This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast from The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in New York City. With special guests, adventurous acoustic trio Nickel Creek, folksinging duo Pharis and Jason Romero, and solo vocalist Heather Masse. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, musical director Richard Dworsky with Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, guitarist John Benthal, bassist David Finck and drummer Warren Odze, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
  • Heather Masse

    Growing up in rural Maine, Heather Masse sang hymns and folk songs around home with her family. Now based in New York, this New England Conservatory of Music alum is a one-third of the Juno Award-winning Canadian trio The Wailin' Jennys. Lock My Heart is her recording with piano legend Dick Hyman. A new album, August Love Song - on which she joins forces with trombone great Roswell Rudd - was recently released on Red House Records.
  • Nickel Creek

    Seven years ago, genre-bending group Nickel Creek called an "indefinite hiatus," and bandmates Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, and Sean Watkins embarked on separate careers. The Southern California trio first formed in 1989, when two of the three were barely into grade school, and went on to release a half-dozen recordings and garner a boatload of honors, including a Grammy and couple of IBMA Awards. This year's reunion tour will no doubt add new fans to their legions of old ones. A Dotted Line, their brand-new album, is just out on Nonesuch Records.