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This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast performance from the City Bank Auditorium in Lubbock, Texas. With special guests, all-star West Texas troupe The Flatlanders, country singer Ashley Monroe, and Travis Holley and Peggy Sue Gerron with a few stories about Lubbock's own Buddy Holly. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
  • The Flatlanders

    Mention Lubbock, and music lovers are likely to think Buddy Holly and Delbert McClinton and Terry Allen - and most certainly The Flatlanders, the trio that The Chicago Tribune once dubbed "the holy trinity of West Texas music." Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock formed the group in the early 1970s but soon disbanded as each forged a successful solo career. Over the years, they've reunited for concerts and recording projects. Their latest release is 2012's The Odessa Tapes (New West Records), songs recorded on reel-to-reel tape in 1972 and thought lost for nearly four decades. Joining the three for this performance are Robby Gjersoe (guitar), Pat Manske (drums), and Jimmy Pettit (bass).
  • Ashley Monroe

    Nashville singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe seemed destined to a music career. Growing up in Knoxville, Tennessee, she was a country music fan from the time she got a Patsy Cline tape in her Christmas stocking. Add to that, she is related to both Carl Smith and the Carter Family. By age 11, she was a talent contest winner; soon after, she was working five nights a week singing and clogging in a show in nearby Pigeon Forge. Her latest album, Like a Rose, was released last month on the Warner Brothers label. Guitarist Guthrie Trapp joins Ashley for this performance.
  • Peggy Sue Gerron

    Peggy Sue Gerron first met rock 'n' roll legend (and fellow Texan) Buddy Holly at Lubbock High School. She was a student; he had graduated but was back to play for a music assembly - and he was running late. Clutching a guitar and an amp, he accidentally knocked her over while running down the hall toward the school auditorium. Years later, a Holly song that started out as "Cindy Lou" was renamed at the request of Holly's drummer. He wanted to impress his girlfriend: Peggy Sue.
  • Travis Holley

    When Travis Holley returned to Lubbock, Texas, after a stint in the Marines, he brought home a $15 pawnshop Harmony guitar and showed a few chords to his little brother, Buddy. Buddy Holly (the "e" was dropped in the spelling of his name) went on to a storied - and all-too-brief - career in music. And more than half a century after his death, his songs remain an important part of popular culture. Travis Holley still lives in Lubbock and keeps fond memories of his famous sibling.