January 2009
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January 3, 2009
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it's our Second Annual Year-End Rewind with a compilation of 2008's memorable moments. We'll revisit the debuts of Nick Lowe, Nellie McKay and tenor Raúl Melo. Yo-Yo Ma will toast the New Year, Martin Sheen will take on the role of James Joyce in an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys, and Brad Paisley sings a tune about leaving the toilet seat down. Guy Noir goes on Pope Patrol during the April 2008 papal visit to New York, and Ruth Harrison turns down a chance to sail the globe with a swarthy romance novelist. All that, plus we remember the Tollerud's trip to Costa Rica.

January 10, 2009
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, the staff is on its annual ice fishing retreat to the mighty Lake of the Woods, and so we're revisiting two shows that we did from The Fitzgerald Theater. Roy Blount Jr. and Chuck Mead of BR-549 will give a talk on the philosophy of honky-tonk music, and Dusty and Lefty make an appearance at St. Paul's Winter Carnival. Plus, Nellie McKay's debut performance, Becky Schlegel, Suzy Bogguss and an episode of The Lives of English Majors.

January 17, 2009
This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're live from the Palace Theater in Louisville, Kentucky. With special guests, honky tonk angel and 65th member of the Grand Ole Opry; Patty Loveless, and genre-defying Kentucky singer-songwriter Brigid Kaelin. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.

January 24, 2009
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're embracing the winter cold and heading up to the DECC auditorium in Duluth, Minnesota. We'll fight the frigid temperatures with some smoldering honky-tonk from Joe Ely and Joel Guzmán, and singer-songwriter Heather Masse will melt our hearts with a song or two. As always, we'll have the Royal Academy of Radio Actors with us: Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Tom Keith; and of course, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band will be there too.

January 31, 2009
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll return to the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul for our midwinter homecoming. With special guests, from the legendary Country Western Swing band Asleep At The Wheel, Ray Benson and Eddie Rivers, and the phenomenal vocal quartet of Maria Jette, Christina Baldwin, Dan Dressen, and Bradley Greenwald. Also with us, singer Andra Suchy, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, The Guys All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.

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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