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http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/Originally Posted by (Garrison Keillor @ July 8, 2005)
Glauber, thanks for the notice. Are you associated with Prairie Home Compnion? or with a radio station that broadcasts the program?
No, i just signed for their newsletter. I don't remember where, but it was probably in their Web site.
That was a good show - I'll definitely tune in for the rebroadcast.
I heard some of it. It was as good as i expected, especially Doc (who really must be the best guitar player currently alive in the US!). What amazes me the most is that having people of that caliber, Garrison, bless his heart, still finds the courage to sing!
PHC #gets re-edited to an hour and put up on BBC Radio 7 #as
Garrison Keillor's Radio Show # [real audio stream archive]
for 6 days, takes quite a few weeks to get there, theres a san diego califonia venue show up now...
17 jan, 04, I guess.. Ahhnold just got installed in Sacto.
writing about music
is like dancing,
Well O.K. I guess I'm missing somthing here.I couldnt stand the show and turned it off after the first 30 min.Yeah Doc and Sam are great but Sam doing Crossroads(come on,just stop it)!The most annoying thing for me was having to endure what seemed like an hour of some guy banging on a piano doing some vaudville comedy routine.What a disappointment,I waited all day for it.Oh well.
Prairie Home Companion is very much a regional (if not "acquired") taste. Folks in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Midwest, and the Plains seem to dig this sort of understated, self-depreciating humor. (I keep my personal opinions to myself, as being from Nebraska, most of my kin are fans...)
Nonetheless, you have to give Keillor credit as an advocate for acoustic music. He regularly features such guests as Robin & Linda Williams, Peter Ostroushka, Nickle Creek, Alison Krause, Ralph Stanley, Norman Blake, Gillian Welch, let alone such legends as Chet Atkins and Jethro Burns who time ago were quite frequent on the show.
Yeah, I get weary of Garrison's singing, and his overt political sub-agenda last election caused me to turn off the dial for more than six months, but all in all, PHC is a very good thing. It's a historical voice for a very important segment of American Culture.
I guess some of us don't quite get the Red Green Show, Benny Hill, Fear Factor, or Hee Haw, either. Not anything wrong with them at all; I just don't "get it."
Yes, Midwest, very much so. [...] The show has an ethos that favours rugged (and excentric) individualism. [...]Originally Posted by (mandohack @ July 10 2005, 09:31)
Someone should tell Garrison not to sing, but it's his show, so i guess he's entitled. The long bits of storytelling are actually pretty good, if you can commit the time to sit down and listen (not always an easy thing to do).
(Edited to take out some political stuff.)
I for one wish Garrison would resist the impulse to sing but of course it's his show.
I should really be practicing instead of sitting in front of the computer.
Its funny that the folks in the Red states accused everyone else of being 'Reds ' for decades..
and now the less than honorable sen. J. McCarthy was a person from where, ??
purplenness is the rest of us..
writing about music
is like dancing,
I kinda see both sides of Garrison's singing -
on the one hand, he often writes amusing new words to traditional songs, and it seems appropriate that he sing his own work solo...it's usually either witty or hearfelt...
on the other hand, he frequently imposes himself on other singers apparently because he just can't resist singing with "stars"...I recall seeing mandolinist Peter Ostroushko in concert about 10 years ago, shortly after he left PHC (Peter used to lead the PHC band weekly like the pianist Butch does now) and Peter O. publicly said that Garrison's intrusive vocals were a major pain for many musicians involved with the show...
Since then I've noted with interest which vocalists do NOT share a duet with G.K. and figure that those folks (and there aren't many of them) are both too accomplished and too principled to submit to his pressure...
[QUOTE]Prairie Home Companion is very much a regional (if not "acquired") taste. Folks in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Midwest, and the Plains seem to dig this sort of understated, self-depreciating humor.
I don't know about that. PHC is carried all over the country. Live PHC shows in SC have always sold out, and I would bet they do elsewhere. I love the stories, but don't care for Garrison's singing--I notice he didn't impose himself on Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver when they were guests a while back!
Really enjoyed PHC in the 80's when Jethro Burns and Johnny Gimble were on fairly often, and Peter O was a regular.
Funny to hear others comment on GK's singing.
I've felt the same way for years!
Well, I don't suppose anyone else will take up for Garrison Keillor's singing so I sorta will. I would not want to listen to him sing for the sake of listening to him, but in the context of his show I think he is fine.
FWIW, I prefer his singing to almost any of the old time bluegrass singers. I like the bluegrass instrumentals, but not many of the vocals.
It was good to hear Sam on fiddle with Doc, something he doesn't do much of these days.
Anyone tape it? (For personal use, of course...)
I've always enjoyed PHC. It's a bit "camp" sometimes but it sure is a refreshing break from the garbage that clogs Phila's radio waves.
For quite a while PHC was broadcast from Town Hall in NYC- and they still regularly put it on there. #I guess there are Midwestern sensibilities everywhere - and lots of Blue in all of the Red (and vice versa, lest I be accused of inserting politics). #I like the music, tolerate Garrison's voice, and LOVE the annual joke show!Originally Posted by (mandohack @ July 10 2005, 09:31)
Kudos to PHC - there are not many "live" radio variety shows in the vein of the old classics; music, comedy, narratives, etc. It's hard to imagine the amount of logistics involved to perform the show live and also take it on the road. I usually don't go out of my way to listen, but if it's on, I'll tune in.
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Yes, you are hereby sentenced to 90 mins of relaxed humor and music.
PHC is fun. Almost every time I listen there is a musician, familiar or not, that I really enjoy, Garrison sings better than he once did; I don't think he takes it too seriously, nor do the the singers who duet with him. He has an appreciation for traditional and old-time music, which I really like. There are mighty few opportunities to hear that on the radio. Plus, it's cool to hear Sam Bush taking a fiddle break on the Powdermilk Biscuit theme tune.
What color is old-time music, by the way?
"Listen louder, play softer"
" What color is old-time music, by the way? "
Isn't all that old stuff in Black and White?
PHC is a lot like Bluegrass or Old-Timey music. The show represents a style of radio that has been lost or abandonded over the years ... in favor of more sterile stuff that has probably has better singing and slicker production.
I get it. PHC is one of the best ways I can think of to put the brakes on at the end of the week, sit back and relax, and re-establish contact with some of the more meaningful things in life.
..ha..you wanna talk about brakes....had a total job done today.....rotors, drums..etc...$672.00 later..its fixed....now back to the subject..I do like PHC alot...Originally Posted by (Ken @ July 12 2005, 20:19)
When we aren't working, when 5:00 pm Saturday rolls around, we are listening to Garrison. #Have for over 15 years and really enjoy listening to the great music, funny yarns and yes, his singing voice is ok with me.
I don't suppose this it would be the time to say I've also read all his books. #