Old Sweet Songs from A Prairie Home Companion: 1974 - 1976

Producer's note: 
The ¼-inch, 2-track tapes we used to record the earliest episodes of A Prairie Home Companion have survived flood, smoke damage, and the immutable and universal effects of aging. Starting around 1994, with the help of 3M and some very skilled engineers at Minnesota Public Radio, we undertook the process of baking and digitizing all archival tapes. 

The technical results were generally excellent, but upon close analysis, minor errors in the original mixes and tape machine calibration issues are undeniable; we were a low-budget guerilla radio organization in those days. 

However, nothing I've heard has ever diminished the joy I feel hearing this music again, music that filled my childhood with laughter and meaning. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, despite its imperfections. — Jason Keillor (co-producer, engineer)


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Catalog Description:
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). 2 hrs. 

From the Publisher:
Musical treasures from the earliest days of this enduringly popular radio show. A must for any collector. On July 6, 1974, about a dozen people made their way to the Janet Wallace Auditorium at Macalester College in St. Paul for the first broadcast of a new radio show. Things went pretty well, so Garrison Keillor and his team produced another show, then another . . . close to 500 in the first 10 years alone. 

Today A Prairie Home Companion is heard by more than 4 million listeners each week on 590 public radio stations. This new collection looks back at the early days, in particular early music, with pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull, and the first Powdermilk Biscuit Band: Adam Granger, Bob Douglas, and Mary DuShane. This collection is a treat for longtime fans who love the show's music.



Disc 1
1. “Hello Love” Garrison Keillor & The Powdermilk Biscuit Band
2. “Keep it Clean” Bill Hinkley & Judy Larson
3. “How Long, How Long Blues” Butch Thompson
4. “Hey, Mr. Bassman!” Milton "Soupy" Schindler & Bill Hinkley
5. “It's Too Short” Papa John Kolstad, Butch Thompson, Soupy Schindler, Bill Hinkley & Judy Larson
6. “Stop That Thing ” Pop Wagner
7. “Miss the Mississippi & You” Sean Blackburn & Dakota Dave Hull
8. “Nine Years Waltz” Bill Hinkley & Judy Larson
9. “Franklin D. Roosevelt's Back Again ”Stevie Beck & Bob Bovee 
10. “Little Joe ” Peter Ostroushko
11. “You Don't Know My Mind” Papa John Kolstad
12. “An Action Guide to the Yellow Pages, Part II” Verne Sutton & Phillip Brunelle
13. “Salt Creek” Backporch Bluegrass Conspiracy
14. “Lord, Lord, Lord” Soupy Schindler
15. “Have a Little Talk with Jesus” Bob Douglas, with Eric Hendrickson & Tom Coursolle
16. “Waltz of the Tennis Player” Bill Hinkley & Judy Larson
17. “Misssissippi Blues” Bob Douglas
18. “D Major Polska from the Village of Boda” The Johnson Fiddlers
19. “Keep off the Grass” Butch Thompson
20. “Piggy Song” Judy Larson
21. “Farewell Blues” Cal Hand & Peter Ostroushko
22. “Homestead on the Farm” Garrison Keillor & Bob Douglas

Disc 2
1. “Spanish Johnny ” Judy Larson & Bill Hinkley
2. “Deep Creek Blues” Butch Thompson
3. “Lost John Dean” Jon & Marcia Pancake
4. “Candy Man” Soupy Schindler
5. “Ut Pa Landsvajen (Out on the Country Road)” LeRoy Larson
6. “Powdermilk Biscuit Theme” Garrison Keillor & The Powdermilk Biscuit Band
7. “Hey, Big Fat Mama” Peter Ostroushko & Dakota Dave Hull
8. “Beaumont Rag” Peter Ostroushko & Dakota Dave Hull
9. “Frankie Jean” Bill Hinkley & Judy Larson
10. “Boys of Blue Home/Harvest Home Medley” Rudy Darling, Bill Hinkley & Bob Douglas
11. “Hattie Hale ” Middle Spunk Creek Boys
12. “Anoka Library Song” Garrison Keillor & Jon Pancake
13. “Look for the Silver Lining” Verne Sutton & William Huckaby
14. “Norwegian Wedding Tune” Vidar Lande
15. “When You Go ” Peter Ostroushko & Sean Blackburn
16. “The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake” Bill Hinkley & Judy Larson
17. “Log Cabin Home in the Sky” Stevie Beck & Bob Bovee
18. “Nearer My God to thee” Garrison Keillor
19. “Salty Dog” Rudy Darling, Dakota Dave Hull, Bob Douglas & Sean Blackburn


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