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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.


  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
  15. Have a Little Talk with Jesus—Bob Douglas, with Eric Hendrickson and Tom Coursolle
  16. Waltz of the Tennis Players—Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson
  17. Mississippi Blues—Bob Douglas
  18. D major polka from the village of Boda—The Johnson Fiddlers
  19. Keep Off the Grass—Butch Thompson
  20. Piggy Song—Judy Larson and audience
  21. Farewell Blues—Cal Hand and Peter Ostroushko
  22. Homestead on the Farm—Garrison Keillor, vocal and autoharp
  23. Spanish Johnny—Judy Larson, vocals and guitar, with Bill Hinkley, mandolin
  24. Deep Creek Blues—Butch Thompson
  25. Lost John Dean—Jon and Marcia Pankake
  26. Candy Man—Soupy Schindler
  27. Ut på Landsväjen (Out on the Country Road)—LeRoy Larson, banjo; Bernie Sundermeyer, bass; Mel Brenden, accordion; Helge Lamo, accordion
  28. Powdermilk Biscuit Theme—Garrison Keillor, vocals and autoharp, with Adam Granger, guitar; Bob Douglas, mandolin; Mary DuShane, fiddle
  29. Hey Big Fat Mama—Peter Ostroushko and Dakota Dave Hull
  30. Beaumont Rag—Peter Ostroushko and Dakota Dave Hull
  31. Frankie Jean—Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson
  32. Boys of Blue Hill/Harvest Home Medley—Rudy Darling, fiddle; Bill Hinkley, mandolin; Bob Douglas, guitar
  33. Hattie Hale—Middle Spunk Creek Boys
  34. Anoka Library Song—Garrison Keillor, vocals and autoharp, with Jon Pankake, guitar
  35. Look for the Silver Lining—Vern Sutton, vocals; William Huckaby, piano
  36. Norwegian Wedding Tune—Vidar Lande
  37. When You Go—Peter Ostroushko and Sean Blackburn
  38. The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake—Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson
  39. Log Cabin Home in the Sky—Stevie Beck and Bob Bovee
  40. Nearer My God to Thee—Garrison Keillor, autoharp and vocals
  41. Salty Dog—Rudy Darling, fiddle; Dakota Dave Hull, guitar; Bob Douglas, spoons; Sean Blackburn, guitar