November 4, 2006
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll limber up for this week's election exercise with a brisk live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater. Joining us, the voice that makes the bluegrass green, Larry Sparks and The Lonesome Ramblers, plus Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and soul-miner Shawn Colvin and her Texas trio. Also this week, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The News from Lake Wobegon, and Pat Donohue finally gets that vacation in Milwaukee he's been angling for.

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Segment 1
00:00:14Tishomingo Blues
00:02:40GK talks about the beginning of deer hunting season
00:05:06Apache script
00:05:59Vote script
00:09:20"Topsy Turvy Love" - Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
00:12:38Dog of Science script
00:18:26GK intros Larry Sparks
00:19:30"Tennessee 1949" - Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers
00:23:00Larry Sparks intros his band
00:25:00"I'm Country But Nothing More" - Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers
00:27:58Memorial script
00:37:52Powdermilk Biscuit Break
Segment 2
00:39:20GK says hi Dick and Joanie in Minneapolis
00:40:10"Front Porch Rag" - Dan Neale and Shoes
00:43:23Guy Noir script
00:54:36"These Four Walls" - Shawn Colvin
00:58:21"Summer Dress" - Shawn Colvin
01:02:57Intermission/"Panhandle Rag"
Segment 3
01:11:22Cruise announcement
01:12:16Twilight Medley
01:19:16GK talks to Shawn Colvin about Austin, TX
01:20:13"Crazy" - Shawn Colvin
01:23:53Rhubarb script
01:27:34GK talks with Larry Sparks
01:28:32"Blues Stay Away From Me" - Larry Sparks
01:32:15"New Highway" - Larry Sparks
Segment 4
01:35:53News From Lake Wobegon
Segment 5
01:52:34"Wide River to Cross" - Buddy Miller and Shawn Colvin
01:55:42Credits/"Angel Band"

Photos from the show
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Tom Keith in a rare moment of silence. Rich Dworsky and Arnie Kinsella.
Larry Sparks gets us groovin'. Garrison Keillor and Shawn Colvin combine their talents on the script, "Memorial."
Dan Neale rocks out on his guitar during the "Front Porch Rag." Garrison focuses his dramatic acting skills.

Guest Information
  • Shawn Colvin
  • Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers
  • Dan Neale
  • John Niemann
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  • Shawn Colvin
  • Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers

  • Scripts
  • Apache script
  • Vote script
  • Dog of Science script
  • Memorial script
  • Guy Noir script
  • Rhubarb script

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