October 18, 2008

THE FRIENDLY FRONTIER

Elana James

This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're driving our radio herd southbound on the Chisholm trail, to Abilene Christian University in west Texas. With special guests, the hottest fiddler from Cowtown, Elana James, steel guitar and dobro daredevil Cindy Cashdollar, and 'how sweet the sounds' of gospel singer Jearlyn Steele. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guys All-Star Boot Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Tune in this week for a live broadcast performance from the Lone Star State.


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Dobro and steel guitar ace, Cindy Cashdollar.

Jearlyn Steele sings "Rescue Me."

Women of the Abilene Christian University A Cappella Chorus with Jearlyn Steele.

Tim Russell explains that the "Best thing for chiggers is whiskey," in The Lives of the Cowboys.

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    Show Segments
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  • Segment 1
    • 00:00:00 - Logo
    • 00:00:13 - Tishomingo Blues
    • 00:02:47 - GK opens, talks about Abilene
    • 00:05:00 - "Abilene" - GK, band, audience members
    • 00:07:38 - Rock n Roll Woman- GK/ band
    • 00:12:02 - The Lives of the Cowboys script
    • 00:24:40 - GK intros Jearlyn Steele
    • 00:26:18 - "Rescue Me" - Jearlyn Steele and band
    • 00:29:33 - "People Get Ready" - Jearlyn Steele and band
    • 00:32:52 - Powdermilk Biscuit Break
  • Segment 2
    • 00:35:37 - GK intros the choir
    • 00:35:58 - "Jacob's Ladder"/"Jesus on The Mainline" - GK, Jearlyn Steele, choir, band
    • 00:39:00 - GK talks with the choir
    • 00:40:11 - "How Tasteless and Tedious the Hours" - GK/ choir/ Richard Dworsky
    • 00:41:55 - "It is Well With My Soul" - Jearlyn Steele, GK, choir, Richard Dworsky
    • 00:45:22 - "Just As I Am" - GK/ choir/ Richard Dworsky
    • 00:48:17 - "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News" - Jearlyn Steele
    • 00:51:26 - "Waltz For Abilene" - Cindy Cashdollar and band
  • Segment 3
    • 00:53:38 - News From Lake Wobegon
  • Segment 4
    • 01:05:31 - Intermission/"It's A Sin To Tell A Lie" - Shoe Band
    • 01:09:02 - "Boogie Back To Texas" - Pat Donohue and band
    • 01:12:34 - Greetings
    • 01:15:49 - "Waltz Across Texas" - GK/ band
    • 01:20:47 - Rhubarb Script
    • 01:24:35 - GK tells the audience about the satellite difficulties
  • Segment 5
    • 01:25:26 - GK talks about Abilene
    • 01:32:20 - GK talks with Jack Reese
    • 01:36:06 - "Put Your Little Foot" - GK/ Pat Donohue/ GASB
    • 01:38:21 - Guy Noir script
    • 01:51:24 - "Steelin' Home" - Shoe Band
    • 01:52:56 - "Try Real Love" - Jearlyn Steele, choir, band
    • 01:55:18 - Credits, "Doxology"/"Bitter Creek Breakdown"

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