July 7, 2007
This week on A Prairie Home Companion: a special summertime rebroadcast. It's our 4th of July spectacular from Tanglewood, with Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, jazz singer Inga Swearingen, the elusive P.D.Q. Bach (joined by David Dusing), and out from the dim lights of the orchestra's back row come The Existential Bass Quartet. Erica Rhodes is with the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Calvin Trillin makes a cameo appearance, and Howard Levy is in with the Shoes. Plus, we'll sing the Star Spangled Banner in the Key of G, and the Flying Elvises drop in on Lake Wobegon.

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Segment 1
00:00:00APM Logo Open
00:00:12Tishomingo Blues
00:00:54GK Open
00:02:36James Levine Honk, Shoes
00:04:22Make Me A Palette, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
00:07:53Camp script
00:11:57Attics of My Life, GK, Prudence, Shoes and strings
00:15:26Scarborough Fair, Inga Swearingen, Shoes and strings
00:18:41Scarlet Letter script with Calvin Trillin
00:23:44Saddest Noise, Inga Swearingen and Rich Dworsky
00:27:41Powdermilk Biscuit Break
Segment 2
00:29:19GK intros Existential Bass Quartet
00:31:16Stars and Stripes Forever, The Existential Bass Quartet and Inga Swearingen
00:35:22Sweet and Low, GK and The Existential Bass Quartet
00:39:16A Time For Love, Inga Swearingen and Rich Dworsky w/Howard Levy
00:43:41Guy Noir script
00:59:01Intermission Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
Segment 3
00:59:05GK Intermission Copy
01:01:03NETCUE
01:03:25GK talks about Declaration of Independence, audience sings Star Spangled Banner
01:07:02GK intros Peter Schickele and David Dusing
01:07:55If Love Is Real, Peter Schickele and David Dusing
01:11:02Cyndi, Peter S. and David D.
01:13:57Lenox script
01:16:42GK intros Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
01:17:36Red Clay Halo, Gillian and David
01:20:33Fourth script
01:24:53Gigue For Two Basses, Gary Raynor and Nathan Farrington
01:27:01Café Boeuf script w/Peter Schickele
01:32:47Where Flamingos Fly, Inga Swearingen, Gary Raynor and Rich Dworksy
Segment 4
01:36:35The News From Lake Wobegon
Segment 5
01:48:41Quartet For Basses, Mvt. 4, by Joseph Lauber perf. by The Existential Bass Quartet
01:52:33GK talks more about Declaration of Independence
01:54:08America The Beautiful, Existential Bass Quartet and GK, Inga Swearingen, audience sings
01:56:37America (My Country Tis of Thee), GK, Inga Swearingen, Bass Quartet, Shoes, Howard Levy and audience sings
01:56:52GK Close/Credits
01:58:54APM Logo
01:58:59OUT

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The beautiful grounds of Tanglewood. Inga Swearingen and Prudence Johnson rehearse.
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Calvin Trillin The Existential Bass Quartet
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Guy Noir Howard Levy

Guest Information
  • David Düsing
  • Prudence Johnson
  • Peter Schickele
  • Inga Swearingen
  • Calvin Trillin
  • Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
  • Guest Books and Recordings
  • Gillian Welch
  • Peter Schickele
  • Calvin Trillin
  • Inga Swearingen

  • Scripts
  • Camp
  • Scarlet Letter
  • Guy Noir
  • Lenox
  • Fourth
  • Café Boeuf

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