A modified Shoe Band setup this week, to allow plenty of room for Butch Thompson and His New Orleans Orphans and a crowd of brave on-stage dancers at our post-broadcast Masked Ball
The songwriters in the Lake Wobegon area have been commissioned by Jack’s Auto Repair to compose songs for the Jack’s Autoharp, which I have right here. Songs in which all the necessary chords are incorporated right in the lyrics so there can be no mistake about it. You know, it’s not an easy thing to play these three-chord songs.
We’re trying to incorporate chords like F and G7 into the lyrics. Well, it’s kind of a hard task, as you can understand. The possibilities are rather limited after you write ten songs about “A minor’s life, A minor’s child,” write songs like they wrote last week, “Hand Me Down that Augmented Fifth, Let’s Diminish it before we Go To C.” After you use up the really good ideas you get down to things like “Doe, a deer, a female deer, ray, a drop of golden sun…” By that time you’re climbing the wall.
Garrison talks about “the Autoharp Life” during our second broadcast — July 13th, 1974, live from the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN
Guests included Butch Thompson (“Butch Thompson, is that his name? What’s his real name? Shirt?”), Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson, the Sundowner String Band, and poet Keith Gunderson
GK signs off in the ‘70s, along with the Butch Thompson Trio (Red Maddock, Bill Evans, and Butch Thompson himself on piano)
[Previously in From the Archives]
John Lithgow in conversation with Bill Moyers, last night at LIVE from the NYPL.
Listen to audio from the NYPL event to get ready for John’s visit to St. Paul next week. If you’re in the Twin Cities, tickets are still available for his conversation with Garrison about his new book, on Friday, October 21st. If not, tune in when he joins the live broadcast of APHC on Saturday, October 22nd. (A jam-packed show: Storyhill, Steve Wariner, Peter Ostroushko and Butch Thompson will also stop by.) We’re excited!