl Streep, Andy Stein
01:28:45"Calling All Angels" - Wailin' Jennys
Segment 4
01:34:27The News from Lake Wobegon
Segment 5
01:46:32GK Intros Jearlyn Steele
01:46:47"I Shall Be Released" - Jearlyn Steele, Hopefuls, Shoes
01:50:20Lobster Script
01:53:19"What'll I Do" - Meryl Streep, GK, and Richard Dworsky
01:57:25CLOSER - "Goodnight Ladies" into "Waitin' for You"- Hopefuls Gospel Quartet, Wailin' Jennys, Shoes

Photos from the show
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Stage Manager Albert Webster adjusts a microphone before the show A view from a monitor
The Hopeful Gospel Quartet as seen from side stage Meryl Streep lends a voice to the Mother script
Linda Williams on the guitar Meryl shares a poem with us

Guest Information
  • Meryl Streep
  • Erica Rhodes
  • Hopeful Gospel Quartet
  • Jearlyn Steele
  • Wailin' Jennys
  • Andy Stein
  • Guest Recordings
  • Wailin' Jennys
  • Robin and Linda Williams

  • Scripts
  • Mother script
  • SFX script
  • Guy Noir script
  • Gehry script
  • Lobster script

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