November 23, 2013 // Show #1421

Mississippi River Breakdown

Joe Newberry

This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a rebroadcast of our all-things-banjo show from back in February. With Joe Newberry on "Down the Road," Bill Evans playing "Ragtime Episode," Noam Pikelny's "Broken Drought," a three- (three!) banjo version of "Arkansas Traveler," and a bit of history on the instrument from Bill C. Malone. Plus, Suzy Bogguss sings "Yellow River Road," and in Lake Wobegon, the town prepares for the annual "Big Plunge" fundraising event.


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    Show Segments
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  • Segment 1
    • 00:00:00 Logo
    • 00:00:13 Tishomingo Blues
    • 00:00:57 GK Intro VO
    • 00:01:59 GK intros Bill C. Malone, banjo historian
    • 00:03:51 The Fox- GK, banjos, band
    • 00:07:01 GK opens, talks about winter driving
    • 00:09:27 Soldiers Joy- Noam Pikelny, Bill Evans and Joe Newberry
    • 00:11:49 GK talks to Bill C. Malone about banjo history
    • 00:14:32 Down the Road- Joe Newberry and Shoe Band
    • 00:16:51 Cowboys script w/ Noam Pikelny, Bill Evans and Joe Newberry
    • 00:31:30 Powdermilk Biscuit Break
  • Segment 2
    • 00:32:55 GK talks more with Bill C. Malone and Bill Evans
    • 00:37:31 Ragtime Episode- Bill Evans
    • 00:40:17 GK intros Noam Pikelny, talks more with Bill C. Malone
    • 00:43:05 Pineywoods- Noam Pikelny
    • 00:44:57 Asteroid script
    • 00:47:30 GK intros Suzy Bogguss
    • 00:48:24 Yellow River Road- Suzy Bogguss and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
    • 00:52:35 Letting Go- Suzy Bogguss and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
    • 00:56:58 GK and Bill C. Malone talk about his books, Earl Scruggs
    • 00:59:40 Earl Scruggs Medley: Noam Pikelny and Bill Evans
    • 01:01:52 Intermission- I Should Have Known Better
  • Segment 3
    • 01:05:58 GK Welcome back
    • 01:06:01 Greetings
    • 01:08:37 My Dixie Darlin'- GK, Suzy Bogguss, banjos, band
    • 01:11:04 Rifle script
    • 01:12:50 GK talks with Bill Evans
    • 01:14:06 Irish Medley- Bill Evans
    • 01:16:32 GK intros Joe Newberry
    • 01:18:18 Roustabout- Joe Newberry
  • Segment 4
    • 01:20:06 News From Lake Wobegon
  • Segment 5
    • 01:33:46 Broken Drought- Noam Pikelny and band
    • 01:37:20 Guy Noir script, with banjos
    • 01:45:55 Old Dan Tucker- Suzy Bogguss, Noam Pikelny, Bill Evans, Joe Newberry and band
    • 01:48:20 GK and Bill C. Malone talk more
    • 01:49:50 Rocking Alone in an Old Rocking Chair- GK, Bill C. Malone, Richard Dworsky
    • 01:51:59 Arkansas Traveler- Noam, Bill, Joe and band
    • 01:53:59 Credits
    • 01:55:47 Dixie Darling reprise

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