A Silver Watertower
March 15, 2008

This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're bringing you a live performance spectacle, a talent show for twenty-something troubadours, where six entrants will compete for the coveted silver water tower trophy, also known as the Wobegon Idol. This year's contestants are:

Also on this week's show, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this Saturday, live from The Fitzgerald Theater.

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Segment 1
00:00 Logo
00:14 "Tishomingo Blues"
03:26 GK talks about the Montessori generation, everyone is a winner, helicopter parents
06:30 GK intros The Honey Dewdrops
06:53 "Miner's Prayer" - The Honey Dewdrops
10:34 GK intros Alyson Gilbert
11:12 "I Wanna Be That Girl" - Alyson Gilbert
14:54 GK announces voting procedure
15:25 GK intros Andrew Ryan
16:00 "Skip" - Andrew Ryan
19:04 GK introduces Mattie Speece and Patrick Villines
19:44 "Phoebe" - Mattie Speece and Patrick Villines
22:18 GK intros Ashley Monroe
22:50 "I Can't Get Past You" - Ashley Monroe
26:30 GK intros Pinky Lee
27:09 "Father Time"- Pinky Lee
30:49 Powdermilk Biscuit Theme
Segment 2
32:27 GK talks to Pinky Lee
33:22 "Grandma's Kitchen Table" - Pinky Lee
35:54 ELCA script
37:13 GK talks with Ashley Monroe
38:00 "Used" - Ashley Monroe
42:25 Retro script
43:52 GK talks with Mattie Speece and Patrick Villines
44:31 "Honky Tonkin'" - Mattie Speece and Patrick Villines
47:00 GK talks with Andrew Ryan
48:10 "Lay You Down" - Andrew Ryan
51:20 GK talks with Alyson Gilbert
52:08 "A Real Bad Mood" - Alyson Gilbert and band
55:19 GK intros the Honey Dewdrops
55:48 "The Long Black Veil" - The Honey Dewdrops
59:52 GK announces that voting is open
1:00:48 "Long, Long Ago" - GK/ Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
1:04:16 St. Paul script
1:07:30 Intermission ("Mississippi Mud")
Segment 3
1:10:52 Welcome Back to the 2nd Half
Segment 4
1:11:28The News from Lake Wobegon (Download MP3)
Segment 5
1:28:40Guy Noir script
1:44:56 GK awards Ray Marklund award: Andrew Ryan
1:46:06 3rd place: Alyson Gilbert
1:46:23 2nd Place: Mattie Speece and Patrick Villines
1:47:27 1st Place: The Honey Dewdrops
1:49:46 "Without Tears" - The Honey Dewdrops
1:53:47 Credits, "Rock and Roll Music" closer

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It's the first prize water tower statue! Alyson Gilbert sings, "I Wanna Be That Girl."
Garrison introduces Mattie Speece and Pat Villines. Garrison chats with Jenny Bousquet (from Pinky Lee) about water towers.
"Lay You Down," performed by Andrew Ryan. Our talent show winners, The Honey Dewdrops.
Guest Information
  • Alyson Gilbert
  • The Honey Dewdrops
  • Ashley Monroe
  • Pinky Lee
  • Andrew Ryan
  • Mattie Speece and Patrick Villines

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  • ELCA
  • Retro
  • St. Paul
  • Guy Noir
  • Lyrics
  • Long Ago

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