September 23, 2006
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's the night of nights, the height of heights on Exchange and Wabasha, the 33rd annual Season Premiere Broadcast, Meatloaf Supper, and Street Dance. Featuring bluegrass blowtorches Old Crow Medicine Show, sultry songbird Prudence Johnson, and the big guns John Niemann and Andy Stein are sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Actress Erica Rhodes joins the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith. Meanwhile, outside the Fitzgerald Theater, the Street Dance and Meatloaf Supper begins at 5pm with an outdoor APHC simulcast, at 6pm the heavenly meatloaf is served, and the dancing begins promptly at 7pm with the fiery Salsa Del Soul Orchestra, plus performances from all the great talent on the broadcast, hot/cold beverages, and Cash Prizes!!!

Contests this year include:
1. "Loon Calling" judged by Tom Keith
2. "Loudest Child & Beautiful Baby"
3. "Mr. Wonderful" judged by Sue Scott
4. "Salsa Dancing"

5. "Name that Seed" Identify jars of common seeds

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Segment 1
00:00:12Tishomingo Blues
00:02:22GK opens, talks about rain, autumn, Rosh Hashanah, corn crop was pretty good this year, sugar beets, hawk weekend in Duluth
00:04:45"City of St. Paul" - GK/Shoes
00:08:46GK talks about writing songs, Vanity Fair magazine
00:09:26"I Can't Help it If I'm Still in Love With You" - GK/Prudence, Shoes
00:13:11Cardio script
00:15:50"Mountain Air" - Pat Donohue and Shoes (Pat and GK intro)
00:18:52GK talks to Pat about how it will be hard to play so fast when he gets old
00:19:14Ruth Harrison, Reference Librarian script
00:26:43"Something Good" - Prudence Johnson and Shoes
00:29:14Powdermilk Biscuit Break
Segment 2
00:31:10GK intros the Old Crow Medicine Show
00:33:16"Elkhorn Ridge" - Old Crow Medicine Show
00:36:27Ketch intro Kevin Hayes, next tune
00:37:05"Let it Alone" - Old Crow Medicine Show
00:40:30"Deportees" - Prudence and GK/Shoes
00:44:12Guy Noir script
00:54:44GK intros next tune
00:55:13"Corrina, Corrina" - GK/ Pat/ Shoes
00:58:56Intermission/"Everybody Loves My Baby"
Segment 3
01:04:02St. Paul script
01:07:08GK talks with Butch about Fred Swanson
01:09:17"Minnesota Street Rag" - Butch Thompson, piano
01:16:00"Sportin' Man" - Pat Donohue and Shoe Band
01:18:34Rhubarb script
Segment 4
01:25:52"I Will Always Love You" - Prudence/GK/ Shoes
01:28:39GK talks with Old Crow Medicine Show
01:29:28"Bobcat Tracks" - Old Crow Medicine Show
01:32:55"I Hear Them All" - Old Crow Medicine Show
Segment 5
01:36:41News From Lake Wobegon
01:53:54GK intros actors, Old Crow, credits, Dixie Hoedown closer

Photos from the show
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Garrison sings about the City of Saint Paul. Pat Donohue with "Moutain Air."
Tom Keith makes a "rustley-horsey" kind of sound. Garrison introduces Old Crow Medicine Show.
Garrison joins the crowd for the Old Crow Medicine Show set The youngest contestant, a mere 4 years old, tries her darndest to prove she's the loudest, if not the cutest.

Guest Information
  • Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Prudence Johnson
  • Erica Rhodes
  • John Niemann
  • Andy Stein
  • Guest Recordings
  • Old Crow Medicine Show

  • Scripts
  • Cardio script
  • Ruth Harrison script
  • Guy Noir script
  • St. Paul script
  • Rhubarb script
  • Lyrics
  • City of St. Paul
  • Corrina, Corrina

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  • Music Information
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