Lefty: Haven't you read about the dangers of drinking?
Dusty: I have. And it led me to give up reading.
Like the News from Lake Wobegon and Guy Noir, Private Eye, The Lives of the Cowboys sketch has become a signature part of A Prairie Home Companion. Each week, radio listeners can't wait to hear Lefty's latest poem and Dusty's latest rant.
In six complete sketches drawn from the radio show, the two pardners cope with hangovers and citrusy aftershave, try to get in the Christmas mood (not much luck there), meet a vampire, drive a herd of 10,000 free range chickens, tangle with a territorial poet named Big Messer, pay a visit to the New York Public Library, and wind up in the San Luis Obispo County Jail for mistaking a cocker spaniel for a coyote. Each is a glimpse into daily life in and mostly out of the saddle.
Includes four songs.
Garrison Keillor stars as Lefty; Tim Russell as Dusty; with Sue Scott, Tom Keith, and Danielle De Vecchio, and Julie Boyd.
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by Garrison Keillor
"Culled from the archives of "A Prairie Home Companion," these vignettes about cowboys, urbane and not, are mostly entertaining and funny. Keillor and company have wonderful radio voices that translate well to CD, and their comedic timing is impeccable. Tim Russell has an especially deep, rich tone that carries many of the sketches. Sue Scott plays all of the women's roles, for which she twists her resonant voice into a number of characters and situations. Keillor is himself all of the time, never wavering from the soft, knowing tone that has made him famous. This production has recurring jokes, some scatological humor, and enough puns and wordplay to keep any fan happy for its duration. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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