September 29, 2007
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we must've been using just the right bait and tackle, because we've landed some big ones for Saturday's live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater, including the one who taught us you have to be cruel to be kind, Nick Lowe, the greatest television president of the 21st century, actor Martin Sheen, and the honky-tonk band that keeps Hank William's foot tapping in the grave, BR549 (Chuck Mead, Mark Miller, Chris Scruggs, and Shaw Wilson). Also with us, the otherworldly operatic voice of Maria Jette, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Rich Dworsky, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this week on your local public radio station for an all-new installment of A Prairie Home Companion.

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Segment 1
00:00:13"Tishomingo Blues"
00:03:20GK opens
00:04:35"September Song" - Maria Jette and Shoe Band
00:06:44GK talks about the apple crop
00:08:12"Milwaukee Blues" - Pat Donohue and Shoe band
00:11:36Radio script
00:30:22"Habanera" - GK, Maria Jette and Shoes
00:34:20Powdermilk Biscuit Break/"Oh Susannah" - GK and BR549
Segment 2
00:38:44GK intros Nick Lowe
00:39:44"Long Limbed Girl" - Nick Lowe
00:42:40"Rome Wasn't Built in A Day" - Nick Lowe
00:45:20GK talks to Nick Lowe
00:46:46"Without Love" - Nick Lowe and Shoe Band
00:49:30SFX script (Marcel Marceau)- Tom Keith
00:51:16Rhubarb script
00:54:46GK intros BR549
00:55:40"The Devil and Me" - BR549
00:58:38"Matchbox" - BR549 and Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
01:01:40Intermission/"Hey Good Lookin'"
Segment 3
01:09:35"Misdemeanor Song" - GK and Shoe Band
01:11:25GK talks about Gene Autry, "Back in the Saddle"/"Ridin' Down the Canyon"/"Red River Valley" - GK and BR549
01:17:24GK talks with Martin Sheen
01:21:49"How Can I Keep From Singing" - Martin Sheen
01:25:23"Song of the Auvergne" - Maria Jette and Sonja Thompson
Segment 4
01:29:30News From Lake Wobegon (Download MP3)
Segment 5
01:40:50"Lately I've Let Things Slide" - Nick Lowe
01:44:12"Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way" - Nick Lowe and Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
01:47:05President script
01:51:20"Little Ramona" - BR549
01:54:58Credits, Goodbye to Amanda McKay, also to Leigh Kamman

Photos from the show
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This week's addition to the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Martin Sheen. Singer songwriter Nick Lowe performs, 'Lately I've Let Things Slide.'
Tom Keith honors the late great mime Marcel Marceau. Tim Russell, Sue Scott and Martin Sheen perform during the 'Radio' script.
GK takes a moment to sit back and enjoy the show. Nick Lowe ends his performance with a flourish.

Guest Information
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  • Maria Jette
  • Nick Lowe
  • Martin Sheen
  • Peter Johnson
  • John Niemann
  • Guest Books and Recordings
  • BR549
  • Nick Lowe
  • Martin Sheen

  • Scripts
  • Opening script
  • Radio
  • SFX
  • Rhubarb
  • President
  • Lyrics
  • Misdemeanor song

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