October 14, 2006
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're back from our adventures out West. Riding home with the wind at our backs and the promise of snow in the clouds, we're powerless to continue our fantasy that summer isn't "quite" over. So turn your air conditioner off and your radio on, for another broadcast from good old Saint Paul. With our special guests, from Hawaii, Grammy award winner Taj Mahal, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Steven Copes, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the one man string section, John Niemann. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, so tune in this Saturday for another live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.

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Segment 1
00:00:00Logo
00:00:13Tishomingo Blues
00:02:30GK talks about our first blast of winter, nuclear tests in North Korea, Friday the 13th, Winter script
00:07:35"Mudfoot Blues" - Taj Mahal and Shoe Band
00:12:02Guy Noir script
00:24:30"Don't Pick Your Nose" - GK and Shoe Band
00:27:56GK intros Pat Donohue
00:28:25"St. Paul Boogie" - Pat Donohue and Shoe Band
00:31:44Powdermilk Biscuit Break
Segment 2
00:34:15GK reads "Ode to American English" Steven Copes and John Novacek perform "Intoxication" from "4 Rags"
00:39:18GK reads "Breaking Up is Hard to Do", Steven Copes and John Novacek perform "4th Street Drag" from "4 Rags"
00:44:26GK reads "Someday I'll Find You", Steven Copes and John Novacek perform "Cockles" from "4 Rags"
00:49:27GK talks with John Novacek
00:49:58GK talks with Taj Mahal
00:51:47"Blues With A Feeling" - Taj Mahal
00:55:53GK talks to Taj Mahal about how many songs he knows
00:56:40"Mississippi Big Butt Blues" - Taj Mahal and Shoe Band
01:01:54Intermission/"Flopareno"
Segment 3
01:06:06Welcome Back to the 2nd Half, Greetings
01:10:06SFX script
01:13:23"Cut and Run" - GK and Shoe Band
01:16:13"Poundin' on the Marble Top" - Shoe Band
01:19:02Ruth Harrison script
01:24:11"Full Stride Ahead" - Steven Copes and John Novacek
Segment 4
01:26:58News From Lake Wobegon
Segment 5
01:42:15"Whole Lot Of You" - Pat Donohue and Shoe Band
01:45:08GK intros the band
01:45:22Vampire script
01:49:30"Everybody is Somebody" - Taj Mahal and Shoe Band
01:53:56Fearmongers script/ Ambush script
01:56:47Credits


Photos from the show
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Tom Keith forgoes the cell phone for the string and cup. Pat Donohue brings us the "St. Paul Boogie" on his steel guitar.
Concertmaster of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Steven Copes Steven Copes and John Novacek perform "Intoxication" after GK reads the poem "Ode to American English."
Taj Mahal slides over to the piano for "Blues With A Feeling." The sound engineers, Thomas and Sam, on the right and the lucky on-stage audience on the left.


Guest Information
  • Steven Copes with pianist John Novacek
  • Taj Mahal
  • John Niemann
  • Guest Recordings
  • Taj Mahal


  • Scripts
  • Winter script
  • Guy Noir script
  • SFX script
  • Ruth Harrison script
  • Vampire script
  • Ambush script
  • Lyrics
  • Don't Pick Your Nose
  • Cut and Run


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  • Music Information
    Performers, music sources and credits


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