Old Sweet Songs:  A Prairie Home Companion 1974 - 1976

Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974 - 1976

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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. Eventually A Prairie Home Companion was heard by more than 4 million listeners each week on 590 public radio stations. This 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.


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  1. Hello Love—Garrison Keillor and the Powdermilk Biscuit Band
  2. Keep It Clean—Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson
  3. How Long Blues—Butch Thompson
  4. Hey, Mr. Bassman—Milton “Soupy” Schindler and Bill Hinkley
  5. It’s Too Short—Papa John Kolstad, Bill Hinkley, Judy Larson, Soupy Schindler, Butch Thompson
  6. Stop That Thing (One Time for Your Daddy Now)—Pop Wagner, guitar and vocal; Bob Douglas, spoons
  7. Miss the Mississippi and You—Sean Blackburn and Dakota Dave Hull
  8. Nine Years Waltz—Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson
  9. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Back Again—Stevie Beck and Bob Bovee
  10. Little Joe—Peter Ostroushko, vocal and mandolin, with Jim Tordoff, banjo, and Jeff Tordoff, guitar
  11. You Don’t Know My Mind—John Kolstad
  12. An Action Guide to the Yellow Pages, Part II—Vern Sutton, vocal, and Philip Brunelle, piano
  13. Salt Creek—Backporch Bluegrass Conspiracy:
  14. Lord, Lord, Lord—Soupy Schindler

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  1. Have a Little Talk with Jesus—Bob Douglas, with Eric Hendrickson and Tom Coursolle
  2. Waltz of the Tennis Players—Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson
  3. Mississippi Blues—Bob Douglas
  4. D major polka from the village of Boda—The Johnson Fiddlers
  5. Keep Off the Grass—Butch Thompson
  6. Piggy Song—Judy Larson and audience
  7. Farewell Blues—Cal Hand and Peter Ostroushko
  8. Homestead on the Farm—Garrison Keillor, vocal and autoharp
  9. Spanish Johnny—Judy Larson, vocals and guitar, with Bill Hinkley, mandolin
  10. Deep Creek Blues—Butch Thompson
  11. Lost John Dean—Jon and Marcia Pankake
  12. Candy Man—Soupy Schindler
  13. Ut på Landsväjen (Out on the Country Road)—LeRoy Larson, banjo; Bernie Sundermeyer, bass; Mel Brenden, accordion; Helge Lamo, accordion
  14. Powdermilk Biscuit Theme—Garrison Keillor, vocals and autoharp, with Adam Granger, guitar; Bob Douglas, mandolin; Mary DuShane, fiddle
  15. Hey Big Fat Mama—Peter Ostroushko and Dakota Dave Hull

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  1. Beaumont Rag—Peter Ostroushko and Dakota Dave Hull
  2. Frankie Jean—Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson
  3. Boys of Blue Hill/Harvest Home Medley—Rudy Darling, fiddle; Bill Hinkley, mandolin; Bob Douglas, guitar
  4. Hattie Hale—Middle Spunk Creek Boys
  5. Anoka Library Song—Garrison Keillor, vocals and autoharp, with Jon Pankake, guitar
  6. Look for the Silver Lining—Vern Sutton, vocals; William Huckaby, piano
  7. Norwegian Wedding Tune—Vidar Lande
  8. When You Go—Peter Ostroushko and Sean Blackburn
  9. The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake—Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson
  10. Log Cabin Home in the Sky—Stevie Beck and Bob Bovee
  11. Nearer My God to Thee—Garrison Keillor, autoharp and vocals
  12. Salty Dog—Rudy Darling, fiddle; Dakota Dave Hull, guitar; Bob Douglas, spoons; Sean Blackburn, guitar