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April 23

Slow and Low

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This week: we’re deep in the heart of Texas for the first of two live broadcasts from the Lone Star State. We’re rolling the big red Kenworth rig through the University of Texas campus to the Bass Concert Hall in Austin — the state capital. Rambling troubadour and author Joe Ely joins us with tales of the gritty plains of West Texas; the rolling party of Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs bring heat and two-step heartaches disguised by the jubilant conjunto sound; and Heather Masse pays tribute to The Texas Nightingale, Sippie Wallace, reminding women to be wise. Plus: Austin actor Margaret Ann Hoard joins Tim Russell and Fred Newman in our Royal Academy of Radio Actors as the Cowboys search for Austin, pianist Richard Dworsky leads the house band (Bernie Dresel on drums, bassist Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and Chris Siebold, guitar) through tornadoes and southern breezes, and the host has the latest News from the muddy roads of Lake Wobegon.

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April 30

Sweet Bluebonnet Spring

This week: the second of our two April broadcasts from Texas, and we’ll be live from the magnificent Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston. Singer and songwriter Stephanie Davis joins us, a fourth generation Montanan now making her home in the Lone Star State; and literary mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera will be on hand with a few songs right at home in the splendid Romanesque Revival hall. Plus: scripts and Texas scenes from our Royal Academy of Radio Actors, music director and pianist Rich Dworsky and the band (drummer Bernie Dresel, Larry Kohut on the bass, Richard Kriehn on the mandolin and fiddle, and guitarist Chris Siebold) accompany intricate arias and Gulf Coast melodies, and an update from the host on the latest News from a rapidly greening Lake Wobegon.

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