Shows
This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, a summer repeat of our jam-packed March 2011 broadcast from The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennesse. Emmylou Harris sings "Darlin' Kate," The Civil Wars perform "Poison and Wine," Sam Bushand Stuart Duncan play "Diamond Joe," and Sara Watkins joins Garrison on "Tomorrow is Forever." In Lake Wobegon, town constables Gary and Leroy respond to a dispute at the Magendantz home.
  • Sara Watkins

    Singer-songwriter and fiddle player Sara Watkins - along with her brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile - was a founding member of the Grammy-winning progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek. In 2015, Sara and Sean released their "family-band-of-sorts project," Watkins Family Hour, and then embarked on a tour that included stops at Conan, NPR's Tiny Desk Concert, and the Newport Folk Festival. Sara's latest recording: Young in All the Wrong Ways (New West Records).
  • Sam Bush

    Sam Bush was just 11 when he got his first mandolin. By the time he was 17, he had won the title of National Junior Fiddle Champion for three years running. And he had made his recording debut, Poor Richard's Almanac. Founder of cutting-edge bands like New Grass Revival and Strength in Numbers, he has also been the go-to sideman for Lyle Lovett, the Flecktones, and dozens of others. The most recent of his solo albums is Circles Around Me (Sugar Hill Records).
  • Stuart Duncan

    Multi-instrumentalist Stuart Duncan took up fiddle at age seven. Since then, he has chalked up a career that includes two Grammys, a slew of Academy of Country Music Awards, and being named the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Player of the Year nine times. He was a founding member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band and is perennially one of Nashville's most sought-after session musicians, performing on thousands of recordings.
  • Emmylou Harris

    When Emmylou Harris was a kid, she wrote a letter to Pete Seeger, concerned that if she was living a sheltered life at her parents' house and hadn't suffered enough, she couldn't be a folksinger. Pete wrote back, saying: "Don't worry. Life will catch up with you. You'll suffer. Don't go hop a freight." It worked out. With dozens of acclaimed recordings and countless awards, including 12 Grammys, Emmylou maintains a widespread and loyal following, whether she's singing folk, country, pop, or traditional tunes. Her brand-new CD - Hard Bargain - comes out next month on Nonesuch Records.
  • The Civil Wars

    They met quite by accident: John Paul White, who grew up in Alabama, and native Californian Joy Williams were called into a Nashville songwriting session in 2008, with the idea of penning hits for other artists. Now the two are topping the charts with their own hits as the roots-music duo The Civil Wars. After Live at Eddie's Attic, a free digital album of their second-ever concert, was released on their website, legions of fans were hooked. Their studio CD debut, Barton Hollow, came out last month on the Sensibility Music label.