WWI Anniversary Show

WWI graphic

The War That Changed Us: Songs and Stories from WWI America was performed live at the Fitzgerald Theater, Friday April 7. It was broadcast in two parts on the News stations of MPR on the MPR News Presents series: part one Tuesday April 18, and part two Wednesday April 19.

Dan Chouinard, writer, bandleader and host, was joined by storyteller Kevin Kling, a diverse and distinguished group of guest speakers and an all-star ensemble of musicians.

Patricia Hampl, author and educator

Ann Bancroft, explorer and author

Dr. Michael Osterholm, epidemiologist

Dr. Saje Mathieu, professor of African-American studies

Chris Capozzola, author and professor of history

Laura Vogt, Education Curator of National WWI Memorial, Kansas City

Dr. Annette Atkins, author and professor of history

Vocalists Arne Fogel, Jennifer Grimm, Maria Jette, André Shoals and The River City Quartet

A nine-piece band featuring Butch Thompson, Peter Ostroushko, Dave Karr and more.

SONGS performed:


That’s a Plenty, band

Play a Simple Melody, 1914 Maria Jette and Andre Shoals

He’d Have To Get Under, 1914 Arne Fogel

She’s good Enough To Be Your Baby’s Mother, 1916 Jennifer Grimm

I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier, 1915 Maria Jette

MEDLEY, River City Quartet:

It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, 1915

Pack Up Your Troubles, 1915

Over There, 1917

Oh How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning, 1918 Andre Shoals

Memphis Blues,1913, band

On the Road to Home Sweet Home, 1917 Jennifer Grimm

Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag, band


I Ain’t Got Nobody, band

K-K-K-Katy, 1918 Arne Fogel

Over There, all

Makin’s Of the USA, 1918, Dan / Quartet

I’m Always Chasing Rainbows, 1917 Jennifer Grimm

MEDLEY 1918:

Hello Central, Give Me No Man’s Land, Andre Shoals

Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight, Maria Jette

When This Lousy War Is Over, men

I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now, 1909: Maria Jette & Arne Fogel

How Ya Gonna Keep ‘em Down on the Farm, 1919 Andre Shoals

The World is Waiting For the Sunrise, 1919 Maria Jette

MEDLEY, quartet:

Till We Meet Again, 1917

There’s a Long Long Trail, 1914