September 27, 2008

PRAIRIE HOME PIONEERS

This radio show sprang out of a loose community of acoustic musicians who were young and brash, independent, played what they loved, and lived close to the ground. People keep asking what happened to them and the answer is, they're still here, playing and leading the musical life, and this week we're bringing you a one of a kind reunion show we did recently at the Fitzgerald Theater. With very special guests including: Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson, Dakota Dave Hull, Cal Hand, Butch Thompson, Pop Wagner, Vern Sutton, Tom Keith, the Powdermilk Biscuit Band of Adam Granger, Bob Douglas, Mary DuShane, and Dick Rees, singer Becky Riemer Thompson, pianist and current Prairie Home Music Director, Rich Dworsky, mandolinist and composer Peter Ostroushko, and Minnesota's Oldest Old-Time Band, The Brandy Snifters.


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Judy Larson and Bill Hinkley on guitar with Cal Hand on steel guitar.

Peter Ostrushko on mandolin with Gary Raynor on bass.

Tom Keith and GK reminisce about the early days of A Prairie Home Companion.

Butch Thompson lends his piano hands to Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson.

The mustachioed man himself, Pop Wagner.

Dakota Dave Hull

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    Show Segments
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  • Segment 1
    • 00:00:00 - Logo
    • 00:00:11 - GK Open
    • 00:02:46 - "Hello Love" - GK and Biscuit Band
    • 00:06:10 - GK talks with Adam Grainger, Bill Hinckley, Judy Larson
    • 00:08:05 - "Family Car" - Bill Hinckley and Judy Larson
    • 00:11:50 - GK intro "Dakota" Dave Hull
    • 00:12:14 - "Beginning to See the Light" - Dakota Dave Hull
    • 00:15:01 - GK talks with Peter Ostroushko
    • 00:17:16 - "When You and I Were Young, Maggie" - Peter Ostroushko
    • 00:23:44 - GK talks with Tom Keith, SFX segment
    • 00:31:49 - GK Powdermilk Intro
    • 00:32:26 - Powdermilk Biscuit Break with The Original Biscuit Band
  • Segment 2
    • 00:34:44 - GK intro Cal Hand
    • 00:34:24 - "I Love You Because" - Cal Hand with Adam Grainger, Bill Hinckley and Judy Larson
    • 00:38:25 - GK talks with Pop Wagner
    • 00:39:20 - "Rise When the Rooster Crows" - Pop Wagner with Dakota Dave
    • 00:42:19 - "Fantasy on O'Susanna" - Rich Dworsky
    • 00:46:15 - GK talks with Rich Dworsky
    • 00:47:49 - GK intro Beck Reimer Thompson
    • 00:48:21 - "Sweet Dreams of You" - Becky Reimer Thompson
    • 00:52:58 - GK talks of early days
    • 00:54:55 - "Family Radio" - GK and Rich Dworsky
    • 00:58:19 - "Camping in Canaan's Land" - GK and Biscuit Band
    • 01:00:11 - Intermission/"June Apple" - Peter Ostroushko and Dakota Dave
  • Segment 3
    • 01:03:50 - GK Welcome Back
    • 01:04:25 - "World Theater, Here We Come" - GK and Vern Sutton
    • 01:08:20 - GK intro Brandy Snifters
    • 01:11:26 - "Starry Crown" - The Brandy Snifters
    • 01:14:33 - GK talks with Butch Thompson
    • 01:16:55 - "A Solas" - Butch Thompson
    • 01:20:48 - GK talk more with Butch, and Rich Dworsky
    • 01:21:23 - "I Found a New Baby" - Butch Thompson and Rich Dworsky
  • Segment 4
    • 01:25:07 - GK talk more with Pop Wagner
    • 01:26:03 - "Geraldine" - Pop Wagner
    • 01:30:09 - GK talks with Vern Sutton
    • 01:32:02 - "Sail Away" - Vern Sutton
    • 01:35:11 - GK talks about absent musicians, and more with Dakota Dave
    • 01:36:55 - "Extempore Rag" - Dakota Dave Hull
    • 01:41:28 - GK talks with Adam re: Biscuit Band
    • 01:42:18 - Traditional Reel Medley, Biscuit Band
  • Segment 5
    • 01:47:13 - GK talks more of the early days
    • 01:48:30 - "Why Must the Show Go On" - GK, Rich Dworksy and Gary Raynor
    • 01:50:56 - Bill and Judy intro next tune
    • 01:51:14 - "Fish for Supper" - Bill Hinckley and Judy Larson
    • 01:54:36 - GK Credits
    • 01:55:50 - "Let's Have A Party" - Bill Hinckley and Judy Larson, with Biscuit Band, GK, et al.
    • 01:58:24 - Underwriting Credits
    • 01:58:54 - Logo

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Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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