March 7, 2009

Springing Forward

Robert Bly

This week on A Prairie Home Companion, a mix of two shows from a late winter run at the Fitzgerald Theater. Minnesota's first Poet Laureate Robert Bly reads four poems, Suzy Bogguss appears in an episode of Guy Noir as the tonally challenged Melody Marsh, and Sam Bush sings the "Workin' Man Blues." Pat Donohue sings the happiest song about misery (from Ramblin' Jack Elliot) called "Arthritis Blues," plus the Wailin' Jennys and The Boys of the Lough. America's consumer advocate/perpetual presidential candidate makes an appearance in the Lives of the Cowboys wearing a saddle seat belt and Garrison talks about yet another misguided Wobegoner who went to California in hopes of finding paradise.


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Butch Thompson on clarinet with, "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire."

"In Heaven" brings a tear to the eye as performed by Suzy Bogguss.

Tom Keith, voice actor and sound effect expert.

The Wailin' Jennys

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    Show Segments
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  • Segment 1
    • 00:00:00 - Logo
    • 00:00:11 - Tishomingo Blues
    • 00:00:54 - GK Open
    • 00:03:56 - "The Bramble and the Rose" - GK, Suzy Bogguss and Shoes
    • 00:06:57 - Guy Noir script
    • 00:18:28 - GK talks with Admiral Allen
    • 00:21:45 - "Smokin'" - Sam Bush and Shoes
    • 00:24:30 - GK intros Suzy Bogguss
    • 00:25:20 - "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" - Suzy Bogguss
    • 00:28:50 - Powdermilk Biscuit Break
  • Segment 2
    • 00:31:37 - GK Intro Segment
    • 00:32:00 - Crispy script
    • 00:37:19 - GK Intro Sam Bush
    • 00:38:21 - "Workin' Man Blues" - Sam Bush and Shoes
    • 00:42:38 - "Gold Heart Locket" - Sam Bush, Suzy Bogguss and Shoes
    • 00:46:22 - Coast Guard script
    • 00:50:19 - Ketchup script
    • 00:53:58 - GK talks with Butch Thompson
    • 00:55:38 - "Mamanita" - Butch Thompson
    • 00:59:15 - Intermission/"Broadway" - Shoes
  • Segment 3
    • 01:02:55 - GK Welcome Back
    • 01:03:20 - "Arthritis Blues" - GK, Pat Donohue and Shoes
    • 01:08:34 - English Majors script
    • 01:11:25 - "Breakin' the Ice" - Shoes
    • 01:13:59 - The Lives of the Cowboys script
    • 01:21:38 - GK intros Boys of the Lough
    • 01:22:44 - "The Keane Reels" - The Boys of the Lough
    • 01:27:07 - GK intros Robert Bly, Minnesota Poet Laureate
    • 01:27:54 - Robert reads 4 poems
    • 01:36:13 - GK Intro
    • 01:36:30 - "Drivin'" - Wailin' Jennys
  • Segment 4
    • 01:40:37 - The News from Lake Wobegon
  • Segment 5
    • 01:53:54 - GK Closing Credits
    • 01:54:50 - "Whistle Set" - Cathal McConnell and The Boys of the Lough
    • 01:58:32 - Credits

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Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

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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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